FinePix S3000


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title FinePix S3000
Manufacturer Fuji
Page By Erik Beeler
Page Type Apr 18, 2004 / Apr 18, 2004
Object ID 1067
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FinePix S3000 Data & Spec Sheets

Number of Effective Pixels
3.2 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7-inch CCD (Number of Total Pixels: 3.34 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Storage media xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still Image Movie
3MP 2MP 1MP VGA 320x240 160x120
19 25 33 122 Approx. Approx.
98sec. 5.6min.
Optical zoom 6x
Digital zoom 3.2x (640 x 480), 1.6x (1280 x 960), 1.28x (1600 x 1200)
Lens focal Length Equivalent to 38-228mm on a 35mm camera
Focus Auto focus
Focus Distance Normal: 2.6 ft - inf., Macro: 0.3 ft - 2.6 ft.
Aperture F 2.8/F4.8/F8.2(Automatically selected)
Viewfinder 0.33 inch 110,000 Pixel EVF
Exposure control 64-zone TTL metering Program AE (Exposure Comp. available in Manual Mode)
Exposure modes Auto, Manual (Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation)
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100 (with flash off)
Equivalent to ISO 100-200 (with flash on)
Shutter speed 3 to 1/1500 sec.
White balance Auto, 6 positions selectable in Manual Mode (Fine, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Cool White), Incandescent Light)
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor
5 modes (auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow synchro with red-eye reduction)
Effective range:
Wide: 1ft - 11.5ft.
Tele: 2.6ft. - 11.5ft.
LCD monitor 1.8-inches amorphous silicon TFT (62,000 pixels)
Video output NTSC, PAL
Digital Interface USB interface
Power source 4 AA type Alkaline batteries or AC-5V power adapter (optional)
Dimensions 3.9(W) x 3.0(H) x 2.7(D) inch
Weight 10 ounces (without batteries or storage media)
Shooting modes Auto, Manual, Scene position, Movie, Continuous Shooting
Movie Recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 60sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 240sec.:
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) without sound
Playback Single frame (with max.12.8x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Others Self-timer: approximately 10 sec.
Language: E/G/F/S/Chinese


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Erik Beeler - Apr 18, 2004 3:08 pm - Voted 4/5

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This is my first digital camera although I have used a few in the past. I managed to pick the S3000 up at Best Buy for $258. So far the camera has been easy to use. I have glanced at the manual a few times but have been able to figure out just about every thing I wanted to w/o the manual. Picture quality has been pretty good so far but I am sure they will get better as I take more pictures. One thing I have noticed is that any camera shake or jitter results in a blurry image. Shutter speed seems a bit slow because moving objects show up as blurred unless I use the Sports mode plus the flash and then I can take action shots.

Downloading pictures is fast and easy on both my Mac my Win XP box using the included USB cable.

Battery life is pretty lame compared to other electronic devices but I hear this is pretty common for digital cameras. I took about 50 - 60 shots with the LCD screen off and used up one set of four batteries. Get the rechargables it will save you some ching.

Until I get a camera that I can move and shot moving objects with w/o blur nothing will get a five star rating.

pavlakovics - May 13, 2004 11:58 am - Voted 4/5

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My contributions to SP starting with May 2004. are shot with S3000. On our (Croatian)market it was at moment the best buy among cameras with 6x optical zoom (price about $320 - you lucky Americans!). I think it has very solid optics for its class, as well as satisfying choice of pre-programmed modes and manual adjustment possibilities. More suitable for outdoors than for indoors (no external flash, sensitive to shaking with longer exposure without flash). I also got some nice macro shots. When shooting flowing water in waterfalls, I also had good results with fast moving objects. The speed of operation could be faster.

DudeThatMustHurt - Jul 25, 2005 2:25 pm - Voted 4/5

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Recieved this camera as an X-Mass present so the price was perfect for me.

The pro's to this camera are ease of use no doubt, it has a high quality "Macro" option for getting close up shots and super still photography. Option to use lesser quality photos with more capacity (1-3mp) and mini vid recorder which I think comes in handy for those 360 degree summit shots.

The cons are, I am less than pleased with it's ability to zoom in @ 3mp, unless you have a tri pod or very stable hands it's very tough to get a clear shot of a feature. And it is less than compact for an ultra light ascent but once again for me, I can not complain it was a gift and will certainly serve it's purpose until I am able to upgrade

Mayhey Kid - Jul 24, 2007 10:26 pm - Voted 4/5

Good Camera
This too was a "family" X-Mas present so the price was right. At the time seemed like the best bang for the buck.

It appears everyone is pretty much on track with this camera.

Pros: Easy to use. Photo options are nice.I did purchase rechargeable Panosonic Lithium batteries and battery life is not an issue. Took 300+ photos in the Dom Republic over a 5 day span on the same charge. Probably would not last that long in colder winter conditions however. Zoom abilility is very good but I do have problems with photos being out of focus on full zoom. Cant seem to figure that out. Monitor is plenty big enough.

Cons: A bit bulky to carry around along with the zoom issue is about the only thing that really sticks out.

Very satisfied.

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