Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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The finepix S2950 will give you fine pictures!
Fujifilm Finepix S2950
Author Name: superness11
Fujifilm Finepix S2950
Advantages: price, ease of use
Disadvantages: Only 1.2 fps
I own the Nikon P100 and my boyfriend has recently purchased the Fujifilm S2950. We both enjoy taking photographs but I think I take it a little more serious than Kevin. I spend a lot of time reading photography magazines and messing about with my camera, considering it a bit of a hobby. I saw the FujiFilm camera advertised in a magazine and thought it would be perfect for a beginner or just someone who wanted a decent camera but didn't want it to cost an arm and a leg!
We found the camera online at a really decent price and he bought it. I much prefer it, size wise to the P100. However the quality of the photographs produced by the P100 far weighs the ones by the Fujifilm and the £100 difference in price is definitely apparent. However we have had some fantastic results with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a camera around the £150.00 mark.
*Price and availability*
The camera is widely available at all good stockists but the best price we have seen it for is £143.70 from Amazon with free delivery. The electrical retailer Curry's have it in stock for £199.99.
*What's included in the box*
* 4xAA type alkaline batteries
* Shoulder strap
* USB-A/V cable
* Lens cap and Lens cap cord
* Owner's manual
The camera is black and measures 8.1cm x 11cm x 7.3 cm. It is a thinner than my Nikon p100 and it is lighter. The S2950 only weighs 340g. It is surprising how small it is when it has such a huge lens with 18 x optical zoom.
The camera feels robust and is moulded to fit comfortably in your right hand with rubber grips for your fingers and thumb (Unlucky for Kevin, because like me he is a leftie!) The flash pops up out of the top. On the back are the controls with are dedicated buttons for Face Detection, Continuous Shooting and the Electronic View Finder. The electronic view finder is extremely clear. I prefer this style of shooting rather than looking at the screen because you can concentrate on what you see rather than what it looks like on screen.
I find the buttons easy to use and press and the camera menu easy to navigate round. Next to the control panel is the 3.0in LCD screen with 230K dot resolution. The screen looks really good quality and photographs and videos look great when played back on it despite it being only 230k.
The camera is powered by 4 AA batteries. This is the main downfall of the camera as they are only capable of shooting approximately 300 images. We have got through quite a few batteries which can be quite pricey. With my Nikon I can charge it up which eradicates this extra expense.
Within a few seconds of switching on the camera has recognized it is on and is ready to take pictures. It has an 18x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm. This is equivalent of 28mm - 504mm and operated using an electric powered zoom lever. It is quite surprising how much detail can be captured from so far away and saves carrying around extra lenses! The zoom can be operated during video but it's use is minimal and the results are quite shaky when moving between stages and the noise of the zoom is picked up on the microphone!
Impressively the camera has a macro focus of 2 cm which means it can focus on anything 2cm away
from the lens.
The camera has a mechanically stabilised sensor, high ISO sensitivity and Dual Image Stabilisation technology. These are great tools that help combat blurring due to shaky hands or movement in the shot. We have had some great results thanks to these features and think they really help in creating crisper images especially when the lens is used to its maximum.
Another feature to help get great pictures is the 'Smile and Shoot' mode. The camera recognises when the subject smiles and releases the shutter when this happens. This should prevent those awkward retake shots although we have not found it all that reliable. When we have been taking portrait shots the camera seems to recognise any mouth movement so when I started to talk it caught me pulling rather an unusual expression. It is a good tool though and we will persevere with it. Similarly there is a 'Blink Detection' feature which warns you if anyone has blinked so that you can re-take the photo.
The camera is HD ready and can capture still photographs in HD. The video capture is 720p x 30fps. These looks good but the videos produced from my Nikon p100 at 1080p are much more impressive. This camera could have benefited from this. The videos and stills can be played back on a HD TV via a HDMI cable fitted into the HDMI socket on the camera. The cable is not supplied but can be bought for about £5.00, we already had one of these leads so we were able to try it out straight away.
The Panoramic shooting mode is by far my favourite feature as it gives you a chance to get creative and it is so easy to use. You can take successive shots and the camera stitches them together perfectly. We have played with this a few times and it is impossible to see the joins!
The camera shoots 1.2 frames per second which I find really slow. Sometimes I find the speed a little frustrating as I'm used to the P100 that shoots 10 fps. I like continous shooting, therefore I find the speed of the camera in this aspect a real let down.
I feel that Fujifilm have got some unnecessary features, for example, tagging pictures ready for uploading to face book. Instead of wasting money on gimmicks like this they should concentrate on features that are necessity to a good camera.
I like this camera and think it is really good value for money. Even in low lighting we have had some good results with minimal noise and there are some great features. The camera is easy to operate, light and comfortable to hold. It comes with 4 batteries so you are ready to go. It is a shame it doesn't come with a case but it does come with a shoulder strap.
Summary: A decent purchase for the money.
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