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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 13/03/2011 | elfbwillow
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Pro Great photo quality, ease of use
Cons Some flaws in night time shots
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

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Photo I have taken using macro settings

Photo I have taken using macro settings

Fujifilm FinePix S7000

I have always been an avid photographer, though I would not say I was a brilliant one at all! I love taking photos of a whole range of things from people to scenery and flowers, though up until a few months back I only had a small, though perfectly decent, HP Photosmart digital camera so I was not able to experiment with photography the way I would have liked. Now, I have a reasonably good relationship with my mother-in-law, though imagine my surprise when at a family BBQ, she handed over her Fujifilm Finepix camera to me as a gift as she could no longer use it! Suddenly, our relationship seemed so much nicer!!


This camera is not a brand new model, approximately four years old as far as I can tell, which to professional photographers might be a little too old, though for amateurs such as myself, it is a perfect camera to experiment and learn. I have checked online and have found this camera in a couple of different places such as Amazon, ranging in price from £70.00 up to £170.00, though in all cases, the camera is either second hand or refurbished second hand which leads me to believe that this camera is no longer being sold brand new due to its age.

I have never been one to read instruction booklets properly as quite often, they all may as well be written in Chinese for all the sense they make to me, and so my experience with this camera is based purely upon informative knowledge, research and my own experience. The instruction booklet which comes with the camera, though, has helped my husband fix a few problems which have occurred in the running of the camera such as the SD card needing formatting. The camera also originally comes with a USB lead though buying a camera second hand may not give you this extra. I personally do not use a USB lead to upload my photos on to computer as I have a built in card reader, though these USB leads are easy to pick up.

With those formalities out of the way, let me take you onto the review itself.

Most of these types of camera take on a similar look, and this one is no different. There is no spectacular new look to this camera, though at the same time, the design is quite attractive. The size is perfect to fit into two hands, though as it seems quite a bit lighter than most cameras such as this which I have held, it is possible to take photos one handed. On the right hand side, the design allows for your hand to grasp easily with your fingers curling around the side comfortably. The shutter button to take photos is also positioned on this area which adds to the ease of use. Also on this part of the camera is the mode dial with eight different options which I will speak about below, the command dial, continuous shooting button, exposure compensation button and the release socket. All of these are strategically placed so that your right hand can manoeuvre them without a problem. More over to the side than the buttons is a large flap which hosts the cards. Here you are able to use an XD picture card as well as a microdrive card. Above the viewfinder, on the top of the camera is the flash which uses a button for the pop-up mode. There is also an area to attach another flash if required, though I do not have an extra one. The left side of the camera is not built for hand comfort, though it is easy to rest the zoom of the camera on top of your fingers to aid stillness when taking a shot. This side of the camera also holds a number of features such as the macro button, shift button, focus mode selector, and a few different sockets such as the AV out socket, many of which are hidden under a small flap. Upon both these sides is the strap mount which occasionally gets in the way, though nothing too extreme. On the back of the camera you have the viewfinder which sticks out slightly to allow room for your nose which is situated just above the LCD monitor which is a 5x3cm area. I find this quite a small screen to work with, and being able to see detail on this is quite difficult at times, though on playback, you do have the option to zoom into the photo which helps, though I would have preferred a bigger screen to begin with so that I could see the detail when taking the shot. Also situated on the back are a small array of buttons and devices such as the zoom buttons, AE lock button, indicator lamp, back button, menu button, photo mode options, and directional buttons. On the bottom of the camera is the battery compartment which takes four AA batteries, and the tripod mount which screws onto a tripod very easily.

As already mentioned, I am not usually one to read instructions, though as I have good knowledge of using other, smaller cameras, I was able to work a lot out myself as it is all set out quite simply. There were certainly times in which I had to look into the booklet for aspects I was not clear on, though for the main part, I was able to understand through doing more often than not. Although quite a simple camera, I would not recommend this for total beginners into photography, as there are a lot of features in which beginners or casual photographers would really not need.

The one aspect in which I felt was too spread out on the camera was all the options. There is one main menu button, though this holds only a certain amount of options. Other options are geld on other buttons, and trying to remember where each one is, is a little frustrating. This would have certainly been better all in the one menu option. As for the menu option itself, this holds different things whether you are in photo taking mode or playback. The only option here when taking a photo is the self-timer. Here you have three options, the main setting being the off setting, and then the other two allowing you to take a photo within 30 seconds, and for some reason, the other letting the self-timer take in only a 2 second gap. This second option, in my opinion, is a too short a time for a self-timer apart from if you are a professional photographer and using a lead to enable you to take the photo when away from the camera. When in playback mode, you have the options to delete one or all frames, protect settings, playback settings and a voice memo which I do admit, I have never used. Apart from the menu button, you have other menu options on other buttons already mentioned. There are too many options to go through in detail, though I will outline the most important. The first is the macro button which allows for close-up photography. Here you have three different focal range modes;

Macro (10cm-80cm)
Super Macro (1cm-20cm)
Normal (50cm to infinity) (wide angle 90cm to infinity)

The flash has only a couple of options which, when the flash is popped-up, the options can be accessed via the small flash button on the right hand side. Auto-flash is the most used setting, though you are able to switch it to flash on/off at your choice, as well as setting the red eye reduction. The continuous shooting feature allows for a few different choice settings and has a handy viewing feature after the button is released to view all the shots at the same time and decide there and then which ones to keep. The only problem with this is that by viewing this way, the screen is even smaller and so is very difficult to see.

Onto the last most important feature button on this camera; The Mode Dial. As already mentioned, this has eight different settings, though some will obviously be used more than others depending on what type of photographer you are. These options are outlined briefly below;Still image shooting
  • Auto – This has the focal range specified in the normal feature in the macro setting above unless the macro is changed to suit. The auto mode works better on the S-AF selector switch mode though can be used on other modes. This automatically chooses your photo shot from all the other options. This Auto mode is handy for casual photos though at times, can choose the wrong setting for your preferences. Do remember to use the focus display feature when shooting in this mode to prevent blurriness. You also have the option to lock in the composition of more than one person/item at a time using the AF/AE lock. This is a complicated feature in my opinion, and although I have read the instructions, it is hit and miss with me as to whether this works.
  • Programmed Auto – This is quite like the auto mode and allows you to take photos in any settings other than the shutter speed or aperture. You are able to select different shutter speeds in this mode.
  • SP Scene Position – You are able to choose from four different types of scene; portrait (provides soft tone and background), landscape (flash not available in this mode – for settings in daylight only), sports (faster shutter speed) and night scene (priority given to slow shutter speeds up to 3 seconds though tripod needed!!)
  • Shutter Priority Auto – An automatic mode where you can select the speed of the shutter.
  • Aperture Priority Auto – an automatic mode allowing you to set the aperture, allowing for shots such as background out of focus (large aperture) or have both near and far objects in focus at the same time (small aperture).
  • Manual – Allows you to manually set the shutter speed and aperture.

Movie Shooting
* Records 30 frames per second at either 640x480pixels or 320x24opixels depending upon the setting. Focal length of the optical zoom is approximately 35mm-210mm and maximum zoom scale is 6x. Focal range is the same as the normal mode of photography. The final mode in this mode dial section is the set up mode. This holds a whole variety of different settings for both taking photos, recording video and other things needed in the running of the camera. At first glance, this area is actually quite complicated, though once you read through the instructions and practice, then it becomes much clearer and is needed for those wanting optimum usage of the camera. The set-up menu options include; image display, media, power save, format, beep, shutter, date/time, adapter, frame no., ccd-raw, language, video system, USB mode, discharge and reset.

As already mentioned, there are a whole array of other aspects of the mechanics of this camera, though I have taken you through the most important. Now, let me take you on to my experience which is equally, if not more important!


In my opinion, what is more important than the number of setting on a camera, is how the camera actually performs. A camera could have a thousand settings, though if the photo quality is poor, then it certainly is not worth buying. So how does this camera stand up?

I have been using this camera now for about six months and have taken a whole array of different photos, experimenting with different features and settings, and generally having fun with my new toy! At first, I used the auto feature all of the time, though realised that the capability of this option alone just did not allow me to take the photos I required, so I do recommend experimenting with all the features. In the main, though, most photos come out brilliantly clear and crisp. The colours are fantastic and really jump out of the image. I did not realise how drab the colours on my smaller camera were until I had compared the two and now I just can not go back. Scenery shots, as long as the right setting is chosen, look as though they are taken by a professional and I am certainly no professional! Of course, the ability of the photographer is a large part of the photo quality, the ability of this camera in this aspect really helps those who are not so great at photography simply shine! When I take photos of people, I quite often like to blur the background, especially when I am taking shots of my daughter for relatives, though I have found this feature a bit of a hit and miss really. Even experimenting with the different settings and options do not guarantee the background blur when taking a photo of a person.

Occasionally, I am able to take a photo of what I want, though a lot of the time the foreground blurs when it is not supposed to, or all of the scene, both foreground and background, are too clear for the option wanted. This is completely different in the macro mode, though, for close up photos such as flowers or insects. I have taken a wonderful photo of a bee on a flower which really impressed me, the blur of the background working perfectly as the detail of the bee jumps out of the photo. Perhaps I am doing something wrong in the people shots, though having experimented with all the settings; I do believe that this is a small problem with the camera itself. Another problem I have found with this camera is the night time shots. Whether you are taking a photo outside in the dark or inside a dance hall in dim light, the camera struggles to focus and take a picture. You are able to blindly take a photo and the exposure will brighten up even if you could not see what you were taking, though the blur is horrendous. Even using a tripod, the quality of night time shots are just not brilliant. Occasionally, as long as there is some decent background light, the photos will come out alright, though nine times out of ten, these night time photos are passed back to my old camera which does a much better job.

Video quality is much higher on this camera than on my smaller camera, though like the photo quality, it has a problem with dark shots. I have never had any problems with freezing frames and playback always works perfectly. If recording in daylight then the video quality is brilliant. Perhaps not as clear as the photos, though certainly clear and crisp. The sound on the videos is rather quiet, especially on playback on the camera. The sound does get louder when playing back on the computer, though still rather quiet.

When photos are taken, you are able to choose whether the camera automatically stores it or whether you preview it first before accepting it. Either option you choose, the camera lives up to the expectations.

Loading the photos onto the computer is simple. You can use a USB lead, which when new, is supplied with the camera, though I prefer to use the card straight into the laptop card slot. Uploading is reasonably fast though transfer from card to the internet takes quite a while so it is better to transfer onto your computer system first. I have only had one problem with the card in the six months of usage. Unfortunately I lost a few photos when the card somehow went wrong and specified non-initialisation. Although it was simple enough to format the card so that it was usable once more, the photos on the card were lost. I have no idea why this happened, and it has not happened before though I thought I had better mention this as a possible problem for those with more knowledge of the workings of cameras.

Battery life is quite poor with this camera when using the flash. Almost immediately, the battery starts flashing when you have only used the flash once. It does last for quite a while after this sign first comes up, though if you are going out for the day and may need the flash numerous times, you do need to take more than one set of batteries. Do not even attempt to use throw away batteries, either, as they simply do not have the strength to run this camera. Good rechargeable batteries are needed for this.


Before I end this review, I will give you a few important specifications at a brief glance to aid your knowledge before purchasing this camera;

Effective pixels: 6.3 million
Storage Media: x-D Picture card (16/32/64/128/256/512MB), Microdrive (340MB/1GB)
File Format: Still image-DCF-compliant, compressed JPEG, DPOF compatible. Movie-AVI format, motion JPEG, Audio-WAVE Format, monaural sound
Lens: Super EBC Fujinon 6x zoom lens
Focal Length: 7.8mm-46.8mm
Focal Range: Normal wide angle approx 50cm to infinity, telephoto approx 90cm to infinity, macro approx 10cm to 80cm, super macro approx 1cm to 20cm
Shutter speed: auto/SP 1/4sec to 1/2000sec, SP 3-1/250sec, P/S/A 3-1/1000sec, M 15-1/10000sec, Bulb up to 15sec.
LCD monitor: 1.8inches, 118,000-pixel low temp polysilicon TFT approx 100% coverage
Flash type: Auto flash using flash control sensor, Effective range: wide angle approx 0.3-8.5m (to 0.8m macro), telephoto approx 0.9m-7.m
Flash modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow synchro, red-eye reduction + slow synchro.
Self-Timer: 2sec/10sec

Camera Dimensions: w-h-d) 121.0mm x 81.5mm x 7.0mm
Camera Weight: 500g


I am not the most technical minded, though hopefully I have covered all you need to know about this camera.

In my opinion, this is a great camera, though certainly not without its flaws. The ease of use is great for non-professionals, though the layout is a little more complicated than what it really needed to be. The design otherwise is great which aids in the ease of use, and the weight is average though certainly not overbearing. Photo quality is excellent though with some flaws with regards to certain settings or lighting as mentioned in the bulk of this review. Video quality is above average though again, with some flaws.

Professionals will probably want something a little more, well…professional! Though for novices and those with a keen interest in photography, especially scenery shots, this camera is an excellent buy and at a much lower price online that newer models!

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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


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 Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.44"

Viewfinder Resolution: 235,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%


Type: 1.8" LCD display

Resolution: 118,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


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: Drivers & Utilities, Apple QuickTime 5, ImageMixer VCD


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


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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