The Fujifilm FinePix S4000 is a ultra-zoom camera equipped with a 3 inch LCD screen and a Fujinon 30x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm) with High Sensitivity + CCD Shift Image Stabilization. The camera also features Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), 6 scene SR AUTO recognition, Motion Panorama mode with auto stitch, HDTV-compatible Photos & Video and Auto image rotation in playback.
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The FinePix S4000 measures at 118.0 (W) x 80.9 (H) x 99.8(D) mm / 4.6in.(W) x 3.2in.(H) x 3.9in.(D) and weighs in at Approx. 540g / 19.0oz. (Including accessories, batteries and memory card).
Is the camera easy to use?
Basically the S4000 can be categorized as a bridge camera from pocket to DSLR for amateur photographers would use to take an extremely close shots, photograph ships on horizon, closing in on a wildlife while still able to take some panorama landscape photos too. One of the things that you should consider about S4000 not only with the all fancy stuff they have, but because Fujifilm had proven the menu system which was and still is very easy to use and handle even for the beginners. The finepix (F) button on S4000 has a more simple approach which makes it easy to use compared with the previous cameras.
The camera also has a nice design with a grip which feels good and allowing you hold and shoot with one hand. My only complaint is the slot for memory card, which is located in the battery compartment so you will need to remove the battery lid to get to the card.
How does the Fujifilm FinePix S4000 perform?
We find the camera has no override on the auto focus and it also has a slow response time from when you press the shutter till when it captures the image. The autofocus on the Fujifilm FinePix S4000 is very slow compared to DSLR cameras. So you can start to hunt for other cameras if you need the camera to shoot a fast action movement of your kids running around in a playground because you’re just going to miss for the opportunity for that special shot over and over again.
However, after examining the shots taken with this camera we are happy to say that the camera does take good photographs. Outdoor shots are detailed and clear. With a proper lighting you can get your Indoor shots looking great as well. Our test shows that the pictures taken with the camera have no digital noise at all at ISO 64. Photos are looking extremely well until you hit the ISO 400 setting where digital noise is starting to spoil your images. Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of the images shot with this camera. The video quality is also good with the ability to zoom in and out during recording time.
I like the idea of using AA batteries for power since you can buy the batteries almost in every shop. It’s recommended though if you use rechargeable NiMh batteries. I can get more than 300 photos from one charging which is great.
Should I buy the FinePix S4000?
If you’re looking for a camera to shoot your kids running around in your backyard, you might want to get a faster camera and look elsewhere for your need.
But, if you’re a keen amateur photographer who loves to travel and looking for a camera for shooting landscape and wildlife, then YES. The Fujifilm FinePix S4000 is a perfect camera for you since you can get any types of photos without having to carry those heavy lenses in your backpack. The camera takes good pictures especially on a good light condition. With its 30X optical zoom lens and dual image stabilization, you can shoot sharp and clear photos from a distance. It uses AA batteries so you can just go to the nearest convenient stores when you run out of power.
Are there any alternatives out there?
You might want to consider the Kodak EasyShare Z981 Point & shoot Digital Camera with only $299.95. It zooms in faster, wider, and closer than ever, giving you sharp, steady shots you’ll be proud to share with. Kodak’s Share button lets you tag pictures directly from your camera for uploading to internet sites, plus e-mail too. And its unique vertical shutter release and detachable grip that allows you the flexibility to go from horizontal to vertical shots with ease.
Other cameras that you should take a look at are the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS or the Nikon Coolpix P500. Both cameras have bigger zoom and produce some great looking images as well. If you want to own a smaller travel camera you might want to check the Casio EX-H30 and the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX5 which also comes with a Built-in GPS tracking and 1090i high-definition video with stereo sound.
– Download Fujifilm FinePix S4000 User Manual (PDF – 3.81MB)
Model name: FinePix S4000 / S4050
Number of effective pixels: 14.0 million pixels
Image sensor: 1/2.3-inch CCD with primary color filter
– Internal memory (none)
– SD / SDHC memory card *2
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 ) *3
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
AVI (Motion JPEG )
WAVE format, Monaural sound
Number of recorded pixels
L : (4:3) 4288 x 3216 / (3:2) 4288 x 2864 / (16:9) 4288 x 2416
M : (4:3) 3072 x 2304 / (3:2) 3072 x 2048 / (16:9) 3072 x 1728
S : (4:3) 2048 x 1536 / (3:2) 2048 x 1360 / (16:9) 1920 x 1080
Fujinon 30x optical zoom lens
f=4.3mm – 129.0mm, equivalent to 24 – 720mm on a 35 mm camera
F3.1(Wide) – F5.9 (Telephoto)
11 groups 15 lenses
Digital zoom: Approx. 6.7x (up to approx. 201.0x, with 30x optical zoom)
Aperture F3.1 / F8(Wide)
F5.9 / F8 / F20(Telephoto) with ND filter
Focus distance (from lens surface)
Wide : Approx. 40cm / 1.3ft. to infinity,
Telephoto : Approx. 2.8m / 9.2ft. to infinity
Wide : Approx. 7cm – 3m / 2.8in. – 9.8ft.
Telephoto : Approx. 2.0m – 3m / 6.6ft. – 9.8ft.
Wide : Approx. 2cm / 0.8in. – 1.0m / 0.8in. – 3.3ft.
Auto,Equivalent to ISO 64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200* / 6400* (Standard Output Sensitivity)
TTL 256-zones metering ; Spot, Multi, Average
Programmed AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual exposure
Zoom Bracketing, Natural Light & with Flash, Natural Light, Portrait, Baby, Smile, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text,
SR AUTO, AUTO, P, S, A, M, Custom, Movie, Panorama, SP
Image stabilizer: CCD-shift type
Face detection: Yes
Exposure compensation: -2.0EV – +2.0EV 1/3EV step
(Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/2000 sec. , (All other modes) 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec. with mechanical shutter
max. 1.2 frames / sec;
max. 3.3frames / sec; size (M,S)
max. 8frames / sec; size (S)
max. 1.2 frames / sec; last 3 frames recorded
max. 1.2 frames / sec; maximum number of frames varies with image size and available memory
Auto Bracketing AE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Single AF / Continuous AF (SR AUTO, Movie)
TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
AF frame selection
Center, Multi, Area, Tracking
White balance: Automatic scene recognition
Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom
Self-timer Approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay
Flash Auto flash (i-flash)
Effective range: (ISO AUTO)
Wide: Approx. 40 cm – 7.0 m / 1.3 ft. – 22.9 ft.,
Telephoto: Approx. 2.5 m – 3.6 m / 8.2 ft. – 11.8 ft.
Wide: Approx. 30 cm – 3.0 m / 1 ft. – 9.8 ft.,
Telephoto: Approx.2.0 m – 3.0 m / 6.5 ft. – 9.8 ft.
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Hot shoe –
Electronic Viewfinder 0.2-inch., approx. 200,000 dots, color LCD viewfinder approx. 97% coverage
LCD monitor: 3.0-inch, approx. 460,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 97% coverage
Movie recording: 1280 x 720 pixels / 640 x 480 pixels / 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames / sec.) with monaural sound.
SR AUTO, Instant zoom, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Framing guideline, blink detection, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, motion panorama, Face recognition
Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, voice memo, histogram display, exposure warning, Photobook assist, image search, Favorites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase selected frames
Other functions: PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode
NTSC / PAL selectable with monaural sound
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI Mini connector
4xAA type alkaline batteries (included) / 4xAA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (sold separately) / 4xAA type lithium batteries (sold separately)
Dimensions: 118.0 (W) x 80.9 (H) x 99.8(D) mm / 4.6in.(W) x 3.2in.(H) x 3.9in.(D)
Approx. 445g / 15.7oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)
Approx. 540g / 19.0oz. (including accessories, batteries and memory card)
Operating Temperature: 0°C – 40°C
Operating Humidity: 10% – 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation
Alkaline batteries: Approx. 300frames
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries : Approx 500 frames
Lithium batteries : Approx. 700 frames
4xAA type alkaline batteries
USB-A / V cable
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
DC coupler CP-04