64bit USB??? and the S7000
I've used the S7000 for a couple years and found it more than lives up to expectations. The macro is something else - still outperforming current semi-pro range cameras. I agree with the slow start-up and blur/AF problems in low-light. All - in all a great camera.
However, what piffle regarding the warning for AMD64bit USB. If you're having a problem then your drivers need soring out. I download to my 64x2 AMD box on XP32, XP64, Vista and on slower machines running XP32 using native drivers; This is using xD, microdrive or compact flash (in fact I'm downloading 1GB compact flash as I write this review). I've never had a problem with a Fujifilm digital and USB and I'm on my 4th camera over the last 8 or so years. Now, the Fuji Avi codec is a different story.......
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera - Fixed Lens not DSLR
I bought this camera after a painstaking review of all types of Digital Camera, the Fuji FinePix S7000 was a compromise between a full DSLR camera and a normal compact camera. Compact it 'aint as you will see if you get hold of one, it has a good grip and handles really well. Being a 35mm photographer for most of my life made me doubt the capabilities of the digital camera, all the digital cameras I came across which you didn't need to take out a mortgage on were slow, piddling little things that looked as if it came out of a Christmas Cracker. The results were good but I felt as though I was deleting more pictures than I was keeping, unlike the 35mm where only the odd picture wasn't good enough to keep. I realise that is the beauty with digital photography, if there is something you don't like - "delete it", but when you have gone to the trouble of setting up a shot and spent a lot of time trying to get it right, for only to get a poor result because the thing moved or I wasn't quick enough to anticipate the move has left me frustrated with digital cameras. That was until I came across the Fuji S7000, it has all the knobs and buttons you would get with a 35mm SLR to adjust the speed/aperture/focusing but with digital clarity and all the benefits with it. Although it has a fixed lens it has a 6X zoom and a digital zoom on top of that, I also bought a 1.6 X converter to screw onto the end of the lens, likewise filters, lens adapters etc just like an ordinary SLR or DSLR camera. Don't get me wrong, if I could afford it I would swap it for a digital SLR camera in an instant but for the money, it's a fantastic camera that is so much more versatile than an ordinary compact digital camera. The results are stunning, especially the macro work I have done with it and it is well worth the money. For an intermediate digital camera, I don't think you can get better.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
S7000 Prosumer digital camera
I have had three of these, alwys regretting selling each one for something 'better', up to and including a Nikon D100.
The resolution colour balance, accurate focusing and ease of use makes this camera incredibly friendly whether you are a point and shoot in full auto, or careful entirely manual know what you're doing type of photographer.
This camera does pretty much anything you would ever need it to, don't be fooled by other cameras with gazillion pixels, I use this camera for work and on 3MP it prints up to A4 just as well as a film camera!
Manual speeds up to a staggering 1/10,000th of a second, macro and super macro down to 1cm, an optical and digital zoom, runs two different memory card (CF and XD) built in flash with different settings, including a red-eye reduction that really works, a nice clear viewfinder with built in dioptre correction, easy to use viewscreen also, overlay grid screen when shooting architectural.
Easy to use menus, instant viewing of what you just took, zoom in, zoom out, crop/trim/resize, easy erase, which checks you want to really do it before so no unhappy accidents...
Selectable colour balance, chrome, std, black and white, easy to change ISO, built in video in 2 speeds, simple navigation using mostly one joypad type of up/down/left/right with an OK switch in the middle. Look, if I can use it, you can use it, I could go on and on about it, but I have not got one bad thing to say about this camera; it's a useable size,has a great lens, loads of functions, reall natural colour rendition, good battery life (uses 4 AA, not rare and fancy Lithium Ion Unobtanium) so a spare set of rechargeables or Duracells will see you through an entire day's shooting and reviewing!
This is a great camera. It will help you make the most of your digital photography! If you want to see what it can do in macro, visit simonkingwildlife.com (a brilliant site anyway) go to forums, British Isles, and look up my posts from June 2007 entitled Spider and Moth, also Grass snake and Moth; by mistergirth. Look at the quality of those pics, at only 2MP!
Anyway, I cannot extol it's virtues too much, but I would recommend anyone to get one. mistergirth
19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
Fuji S7000 = Fuji Super7000 id say!!!
This camera was the turning point to my photography, it was the step towards getting more in to photography. This camera packs more than a punch!
First of all yes, this camera is slighly larger than the compact cameras that you can buy on the market but you have to remember the more you can pack in to some thing the more its going to hold. The Zoom on this baby is more than enough, i used to sneak this camera in to gigs and i was able ot get some great shots of the artists from the crowd. So if you are after a good zoom, this has that!
Manual functions are great to use if you are wanting to get more in depth with the learning of how photography works and how the different settings can create different effects when you are taking pictures. You can have it on auto mode or manual, you can choose which is the great thing. So whether you are a newbi to the whole photography thing or getting in to the whole scene a bit more, you will be able to use this camera.
The resolution is just superb, you have enough pixels there to keep you satisfied forever! Its a 6MegaPixal camera with the ability to convert to 12MegaPixels (when you select the option of course!) I never actually used it on the this setting as the 6Mp setting was by far enough for me and my 10 x 15 (INCH.. not centimeter!!!) prints.
Having used a handful of fuji cameras i can say that the colours are always lovely and punchy, the greens are great and the other colours come out a dream. You have 3 options for the colour, normal mode, enhanced colour and black and white. I would usually leave it on the normal mode and the colours were just perfect, the addition option there for the colour is always good if you want to try it out. The black and white mode is superb, nice rich blacks with the contrast of the bright whites.
Macro and Super Macro mode. I love fuji for this, the super macro mode lets you focus from just 1cm!!! so for those who love abstract photography and such things you will love this. With the super macro mode you cannot use the flash so you have to make sure you are shooting with enough light. The normal macro mode is that i have used for alof of my plant and flower photographs as the quality was excellent and the colours always came out true. Both of these macro modes are just an awesome feature.
It doesnt weigh too much, it does weigh a little more than a standard compact camera, but that is to be expected. It takes 4AA batteries, i will tell you now if you use duracell once use batteries you will be dissapointed as they will not last very long... where-as if you were to use RECHARGEABLE batteries you will only need to have one set of batteries with you as they last a good few hundred shots! (but i always have another set with me, just In Case)
The fact that you can now pick up a compact flash card for just a few pounds you will be loving this camera even more as you will be able to fit LOADS of photos on to one memory card. I would suggest working with 512mb cards and have a couple rather than having one huge card. (just in case you drop it and break it, accidently delete photos or something like that *yes i have deleted a whole memory card by accident once, i was not happy*) :)
All round excellent camera, great for someone who doesnt want to fork out for a digital SLR and wants to see if photography is really what they want to do.
95/100 for this camera!!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Bought mine from Ebay 2 years ago and have taken many many fantastic pictures with it. I bought it because I have had other Fuji cameras and decided to stay with a Fuji.
I use my S7000 to take shots of motorsport mostly as well as family pictures and outings. I find the S7000 performs very well when taking photos of fast moving cars and will take crisp shots. The shutter lag (the time it takes to press the capture button to the actual capture of the picture) is not bad but I get around this by holding the capture button down half way which sets the focus ready for full depression of the capture button. Long and short depths of field are a synch so I can shoot with a crisp foreground and a blurred background to give a real sense of speed. The S7000 is a very good camera for taking family snaps and produces crisp, brilliant and vibrant images.
For the money these camera's are now fetching on Ebay, they are excellent value for money. The S7000 would suit a keen amateur photographer (like myself) with enough buttons to satisfy a wide range of uses without making the camera over complicated and non user friendly.
I cannot think of a downside to the S7000 !
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.