Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Review

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.

Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Review
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

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.

Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Review

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.

Fujifilm FinePix S4000 produces great images

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.

Fujifilm FinePix S4000 uses AA NiMh BatteriesI 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.

Sample Photos

Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Sample PhotosShooting Mode: AUTO
Image Size: 4288 x 3216
Sensitivity: ISO 64
Dynamic Range: 100%
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/75
Lens Focal Length: 4.3mm
White Balance: Auto
File Format: JPEG

Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Sample PhotosShooting Mode: AUTO
Image Size: 4288 x 3216
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Dynamic Range: 100%
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/150
Lens Focal Length: 16.3mm
White Balance: Auto
File Format: JPEG

Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Sample PhotosShooting Mode: AUTO
Image Size: 4288 x 3216
Sensitivity: ISO 64
Dynamic Range: 100%
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/210
Lens Focal Length: 4.3mm
White Balance: Auto
File Format: JPEG


– 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

Storage media:
– Internal memory (none)
– SD / SDHC memory card *2

File format

still image
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

Still image

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.

Super Macro

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)

Exposure control

TTL 256-zones metering ; Spot, Multi, Average

Exposure mode

Programmed AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual exposure

Shooting modes

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

Shutter speed
(Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/2000 sec. , (All other modes) 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec. with mechanical shutter

Continuous shooting

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.

Flash modes

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.

Photography functions

SR AUTO, Instant zoom, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Framing guideline, blink detection, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, motion panorama, Face recognition

Playback functions

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


Video output
NTSC / PAL selectable with monaural sound
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HD output
HDMI Mini connector

Power supply:

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

Accessories included

4xAA type alkaline batteries
Shoulder strap
USB-A / V cable
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
Owner’s manual

Optional accessories

AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
DC coupler CP-04

One Response to “Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Review”

  1. Raja says:

    Satisfactory Performance –

    Bought this camera couple of months back at $250 (while I was at US). Now its around $210. Picture quality (especially sharpness) is average. If you compare this with similar featured ( expensive)

    Canon, Panasonic, Nikon cameras, you WON’T be satisfied with the picture quality.
    I would say that it’s picture quality (not resolution) is equivalent to my Canon Powershot A520 (4MP) bought in the begining of 2006.

    Pros: –
    (1) Value for Money (no doubt…to me the Value for money ratio is 90%).
    (2) Above average picture quality in bright sunny days and with low ISO settings (for higher ISO like 800 and above, you have to have a stable tripod).
    (3) Zoom (can’t deny…too good…only if you have very steady hands or use a tripod you can get above satisfactory picture quality at higher zooms).
    But don’t expect zooms like Canon SX30 or Panasonic FZ40 (they are double the price though).
    (4) Movie quality at outdoors is above average (but heavy in size/megabytes). You need at least a 4GB card (class 6 is better).
    (5) Macro photography is very good in sunlight (and if you know the ISO & white balance concept you can tweak this one for more better quality…I did).
    (6) Looks & Features.

    Cons: –
    (1) Photo Quality (when enlarged/zoomed) purely seems like Interpolated pixels (like painted) taken at 20X zoom and above (even in sunny days).
    (2) Doesn’t have the clarity like similar priced Canon SX or Panasonic Lumix at higher zooms.
    (3) Photo quality is so-so on cloudy days (haven’t tested any night photography yet). With more than 10X zoom in cloudy days picture quality is poor.
    (4) Sound quality should have been little better.
    (5) Panorama mode is not for casual/novoice people.
    (6) Sports mode (fast/continuous moving objects) need to have a tripod, else 50% of the picture will come blurry or out of focus. This problem is not there with my Canon A520.
    (7) Location of the memory card.

    Suggestion: – Buy this camera only if you are on budget…you won’t regret then. Please don’t try to compare the picture quality with that of a Rs. 20000 (and above) cameras, that would be injustice. Use tripod & self-timer for high zoom (above 20x) photos, you will get much better results (although its
    not possible to use tripods in every situation).
    Need a budgeted hi-fi DSLR “like” camera, go for this, else prefer Canon (SX), Nikon (P series), Panasonic Lumix, etc.
    I have taken around 300 photos in diferent conditions & settings and I would conclude that only 70% were acceptable. And around 100 photos were of above average quality (would rate 5/10).
    Unless you are skilled at using the manual modes, stick to Full Auto (not SR Auto) and flash for most indoor photos.

    The looks & get up of this camera (especially at full optical zoom) is almost similar to a low-end DSLR, only this one is of a smaller size but not much lighter in weight.

    Do read the instructions carefully and do some R&D before you leap else you will get dissappointed with the quality.
    If you are a fan of Fuji and can spend more, get HS-10.

    In simple words, this is better than a point & shoot and much less than a DSLR. And keep in mind the price.

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