Fujifilm FinePix S3200 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • 24x optical zoom
  • 24mm wide-angle
  • Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video
  • Manual control
  • 8fps burst mode (max 20 frames)
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Uses AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2011-02-01
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm FinePix S3200
14 megapixels; 24x optical zoom; 24mm wide-angle; Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; Manual control; 8fps burst mode (max 20 frames); Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Uses AA batteries
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Fujifilm's budget superzooms are always popular with consumers because they carry huge zoom ranges at low prices. The S3200 continues that tradition with a 24x zoom (starting at a wide 24mm, no less) and an asking price of $249. It is, of course, a bit too good to be true, as the S series is also known for iffy image quality and an uninspiring user experience. Still, the fact stands that you're unlikely to find such an enormous zoom for under $250 anywhere else.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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