The Good The Fujifilm FinePix S4200 offers a 24x zoom lens, AA batteries for power, an electronic viewfinder, and manual and semimanual shooting modes all at a bargain price.
The Bad The S4200 feels and performs like a low-end point-and-shoot. Requires a lot of light to get good photos and videos in auto.
The Bottom Line A nice feature set and a long lens make the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 one of the better megazoom cameras available for those on a budget.
Long lens, low price
Editors' note: This review was conducted with the
To avoid any confusion during what you're about to read, let's get something straight: the Fujifilm FinePix S4500, S4400, S4300, and S4200 are all the same camera, but with different lenses. The S4500 has a 30x f3.1-5.9 24-720mm lens; the S4400 has a 28x f3.1-5.9 24-672mm lens; the S4300 has a 26x f3.1-5.9 24-624mm lens; and the S4200 has a 24x f3.1-5.9 24-576mm lens.
Everything else about the cameras is the same, including the 14-megapixel CCD sensor and image processor. So while I tested the FinePix S4500 for this review, the shooting performance and picture quality will essentially be the same -- as will the design and features -- regardless of what model you're interested in.
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