The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 is a digital camera available for around £140 or $200. The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 is built like a prosumer camera with a larger SLR like form factor. It has a high specification than many cameras in its price range which includes a 14 megapixel sensor, 18 times optical zoom, 720p movie capture and firmware which allows functions like face detection. In this article we will examine the Fujifilm FinePix S2950 to see whether you should put it on your list to look at if you’re buying a new digital camera.
The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 has a specification that includes:
- 14MP sensor
- 18 times optical zoom
- 720p video recording capability
- Face detection
- SD card storage
The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 has a 14-megapixel sensor, which will be sufficient for most people’s needs, even if they wish to enlarge the photograph up to a large size. Example images look very clear, and the macro mode produces good detail. Fujifilm is a well-known camera manufacturer and so it does know what it’s doing when it’s creating cameras that produce good quality photographs.
There are some reports that this camera can be slightly slow at taking shots, although you should examine the camera in a photography shop to test this. Shutter lag can be very annoying, especially in sporting events when you really need responsiveness.
The FinePix S2950 also offers 720p video recording, although cameras like this should always be regarded as a digital camera rather than a video recorder. The video is reported to be clear and the camera has the added benefit of HDMI out, allowing you to output it straight onto a television for showing to friends and family.
Design and Ergonomics
The S2950’s design emulates a traditional SLR camera. It has a larger handhold and build, which makes it much more easy to hold onto and to steady for taking photos. It also offers many buttons and quick access to different shooting modes.
Fujifilm FinePix S2950 has a 3 inch LCD screen which makes it easy to look at photographs, to decide whether you got the right shot or not. The camera also has a viewfinder, which is useful when there is a lot of light in the environment and can help to steady the camera when taking long telephoto shots.
This camera uses AA batteries rather than its own proprietary battery pack. In my opinion this is a major advantage, as it allows you to carry lots of batteries with you, and you can buy them practically anywhere in the world.
- 14-megapixel sensor
- 720 p video recording
- AA batteries
- Very low price
- Uses SD cards
- SLR design which some may find bulky
- Battery life – and lack of AA battery support
- Shutter lag
Is the Fujifilm FinePix S2950 right for you?
The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 provides good value for money. It offers a lot of features and capabilities and offers the SLR type form factor that many people prefer. However this camera is using old technology, which is reflected in its price. That said, digital cameras haven’t advanced very much in the last couple of years, and so this camera would last for a while yet.
You always need to test the camera in your hands before you buy it. Even if you can’t find the exact model, trying out a similar model with the same form factor will give you the information on design and ergonomics. Looking at websites such as Flickr for images taken by the camera can often show you any issues that you may find with your specific needs for the Fujifilm FinePix S2950.
If you liked this review then you may also want to read about the Canon IXUS 115 HS, the Nikon Coolpix S3100, the Panasonic Lumix TZ10, the FinePix HS20EXR, Sony DSCW570 Cyber-Shot and the Panasonic Lumix TZ18.
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