Fujifilm FinePix S4200

$239
  • 13.8 MP
  • 24x f/3.1
  • 1/2.5" CCD
  • 3" LCD
Released January, 2012
The new Fujifilm FinePix S4200 super-zoom camera boasts a 24x zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen and 720p movies, all for under under $150 / £150.
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First reviewed February, 2012

Features Key features of the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Back view of Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Image quality is great if you use it at ISO 400 or lower.
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megapixels

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15.9 MP

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15.9 MP
20 MP
720p, hdmi, 14 megapixel, super-zoom, fujif.
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sensor size

Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Canon EOS 1100D
Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR
Take a look at the ISO test shots if you haven't already and it will all become clear.
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Low ISO image results are great on the Fujifilm FinePix S4200.
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wide angle lens

Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
This is arguably the most convenient way to use the zoom if it's not manually operated by turning the lens barrel.
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Couple that with the 2cm macro and manual controls and the result is a highly flexible camera for all situations.
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aperture size

Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Canon Powershot SX40
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
The lens is a Fujinon Super EBC lens with a 24x optical zoom range.
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In fact, if it wasn't for the price point being so low, the S4200 would have really benefited from a manual zoom ring simply because it gives much more precision handling over the zoom.
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zoom range

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Find out by reading our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix S4200 review... The Fujifilm FinePix S4200 is an affordable 24x optical zoom bridge camera.
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body size

118 x 81 x 100 mm
95 x 56 x 24 mm
130 x 97.7 x 126 mm
It will help secure the heavy front end as it frees the left hand to place under the lens and offer support.
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Performance Real world tests of Fujifilm FinePix S4200

battery life

300 photos
700 photos
175 photos
It has a lot of pressure on it while the camera has batteries loaded.
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max continuous shooting

On the top is a mix of what you'd normally find on top of a bridge camera - such as the shutter release with zoom rocker surround, power switch and command dial – and some other bits that aren't such as the face detection button and continuous shooting modes.
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Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • Yes

cons

  • 0.97%
  • 230 k dots
  • 1.2 fps
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • 24x
  • Jan, 2012
  • 13.8 MP
  • No automatic 3D
  • No automatic HDR
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • None
  • 100 mm
  • 543 g
  • 8 s

Reviews Word on the street

Photography

Taking landscapes, cityscapes, posed portraits, still life and macro subjects are great.
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The others were blurred or – mostly – out of focus because the animals had moved before the camera could react.
Fujifilm FinePix S4200 | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
However, sports photography, street candids, some nature and family shots may not fall in the remit of the S4200 if things are happening too fast.
Fujifilm FinePix S4200 | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

Flash

The right button of the nav pad on the back will open up flash options for you, but only when the flash is activated.
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The S4200 has a built-in flash for those hard-to-light places.
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Screen

They access a variety of functions from exposure compensation to playback and screen display options.
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Image quality

But does the image quality match the impressive technical specification?
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Video

It also offers a modest 14 megapixel resolution, 3 inch LCD screen, direct web upload facility and HD video capability.
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Competition What else you should consider

Editions Editions of the Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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$239
24x 1/2.5" 24 mm f/3.1
 
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