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Great for the price, but get a case.
I wanted a decent camera and to normal compact one just didn't seem to come up to scratch. I could not afford a DSLR, so decided to go for a bridge camera.
This is one of the few that actually offers a view finder, which is a great feature.
The zoom is great, gives good quality pictures and you get good definition from quite far away.
I did not have a case for mine, and one of the buttons on the back did get pushed in and broken, however I have had it fixed by fujifilm and now keep the camera securely in its case.
The batteries seem to last well, although I would say a rechargeable battery pack would be better than 4xAA batteries.
In summery, I would buy again and seems a good price when you compare against other bridge cameras of similar quality.
Fujifilm FinePix S4400
(I used daily for 3 weeks on day coastal and mountain walks but found by the end of the day there was no power left for last pictures. My trusted Sony cameras, even the compact, can go for two days of heavy use and a lot longer if only had a few hours of use. I loved the zoom and picture quality but crazy use of batteries (became expensive for me) let it down.)
This is a bridge camera meaning it has more specifications than a simple compact camera and is without the complication and weight of a DSLR. It doesn't have interchangeable lenses like the larger cameras.
Details and Specifications:
This is part of the S range. It has a massive optical zoom lens of 28 and 6.7 digital zoom and 24mm wide angle. Turn it to 'Auto' and the camera does everything for you. It still seems like something of a miracle to me. They've put a device on to prevent the camera from becoming unstable when the lens is zoomed out fully. My Sony camera also has this stabilisation feature but my Sony bridge doesn't come near the zoom capabilities of this camera.
14 mega pixels
captures in jpeg format
built in flash
battery life around 300 frames in auto mode
good CCD sensor.
It comes with a written manual which you ought to read for the best results, a shoulder strap 4 AA batteries, USB/AV cable, lens cap and chord and a cd rom.
The wide lens is good for macro shots too and for taking pictures with the full zoom. I think it's powerful and sharp because even at its greatest distance on auto-focus is a sharp image. It also has a self-timer.
This is a great design as I can hold it comfortably in my hand which is an extremely important factor to me when choosing a camera. It's not very heavy but still feels solid and well built. The grip feels just right for my thumb to hold on to.
The high resolution three inch LCD screen is very clear and sharp. You can even use the electronic viewfinder which is good when sun glare interferes with the screen. I think this is an essential tool on any camera that I purchase. I have this feature on my Sony cameras too.
The camera can adjust to the conditions and settings so it will recognise night. It will correct red eye and even tell you if someone blinked so you can try another shot! It also has smile detection. Sony does this too.
You can adjust image quality and can even ask the camera to take pictures in black and white, adjust image size and quality. The aperture and shutter speed are easily adjusted.
The panorama mode allows the camera to make three images and weave it together into one, creating a good vista. I suspect this comes from Sony as I've had that function for years now. It even has different modes for different conditions like beach and snow but I can't get on with the night shots even when the camera helps me as I don't always bring out a tripod which is probably why they fail.
There are so many features on this camera - many different shooting modes. Like my Sony cameras this requires the shutter button to be pressed down half way and it will focus correctly and make a little noise to let you know you can press the button all the way down to take the shot.
HD 720p filming needs a good quality memory card and really doesn't do as well as my Sony cameras which all seem to me to be of better quality with less noise and the battery life didn't impress me much. It ran down too soon. The flash is over the lens and the whole design of this black camera just redeems it from this flaw if photography is more important than filming.
The batteries are a problem to me. I love my Sony and its rechargeable battery. This camera needs 4AA batteries - no thank you. I'm sure there are people who are used carrying batteries around but the battery life of all my Sony products have been so good that I've never had to carry one single spare battery with me let alone four spares. That starts to be weighty and cumbersome. If it wasn't for that and that I wasn't familiar with the Sony products I really would be tempted to buy into the Fuji lines as it seems similar in design. What a pity and I do hope that the company does something to improve this issue.
Current price for this camera around £130.
If you don't mind the battery problem, as much as I do, then I really think that this is the camera for you.