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Fujifilm FinePix S2950 / S2990

Able to capture both photos and movies in high-definition 16:9 format, the FinePix S2950 lets you discover the impact of full-screen HDTV image displa...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix S2950 / S2990"

published 03/11/2011 | lovellwales
Member since : 03/11/2011
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Pro has a diverse range of features, comes with several accessories
Cons bulky, doesn't come with a case or stand
somewhat helpful
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Great product, well worth the $200(125 pounds)!"

I purchased this camera for about $200.00 (about 125 pounds). The price I paid for it was VERY appropriate for the multiple functions of the camera. The main function that I was looking for was the ability to change the shutter speed. I thought it was just beautiful the way people were able to manipulate the shutter to take pictures in the night that looked like they were taken during the day. I also like being able to change the settings to match my surroundings and take complementary photos.
Atop the camera is a rotating wheel with the main settings on it. These include:
-panorama, where you take a shot and rotate the camera either to the left or the right and take a wider picture.
-video that you can record and playback with sound through the camera.
- custom, where you can manually choose all of the factors for the shot.
- Manual mode with preset shutter speed and aperture. Automatic mode where you only change the aperture.
- Aperture priority, where you set the aperture
-Shutter priority mode, where you set the shutter speed
-Program mode, for automatic mode with programmed settings
-Auto mode where the camera does what it thinks best for the photo.
-SP mode, where you can select settings to complement your surroundings
Under the wheel option “SP” you can select more specific settings:
-Natural Light for outdoor photos
-Portrait for specifically taking portraits
-Baby Mode that reduces noise and blur from movement
-Smile and Shoot (I'm not really sure how this one works but as far as I can tell you aim at a person and when the camera detects a smile it takes a picture)
-Landscape for distant scenery
-Sport for reducing blur from movement in bright daylight
-Night which reduces camera shake with high ISO
-Night(Tripod) for scenery with a slow shutter speed
-Fireworks for bright colors with low shutter speed
-Sunset for bright colors in lower light
-Snow for balanced brightness while outside
-Beach for crisp pictures that aren't too bright
-Party for indoor events
-Flower for close ups to small objects
-Text (obviously for text)
-Zoom Bracketing for one full shot plus two that zoom in
-Natural Light and Flash for 2 images with both lighting
There are also more advanced settings in the menu, accessible from the Menu/OK button.
-There is a self timer option for 2 or 10 seconds.
-There are nine different image sizes. Image quality options of fine or normal.
-Coloring options of FinePix color standard or chrome, or black and white.
-As with most cameras you can set a date and time and choose to have or not have a date/time stamp.
-There are also sound options where you can turn on or off shutter sounds and volume, operation sounds and volume, and playback volume.
-Red eye removal and blink detection. Personally I find blink detection to be annoying; it will say there's someone blinking even if there's no person in the picture at all.
-You can change the zoom style between optical and digital for video. Turn digital zoom on or off for pictures.
-There is also an option to have the picture be automatically rotated when you take a sideways picture.
-Lastly you can change the battery type between Lithium, Alkaline, or Ni-MH.
On top of the camera there are separate buttons for additional settings.
-There is face detection that brackets and focuses on a person's face.
-And another option called continuous, I don't understand how it works and I don't like trying to use it. ---There's pop-up flash.
-And my second favorite part about this camera is that I can choose between the LCD screen view, or the EFV view.
-Has 18x optical zoom, and even when zoomed in all the way it retains an incredible amount of detail.
This camera uses four AA batteries, accepts SD cards, and is mountable on screw-top tripods.
The downside to this purchase is finding a carrying case for what I would see as a reasonable price. On the plus side, my purchase included a lens cleaning kit, a detachable lens cover, and a carrying strap that brandishes the Fujifilm logo.
I've never dropped this camera, but to me it seems fairly durable and would survive a few feet at least. I hope this is more helpful than the last.
All in all I feel that this camera was well worth the purchase, as I said about 125 pounds. It’s never malfunctioned, so to me the operating system is awesome. I’m not a very hardcore camera woman, but I like having a nice camera for special events and this definitely fits and exceeds my needs. If there is anything else someone wants to know, please comment and I'll edit!

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  • fahim1rocks published 29/11/2011
    Other then writing in points I suggest that you write in paragraphs..
  • LadyValkyrie published 04/11/2011
    Good added information, I agree about the paragraphs though - try to arrange the camera's features into related blocks. Let me know if you do edit again. :)
  • Alyson29 published 04/11/2011
    I have re-rated this as you have added considerable information, which will be helpful to consumers. It would also help if you paragraphed your writing, as it is a little difficult to read in one block x
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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix S2950 / S2990

Manufacturer's product description

Able to capture both photos and movies in high-definition 16:9 format, the FinePix S2950 lets you discover the impact of full-screen HDTV image display. Photo playbacks are simple as it can be! With advanced picture search function, micro thumbnail and slideshow, revive your captured memories. Supplied with impressive powerful zooming functions, the FinePix S2950 achieved its comfort through lightweight and a small dimension for you to take it anywhere with ease. The 3.0-inch large, bright LCD display makes it easy to compose great photos. Sharing pictures is a pleasure, thanks to a high-impact 230,000-dot resolution.

Product Details

Long Name: FinePix S2950 / S2990, FinePix S2950HD

Digital Zoom: 6.7, 6.7 x, 6,7

LCD Display Size: 3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Product type: Digital Compact Camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 14

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 18

Autofocus: TTL

Video Input / Digital Video Format: AVI

Manufacturer: Fujifilm

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.2" - colour

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix S2950 - digital camera, Fujifilm FinePix S2950 - digital camera - Fujinon

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Sensor Resolution: 14.0 Megapixel

Colour: Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11 cm x 8.1 cm x 7.3 cm

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional ) ¦ 4 x AA lithium battery ( optional )

Display: LCD display - 3"

Lens System: Fujinon 18 x zoom lens - 5 - 90 mm - f/3.1-5.6

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Weight: 341 g

Min Focus Distance: 40 cm

Lens Included: Fujinon


AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: AVI, MJPEG

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Digital Zoom: 6.7 x

Optical Zoom: 18 x

Enclosure Colour: Black

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

MPN: S2950BLACKTARVOS4GBSD, P10NC03860A, S2950GOLLA4GBSDKIT, 16123529, 16123567

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 14,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 14.0 Megapixel

Lens Included: Fujinon

Face Detection: Blink Detection technology, face and smile detection

Camera Flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 8 m

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional ) ¦ 4 x AA lithium battery ( optional )

Battery Type: AA

Battery Life Details: Photo shooting - 300 shots ( alkaline batteries ) ¦ Photo shooting - 500 shots ( NiMH batteries ) ¦ Photo shooting - 700 shots ( lithium batteries )


Included Accessories: Lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, lens cap strap, audio / video cable

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Software: Drivers & Utilities, MyFinePix Studio

Memory / Storage

Image Storage: JPEG 4288 x 3216 ¦ JPEG 4288 x 2864 ¦ JPEG 4288 x 2416 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2304 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2048 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1360 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Included Memory Card: 4 GB SDHC

Video Capture: AVI - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps

Additional Features

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge support, histogram display, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an image, Automatic Scene Recognition (SR Auto), instant zoom, 720p HD movie recording, face detection, YouTube capture mode, Exif Print support, Blink Detection technology, Smile Detection technology, automatic display brightness adjustment, Motion Panorama, Zoom Bracketing mode

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 8 frames per second, 1.2 frames per second, 3.3 frames per second


Field Coverage: 97%

Viewfinder Resolution: 200,000 pixels

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.2"

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Type: Electronic


Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 341 g

Height: 7.3 cm

Depth: 8.1 cm

Width: 11 cm

Exposure & White Balance

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

White Balance Presets: Fine, incandescent, shade, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night mode, text, party/indoor, fireworks, flower, sports mode, sunset, beach, night (tripod), natural light, snow, natural light & with flash, smile shot, motion panorama, zoom bracketing

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Metering Zones: 256

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot, average

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 64, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO 3200 (3Mpix), ISO 6400 (3Mpix)

Lens System

Lens Construction: 11 groups / 14 elements

Type: Fujinon 18 x zoom lens - 5 - 90 mm - f/3.1-5.6

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 2-300cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 504mm

Min Focus Distance: 40 cm


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