Fujifilm S2800HD Review
|Full model name:||Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD|
|Viewfinder:||EVF / LCD|
|Dimensions:||4.3 x 2.9 x 3.2 in.
(110 x 73 x 81 mm)
|Weight:||15.4 oz (437 g)
Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD Overview
The Fujifilm FinePix S2800HD is a relatively straightforward update to this spring's S2550HD model (which was also known in some markets as the S2500HD), with a slight (7%) increase in linear resolution, accompanied by a similar reduction in burst speed. Based around a 14.0 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD image sensor coupled to a Fujinon-branded 18x optical zoom lens. Maximum image resolution is 4,288 x 3,216 pixels in the camera's native 4:3 aspect ratio, and both 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratio modes are also available. The S2800HD's lens offers actual focal lengths ranging from 5.0 to 90.0mm, equivalent to 28 to 504mm on a 35mm camera - a useful wide angle to a powerful telephoto.
The Fuji S2800HD has a two-step aperture, offering either F3.1 or F6.4 at wide angle, and either F5.6 or F11 at telephoto. Minimum focusing distance is ordinarily 1.3 feet at wide angle or 8.2 feet at telephoto, but drops to two inches in Macro mode at wide angle, or 5.9 feet at telephoto. A separate Super Macro mode fixes the lens at an unspecified focal length, but allows macro focusing as close as 0.8 inches. There's no true optical viewfinder on this model, but as you'd expect on a long-zoom digicam like this, there's a 0.2-inch, 200,000 dot LCD electronic viewfinder which takes its place. There's also a 3.0-inch high-contrast LCD display with 230,000 dot resolution. Both displays provide 97% frame coverage in record mode, and 100% coverage in playback.
The FinePix S2800HD offers ISO-equivalent sensitivity ranging from 64 to 1,600 ordinarily, but can raise the maximum to 6,400 equivalent at a reduced resolution of three megapixels or below. Exposures are determined using 256-zone metering, with options of multi, center-weighted or spot. Shooting modes include Auto, SR Auto, Program, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, and a generous sixteen scene modes that allow a modicum of control over the look of images. Importantly given the reach of its lens, the Fuji S2800HD includes true mechanical (CCD shift-type) image stabilization to combat blur from camera shake. Shutter speeds range from 1/2,000 to eight seconds. Burst shooting is possible at full resolution with a rate of up to 1.2 frames per second, with a burst depth of just three shots.
The S2800HD's contrast detection autofocusing system offers a choice of single-point, multi-point or area focus focusing, and includes an AF assist illuminator Eight white balance modes are available, including automatic, six presets, and manual. The Fuji S2800HD's built-in seven-mode flash has a range of 1.3 to 26.2 feet at wide angle, or 8.2 to 14.4 feet at telephoto, which can be reduced to a range of one to 9.8 feet in macro mode at wide angle, or 5.9 to 9.8 feet at telephoto. A two- or ten-second self timer is available to allow the photographer to get into the photo, or to reduce blur when shooting on a tripod.
As well as JPEG-format still images, the Fuji S2800HD can capture Motion JPEG-compressed AVI video with monaural audio. Movie resolutions include high-definition 720p (1,280 x 720 pixels), VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) with a rate of 30 frames per second. The Fuji FinePix S2800HD stores its data in 23MB of built-in memory, or on Secure Digital cards, including SDHC types, but not the latest SDXC cards. Connectivity options include USB 2.0 High Speed data, HDMI mini connector high-definition video output, and NTSC / PAL standard definition video output. Power comes from four AA batteries, with alkaline disposables included in the product bundle. Battery life is rated at 300 frames using the included alkaline batteries, or 500 frames when using NiMH rechargeable batteries.
The Fuji FinePix S2800HD ships from early September 2010, priced at around $260.
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