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The Fuji S700 – Does It Measure Up?

The Fuji S700 is one of Fujifilm’s professional-quality range of S Series digital cameras. This is the least expensive of Fuji’s cameras in this range, and serves as a great entry point for someone who is starting to take photography seriously, as a hobby or as a potential career path.

Specifications and Features of the S700

Here are some of the features of the camera that will appeal to budding photographers:
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 4.8x digital zoom
  • 7.1 Megapixels
  • Measures 4.2 by 3.2 by 3.0 inches
  • Weighs 306 grams, or 10.8 ounces
  • Continuous shooting at 0.6 frames per second
  • Complete manual controls
  • Can take both xD and SD memory cards
  • VGA movie mode
  • Pop-up flash with five flash modes: Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Auto, Off, and Fill-in
  • Runs on alkaline, AA batteries
  • Macro focus effective at a distance of 1cm
  • Picture Stabilization technology to minimize blurring
  • 2.5 inch 230,000 pixel LCD display
  • 0.24 inch 230,000 pixel viewfinder
  • 27MB built-in memory
Along with the camera itself you get these extras:
  • Four AA batteries
  • AV cable
  • USB cable
  • Manual and software CD
The compatibility of the camera with both xD and SD cards means wider options when using the camera in conjunction with external media devices.

The Slow Synchro flash mode is ideal for balancing the light between subject and background when taking photos in low light.

The camera comes with a built-in memory, which can be both an advantage and a downside. It means less messing around with memory cards for light users, but if you want to use the camera to take many high quality photos at a time, you’re going to run out of memory fairly quickly.

So most users will have to look at buying an external memory card as well.

Consumer Responses to the S700

The S700 has been praised for its ability to take high ISO photos with low noise. It strikes a good balance between compactness and professional quality images – the S700 is by no means a pocket camera, but it’s relatively lightweight and easy to handle considering its specifications.

Another positive point is the clarity of images and the ease of use afforded by the large, high resolution LCD screen.

One strong criticism of the camera is its lack of performance compared to competitors in low light situations, attributed to its small CCD Sensor.

The camera’s image stabilization technology has also been criticized for not measuring up to the quality of similar competing models. The quality of the autofocus while using the zoom is another feature that has taken some criticism.

The camera lacks a single rechargeable battery, which may be considered a pro or a con depending on your point of view. It has a longer battery life than many similar models, and the camera can use rechargeable AA batteries. However, it lacks the simplicity of having a single rechargeable battery pack.

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