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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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
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
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH): 99.7 x 77.3 x 69.3 mm
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
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 cant 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 wont confuse, but still gives the user the benefit of a long optical zoom and fairly good pictures. --Jason DenwoodSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A long time ago. It was very bulky. The batteries were cumbersome. The photos were all right however. Displaced by a smaller neater camera which did it all anyway.Published on 29 Sept. 2013 by Dr. D. Lynch
I have owned this camera for a few years now and find it can be extremely frustrating. Landscapes and stills tend to be brilliant but trying to take photos of my son can prove to... Read morePublished on 20 April 2006 by Ciwi
I have owned one of these cameras for two years and have been delighted with its capabilities. Buy 2600mah NI-MH batteries & a 128mb card & you will be taking photos all day. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2005
I was never happy at the rate with which this camera swallowed batteries like a sumo wrestler on a nickel rich diet! Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2005 by Mr Simon Arundel
Camera is extremely easy to use. Excellent quality photos and good battery life. I bought a 128Mb XD card - over 200 photos in hi res. Read morePublished on 20 May 2004 by Sood
I thought this camera was very good, However, the only thing that let the camera down was the lack of an auto illumination function (for focus) in the dark. i.e. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2004
I bought this camera as an upgrade from the Fuji A204 and I am both impressed and disappointed.
My disappointment lies with the viewfinder. Read more