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Fujifilm FinePix S4800 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Compact Digital Camera

  • 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor
  • 16 million effective pixels 1/2.3-inch CCD image sensor with primary color filter
  • Fujinon 30x optical zoom lens with approx. 7.2x digital zoom (up to approx. 216x with 30x optical zoom)
  • Focal Length: f/4.3mm-129m; Full Aperture: f/3.1 / f/8 (Wide), f/5.9 / f/20 (Telephoto)
  • HD movie (1280 x 720p/30fps)

The Fuji FinePix S4800 Digital Camera is equipped with a powerful FUJINON optical zoom lens armed with sensor shift OIS to reduce blur and a Super Macro mode for extreme close-up images down to 2cm. In addition, the S4800 boasts a 16 million pixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor that captures even the finest details. A Scene Recognition Auto mode with six different scene types can cleverly recognize the subject you’re shooting and decide on the settings required. Autofocus times as fast as 0.3 seconds,

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  1. E. Tucker "Looking for the Best"

    March 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    126 of 132 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    good value at costco, March 12, 2012
    E. Tucker “Looking for the Best” (Colorado) –

    As with the other reviewer, I bought mine yesterday at Costco for $179. The costco bundle includes a 4 gig class 6 sd card and a carry case.

    I have only had a couple of hours with it but I think it is a good value. Depends on what you want it for of course.

    I changed my old Kodak 850, a similar priced/featured camera because it was giving some issues and the newer cameras offer some terrific technology upgrades. (And I am a Kodak retiree……when I was working Fuji was the enemy!)

    I specifically wanted a better zoom, with image stabilization. (I have an old man’s tremor.) We spend some time in Hawaii during whale season. You really need high zoom if a lot of your whale watching is from shore. We also want Bald Eagle pictures when they land is some trees 200 yds from our house.

    Another “nice” feature for my usage is the option of iso 6400. Also handy is the 1/2000 fastest shutter speed.

    Several relatives have dslr’s but I wanted the zoom without the bulk, and without the expense.

    I have done some experiments with the 30x zoom. I found I could take sharp daylight pictures at 30x zoom (the equivalent of 500mm focal length) by using the 6400 setting and 1/2000 shutter speed, using shutter priority. I handheld the camera for these. I judged sharpness subjectively on my computer, from the pictures of bare twigs high in trees.

    The only problem I experienced is that at such high zoom even the slightest movement can take you off your intended subject, same as with a telescope. So in the future I think I will use my walking stick, which has an optional male screw mount and the stick can become a unipod. And of course one can always use a tripod.

    There is a “digital” and “optical[default]” zoom selection in the menu. I tried both and the sound seemed similar. I was assuming the digital zoom would lose sharpness in telephoto. It did not seem to do so, as viewed on my computer screen.

    A feature I like is the fuji-unique “f” button. Without going into the menu you can change iso and several other settings, in many of the shooting modes.

    Some caveats: The largest lens aperture is f3.1 in wide angle and f5.6 in telephoto mode. If you want to take really neat blurred background photos portraits this may not be large enough (to reduce the focus range).

    another caveat; file size. With my old Kodak I was happy with the 2.1mp (mega pixel)setting. That setting resulted in file sizes in the 3/4 MB range. I have gotten good enlargements up to and sometimes including 8×10 with that mp setting, and that is all I need, so why take up more memory? With the 4500, you only get to choose Large, Medium, and Small for mp settings. On the small settings I am getting file sizes in same 3/4 MB range, maybe slightly larger but certainly under 1 MB.

    Another caveat: Zoom motor noise in video mode. I like to take a lot of video, editing them into dvds after major family get-togethers. There is some zoom motor noise with the 4500. the good news is that the experiment I did had no voice narration other than my comments. The verbal narrative seems to be much higher level than the motor noise so I do not think this is going to be a significant drawback.


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  2. Russo

    March 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

    257 of 260 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Camera, great price, March 10, 2012

    I was in the market for a new camera, started to make photography a side hobby, and need an inexpensive camera with a good zoom, options, features, and quality pictures within a reasonable budget of course. Looked around, read reviews, walked the counters of countless electronic stores until faith found me in the form of a costco flyer. $50 off the Fujifilm S4500, I read the online reviews and was somewhat impressed. Costco has a no hassle return policy so I figured I had nothing to lose but $5 in gas money. Purchased the Fujifilm S4500 and I must say that I have no regrets in using up $5 in gas because it is a fantastic camera. Living in California, I took the opportunity to test it out on the beach for a beautiful sunset. The sunset feature was amazing, the pictures I was able to take was beyond my expectations. The colors were perfect, the contrast between the setting sun and objects in front was excellent. The images that were taken at home on “auto” when I first received it were also great. The picture quality of the camera is perfect when used properly!!!! And “used properly” is the key word. I read the manual before using the camera, and not the printed one. They included a CD with the complete manual on it, which is approx. 120+ pages. It explains how to use the focus correctly and all other features. I’ve read reviews that people complained that they couldn’t focus when zooming, but I was able to take crystal clear images of random items in my living at 30X zoom from five feet away and a beautiful sun setting at 30X zoom. Is the camera the greatest camera ever made…no…is it a great camera for the price if you take the time to read the manual…absolutely! If you’re looking for a camera that has all the bells and whistles and will correct user error then enter a price range of $500-$1000 instead of $100-$200.


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  3. Lumix Fan "Bob"

    March 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

    370 of 374 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    S4200 – 4500 Need To Share, October 10, 2012
    Lumix Fan “Bob” (Colorado) –

    Why I need to share…. I have been a photographer for decades and have had dozens of digital cameras of all price ranges so may be helpful to some looking for this type of camera. Long lens at under $200. Not a mini pocket camera but about perfect in the hand.

    Had both 4200 and 4500 cameras for several weeks now and used both enough to think I know something about this camera as they only differ in the lenses. The negative remarks on Amazon had me comparing my experiences but I am very impressed with what I found. Two things seem near top of importance to me, quality of pictures and feel using the camera. I liked the 25mm 4200 so much I purchased the 30mm 4500 too.
    – Time between shots is effected by the speed of the memory card as class 10 gives about 1/2 second recovery for next shot, which seems much the same as most cameras performance today.
    – Case design is great. It has some plastic textured surface everywhere your fingers may want to grip and a rubber grip on the lens barrel. Also feels substantial and balanced with 4 batteries installed. Flash pop-up button release handy to hit left of flash unit.
    – Picture quality is similar to other better consumer cameras. But the big lens delivers better quality than any camera this price range I know of, with color details surprising. I use local mountain scenes for outside test comparisons and this camera has created detailed quality even out to 25mm and 30mm full zoom shots better than any more expensive cameras I have owned.
    – Battery life is great too.
    – Auto focus seems fast to lock on.
    – Price is a deal!
    Only somewhat negative thing I found is the battery door has stiff spring contacts that take a little care to close, needing one hand to release the lock button while pressing down on the lid and the second to press down too while sliding lid closed. (Works for me..)
    There are many technical things camera reviewers cover but what is important that I want this camera with me at all times. It has been a blast going around finding anything to “test” the camera because it takes great pictures. Is that not enough!


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