Fuji Finepix S4000

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Fuji Finepix S4000


  • Pros: Amazing 30X Wide-Angle Zoom. Bright 3″ LCD Display, 720P HD Video, 14MP
  • Cons: Lackluster speed, Slightly better than average picture quality according to a number of users.

I’m a sucker for digital cameras with large optical zoom capabilities, so its no wonder that the Fuji Finepix S4000 display at Costco instantly grabbed my intention. Fuji Finepix S4000 boosts an almost unbelievable, optical, wide-angle zoom of 30X. This is unheard of in point and shoot digital cameras. Would I consider buying this Camera for $200?


If I wasn’t so satisfied with my 18 month old Panasonic DMC-ZS1 Camera with the 12X Zoom, I’d have seriously considered plopping down a reasonable $200 for the Fuji Finepix S4000. It was tempting enough as it was that I wanted to go home and read more about the S4000 on my iPad. What I learned was that the performance reviews from both users and camera professionals were not as impressive as the 30X Optical zoom.  One of the top complaints of the S4000 is that the camera is slow from the time it is turned on to taking that first picture.  If you’re looking for a snappy, small, portable, camera that’s ready in a heart-beat, the Finepix S4000 is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for better, wide-angle, close-up picture capabilities of wildlife and other outdoor photos, the Fuji Finepix S4000 has some tremendous possibilities. Between the large 14MP resolution and 30X Optical zoom, you will be able to get some pretty impressive, long-distance snapshots; excellent for large 8×10 borderless prints or displays on large HD Screens.

While the S4000 is larger than most point and shoot digital cameras, it’s a good size for taking those stable, zoomed-in shots outdoors. Also, its larger footprint will feel more stable in your hand for shooting HD Video. One huge benefit is the ability to shoot High Definition video using the 30X Optical, 24-720mm zoom lens. I assume the S4000 is capable, but as of this writing, I’ve been unable to confirm that. One small beef – there is no stereo recording of video and sound – only mono.

Verdict: **** 


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