Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • 30x 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: 2011-03-15
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm FinePix S4000
14 megapixels; 30x 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 S4000 crams a huge 30x zoom lens into a $279 package. Judging from the popularity of past S-series models, this huge zoom, low-cost combo is popular with consumers even if it doesn't always produce great results. Based on our past experience with the S-series, we're betting that users will find some gripes with image quality and performance, though the S4000 does come in a larger, redesigned chassis. Still, for some folks, it'll be tough to argue with such an enormous zoom range for that price.

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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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