Fujifilm has introduced the fourth generation Super CCD in 2003 and gradually we may see this innovation as a fact. So far Fujifilm is keeping this innovation to itself and it can distinguish itself from the masses with these image sensors. The FinePix S7000 is a pleasant camera to work with, there will only be a few moments when the user is limited in making a desired picture. The camera is a follow up on the success the FinePix S602 left behind so we may come to the conclusion that Fujifilm lives up to the expectations. The 4th generation Super CCD technique has a lot to offer, the FinePix S7000 gives me the impression that it doesn't give away its possibilities immediately. If you let yourself get carried away with the RAW format files you will discover the real possibilities of the camera and will be surprised of the rich detailed images. The many settings are easy to reach which will be a good experience for a beginning photographer. A Fujifilm digital camera user will recognise the way the menu has been built up. Logical and purposeful! The speed of operating the camera equals the speed the camera needs to handle the images: high resolution, large amount of continuous shooting and very fast storing of the images.
Is the FinePix S7000 a perfect camera? Well, some things can always be found, and the S7000 is not an exception. I would like to have some more choices of compression, beside the Fine and Normal mode in a 12M resolution. The other resolutions have only one compression! Also disappointing is the large range of shutter times only in M mode and not, as I would have expected in the S mode. The camera is delivered rather frugal, that is to say: a standard 16MB memory card with 4x AA Alkaline batteries won't surprise the buyer.
But on the other hand, the S7000 is a fully equipped digital camera with a heart for photography and the possibility to record a striking high quality video clip. The Fujifilm FinePix is a remarkable digital camera with its own characteristic face. The performance is great and the user is not likely to look for another model once possessing this one! The model is a fine combination between user-friendliness and versatile use, a combination between being compact and having SRL features, in short: a recommendable camera for the creative photographer!
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The Fujifilm FinePix S7000 is standard delivered with a 16MB memory card which is somewhat disappointing. Well, a 32MB would not be a capacity to cheer about either, but a 16MB is far too low! Someone who goes for the FinePix S7000 has a choice as to which storage medium to use. The S7000 has a double memory slot, not only the xDPicture Card is supported but also the CompactFlash type I and II and the Microdrive. Personally I wouldn't go for a Microdrive anymore. The reliability of the Microdrive took a knock after a few defect ones and it turns out that the Microdrive can be completely damaged after falling from a height of only 50cm on the floor! Even the new Microdrives until 4GB stay vulnerable when dropping or bumping. Personally I dropped a memory card so many times already, slipping out of my fingers or lying around on the desk that I decided never to use a Microdrive again. For those who want to have full use the camera, and I'm referring to the speed in which the camera is handling the images, will have great use from a 64MB or higher xDPicture Card or a fast CompactFlash memory card like the SanDisk Ultra II memory card. These cards are capable of storing a large amount per second.
Considering 256MB storage capacity:
Resolution RAW (4048x3040) 19 images - approximately 13MB
Resolution 12M (4048x3040) 52 images - approximately 4.9MB
Resolution 12M (4048x3040) 105 images - approximately 2.5MB
Resolution 6M (2848x2136) 169 images - approximately 1.5MB
Resolution 3M (2016x1512) 332 images - approximately 760MB
Resolution 2M (4048x3040) 409 images - approximately 630MB
Resolution 1M (4048x3040) 550 images - approximately 470MB
Resolution 640x480 30fps video - approximately 223 seconds
Resolution 320x240 30fps video - 7.3 minutes