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Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD review

Fujifilm's FinePix S2000HD brings a little bit of DSLR to masses

Our Verdict

There's a lot to like in this camera, but it isn't the most convenient

For

  • Great body and grip
  • Viewfinder and good LCD screen
  • Super zoom

Against

  • Uses AA batteries
  • Bulky for a lower-end camera

The Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD has the look and feel of a digital SLR camera, but is aimed at those on a tighter budget needing a large zoom.

The long lens – offering an amazing 15x optical zoom – and sturdy grip handle make it a chunky camera compared to compact cameras elsewhere.

That said, it's an incredibly comfortable device to hold and, with the addition of a built-in image stabiliser, this is the best option here for those looking to capture action shots without losing sharp focus.

The 10-megapixel rating is good enough for images of up to 3648 x 2736 pixels. What's more, you can easily capture video up to HD Ready quality. We found capturing video to be just as easy as using the Still mode. The stabilising software and nature of this camera meant it offered the best video mode of any camera here.

Included in the box is an HDTV connection kit (HD-S2), which saves you £40 and allows you to hook the camera up to your widescreen TV with few hassles.

With 55MB of internal memory, you'll be able to store up to 22 full-sized images. You can add more storage using the SDHC slot on the side of the device.

When it came to still images, we found the 2.7-inch screen great for focusing and framing the image – and there's also a regular viewfinder. The results from our test images were sharp and crisp and colour balance was bright. It also comes with a built-in flash.

The only real problem we had with this camera was the use of AA batteries instead of a rechargeable unit. However, once you've purchased rechargeable AA batteries this shouldn't be a problem.

The design of the Fujifilm Finepix S2000 HD won't suit all users, as it's simply too bulky. For those who are keen to get the most from their digital photography, however, they are sure to find this a well-specified and fantastically affordable introduction to the world of high-end digital cameras.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
Product FamilyFinePix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, xD-Picture Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom15x
Digital Zoom5.7x
Brand NameFujifilm
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)386 g
Flash Memory Capacity55 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported4
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height78.9 mm
Width111 mm
Depth75.7 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5 mm to 75 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelS2000HD
Product NameFinePix S2000HD Bridge Camera
Product LineFinePix
Manufacturer Part NumberNC00980A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

The FinePix S2000HD is a compact and lightweight 10 megapixel digital camera with an incredible 15x Optical zoom lens. Packed with technology and features, the HD output on this model allows the camera to display ultra clear high definition photographs and movies on HDTV. The FinePix S2000HD comes with a remote control and cable as standard so it's all ready for action.

Package Contents
  • FinePix S2000HD High-end Digital Camera
  • 4 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • HD-S2 Output Cable and Remote Controller
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap Cord
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • CD-ROM with Owner's Manual
Display Resolution230000 Pixel