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The S7000 utilizes Fujifilm's 4th Generation Super CCD HR with 6.3 million effective pixels and 12.3 million recorded pixels (4048x3040). The FinePix ...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix S7000"

published 05/03/2005 | gusmcdougall
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Excellent
Pro Range of features, really sharp LCD screen, great multiframe & macro, durability.
Cons Quite intense JPEG comression at top end, but does have raw image option
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"Gustov"

I bought the camera in Feb04 as a multi purpose camera to help me out as a freelance web and graphic designer.

The intention was to buy this as a step up from a canon digital ixus for use mainly on web, product shots, backgrounds etc and for general personal use. The idea then was to move upto a digital SLR but as it turns out, the only reason I'd need for making that move now would be the higher image quality, the S7000 has astounded me with the control I have and the amount of features available.

It gives me everything I need for a huge range of work that will be viewed mainly on web and is more than capable of creating an image quality suitable for a lot of small scale print work - flyers - brochure shots etc. Mainlt though I use it for web based work, product shots, people, abstracts, interiors etc. and it has proved to be a fantastic piece of equipment for this.

These are the main features that make the camera such a great support tool for a graphic / web designer -

Great handling.
Before digital took off, the leading SLRs paid massive attention on designing all the camera features to be accesable when holding a camera to the eye. Because of the LCD screen many digitals have forgotten about this. The S7000 hasn't. You pick up the camera and have access to everything with 2 thumbs & a forefinger.

Range of features.
Manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, presets (landscape, poirtrait etc) spot & multi meetering, manual auto & continuous auto focus, macro, super macro, exposure lock, focus lock, multi exposure, continuos shooting, exposure compensation, slow flash , red eye, a big zoom, an option for wide or tele lense adaptors, hotshoe for external flash. It's as close you can get to a digital SLR without having an SLR.

Favourite features.
Macro / Super macro
For web stuff it's amazingly useful to have a macro & super macro facility. I can get in to about 1cm from a subject which is amazingly useful for creating abstract backgrounds etc.

Raw
jpeg comression is harsh @ the top end. I just avoid it for important stuff & use the Raw ( uncompressed) feature. You need big memory cos each shot's around 16mb & it takes a littel longer to store so no good for rapid shooting - ideal for static stuff. I just remind myself how long things used to take using film and the added 3 seconds fade away!!!

Slow flash
have got some great effects - totally random but great - jsut bunging thecamera on a slow flash setting and taking early evening outdoors shots.

To conclude I'd say that this camera has proved to be by far the best purchase I've made to support me as a professional web & graphic designer. It isn't an SLR and if I turned up to take brochure shots of a new car in a very expensive studio I'd be laughed at - then fired.

Although Fuji claim 12M pixels, don't be fooled - you're not going to get an image quality anywhere near that of a digital SLR, for example, an EOS 300D. A compact camera, however laden with features, doesn't get as much light to the LCD as an SLR and due to the target market and RRP, cannot invest as much money into the qaulity of sensor. If you need this level of image quality, stop pretending this is the way to go and buy an SLR.

However, if you want something that gives you amazing control, a huge ammount of features and some very special unique features, and you want a superb all round camera that can give you all you need for high end amature / personal use or low to middle end BASIC professional, or if you need a support tool for web based work, then don't hesitate in buying this camera, especially now it's under £300, which for what you're getting is staggering.

You will also need at least 250MB to get around 15 raw shots on one card.

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  • offspringy published 12/10/2006
    Clear and easy to follow, thanks
  • mental_monk published 31/08/2006
    Very informative review. Nice job!
  • davidm385 published 05/10/2005
    Good review of this camera in the sub-DSLR category. Nice of job of pointing out plusess and minuses on the camera.
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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix S7000

Manufacturer's product description

The S7000 utilizes Fujifilm's 4th Generation Super CCD HR with 6.3 million effective pixels and 12.3 million recorded pixels (4048x3040). The FinePix S7000 has a bright F2.8 Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) Fujinon 6X (35-210mm) optical zoom lens with a 13-step aperture and high speed focusing. Up to 800 ISO at 1, 2, or 3 MegaPixels is possible with minimal electronic noise, and digital movies with sound at full VGA resolution (30 fps) is also possible. A new 235,000 pixel electronic viewfinder greatly improves viewfinder performance over previous models. Other features include: Dual media slots for xD Picture Card and MicroDrive, a manual focus/zooming adjustment lens ring, full manual exposure and aperture or shutter priority, AE scene modes, custom white balance, hot shoe mount. The S7000 supports CCD-RAW and JPEG file formats and connects to your computer via USB 2.

Product Details

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix S7000 - digital camera, Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Sensor Resolution: 6.3 Megapixel

Interpolated Resolution: 12.3 Megapixel

Lens System: 6 x zoom lens - 7.8 - 46.8 mm - f/2.8-3.1, 6 x zoom lens - f/2.8-8.0

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.44" - colour, Electronic - 0.44"

Display: LCD display - 1.8"

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

AV Interfaces: Component video, Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.1 cm x 9.7 cm x 8.2 cm, 12.2 cm x 9.7 cm x 8.1 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg

General

MPN: N074150A, S7000, FP-S7000, P10N074150A, N077910A, 40471204, 43860800, P10N077920A, N077920A, 46008

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 6.3 Megapixel / 12.3 Megapixel (interpolated), 6.3 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: Super CCD HR

Total Pixels: 6,630,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 6,300,000 pixels

Interpolated Image Resolution: 12,305,920 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.7"

Optical Zoom: 6 x

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVI, AVI, MJPEG

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW

AV Interfaces: Component video, Composite video

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 160, ISO 600

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, multi-segment, spot

Exposure Metering Zones: 64

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

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

Special Effects: Black & White, chrome

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

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

Max Shutter Speed: 1/10000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

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

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

Lens System

Type: 6 x zoom lens - 7.8 - 46.8 mm - f/2.8-3.1, 6 x zoom lens - f/2.8-8.0

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 210mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 1-80cm, 1-20cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive, manual

Features: Aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

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

Features: Flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 8.5 m, 0.3 m - 8 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2 frames per second, 1 frame per second, 3.3 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: Audio recording, auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support, PictBridge support

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.44"

Viewfinder Resolution: 235,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%

Display

Type: 1.8" LCD display

Resolution: 118,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Software

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

Miscellaneous

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

Battery

Battery Type: AA

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

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash, xD-Picture Card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB xD

Image Storage: RAW 4048 x 3040 : 1 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 4048 x 3040 : 3 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 4048 x 3040 : 6 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 2848 x 2136 : 10 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2016 x 1512 : 20 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 25 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 1280 x 960 : 33 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 13 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps - 26 sec - with 16MB card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 12.1 cm, 12.2 cm

Depth: 9.7 cm

Height: 8.2 cm, 8.1 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 - 10.2.6

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME - Pentium - 200 MHz - 64 MB - 450 MB ¦ Windows XP - Pentium III - 800 MHz - 128 MB - 450 MB ¦ MacOS 9.0 - 9.2 - PowerPC G3 - 64 MB - 400 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.x - PowerPC G3 - 192 MB - 200 MB

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