Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD Review

October 8, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 15 Comments | |

Fujifilm FinePix S2000HDThe Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD is a new 10 megapixel ultra-zoom camera that can also shoot high-definition, 720p video. Even better, you can use the full range of the S2000 HD‘s 15x zoom lens during filming, covering both wide-angle and extreme close-up subjects. In addition to its movie-making capabilities, the Fujifilm S2000 HD has a a 2.7 inch LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder for image composition, and dual image stabilisation to keep your photos sharp. Gavin Stoker found out if the competitively priced (£249 / $299) S2000HD is the perfect ultra-zoom camera.

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#1 blah

Is zooming whilst filming really a good thing? How many good movies have you seen recently where the cinematographer zooms in the middle of a scene?

3:45 am - Thursday, October 9, 2008

#2 Lee V

Hi, I'd like to know if this supports time lapsed photography. Thanks.

4:47 am - Friday, October 10, 2008

#3 Jon

Did a lot of searching for reviews on the Fuji S2000HD and this has to be the finest review I've read.
Straight to the point and honest.
I'll be a regular visitor for sure!


4:02 am - Monday, October 27, 2008

#4 Jimmy J

Hi there, Great review of the S2000HD. I also did a lot of searching for ratings and reviews of the S2000HD, and yours by far was the most in depth, detailed review of the bunch. Nice Job!

Just ordered mine (with help from your review of course) and can't wait to start playing with it!

11:37 pm - Tuesday, November 18, 2008

#5 Peter Legere

Great in-depth review! I will be using it in my decision between this camera and the Coolpix P80. Like Lee V, above, implies, I would like to see this class of camera support time-lapse photography, and feel that it would be a very easy option for manufacturers to incorporate.

10:28 pm - Wednesday, December 24, 2008

#6 Al Barber

Great review. Accurate and to the point. Had the camera for a couple of weeks now and fully agree with all points and opinions given. Good little camera and yes I would recomend it to a friend.

12:57 pm - Thursday, December 25, 2008

#7 Richard

Good review - have had one for two months - the S2000HD WILL produce immages as good - or better than its opposition - up to A3 ! - but you need to post process - use a simple software package like Canon's Zoombrowser - wang sharpening up to 100% - then back off 10 to 15 % - you will get some surprising results - the only review I have noted which shows this -

6:49 am - Friday, February 6, 2009

#8 Imran

I loved this to the point review...I'm definetely going to buy this camera..keep up the gud work

11:42 am - Sunday, May 3, 2009

#9 Oles

Really helpful review. It did influence my choice to by this camera. The only thing i don't agree with is 3.5 for image quality. Seems this device deserves a bit higher rate. IMHO

7:35 am - Thursday, August 13, 2009

#10 John Paul

I've been taking (a lot of) pictures for more then 55 years. From simple cameras to DSLR. I'm slowing down and find the Fuji s2000hd interesting. It has all the things I'm looking for. Based on your review of the s1500, I looked at it. Then I found the s2000hd. Again, your study of this camera is extensive, thorough, and very informative. I'm going with the s2000hd.
Thanks for your help !

4:03 pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#11 cartucho r4i

So far so good with this camera. I'm still learning about it. Colors are vibrant & I have taken some pretty amazing shots with it. As mentioned in another review there are sometimes purple smears on the LCD screen when the camera is pointed at a very bright light.

10:27 am - Thursday, December 17, 2009

#12 Rodrigo Araújo

Great review indeed, I'm seriously considering buying this camera. One key point I couldn't understand was the minimum shutter speed of the camera. On section 2, it's said this camera has a minimum shutter speed of 15 seconds, but, on the user manual, it says only 4 seconds.

Is it really capable of 15 seconds shutter speeds?
User manual link

12:55 am - Monday, January 11, 2010

#13 Peter Legere

Is this camera capable of manual focus?

10:40 pm - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

#14 Devesh

I have always been a Canon fan. I had a brilliant film camera (an EOS). Then I wanted to move to a digital (reluctantly). And Canon simply did not have the features of the Fuji S2000HD at that price. And I think the picture quality is great for a normal human being, who is not photographing Anjelina Jolie's lip hair.

5:54 pm - Sunday, April 18, 2010

#15 Atrin

Got this cam quite a while ago through an upgrade offer for my previous s5600. And I am still in love with it. I use it in situations when my teeny compact isn't enought and I don't dare to take my Pentax DSLR with me. Hence it get's dragged to a lot of concerts. I'm actually close to hitting the 30.000 marker on snaps taken (no RSI yet).

It's had beer poored over it more times then I care to remember, it accidentaly got burried in snow this winter and it get's carried around a wristband instead of a shoulderstrap. So, yes it's been smashed into quite a few barriers. (don't try this at home kids)

Should anyone put a camera through such torture, probably not. Nevertheless; it keeps performing like the day after I bought it (gotta tinker with the settings if you are going to shoot fast movement in low light after all). I love how 'fast' it is even in low light. Is it as good as my DSLR, ofcourse not, but the shot's I get out of it still beat many newer cameras in the same range. And me and my friends love the natural skintones most Fuji's produce for us kaukasian palefaces.

I don't use any fancy photo software, being a firm believer that halfway decent hardware and actually knowing what you want in the picture, at what angle before you take it can never be replaced by tinkering with it afterwards.

Cons? I do convert to b&w afterwards, in system just doesn't get the proper results. It performs badly with certain colors of tungsten, but I find that with most compacts. My main complaint has been with the battery compartment; I managed to break the lid after 2 weeks, even before I started abusing it. It's been replaced twice. After that the store gave me a juicy stack of lithium AA's and I've been using electricians tape on it ever since. It makes switching batteries about 5 seconds slower for me, but does actually help waterproof it more.

So in conclusion; I'm not quite perpared to replace this spiffy little cam. It was great value and anything that still works and works well after what I put it through for more then 2 years... Ok I admit it, this is the first midrange that has survived me this long.

On a rare occasion I see them secondhand now, usually at about 125-150 Euro's. So, if you are on a budget, but want some versatility and good performance, snatch one up from a trustworthy seller & you are likely to enjoy it for another few years (Just don't do as I do to it ;)

6:28 am - Sunday, February 20, 2011