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Fujifilm FinePix S2950 Overview

Posted: 01/05/2011

The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 features a body designed to look reminiscent to that of an SLR, although it's actually a fixed-lens camera. Based around a 14 megapixel image sensor, the front panel of the S2950 bears a Fujinon-branded 18x optical zoom lens. The S2950's lens offers actual focal lengths from 5.0 to 90.0mm, which equates to 35mm-equivalent focal lengths ranging from a useful 28mm wide angle to a very powerful 504mm telephoto. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.1 at wide angle to f/5.6 at telephoto. The image sensor allows capture of not only high-resolution still images, but also of high-definition 720p video at a rate of 30 frames per second. Given the extreme telephoto reach, mechanical image stabilization is obviously a necessity to fight blur from camera shake, and the Fuji FinePix S2950 includes sensor shift stabilization.  There's no true optical viewfinder on this model, with images and movies being framed and reviewed either on an electronic viewfinder of unspecified resolution, or on a 3.0-inch LCD display with 230,000 dots of resolution. That's roughly equivalent to a 320 x 240 pixel array, with each pixel comprising separate red, green, and blue colored dots.

As well as automatic exposure, the S2950 provides full manual control over shutter speeds and apertures, as well as both aperture- and shutter-priority modes. The Fujifilm S2950 includes face detection capability able to locate and track up to ten faces in a scene. It also provides both smile and blink detection capability, i-Flash intelligent flash metering, automatic upload of images and videos tagged on camera to Facebook and YouTube via the provided Windows-only MyFinePix Studio software, automatic red-eye removal, and a motion panorama mode that stitches up to three separate shots into a single image. Power comes from an unspecified number of AA batteries, and information on battery life wasn't available at press time. Connectivity includes a mini-HDMI high definition video output. Further details on this model were not available at press time.

The Fuji FinePix S2950 ships from January 2011, priced at around $230.