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Fuji FinePix S304 Zoom Digital Camera [3.2MP 6xOptical]

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  • 3.24 million effective pixel CCD
  • 6X optical zoom lens (38 228mm, 35mm equivalent)
  • Programmed auto exposure and aperture-priority auto modes
  • Stylish finish
  • Auto, red-eye, forced, suppressed and slow sync flash modes
  • Movie capture (320 x 240 pixel) movie mode with sound
  • High quality 1.8 inch TFT (62,000 pixel) LCD screen
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries
  • Voice memo feature
  • xD-Picture Card compatible
  • Webcam facility

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 10 x 6.9 cm ; 295 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: S304
  • ASIN: B00006IJK9
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,449 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The FinePix S304 Zoom offers 3.0 megapixel resolution in a compact and stylish body.Featuring both aperture-priority auto and programmed auto exposure modes.

Your creativity is further enhanced by the impressive 6X zoom lens (38 – 228mm 35mm equivalent), multiple flash modes and a movie mode that enables clips of up to 60 seconds (at 320 x 240 pixels) to be recorded with sound. The xD-Picture Card memory delivers fast image storage and replay.

3.24 million effective pixel CCD
6X optical zoom lens (38 – 228mm, 35mm equivalent)
Programmed auto exposure and aperture-priority auto modes
Stylish finish
Auto, red-eye, forced, suppressed and slow sync flash modes
Movie capture (320 x 240 pixel) movie mode with sound
High quality 1.8 inch TFT (62,000 pixel) LCD screen
Powered by 4 x AA batteries
Voice memo feature
xD-Picture Card compatible
Webcam facility
Otras características:
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH): 99.7 x 77.3 x 69.3 mm
Display: LCD
Display diagonal: 4.57 cm (1.8")
Focal length (35mm film equivalent): 38 - 228 mm
Image sensor size: 1/2.7"
Internal memory: 16 MB
Megapixel: 3.34 MP
Optical zoom: 6x
Sensor type: CCD
Weight: 295 g

Amazon.co.uk Review

Styled to look like a baby S602, the 3.2 Megapixel S304 digital camera offers 6x optical zoom and a large 1.82 inch LCD. Being a 3 Megapixel camera with a street price of under £300, this is a good alternative to the Ultra Zoom range from Olympus, as well as, being a good value 3 Megapixel camera.

On the rear of the camera, the lack of buttons can be slightly worrying, and where most manufacturers are adding as many as possible, Fujifilm has scaled it down to only a few, mainly one to access the menu and another to change the display. This is a good thing for the beginner – where this camera is aimed at – the less buttons to press the less can go wrong.

In addition to the 1.8 inch LCD display on the rear of the camera the S304 also has an electronic rather than optical viewfinder. Images are saved onto xd-Picture Card, a 16 Mb card comes in the box and this can store up to 12 images (2048 x 1536) on the fine setting and 26 on the normal setting (2048 x 1536).

The pop-up flash offers multiple settings and when in manual mode the S304 offers six white balance settings to give you a bit more control.

Picture quality is fairly standard however the S304 does struggle with contrasting colours. The zoom copes well and with it being optical rather than digital the results can be relied on. The camera is also capable of capturing up to 60 seconds of video footage with sound.

Overall the camera does have a lack of options. There are only four pre-programmed scenes to choose from and you can’t set the ISO settings. That said, to the beginner this lack of control will probably be welcomed with open arms. This is a camera that won’t confuse, but still gives the user the benefit of a long optical zoom and fairly good pictures. --Jason Denwood

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This is the first digital camera I have owned and so far I am absolutely stoked with it! The 3 million effective pixels take really amazing shots and although I haven't tried printing them yet the results I have seen on my PC so far are magnificent. I did a fair bit of research before I bought this camera and I'm glad I did. The number one best feature of this camera is the zoom lens, it's brilliant, 6x really takes you some way into the distance. This said I am still going to save up to get the Tele lens attachment as being able to attach len's was one of the selling points for me.

The scenes settings that the camera comes with all work very well and are definitely helpful for the less experienced photographer. The manual settings, although fairly limited, include white balance, flash adujustment, lighting adjustment, and three aperture settings, which again for a less experienced photographer are more than enough. And of course the automatic settings work just fine too.

Mostly, I would just like to put people's minds at ease for the two major gripes with this camera. The first is low light photography. The flash does work fine in low light and if adjustments are made to the settings you can take reasonable shots indoors. Also, there is a night scene setting that slows the shutter speed down to 3 seconds. You have to use a tripod to get that perfect shot but this setting definitely takes very good night shots. The second issue is with the loose fitting lens cap. This really is an issue as the lens needs to be taken care of. I sent an email to Fuji Film and they replied straight back saying they were aware of the fault, asked for my address, and popped a new lens cap in the post for me that night.

Brilliant customer service.
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Have recently purchased this camera having read the reviews on this page. I must admit I did not purchase from Amazon, as I didn't have time before going on holiday to British Columbia where I definitely wanted a good quality digi-camera to use. I thought (or should I say hoped) that I would get the camera cheaper than Amazon either at the airport (Heathrow duty free) or actually in Canada. I was wrong with both! - I did buy it from Dixon's duty free and it was still more than on this site. Had I of waited to get into Canada I would have paid over £350 and not had the peace of mind of buying in the UK.
About the camera itself. The picture quality is the best I've seen on a digital camera and it really is easy to use. It has enough SLR type functions to excite those people who want to feel like they've actually contributed to the picture aside from just pressing the button but if you want to point and shoot that's no problem either. The only thing to mention is that the camera picks up on body shake and warns you prior to capturing the image, I guess this is a good thing as it ensures the picture is at it's best, it is however a bit tricky to totally eliminate shake without the use of a tripod.
I would definitely recommend buying a bigger memory card for extra space. I got a 128Mb card and this will fit just short of 200 pics at 3M pixels. All in all, I would say this is well worth the money and this would appear to be the best deal around.
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By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2003
What I set out to do when I first got into digital photography was to find one capable of the things my 35mm SLR is capable of. I have achieved my aim with this fine example of a combination of value and quality. The 6x optical zoom gives you the equivalent of about a 240mm lens on a standard 35mm camera. I had a 210mm on mine, so this was fantastic, then you have the digital zoom on top!
A 3.2MP CCD chip may not be the best quality in the world, but it is certainly more than adequate, especially with todays home photo inkjet printers. The manual function gives you control of the white balance and the aperture, the camera works out the shutter speed, but it would have been nice to incorporate manual focus, as it does have a slight problem focussing in the dark or on dark objects, hence four stars. However the lens adaptor allows standard 55mm diameter filters to be applied, so you get yet another degree of professionalism. I have purchased a UV skylight filter to protect the lens and a Circluar Polarising filter, these two work fantastically with this camera. There is also an option to buy a telphoto adaptor which expands the optical zoom by 1.5x, and also a wide angle adaptor. Excellent!
The set up menu is very easy to use and the flash is nicely hidden away when not in use. Which incidentally is stupendously powerful, and you can adjust the brightness. The camera has a distinct SLR look to it and also is very easy to hold steady. The tiny LCD monitor inside the viewfinder means that you can see what you are doing without wasting valuable battery time, and also means that this truly is by definition a "Digital SLR" as you can see what the lens sees in the viewfinder.
I could go on forever about the XD cards too. They are SO FAST! downloads to my PC are almost instant, video playback is crisp and smooth, and the camera's writing speed is phenominal.
On the whole.....well worth the money. BUY IT NOW!!!
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I've had the camera for about 6 weeks now, and I found it so good, I'm using it every day! The automatic setting takes just about every sort of picture you need - for anything extra the manual setting has easy to use on screen menus for your SLR features. If you like taking shots at night then this is the right camera for you. With a tripod it takes beautifully crisp pictures in all low light and nearly dark conditions. With a max of 3 seconds exposure you can understand why! The movie facility max is 320x240 and takes 1 min at a time and uses about 4mb. So with a 128mb card that is alot of movies! I reasearched all the available cameras before I chose this one, and it is the best. 3.2mp gives a max res of 2048x1536 pixles and on the 128mb card that means about 200 photos! When they are printed out on A4 photopaper the results are fantastic. The camera easily downloads to you PC via the USB port - and you can use it as a great web cam too. All in all, if you are looking for a great value top spec digital camera then buy this one. I would suggest the 128mb XD Picture Card to go with it and of course some rechargeable batteries! You can't go wrong with this camera from Fuji, and Amazon is the cheapest place to buy it. From beginner to pro - you'll love the Finepix S304! If you like closeups of flowers or butterflies, then this is what you need with a min of 4 inches from the lens and a 6x optical zoom every microscopic part of the subject is crystal clear and the colour definition second to none. I'm glad I bought it, and you will be too.
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