|Upon arrival of a Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD test sample, it is tested in our DIWA Lab. The technical data of the rigorous tests are processed and translated into understandable data. Inside the lab, testing takes place in standardized circumstances. An environment in which cameras, both compact and system concepts can be compared without a problem. Besides that, the Fujifilm S2000HD camera is extensively used in practice and evaluated as for operation and shooting in practice. This combination of lab tests and the testing in practice, results in a final conclusion that is carefully reviewed.|
|Color reproduction & White balance measurements
The Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD camera produces variable results when the measurements of color retention are compared to the Gretag Macbeth Color Checker. The low ISO values produce a slightly different color reproduction whereas ISO values up to 1600 produce a more similar result to that of the Gretag. The ISO 3200 and 6400 they deviate as well, as the ISO 100. On a more positive note, the white balance of the camera gives excellent results. In fact, manual white balance performs very well over the entire ISO range, with hardly any color cast. The auto white balance drops a notch here and there and particularly under plentiful incandescent light, however; it still performs superbly up to and including ISO 3200.
ISO settings on the FinePix S2000HD
The Fujifilm S2000HD offers an ISO range of 100 to ISO 6400 inclusively. This is simple to check by looking at the specifications. However, technical measurements such as those carried out in the DIWA Lab show differences. The actual sensitivity of the various ISO values on the S2000HD differs by an average of 4% reaching a maximum of 13% higher or lower sensitivity. In practice these differences are negligible, however, if you want to expose very precisely, take this information into account by under and over-exposing at certain ISO settings.
Signal / noise ratio
The signal/noise ratio remains a problem for certain ISO values. Whenever the resolution of a compact camera is 10 or more Megapixels, it is inevitable that there will be negative results. This is no different for the Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD. We can only conclude that Fujifilm is far beside the mark here. Even at 200 ISO noise is very noticeable, although strangely enough, the results improve slightly at 400 and at 800 ISO, the overall result decreases again. For the best signal/noise ratio resulting in the most noise-free picture, you should select ISO 100; there is no other option. This reduces the overall quality of the Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD and as such, it cannot be considered as an all-round camera.
|Contrast & Dynamic range
The FinePix S2000HD does perform reasonably well when it comes to details in the light and dark areas of a picture with high contrast. Dynamic range is good and fairly consistent throughout the entire ISO range. Unfortunately noise noticeably dominates the details primarily in the dark areas. The same goes for the overall color range which shows its maximum quality at 100 ISO with over 7 bits, yet offers merely acceptable results overall and therefore fails as far as color range is concerned.
Fujiflm FinePix S2000DH - Aperture range
The limited aperture range, minimum or maximum aperture makes measurements rather brief of the sharpness of the entire aperture range at several focal lengths rather limited. Those that are measurable offer a fine to excellent result at wide-angle from the center focal length to the edges of the lens. The telephoto range of the Fujinon lens encounters several problems in obtaining fine sharpness at the edges resulting in a slight blur in the center to vast blur towards the edges of the lens.
Wide-angle distortion & vignetting
As expected, wide-angle produces visible distortion although relatively speaking, it is acceptable. The remaining focal lengths perform efficiently and produce excellent results without hardly any sign of distortion. This is also the case for measurements concerning vignetting, the wide-angle shows some vignetting but only very briefly. The remaining focal lengths are free of vignetting.
Fujiflm S2000DH - Chromatic aberration
Unfortunately we frequently noticed the effect of chromatic aberration, purple fringing around the edges of an object However, it is possible to correct lenses to remove this issue, and however, it does raise the price of the lens. It seems smarter to correct through in-camera software, something that we find regularly on Canon's DSLR cameras, for example. There are ways of preventing pictures from suffering from purple fringing; unfortunately Fujifilm does not seem interested in finding a solution. The Fujinon zoom lens turns out to be ultra sensitive to the effects of chromatic aberration. It may require a few extra hours of Photo-shopping, which is something a photographer can definitely do without.