Expert Review of Fujifilm FinePix S2950
FujiFilm FinePix S2950 comes for those with a budget is but that does not mean the camera is something look over to, it is feature filled and has the specifications that’ll appeal to serious photographers. Catering an 18x optical zoom lens rain itself is a massive deal, with a focal range of 28 mm to 504 mm that is 35 mm equivalent in terms. To enhance your picture quality the camera comes with a mechanical sensor based stabilization technology. It delivers a 1/ 2.3 inch CCD image sensor that grants 14.0 megapixel resolutions. With a click of a button you can start recording high definition videos at 720p and 30 frames per second. On the rear you will find the beautiful 3 inch LCD screen with a rather low 230,000 dot resolution. The screen is also accompanied by a 200k dot electronic viewfinder. It also include creative features like panoramic shots, Tracking Auto Focus, Zoom bracketing, continuous shooting that can take 8fps for 20 frames in S mode. Further it has edgy features like Smile and Blink detection. All in the entire camera is a good package on an affordable tag. The camera is available in only black. And pictures and videos from it can easily be transformed to social media by the use of in-camera tagging available for both Facebook and Youtube. All you do is connect to the PC and launch MyFinePix studio, this way you save time and share instantaneously.
Design and Build Quality
Design wise FujiFilm FinePix S2950 is comfortable to use, with a deep grip handle that lets you grasp this rather heavy camera. 540 grams to be precise that is with battery and memory card included. The material for the camera doesn’t do it any favors with the leather imitated effect rubber grip and an all plastic body. It’s not your pocket able camera with its 118.0 (W) x 80.9 (H) x 99.8(D) mm dimensions, the camera needs a good hand to carry it around but with what’s inside is all worth the carriage weight. The designing will definitely give you the DSLR like vibe and it holds feature that compliments the design perfectly. At its rear you will find the 3 inch LCD screen gracing it wonderfully with all the buttons that you need to its right. Battery compartment is shared with the memory cards at the lower.
Focus and Face Detection
FujiFilm FinePix S2950 comprises of two focusing system: first the Single AF and the second continuous AF. With that it uses four focusing points that include Centre, Multi, Area and Tracking. Tracking Auto focus (AF) simply track moving subjects within the frame boundaries. As long as the camera sees a subject in the frame the camera with detect it, all you have to do is keep the shutter half pressed. Once you press the shutter button fully the subject will be in perfect focus. FujiFilm FinePix S2950 can go as close to 2 cm to a subject to capture Super Macro shots. As for face detection, the camera can detect to an amazing ten faces in one frame. They can all be zoomed, cropped and magnified later. Within this you will find a very impressive Smile detection feature and Blink detection.
Lens and Image Stabilization
FujiFilm FinePix S2950 packs an 18x high precision zoom Fujinon optical lens that covers an impressive wide angle focal range from 28 mm – 504 mm. This is operative in video mode too, so you get the freedom to shoot and record large spaces with proper vibrancy. The freedom is especially amazing for those who like wildlife or sports photography. The lens is highly complimented with the dual Image stabilizing technology. The combination of a high ISO sensitivity range from ISO 64 to ISO 6400 that can be very useful in different light conditions for clear images and the mechanically stabilizing sensor that helps to fight blur hence too aiding in producing accurate, haze free photos.
Screen and Menus
Embracing the back of the camera is a large but impressive 3 inch LCD display which is ideal for composing and reviewing photos and videos. Fujifilm FinePix S2950 caters a 230,000 dot resolution screen with a wide viewing angle very helpful while you have a group of people to share your experience with. FujiFilm FinePix S2950 also has an Electronic Viewfinder for a better connection with your photo subject. As for the menus, they are super easy and user friendly. For a beginner perhaps ideal as the options are not too complicated to get your head around but at times you may find the interface a bit slow.
FujiFilm FinePix S2950 is powered by 4 AA size rechargeable li-ion batteries. With a full charge you can have yourself a total of 300 shots which is more than enough even if you shoot an entire day.
The camera is very much capable of high definition video recording. Fujifilm FinePix S2950 can do this at 1280 x 720 pixels and that can be lowered down to 640 x 480 pixels and alternatively 320 x 240 pixels in VGA format but all in 30 frames per second. Digital zoom is available in the video mode but only 3x the zoom the camera is previously set before the recording. There is unfortunately no optical zoom during the video mode. The format for movie shooting is 16: 9. The up thing is that you can view your videos on HDTV, thanks to the HDMI port granted
Inside Fujifilm FinePix S2950 you will find a 14 megapixels 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor that produces 4288 x 3216 pixels photographs in JPEG format, all high quality. The sensor works to compose the best detailed pictures that endure quality even as the images are cropped or printed.
Fujifilm FinePix S2950 has a wide-angle 18x zoom lens, also takes AA-size batteries for power which is very feasible if you’re travelling especially, and has a very efficient 3-inch LCD, an electronic viewfinder, and many creative manual and semi-manual shooting modes.
The performance of Fujifilm FinePix S2950 and photo quality indoors and in low-light conditions are just passable for its price. It also has a small viewfinder.