The FinePix S7000 is a camera that should be able to prove itself as a versatile camera. The camera has a solution for every thinkable situation whether it is taking an image for a birth card, a holiday picture or a poster print to put in a frame. The way the end result turns out depends partly on the one taking the image but it also depends on the user friendliness of the camera which can make photographic life a lot easier. The S7000 is ergonomically in order, as said before. The camera lies perfectly in the hand and the buttons can be found blindfolded. Start-up time is reasonably fast, after 2.5 seconds the camera is ready for use. Zooming in from wide angle to telephoto and back again is rather quick and can be set precisely. Adjusting the 6x optical zoom is possible in 19 EV steps, at the maximum telephoto range the zooming in stops for one moment and then automatically switches over to the digital zoom. This digital zoom is possible until an image resolution of 6 Megapixels; at 12 Megapixels the digital zoom is turned off. Focussing is easy, the camera reacts quickly also in dim light conditions. The built-in AF assistant illuminator functions well and is a welcoming assistant! The notorious interval of release is hardly noticeable; a minimum of interval doesn't take away the pleasure! The FinePix S7000 is also capable of doing the job perfectly when taking action shots. Speed is the keyword whether it's zooming in, focussing or taking the pictures.
Beside these fast skills the FinePix S7000 also excels on the continuous shooting. I was impressed by the speed of the S5000 and the S700 digital cameras, equally impressed I was by the S7000 which is in no way inferior to his brothers and sisters! The camera is standard delivered with a 16MB xDPicture Card. Beside the fact that this memory card has a far too low storage capacity, it is useful to know that a 64MB xDPicture Card and higher offers a faster data conversion which is an advantage and enables the use of the full speed that a digital camera like the FinePix S7000 offers. The S7000 is able to reach a speed of 3.3 frames per second with a maximum of 5 images in a resolution of 6 Megapixels! Beside that the camera offers the possibility of continuous shooting in a series of 40 images one after the other at a speed of 1.8 frames per second (resolution of 1M). This speed is guaranteed in combination with an xDPicture Card of 64MB and higher or a fast CompactFlash memory card like the SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash. The FinePix S7000 deserves all credit on the field of image conversion and taking action pictures, it delivers an impressive performance!
The operation of the camera is straight and easy. Many functions can be reached directly because they have been placed under a separate button. This camera will appeal to the professional and advanced photographer but also the beginning photographer won't meet that many problems handling these digital powers! The included manual is written in a clear language, the technical words are explained in a separate list and the many settings and functions of the camera are described by means of illustrations. Compared with the many functions the amount of buttons is restricted so a clear and friendly way of operating the camera is achieved. The menu the camera is equipped with has bright colours and the used symbols make the menu pleasant to work with. It can be read easily, is well-organised and directly reachable. Some time ago Fujifilm gave her digital cameras the F-button, with which the user directly gets access to the typical photo features, a small detail that finally leads to a user-friendly camera in which performance and convenience get together.