Fujifilm FinePix S2950
A medium powerful camera
If you still haven’t made up your mind on what digital camera to buy, Fujifilm prompts you to buy their new FinePix S2950 because, according to them, it’s worth it. There are many brands that claim their product is the best one ever, but in reality the story’s different. The device we’re reviewing today is one of them. At least that’s how we think about it after testing it. Find details below.
18x optical zoom
The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 is part of three megazooms which Fujifilm released this year. It is a quite appealing product with its black color. The device measures 4.3″ x 2.9″ x 3.2″ and weighs 436g including the media and battery, and it comes with a right-hand grip which is very helpful. But, compared with others of its type, it’s not easy to carry around or move from pocket to pocket. The lens used by the FinePix S2950 is a wide-angle 28-504mm-equivalent and an optical zoom of 18x (28-504mm). On the top of the camera we saw a Mode control with 10 shooting options to choose from. The rear houses a 3″ LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder. A thumb rest and a key for switching between the LCD and EVF sit on the left; the directional pad, Menu, Playback, Display, F-mode and Exposure Compensation are below the two mentioned earlier. The Menu and F-mode gave us access to other setup and shooting menus which were all very easy to use when we tested the device for our review.
Some low light problems
As for features, the latest Fujifilm S2950 is equipped with face detection, dual-image stabilization, tracking autofocus, scene-recognition SR Auto and full manual controls.
Overall performance was decent. The photos we managed to take looked far better when we were sitting outdoors under direct sunlight than indoors in poor lighting conditions. Colors were both beautiful and bright, but highlights looked blown-out. Exposure, on the other hand, was really good. When using ISO 200, the quality of pictures started to deteriorate and at ISO 800 they appeared horrible, because of important loss of detail. We loved the camera’s ability to take close-ups from a distance of 0.8inches, but we didn’t like its slowness; take for example the 2.5 seconds it needed to open and become usable and the 3.5 seconds between shots.
There was also noticeable shutter lag and the autofocus didn’t give such good results when we wanted to shoot moving objects or subjects. On the bright side, the Fujifilm FinePix S2950 sports a multitude of shooting options, of which there are many interesting ones. We’ll mention only some: Aperture-priority, SR Auto, Manual modes.
If you want to be able to also shoot videos, this device can do that. Content looked nice, although not as good as on other megazooms. We encountered the same problem with dim light, plus noise, although the latter wasn’t that noticeable as on other products we tested a while back.
The gadget works with AA-size batteries, but it also accepts rechargeable NiMH and lithium ion ones; this translated into the possibility of extended shooting time. The camera also has some ports, such as 1 micro-USB/AV and 1 mini-HDMI which help users watch videos on their HDTVs, computers and monitors.
The review conclusion is that the Fujifilm FinePix S2950 is a good choice for those of you who want a camera that can take casual photos. For the others we can recommend other devices.
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic and optical viewfinder or LCD|
|Resolution Width in Pixel||4288|
|Resolution Height in Pixel||3216|
|Memory Type||External Only|
|Depth in mm||81.4|
|Height in mm||73.4|
|Lowest Focal Length in mm||28|
|Focal Length in mm||504|
|Video Capture||Video + Sound|
|Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro||Not|
|Internal Memory size in MB||0|
|Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo||Not|
|Max Resolution Mode Video Width||1280|
|Max Resolution Mode Video Height||720|
|LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel||230000|
|Ability to save files in RAW||0|
|Shutter Speed fastest in Second||1 / 2000|
|Shutter Speed slowest in Second||8|
|Maximum Aperture Tele||5.6|
|Maximum Aperture Wide||3.1|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 “|
|Battery Type||4x AA (LR6/MIGNON)|
|Image Stabilizer||Optical Stabilizer|
|Debugging||Face Detection and Smile|
|Number of frames per second in video mode||30|