Fujifilm FinePix S304

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Fujifilm FinePix S304

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 02/03/2006 | Hemeter
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Pro excellent results on auto
Cons annoying date/time reset needed when batteries run out
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"Fuji S304 - tried and still trusted!"

I bought this model nearly 3 years ago. It looked serious, had a great optical zoom range and, rarely in this price range had a threaded lens hood which accepted attachments such as filters as well as providing excellent protection from flare. Unfortunately the snap-on lens cap which clips onto the hood has a habit of detaching itself - but Fuji UK will replace this for you. The picture quality belies its 3.2MP sensor and A4 prints are a realistic proposition. There are a range of exposure options but I rarely use anything other than AUTO. There is also a very good macro function which can produce stunning results.It does need 4 AA cells which power the LCD panel and the electronic viewfinder, which is a rather coarse colour affair. Your best bet is to buy a couple of sets of high capacity rechargeables. When they pack up you are nagged to reset the time and date which is really annoying. The XD cards are small and now quite cheap. It takes a while to "boot up" and you can't fire off a volley of shots as it takes a couple of seconds between exposures. But they are now available at a bargain price - especially on eBay so snap one up.

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  • raymond24 published 21/04/2007
    very helpful review, I have the same camera; and my lens cap is a bad fit. Every time I remove it from the case the lens cap comes off . Iwill contact the firm and try to get a new lens cap.
  • welshfruitbat published 03/03/2006
    Good review. xx
  • gollum3273 published 03/03/2006
    We have this camera and have never had a problem with it. sam
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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

General

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

Viewfinder Type: Electronic, LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.33"

Viewfinder Resolution: 110,000 pixels

Display

Type: 1.8" LCD display

Resolution: 62,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

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

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Software

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

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Shoulder strap, adaptor ring, USB cable

Battery

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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