Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD Review

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April 26, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 AAA

Another AVERAGE camera from Fuji.  Very disappointing. Whatever happened to Fuji?  Getting trounced by Kodak, Canon, Nikon and others. Ever since film went away, Fuji hasn’t quite figured out what to do with itself. Sure they still make some TV Broadcast equipment - but they need to get back together with the likes of Nikon and do something.

8:24 pm - Monday, April 26, 2010

#2 Tebonin

Long time ago.. I got my last common camera before I start using SLR that was S5000. I am still not sorry for choosing it. Fijifilm did give me a surprise that time.

7:34 am - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

#3 Rob

Color quality and exposure seem to be pretty accurate. But, how much noise reduction does it apply to jpg? Iso 400 shots appears to be plastic-like, such a shame! .. Any NR settings available?

8:17 am - Wednesday, April 28, 2010

#4 india

well verry disappointing for me…i search a lots of cam in net..what i found in this cam is that battry consumption is more and quality of photo in slightly low light is very bad(small dots appears) another thing is when i record video in HD some whiltle type noise come when play back(like some times come in old tube TV) and while using mannual mode the process of captring image is very slow it takes long time to take image at low ISO and low shutter spead another thing is SR mode is not good enough face detaction is not good as in other camera hardly it detacts one what they say there is nothing like nature light mode and night mode no effect on image overall all most disappointing thing is large battry consumption,poor quality of image at slightly low light and very slow processor i dont rcommend this cam….....what they r wrighting is not true dont go with review as i went…

7:47 am - Monday, May 3, 2010

#5 india

what i thought when buuying this cam is that “no one will give this many features at this prize and fujifill is not a bad company” but they gave all features just as icon(not working)

8:01 am - Monday, May 3, 2010

#6 Fulvic Acid

Fujifilm camera is very nice for photography. With a mechanically constant CCD sensor and high ISO sensitivity for anti-blur protection. Its have Powerful Zoom, Outstanding Quality in HD.

10:15 am - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

#7 Rob

@India, I don’t care about digital function surplus, I mean, I need only a camera which takes the focus correctly with balanced exposure, manual controls, image stabilization and good quality optics. I think I’ll buy the Lumix Fz38. It’s quite cheap here and it still has got RAW format.

3:06 pm - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

#8 Katherina

I’ve been using the S2500 for over a week now and I like it a lot. Great clear pics with true colours. No loss of image quality at full zoom even when hand-held. Worth the money

7:17 pm - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

#9 india

@Rob thats what i am talking about and its not just a thing about ceap and costly… u need focus correctly but this cam takes more time to focus and u miss the precious moment,and at manual controls it takes long time to take picture u and the Object whome u r taking picture have to wait at list 1 min isn’t it rediulous your choise for fz38 is good….

8:53 am - Monday, May 10, 2010

#10 Nigel

The price links above, don’t go to pages for the S2500HD.  You could try http://www.fujidigitalcameraprices.co.uk/Fujifilm-FinePix-S2500HD-P10NC01930A.asp for S2500HD prices.

2:20 pm - Monday, May 10, 2010

#11 Don

Katherina seems to be the only one commenting who has actually got and used the camera, rest of you are believing Mr. Blog. she is correct in what she says. Its easy enough to go to his camera reviews and view sample pics as generally he keeps to same subject. Increase to full size and compare. This camera is stuffing them all for resolution and sharpness. It is one of the most underated out there. Superb prints at A4. Razor sharp. You guys don`t know what you are missing—-Katherina has you all beaten.

3:24 pm - Tuesday, May 18, 2010

#12 india

@Don I’ve been used this cam for two months and i dont have anoter choice instead of using this until it scraps if u want to beleve it or not the choice is yours…...i am just sharing my exprience with this cam….yes but the quality of picture is awesome at outdore or at bright light…...

7:53 pm - Tuesday, May 18, 2010

#13 chami

this cam had problem with noise when filming. is that bug fixed ??

8:24 am - Sunday, May 23, 2010

#14 monica

Just bought my S2500HD. I love it! worth every penny.

5:06 pm - Sunday, May 23, 2010

#15 Gufran

awesome pics :-) I bought it ..yup worth every penny

6:53 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2010

#16 Gufran

u can always replace batteries.. for me quality of the pic matters ..but remember outdoor pic clarity is awesome n u can use flash indoor for outstanding pics ..

7:08 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2010

#17 Jon

It offer only two levels of aperture when it is in manual mode which I often use. What a shame design.

11:48 pm - Friday, June 11, 2010

#18 John

Quite disappointing.  Mine has developed its second fault within a couple of months so it’s going back and I’m buying a Nikon P100 instead.

Sound quality on video is simply terrible.

Fuji quality, and the facilities on the cameras, seems to have gone down a lot since I bought an S5500 back in 2005.

3:53 pm - Friday, June 25, 2010

#19 Sanail

I have this cam. n i it is good for me. i think this is a awesome cam in this price.

11:51 am - Monday, July 26, 2010

#20 harhar

Hi. I´m thinking about to buy this camera. But I don´t find sample pictures of moving objects like pictures of sport. Can somebody tell me something about the quality there?

Thanks

9:43 pm - Friday, July 30, 2010

#21 arisb

i just bought this camera and for an amateur like me this point & shoot is really worth it.  it’s already amazing for its super low price.  of course it has its limitations, but hey don’t buy a hyundai and expect ferrari performance :P

12:39 am - Saturday, August 7, 2010

#22 edg@r

I have bought this cam a couple a months ago and i´m very happy whith it and widely recomend it 4 any beginer user. Has lots of features to antertain any amateur and bring u a lot of fun also if not seriously interested in photography, its automatic features work well enough in most situations. Guess many comments here are from experienced users who expect pro or semipro features but guess what….not in these segment if looking 4 advanced settings better buy a far more expensive camera. Any way I’m pretty happy with it, and still learnig to fully use it definetly its worth any penny.

12:40 am - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

#23 Dan

I upgraded from a Finepix S800/S5800. I am an amateur but I am surprised at the high quality of the shots and image stabilization at full zoom. If you buy this cam expecting pro results might I suggest an slr or a much more expensive dslr. For the price and performance I think this is one of the better bridge cams out there.  Totally happy with the results.

3:06 pm - Thursday, September 2, 2010

#24 Jenny

I had a problem with a different fuji model making noise while filming, I finally figured out that it was the continuous auto-focus, when I turned it off the noise stopped. —so try that.

4:02 am - Sunday, September 5, 2010

#25 salvador

I just wish manufacturers wouldn’t cram so many pixels into a small sensor. Image quality and low light quality would improve immensely if they dropped the pixels to 8mp or even 6mp, which is large enough to satisfy most people.

1:02 am - Thursday, September 9, 2010

#26 barry

If your pictures are bad, it’s not the camera, it’s you

10:59 am - Thursday, September 16, 2010

#27 india

@barry how…???

12:46 pm - Thursday, September 16, 2010

#28 shaf

I am thinking of nuying this camera cos its great value for money.however I would like advice on how it will perform when taking photos on stage with poor light quality.

12:03 pm - Monday, September 20, 2010

#29 abc

@shaf its realy poor at low light….and at 200 iso speed of capture is also slow….

9:58 pm - Monday, September 20, 2010

#30 Steve

Üdv Nagyon Jó éS megbizható Kis fényképez? EGY S2500 nekem bejött Steve

8:41 am - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

#31 india

new update is available go to official website for update

1:23 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

#32 ScottishLaddie

All this technical talk is doing my head in I have been using this camera for weeks now and for £135.00 and a 5 year warranty from seller the camera is superb with very accurate and sharp images.
If yo want perfection spend 2 or 3 thousand pounds on a top end DSLR if you want a very acceptable camera for an incredible price choose this one.

10:23 am - Friday, October 8, 2010

#33 ALEX

iwish bring this camera (S2500 ). is it good or not?
i xpext valuable advice because i have no deep knowledge about DSLR camres…so….plz….

6:17 am - Friday, October 22, 2010

#34 india

@ALEX First it is not a DSLR its a Bridge cam point to shoot…....it will not give manual focus…..
I’ll not recommend you this cam go for nikon or panasonic

4:53 am - Saturday, October 23, 2010

#35 Peter

Just bought S2500HD. digital Zoom blanked out on menu anybody know why. Spec for this camera says it should be available at 6x. any suggestions. am i doing something wrong please keep it simple

11:09 am - Tuesday, October 26, 2010

#36 angie

my question did anyone get a owners manual with their camera other than the little basic 44 page one?

9:55 pm - Tuesday, November 2, 2010

#37 steve

hi angie put the disc it came with in pc the manuel is on it

11:59 pm - Thursday, November 4, 2010

#38 angie

steve… yeah i found it out after i posted this but thanks so much

1:45 am - Friday, November 5, 2010

#39 Pablillus

Angie: Look for the Owner’s Manual in the Finepix CD that came in your S2500HD box.

5:28 am - Friday, November 5, 2010

#40 Lynx

Hello.

I’ve been taking a look at all type of bridge cameras for quite some time now. I own a Canon Powershot A480 (practically the same as the A495 that has been tested on this website).
I found this cam the other day in a mall and it looked quite interesting for its price. The quality of the photographs taken with this camera isn’t as bad as most people are saying, just check out the sample images. Its not a Dslr, but it can take as good pictures as a Lumix FZ45, or a Pentax Optio X90, maybe even a Canon Sx20Is dispite the size, the longer focal distance and the price.

So where’s the problem with it??? Just because its cheaper doesn’t mean its worse, though it does look like a toy.

12:12 pm - Friday, November 5, 2010

#41 Rk

The Problem of this cam is speed of capturing the image at low iso…....noise and poor audio quality in HD video….....
I think other brand take higher price of this quality to maintain well…....

7:54 pm - Friday, November 5, 2010

#42 cuntylicka

I took pictures of my girlfriends soaking wet vulva the other night with this camera and it produced great results in macro :)

9:21 pm - Monday, November 8, 2010

#43 Sam

cuntylicka can i see the photo?  for the picture quality of course.

7:11 am - Tuesday, November 9, 2010

#44 Amber

#42 too much info thanks….

Bought this camera in Sept. Consider myself a beginning intermediate photog ! Having had an old Pentex and Canon film cameras and Point and shoot Kodaks and Canons , I upgraded to this cam . I thought would be a great one to ease into to learn more about photography while still capturing favorite kid pics and family events .
Great outdoor pics and bright light. I am still learning but where I work and the kids school has flourescent lighting and no matter what I do I seem to get dark , yellow,orange prints.Also good quality video snipits but as previous poster stated i thought i heard some noise ???
Anyone have any hints to help with these issues ? what is the best setting to use in these conditions (flourescent lighting I mean )?
Thanks in advance.

3:18 am - Saturday, November 27, 2010

#45 SandySea

After I press the shutter button, alot of time passes and the scene has changed before I actually get the picture.  I am very disappointed with the FUJiFILM S2500HD. Is there someway to correct this problem.

12:00 am - Sunday, November 28, 2010

#46 India

@SandySea My Friend This is what i want to say here but no one is understanding and get buying this cam

9:23 am - Sunday, November 28, 2010

#47 D. Drumwell

I bought mine 2 months ago, I’m returning it (good thing about buying at Costco Canada, the 90 day return policy).

After using it for the last 2 months I found thatthe image quality didn’t really rival my old Cybershot 8mpx that I bought over 5 years ago.. Really..

Many shots were out of focus or blurry, and this after many level settings and try-outs.  If the flash isn’t there then the chance of having a blurry pic will increase alot even in daylight/indoor pics.

The video, well, very good quality but as soon as you hit night time, forget about it.  You get extreme amount of fuzzy quality video.  One of the worst I’ve seen.  Forget about taking home movies or Xmas parties, if you light is just okay then you’ll have issues with your video, major issues.

I don’t know what I’ll get next, but I can tell you that my old cybershot camera works great for pix, and I’ll probably just buy a little HD video cam instead of this one. 

If you want a 10+ mpx camera, and buy the Fuji 1600HD which is way less expensive and has the same functions and quality (compare my 2500HD with my friend’s 1600HD and goota say that for the price I felt I was robbed).

Wait ‘till they can adjust the level of quality in the pics before buying..

5:29 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2010

#48 Krishna

I will give my opinion for finepix S2500HD after a week.

8:21 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2010

#49 Raj

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1414684@N23/

Please chk this….i see a tremendous potential in this camera

11:36 pm - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

#50 Saurabh

Which one is better Fuzi S2500HD or Olympus SP-600UZ ?
I have to buy a new camera..

Thanks in advance..

8:43 pm - Thursday, December 23, 2010

#51 abi

just got this camera for christmas and I love it! Highly reccomnend it.

12:50 pm - Sunday, December 26, 2010

#52 Rajesh

@saurabh Non of them r best….go for canon/nicon

6:02 am - Monday, December 27, 2010

#53 Sam

I want to love this camera but i cannot get it to focus. taken 3gb of photos on all possible settings and without fail, on the half press of the shutter the !AF comes on. any ideas?

8:37 pm - Thursday, January 13, 2011

#54 SandySea

Turn your camera on.  Get into the menu and turn off every options and see if this doesn’t make a difference. Good luck

12:30 am - Friday, January 14, 2011

#55 SandySea

What is the longest lasting batteries I can purchase for my fuji camera

12:31 am - Friday, January 14, 2011

#56 sam

@54 yip, tried that. could it be a mechanical rather than electronic thing - ie misaligned lens? all my other fuji’s have been fantastic, so i want to keep this camera but at the moment it just blurs everything.

1:54 am - Friday, January 14, 2011

#57 Fergus

I own the S2500hd 6 months and I have been done a lot of photo, the 2500 isn’t perfect but isn’t bad has some people say.


I could see want I have been done with this camera on my Caedes gallery.
http://www.caedes.net/Zephir.cgi?lib=Caedes::Gallery&author=Fergus.

9:18 pm - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

#58 sam

@57 I know its not bad, I think its faulty. Thought someone might have some tips. See comment 53

8:26 pm - Wednesday, January 19, 2011

#59 Thomas8bit

does anyone know the difference between the Fuji Finepix S1800 and the S2500? looking to buy one asap just don’t know which to get

10:52 pm - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

#60 Sid

Is ths cam suitable fr family use?portability whle traveln?does it click good sports actn r mving objct photos?wt abt nite photos?whch one of the folwn is the best 2 buy-fuji 2500 hd,300exr,80 exr r nikon l110 r canon powersht s3?

9:35 pm - Monday, January 31, 2011

#61 RK

@Thomas8bit the only diffrence is of HDMI port….
@Sid None of theme are best if you want just point to shoot go for l110 but it dose not give manual control i suggest Panasonic fz100 or Nikon p90…and never go for Fuji

5:54 am - Tuesday, February 1, 2011

#62 Marin

I have been using the Finepix S2500HD for a month now. Its not the best in class but not bad either and dont forget you get it for $160-170 now, which makes it a winner if that amount of money is all you can spend on more than a point and shot.
Overall picture quality is fairly good, with nice colors. The zoom is fast enough. Focusing was sometimes tricky in the beginning but some practice and playing with focus options fixed it.
Quality in low light gets poor, in pictures as in HD movie recording, but that’s not a lot worse than other 1/2.3” sensor cameras. Shutter speed is not excellent, and you can easily miss that moment if you’re not using continuous in sport shooting, but again, you have to pay at least $100-150 more for a camera that does better or even more if you want a bigger sensor.
Image stabilization works great; in daylight you can take hand held pictures with full 18X zoom extension with decent focus and without motion blurring.
A fast SDHC card DOES make a difference; at first I had a standard 4GB card and going to a Class 4 one did make a visible difference in overall responsiveness and shooting speed. Now I tried a class 10 and its still slightly better, so I’d recommend a class 4-6 at least. 4GB will be enough since you’re not shooting RAW with it and 8-16GB if you plan lots of videos, since the video format is a bit loose in size.

1:29 pm - Friday, February 11, 2011

#63 graham

There seems to be a lot of negative comment about this particular camera, for my part I would say that as a returning amateur photographer the pictures are, in the main, pretty dam good.  The balance is about right and the quality is right up there.  I would say to anyone thinking of buying this camera, do it! I dont think you will be disappointed.  Ok if you want the ultimate then go and spend 3 times the price.  I think this camera represents excellent value for money with facitilies galore what more could you want/expect from a camera at such a low price.  I bought mine as a factory refurb for £117 and for that I have a camera that does all that I want it to do and much more.  Stop whining and enjoy, thats what I say!

10:35 am - Thursday, February 24, 2011

#64 Ron

I realy don’t understand the people here that are complaining about this camera. For the price (€ 155.- in Holland) you can’t get a better deal. When you want SLR performance you should have bought a SLR camera.
When you want a full metal housing you should have bought another camera.
This camera takes excellent pictures, has good battery time, excellent zoom lens and the best value for money.

11:41 am - Saturday, March 12, 2011

#65 doctor vernon

hi all , just bought this cam and am awaiting its arrival from dixons ,,,£124 ,,,seemed like a bargain ,,,,can some1 advise on best batterys to get any time out of ,,,,,,


many thanks

5:53 pm - Saturday, March 12, 2011

#66 abc

@ron did you tried to shoot at night…??? and this is not a issue of slr or point to shoot cam..even small digicam can perform better at night photos then this….

6:33 am - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#67 Ron

@abc From your comment I guess your not happy with the result of night shots, but you need to give me more information (e.g. camera settings)before I can comment on this.

7:39 am - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#68 Marin

@doctor vernon
Well, anything 2500 mah and up will do just fine, I am actually using some sony 2500 mah nimh which were also used before and I am getting like 450-550 shots depending on how much I play with the functions and review photos after taking pictures.

@abc
by small digicam you mean some older 6-8 MP camera or something $350+ like a powershot S90? I agree that a camera with a bigger 5x bigger 1/1.7” sensor and f2.0 will perform better, but I havent seen anything with a 1/2.3” sensor that makes a real difference. For a $150 camera with the tiniest sensor available the image quality even at iso800 looks pretty good to me.

2:40 pm - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#69 Ron

@abc You are so right. For a camera with this low price tag you can’t expect miracles. I’ve been playing a bit more with it now and I’m impressed with the stable picture quality when using the zoom. The only thing wrong with this camera (even for a low-cost camera) is the absolute useless lens cap.

4:58 pm - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#70 Ron

My previous post (@abc) was meant for Marin

5:05 pm - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#71 abc

@ron for example take auto mode without flesh…even at HD video mode you will find some noise other then zoom motor…..

@marin small cam means which dosent comes with manual controls like canon ixus series or other and when i bought this cam the price was 15500INR which is equivalent to 300$.....

6:00 pm - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#72 Marin

You’re right abc, this camera rarely gets all things right in any automatic setting, you have to play with settings and I usually prefer “P”, “A” or “M” depending on the conditions. The no brainier mode could be better, but I think for the new/amateur photographers this camera is targeted to, the auto settings are more a remote backup than a frequent option. You’re right about that, its a very good option now for new photographers that have a budget of only $150, but definitely not the best all-family camera.
Another tip I’d give to its new/potential users is that I use it always in HARD sharpening mode; it produces a bit more grain but I have the feeling that in this setting the raw data is less smoothed and blurred and you get more detailed pictures.

7:59 pm - Sunday, March 13, 2011

#73 abc

yes marin thats what i am trying to say…..

This is not a bad camera but some features are bad for amateur this is good and day light quality is really good but i prefer canon sx120IS its far batter then this…....canon and Nikon taking more money for quality…..

6:37 am - Monday, March 14, 2011

#74 Marin

Yep, they definitely take more, and I am sorry you paid so much for your S2500, you paid the price of the fast moving zoom market; some years ago 10X was exclusive to dslr-like premium cameras while today that is almost a standard for compacts with 15X for premium compacts, that’s why the 15-20X zoom cameras like this have dropped a lot in price, simply because now there are pocketable cameras with virtually everything they have.
Im just tired of the zoom increase 35X or ridiculous 16 MP on a microscopic sensor. Its time camera makers start using at least 1/1.8” sensors for this category, but something tells me it will both take a lot of time and then a lot of money to buy them.

4:41 pm - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

#75 Francisco

Compre esta camara en Marzo del 2011 y la verdad es que me desiluciono al poco tiempo.
Demora una eternidad en enfocar en modo automatico, su modo manual no es tan manual,el zoom hace un ruido horrible en video y su opcion para fotografia de objetos en movimiento no es bueno.
Ahora,no niego que he sacado unas fotos hermosas con ella y en exteriores, tiene muy buen desempeño. Su super macro es bueno y su opcion panoramica tambien es valorable,claro que esto no cambia mi decision de comprarme la Canon T2i.

Saludos desde Chile.

10:21 pm - Thursday, June 23, 2011

#76 Dawn

Does this camera not post the date on the photos

11:52 pm - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

#77 Syed Ali

amazing cam for the price here are some pics i took with this cam and i am not a pro.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109781238518515294570/albums/5623725140626213201

2:28 am - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

#78 Agnahiv

I bought s2500HD for my son on last week. two times it gives read error when I try to play back photos. Then I took that to Fuji store and they erased a last frame and it works. So far good.

I use HS20EXR, When I compare this s2500 with HS20EXR some features are better in s2500. View finder is more clear than HS20. I took some night shots using both cameras in the same location S2500HD image quality is more.

Over all the camera features are very good . dot hesitate to buy this one.

9:21 am - Thursday, March 15, 2012

#79 Deepika Garg

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12:21 pm - Thursday, March 29, 2012

#80 Stephen Schwer

As an amateur, everyday, happy snap photographer, I am completely annoyed with this joke of a camera. My old Olympus 5 megapixel took far better photos. Shame Fuji, shame.

Every time I try a new feature of the camera, I get blurring. I have just gone through my photos from a recent wedding I went to, and have deleted at least 3/4 of the photos because they were blurry. Doesn’t matter the setting, light, person behind the camera (a photographer friend of mine had a go and thought it was woeful)... the pictures are bad and no one should buy this camera.

11:50 am - Sunday, May 6, 2012

#81 Nail Sticker

So cool. Great reviews for this. It has lots of features that would really help me in having training. May I ask? How much is this nowadays?

6:24 am - Monday, June 18, 2012

#82 xyz

u all r full of shit….it’s awesome camera for this price..with great viewfinder..nd manual mode features…awesome camera buy it…

7:31 am - Thursday, August 16, 2012

#83 m3h8ingu2

Hi, could someone plase tell me wich one is better? This S2500HD, S2100HD, S5700, or Sony DSC-W630?
I want a good camera at a good price and these 4 are close at price and the best in that price category. I’m verry much a begginer but I want something with good photo quality. Don’t really care about the video, but it’s nice to have.

Can someone please advise me? :)

Thank you!

3:04 pm - Friday, February 1, 2013

#84 Jason

I have owned this camera for 2yrs now, never had an issue.
Make sure you use Lithium batteries and you’ll never be caught out when you really need ‘that’ shot!
Great clarity, easy to use and great $$$!

3:00 am - Monday, June 10, 2013

#85 dale Evorall

is it possible to get a fish eye lens on fujifilm finepix s2500hd

11:27 am - Monday, June 10, 2013

#86 budi

i have this camera, i bought it +-october 2011. durability is good, taking photo n macro at outdoor is good.

low light (indoor with led bulb lamp), night is very poor: noise and very slow to shot and blue photo.

3:50 pm - Thursday, July 24, 2014

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