Fujifilm FinePix S7000
- Individual dials for certain controls, rapid shot taking
A very quick advanced camera. The 1/10000th of a second shutter speed makes the S7000 very attractive for certain purposes and it is only really let down by a reasonably hefty price tag and poor wide angled shooting.
Price$ 849.00 (AUD)
The 6.3Mp Fuji FinePix S7000 is part of the Fuji ultra zoom family. At 585g, the S7000 feels solidly constructed, with a nice rubber right-hand grip, making it easy to hold.
The buttons and dials are easy to access. A unique, useful touch: the S7000 has a dedicated dial for changing f-stops and shutter speeds. It also includes a cable-release socket, which is ideal for taking macro shots on a tripod. This is a great addition.
The S7000 conveniently supports two media formats (xD-Picture Card, and CompactFlash I and II) and the two media cards can be inserted into the camera at once. When one card is full, switching to the other card is done via the menu function. A dedicated button on the camera, such as on the Sony F828, would make this function a tad quicker.
The camera comes fitted with an f2.8 to f3.1 Super EBC Fujinon lens that has a 6x optical and 3.2x digital zoom. With such a focal setting it means the lens lets in a lot of light and use of the fast shutter speed is advised to correctly capture images without them being overexposed.
The S7000 is definitely built for fast shots. The quickest shutter setting is 1/10,000 when the camera is set to manual mode! That speed might be useful for taking really fast action shots, but a great deal of ambient light or the flash will be needed to make proper use of it.
The unit offers two fast-action modes: A top-five-shots mode and a last-five-shots mode. The former shoots five shots in rapid succession, while the latter keeps capturing as long you keep pressing the shutter release. The last-five mode is good to use if you're uncertain when the best shot is going to happen in a series. However, once the sequence is complete, the camera takes several seconds to write the data, rendering the camera temporarily inoperable.
When in Auto mode the camera has ISO equivalent settings of 160-800 (when shots are taken at ISO 800, resolution is set to 1Mp, 2Mp and 3Mp only). In Manual, it can only take pictures at ISO 200, 400 and 800. This is a minor setback as in the film equivalent world all 35mm cameras have the provisions for 100-speed film.
The S7000 captures JPEG and RAW images. The camera is fitted with a 1/1.7in Super CCD HR sensor. Despite the pixel ratings, the camera captures 1Mp, 2Mp, 3Mp, 6Mp and 12Mp JPEG images. The "12MP" image is achieved thanks to Fuji's proprietary Super CCD. Although the image file is larger in size, there appeared to be no major difference in quality to a 6Mp image. If you want richness in colour then it is best to take a RAW shot.
Rotating through menus is relatively easy. Menu choices run along the bottom of the LCD, and pop-up choices allow selections to be made simply. The menu can be used to access white-balance calibration, the self-timer, and other adjustments. An alternative to going through the menu system is to press the Shift button, plus an additional key, and then rotate a dial - all at the same time.
Close-up shots are quite impressive, but the closest you can get to a subject is about 10cm before the camera refuses to focus. Wide shots are not as impressive, with more background detail out of focus than you would like. But overall colour saturation is quite good, with no signs of purple edging on wide and zoom shots of a skyline.
Movies are shot at 30fps and offered at 640x480 and 320x240. When played back there is no jumping and sound is quite impressive as well.
The FinePix S7000 ships with four disposable AA batteries rather than rechargeables, which is fairly unusual for an advanced camera. The camera took about 300 shots before the batteries were drained. But play around with features and keep the continuous focus setting to "On" (the camera always looks to focus on objects, thus expending more power) and expect the battery to give you less output.
The FinePix S7000 would make a fine choice for a user who needs a good selection of advanced controls. But with a high price tag, this is quite a significant amount of money to play with when lesser priced cameras in this guide can offer virtually the same functions.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic Announces Compact, Lightweight ultra-telephoto LEICA Lens
- Panasonic announce still-shooter flagship G9
- Sony Announces Development of New G Master Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-Mount Lens
- Sony Expands Full-frame E-mount lens lineup
- Sony’s New Full-Frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera promises to delivers both resolution and speed
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Apple TV 4K review
- Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPBusiness Analyst | AO6 | Government ContractQLD
- FTInsights AnalystOther
- CCIntel IT ArchitectNSW
- CCIntegration DeveloperVIC
- FTDigital Marketing Executive - PersonalisationOther
- CCAngular DeveloperNSW
- TPJava DeveloperWA
- FTProblem Engineer - J2EE - TelcoVIC
- FTDigital Marketing Specialist - Senior roleOther
- FTTechnology Development ManagerQLD
- FTProgramme DirectorSA
- FTManagement Consultant, Strategy, New Products, TransformationsOther
- CCSenior Project ManagerNSW
- FTSolution Designer - WealthOther
- CCPHP DeveloperQLD
- FTSenior Siebel DeveloperACT
- FTCustomer & Sales Support Associate - TelecommunicationsOther
- FTSr. IT Business Analyst -Investment banking Funding StructureOther
- CCChange DirectorNSW
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Siebel DeveloperOther
- CCIntel Active Directory SpecialistNSW
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- FTAutomation TesterOther