Fujifilm's FinePix S4200

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Image quality 6.0
6.8 Overall

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Review

Long lens, low price

Editors' note: This review was conducted with the FinePix S4500, which is nearly identical to the S4200 except as indicated below.

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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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $230
  • Brand Fujifilm
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 15.8 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 14 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
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