Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD review: Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Image quality: 6.0
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The Good Very compact, comfortable design; lots of shooting options; 720p MPEG-4 video; relatively inexpensive.

The Bad Slow performance; visible image noise even at low ISO sensitivities; mediocre EVF.

The Bottom Line The nicely designed Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD has more going on than just its long lens, but photo quality isn't quite there.

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For a sub-$300 megazoom digital camera, the Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD offers a lot for an advanced amateur photographer. It's as easy to operate as a budget point-and-shoot, but puts forth an abundant array of settings, modes, and trickery to make experimentation just as simple. This package isn't perfect however, as image quality and performance don't match the S2000HD's feature set--just its budget price tag.

Like most megazooms, the S2000HD is slightly bigger than an average compact camera--more of a coat-pocket camera, than a pants-pocket one--at 4.4 inches wide by 3.1 inches high by 3 inches deep. It weighs 17.1 ounces equipped with its four AA batteries and an SDHC card. Then there's that 15x f3.5-5.4 27.6-414mm-equivalent lens out front. The weight is balanced, though, and the large hand grip/battery compartment, rear thumb rest, well-positioned controls, and the inclusion of optical image stabilization make one-handed operation doable. You'll still want to use a tripod when you've got that lens fully extended.

On back is a 2.7-inch LCD as well as a 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF). Both are coarse and noisy when shooting, but it's considerably more noticeable and distracting in the EVF. All the controls and menus are straightforward and I like that there are dedicated buttons on top for activating the up-to-10-people face detection (with or without red-eye removal) and the multiple continuous shooting choices.

The mode dial features 11 options, including program, manual, shutter-priority (but no aperture priority), Dual Shot (it takes two photos simultaneously, one with flash, one without), and Zoom Bracketing. That last one records three images at 1x, 1.4x, and 2x digital zoom--cropped to 10, 5 and 3 megapixels, respectively--with a single press of the shutter. Per its HD moniker, the camera also captures HD video clips up to 15 minutes long at 1,280x720 (720p) and you get full use of the optical zoom (but only electronic image stabilization). Scene Position gives you access to 13 scene modes or you can slip over to Custom to set up your own group of settings. In general, however, I found it best to stay in Program Auto because you get control over white balance, exposure, focus, sharpness, flash strength, and bracketing (in 1/3, 2/3, or full stops).

Unfortunately, much like other megazooms, the S200HD is relatively slow. The wakeup time is 1.9 seconds to first shot. The average shot-to-shot time is 2.4 seconds and adding flash takes it up to 2.8 seconds. Luckily shutter lag is an acceptable 0.5 second in bright conditions and 0.8 second in dim.

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Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD

Part Number: 15841174 Released: Sep. 1, 2008
MSRP: $379.99 Low Price: $152.95 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep. 1, 2008
  • Digital camera type Full body
  • Optical Zoom 15 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 10.0 Megapixel
  • Image Stabilizer optical (image sensor shift mechanism)
  • Lens 27.6 - 414mm F/3.5
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
About The Author

Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.