Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Fujifilm Finepix S4000
Member Name: stubhoy
Fujifilm Finepix S4000
Advantages: Easy to operate, Built-in 30x Optical Zoom lens
Disadvantages: Sub-par Picture Quality,Focus is inconsistent ,Slow response time ,Noisy Video , hard to see in day
If you only want to view your photos on your computer and at a size no larger than your monitor then this is a great camera. Otherwise, don't get your hopes up. I've been using the Finepix S1500 for the past 3 years and LOVED it, so I REALLY wanted to like this camera. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I've tried I just can't do it. Maybe it's because I'm comparing it to the S1500, but I checked the specs on the S4000 before buying it and the only real difference between it and the S1500 is the increase in zoom and the bump from 10mp to 14mp. I figured with everything else being the same I should get at least the same picture quality as I did with the S1500 right? WRONG. Here's the thing. The pics from the s4000 look fine on the LCD...and they even look good when viewing it on your computer screen at the fitted size. However, as you zoom the photo closer to it's ORIGINAL size you begin to see it's flaws. I take a lot of photos at the beach so that's where I took mine for a "test drive". It also was a good way for me to compare the photos against photos I'd taken at the same location with my S1500. The first thing I noticed was that my photos looked "flat" and the colors weren't very vibrant...not even using the CHROME color setting. This seemed to cause the edges around the subject(s) to look "Hard" against the backdrop, similar to the look you get from a photo that has been oversharpened. This also made the photo look a bit cartoonish and almost unreal. The next thing I noticed was that the photos lacked focus...or crispness. I'm not talking about a slight blur caused by subtle motion, but rather little "smudges" of blur throughout the photo...even with stationary objects. It's as though the lens just cant seem to make up it's mind what to focus on. I tried using a variety of settings to try and correct the problem or at least notice a difference, but to no avail. Let me again point out that, although I'm not a professional photographer, I AM experienced with the S1500 which is nearly identical to the S4000, so this camera is very comfortable to me. Still, I thought maybe I was doing something wrong, so I checked with some members of the S4000 Camera Users group on Flickr to find out what they've experienced. Turns out these same issues are points of frustration with other s4000 users, especially those who use or have used other cameras.
Now I am not one of those people who buy an entry-level camera and expect it to perform like a high-end DSLR. However as a former Finepix user who was extremely happy with the photo quality of the S4000's predecessor, the S1500 (which by the way was also a budget "bridge" camera that sold for around $200 dollars), my expectations were quite modest and far from unrealistic.
As far as the other CONS I listed, they weren't a big deal to me and honestly I couldn't care less about them. It's the PHOTO QUALITY that just kills me. Like I said at the beginning, this camera is great if you just want to upload your photos to be viewed from a computer. You might even be fine having 6x4 prints made at a kiosk down the street. But if you need a camera that will give you a photo quality thats suitable for slightly larger prints, you might want to look elsewhere.
Summary: All in all a high quality camera
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