Fujifilm FinePix S304

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The FinePix tradition is all about great looks and superb digital photo performance. Now meet its best statement in style: the FinePix S304. Silvery a...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix S304"

published 04/05/2005 | scalygreen
Member since : 02/03/2005
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Pro simple to use for a digital camera novice.
Cons bulky to carry about, though you can remove the lense cover.
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Excellent first time digital camera purchase"

Bought mine two years ago and it has proven very reliable. It takes standard batteries which makes it easy to recharge, and helpful if you happen to run out at a critical moment as you can simply purchase another four AA batteries. It does use them up fast, so you are better buying a battery charger and eight rechargable AA batteries to go with it.

It only comes with a 16MB chip as standard, so I would suggest buying a 128MB chip or two if you plan to go on holiday and cannot download them to clear the chip midway through. (we went to Peru and used three 128 chips and sorted through the images every day weeding out the best). And obviously you need to buy a picture card reader for your computer.

Obviously the extra chips, picture card reader and battery charger and rechargable batteries put the cost up a bit and these extras should be figured in when you are comparing. NB if you want to get a case that is extra too, though it is quite robust without one.

I used a point and click camera before and have found the focus and other controls simple to pick up. The instruction manual is quite clear and easy to understand. The hand grip on the right is a bonus, although it is mainly there to support the batteries, it does provide a firm grip where other digital cameras do not. Useful if you have a shaky hand.

It also has a video option, though it only records for one mintue and the image is low res and grainy when you try and look at it on the computer. With the photos themselves you have an option of 03. mega pixels, 1m, 2m, 3mn and 3mf more than enough resolution for an enlargement to A4 if wished without loosing clarity.

For a novice camera you cannot beat it.

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  • catrinaf published 05/05/2005
    Hi and welcome to Ciao - Cat x x
  • buzzard_cad published 05/05/2005
    A good first review and welcome to Ciao. Martin
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    Hiya, Welcome to Ciao. Tea xx
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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix S304

Manufacturer's product description

The FinePix tradition is all about great looks and superb digital photo performance. Now meet its best statement in style: the FinePix S304. Silvery and futuristic, its compact body fits your hands perfectly. And within those small dimensions you'll find a host of high-performance features, including a razor-sharp 65 optical zoom, an easy-to-use electronic viewfinder, and even the ability to record movies with sound. 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.

Product Details

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix S304 - digital camera, Fujifilm FinePix S304 Zoom - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Sensor Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Lens System: 6 x zoom lens - 6 - 36 mm - f/2.8, 6 x zoom lens - 6 - 36 mm - f/2.8-3.0

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 80 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up Flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.33" - colour, LCD monitor - 0.33" - colour

Display: LCD display - 1.8"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Colour: Metallic silver, Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10 cm x 6.9 cm x 7.7 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty


MPN: N072950A, 40471184, S304, FP-S304Z, FP-S304

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Metallic silver, Silver

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English

Sensor Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 3,340,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 3,240,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.7"

Optical Zoom: 6 x

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG, EXIF

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100

Exposure Metering: Matrix

Exposure Metering Zones: 64

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, aperture-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night mode, sports mode

White Balance: Automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fine, incandescent, fluorescent, daylight, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 3 sec

Lens System

Type: 6 x zoom lens - 6 - 36 mm - f/2.8, 6 x zoom lens - 6 - 36 mm - f/2.8-3.0

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 38 - 228mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 80 cm

Macro Focus Range: 10-80cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up Flash

Flash Modes: Forced mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode

Features: Flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, exposure compensation, built-in speaker, auto power save, DPOF support, AE/FE lock


Viewfinder Type: Electronic, LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.33"

Viewfinder Resolution: 110,000 pixels


Type: 1.8" LCD display

Resolution: 62,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Apple QuickTime 5, ImageMixer VCD


Included Accessories: Shoulder strap, adaptor ring, USB cable


Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Supported Memory Cards: xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M

Included Memory Card: 16 MB xD

Image Storage: Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 12 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 26 - with 16MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 39 - with 16MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 1280 x 960 : 49 - with 16MB card ¦ Standard JPEG 640 x 480 : 122 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 320 x 240 - 10 fps - 94 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 10 fps - 300 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 10 fps - 60 sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 10 fps - 200 sec - max clip duration

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year, Limited warranty - 1 year

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10 cm

Depth: 6.9 cm

Height: 7.7 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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