Fujifilm FinePix S4000 Review

June 6, 2011 | Matt Grayson | |

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#1 Seb

Thanks for the review. I have been long waiting for that :)

6:12 pm - Monday, June 6, 2011

#2 Jesper Hansen

What no RAW ???

6:35 pm - Monday, June 6, 2011

#3 fakuryu

wow… IQ was bad.

7:07 pm - Monday, June 6, 2011

#4 WantNewBridgeCam

Those sample images are absolutely horrendous! A score of 3 for image quality is very generous.
Thank you for the review.

2:23 am - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#5 m husken

Thanks for your review!
I’m still looking for a good replacement
for the S602Z, but can’t find a Fuji
model that satisfies. Too bad, love the
Fuji colors and brightness hope they come
up with something

8:55 am - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#6 mihalis

i am sorry fuji, but this is worse than mobile phone quality pics….6mb files just to see a painted image with absolutely no detail? My old fz18 is way better than that

9:46 am - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#7 Bee Jay

Image quality looks poor at anything but low ISO, with the 1600ISO showing large amounts of colour distortion, even at screen size. If anyone wants a 30X zoom Fuji bridge camera, why not go for the HS10? It may have been around a while but as it has a 10MP CMOS censor it handles lower light better, it also has Full HD & a RAW shooting option.

10:23 am - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#8 zebarnabe

Fujifilm S series were known for the superb image quality for their class… not anymore >_>

Sadly this seems to be a trend among the manufacturers ... all are able to take shots that are printable on a small size, but exactly up to the specs shown :/

Travel Zooms (or super zoom compacts) seem to be much more attractive these days, better image quality and with 12~15x zoom ranges, much more sane as well… not to mention light and small…

3:48 pm - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

#9 Lynx

This is why I bought the HS10 finally. I didn’t find anything better without upscaling to a dslr or csc/evil camera.

The HS10 has decent image quality, maybe the best in the superzoom range.

The next time I change camera if Fuji doesn’t do any better I will go DSLR.

10:36 am - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

#10 clif

I went to Costo and bought this camera with high expectations and it was a real letdown. Every picture I took was kind of washed out looking and blurry on the left 30% of the picture. I took it back and they gave me another that produced the same results. I called Fuji to find out if there was going to be a firmware upgrade available to address these problems and they told me that they are aware of it’s problems and I would have to mail the camera to them to fix it. I went to another store and bought an S3300, low and behold it was just as bad. Fuji has a serious problem with these two new cameras so buyer’s beware, without their fix at the factory these cameras are next to unuseable. I told the Rep on the phone that I wish they would get smart and build these cameras in Japan, not China since there has to be a serious quality control problem where their putting these together. Maybe later on they will address the problem but for now I would steer clear of these new models.

6:59 pm - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

#11 Warren Lyons

After seeing the sample images of this model, it seems that Fuji has really shot itself in the foot, considering that this company is best known for “bridge” cameras, rather than low end compacts or high end DSLRs.  I do hesitate to blame it on being made in China.  For the most part, production of cameras in this price range is fully automated; the overall performance and image quality will depend on the cameras’ design and the quality of the materials used in its manufacture, rather than the country of origin.  For whatever its worth, expect more outsourcing of camera manufacturing to China since the Tsunami, and for this outsourcing to extend even higher up the photographic food chain.  In my opinion, this camera’s poor showing is simply to result of cutting design corners elsewhere to provide that much zoom at such a low price point.  My advice to anyone wanted an extended zoom is to spend $50 to $100 more for something better, and if there budged is stuck at that point, look for an older discontinued model or get any number of compact or travel zoom models which would give far better image quality

6:19 pm - Thursday, June 9, 2011

#12 Lee

I brought this camera last week online, 4 days before reading this review! I couldn’t find any reviews at the time so I just went for it as the reviews on amazon were very good! Purchased it to replace my Canon Ixus 700. As your review states whem zoomed the images look quite soft, I would have to be honest and say I was a little dissapointed with is, I thought it may have been the settings I had it on (never used a camera like this before) but when I seen this review I knew it wasn’t me, however for the price and features I am happy enough to stick with it, for me it doesn’t warrant returning as I am sure other cameras at the price have issues of some sort, hopefully they will release an updated firmware to sort this, though not sure if the issue is hardware related? I have uploaded some pictures, not sure if I can post them here?!

Hope this is OK


9:12 pm - Saturday, June 11, 2011

#13 Kevin

Looks so promising on paper, but the images do look kind of artificial, almost painterly as you noted.  My “old” Olympus SP-565 10 megapixel 20X zoom takes MUCH better photos.  Glad it still works like a charm.

5:46 pm - Sunday, June 12, 2011

#14 Nick

WOW! Do you actually get paid to do these reviews because if it so you should consider yourself lucky as this review purely stinks man.
You talk about the image quality being sharp and detailed but exactly which one of your pictures is sharp and shows details? You don’t talk enough about the IS/VR capabilities of this camera and show it’s effectiveness or lack thereof. Your sample images look like they were taken by a 5th grader and my apologies to all the 5th graders out there.
If you are getting paid then plese do a better job and if you are doing this for free then let someone more enthusiastic take over for you.

5:55 pm - Tuesday, June 14, 2011

#15 Jonathon

Why were all of these photos taken on such a low ISO?  Its like someone was trying to take a bad picture on purpose.

2:39 am - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

#16 Girard

I have a Lumix FZ7, 6 years old. The 14,7 zoom magnifies almost as much as the 30 of Fuji. Despite of PC afterworking, no possibility to match the Panasonic raw results…I consider the S4000 as a gadget, a little to expensive…

4:27 am - Saturday, June 18, 2011

#17 Willie

No wonder the quality of sample images are poor, the settings most have been taken at are rediculous.
Agree with Jonathon in comment #15, were you deliberately trying to take bad photos!

11:43 pm - Thursday, June 30, 2011

#18 ollie

The “painted” effect is very noticeable on lawns and tree leaves from a distant when you zoom up after the picture is taken.  Maybe it relates to how the image is processed. A firmware upgrade my fix the problem but unlikely since this is a lower priced camera.

5:56 pm - Monday, July 4, 2011

#19 Jam

I agree,the sample images are pretty horrible, I have the same camera and although the camera is not perfect I can show you far better images taken by than your samples, as with all cameras you have to tweek and learn the cameras weak and strong points.

6:20 pm - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#20 Frankie

Great, having just ordered this camera, and having done much research according to budget, I feel quite sick.  I have spend ages making a decision on this and only just come across this websites reviews.  Hopefully may be in time to cancel the delivery.

12:05 pm - Thursday, July 28, 2011

#21 Jam

Just keep in mind that it is still the photographer and not the camera which determines results,as I had a panasonic 10x zoom and I was dissapointed with it, I feel the secret is to use the cameras strengths and don’t expect it to do everything for you without any effort. I knew someone who could produce great results from almost any camera.PS I have taken some great shots from the fuji S4000 and am still using it,the 30X zoom is a great asset.

5:32 pm - Thursday, July 28, 2011

#22 Paul

I got the camera and it does take some getting used too. But you have to look at the manual and settings, and play around with it. I took it on a trip to the pacific north west and took some of the best pictures I have ever taken in my life. Took macros that are awesome. It is not an instamatic camera. There are settings involved too. Some of the pics I took remind me of the Ansel Adams type. I have read alot of gripes overall and also by HSN users about the model but have yet to experience any of the issues. I took 48GB worth of digital and maybe 2 of this were video. I am gonna get a tripod for it, used a monopod which really helps for clarity, but have no qualms about using it.

2:52 am - Friday, July 29, 2011

#23 Synde

Glad to have read this first. This camera is being sold on HSN as we speak but prior to purchasing, I wanted to check out th reviews. Thanks to the masses, I am NOT purchasing this camera.

5:53 pm - Saturday, July 30, 2011

#24 John

I just got the camera today!  I’m a creature of habit and I usually investigate toys after I buy them.  This S4000 Fuji is exactly what I bought it for.  30X and High definition video features that I do not have to worry about if I leave it in my truck. I also have a Canon T1i, and assorted lenses that cost on the average of $600 plus each.  I don’t want to bother with all the lenses unless I’m in the “mood” for them.

I’m sure this “piece of @#%” is far better than anything coming out 10 years ago!  I’m not a pro and nor do I care to be.  I want a grab and go camera so I don’t have to carry a full backpack full of toys to include my carbon fiber tripod!  That cost over 500 dollars also.

So I’m going to have fun with it!


5:18 am - Sunday, July 31, 2011

#25 nathan

i love this thing, its like a part of me, i no how to use it unlike u guys on here, it takes the best photo that a 200 dollar camera can take, maybe better, i sell my prints in galleries so it must be working

3:52 am - Saturday, August 6, 2011

#26 Robin

Of course it must be working. But nathan should mention that it’s actually photography, not painting ... :D

Well, I’m a little surprised: even photographyblog noticed the pics to be not that good. Congratulations to that! And congratulation for giving an over-average (>2.5) rating as well. Afraid of not getting new cameras any more? *loL*

11:47 am - Sunday, August 7, 2011

#27 Andrew

Just got one Aug 22 2011 at Costco b4 reading this.  Opened the box, inserted batteries, shot 10 pics.  I’m keeping it! Can’t wait to read the manual. For $200 this thing is amazing.  At full 30x zoom (think binoculars or telescope power!) the shake reduction works great and pulls the photo off.  Yes, the colors are not like a $600 camera, but for my all-carry-on trip to China, this is perfect! I really want the wide angle it offers and the zoom. EZ controls. No image problems found.  Very happy with $$ to spare.

9:19 pm - Tuesday, August 23, 2011

#28 Jam

I use the shutter priority setting a lot but I’ve found the SR auto mode is also very good in most situations.

6:58 am - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

#29 Jam

Some of my sample pics most of them taken with the S4000.

7:01 am - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

#30 salvador

I’m not surprised at the seemingly poor image quality. 14mp on such a small sensor is expecting too much. The in-camera processing to disguise this has only seemed to make things worse.

How much better it would have been to have used only 10mp, as on the HS10.

2:39 am - Saturday, August 27, 2011

#31 K. Pace

The lens and controls of this camera are quite good and very user friendly.

The image quality is another story. Like described on this review the photos are a bit strange in certain conditions. Especially when there is a tree in the frame they have a weird painted effect sometimes. I haven’t experimented much with its settings yet, and I doubt it has an option to switch off its Noise Reduction setting. An experienced friend of mine told me to look for that setting because most probably that is making the photos look the way they look. With other brands this setting can be switched off, apparently with the S4000 it can’t.

Otherwise the 30x zoom is good, although in most case either a very steady hand or tripod is needed. But that’s with every brand.

CONCLUSION: I have not tried it much yet so I can not really say. I had a Finepix S5700 with 10x opt zoom and every picture I took was spot on, even on Auto. So I know how to use a camera properly. I think that considering that this camera is cheaper then its 30x rivals, have a look at other brands. Spending a 100 to 150 € $ or whatever can make you more satisfied especially considering we keep our cameras for a couple of years.

5:46 am - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

#32 Fred

I have no idea why Fuji even bothered releasing the s4000 and s33oo cameras since none of them are capable of producing a half-decent photo.
These shots look like they’ve been processed using one of those cartoon-ising software packages. They just do not look real or life-like at all, in fact they are a joke, but Fuji will have to act quickly if they are to stay in the business of photography. This is just not what we have come to expect from a company like Fuji.

6:27 pm - Friday, September 2, 2011

#33 morfeus333

Hey, try this! ...
Set the camera to fine quality and in the definition section to select the lowest.
wala! paint effect on the images reduced by 90%

for me is a very good camera for the money to pay

and those who made this review, I recommend taking photography lessons, samples are terrible photo quality! not show the true potential of this camera.

I apologize for my bad English.

3:41 pm - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

#34 zebarnabe


While the camera is not the best of the segment, if you can indeed reduce sharpness/NR strength (definition?) pictures might be more tolerable (it depends on the noise you end up with though).

Yes, for the price I really doubt any other camera can deliver the 30x zoom while still being useable.

This is a bridge camera on a budget, ideal for recording those family moments and making small prints, in the end is the photographer that makes the shot, not the camera.

However if one doesn’t need all that zoom, nor video features, a Canon A800 might be better :P

9:37 am - Thursday, September 8, 2011

#35 hegy


it’s just a family-type camera. Pictures are really low-quality even it’s my first ultrazoom i can compare to 70$ compact and unzoomed photos are really similiar. And it has really big problem with autofocusing sometimes. Also It’s pretty slow. The main pro is price around 250$ (bought for 208€ in central europe).
For example Nikon Coolpix P100 (approx. 350$) is much faster and image quality is (imho) 30% better.

8:01 pm - Sunday, September 18, 2011

#36 alexander

i have his camera it doing very bad pictures, i wayt for a firmware maibe will help

1:46 pm - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

#37 Mikhail Kandel

Everything looks like a poor quality painting.

3:11 am - Saturday, September 24, 2011

#38 Christy

I wish I had found your blog BEFORE I went out and bought this horrendous camera.  With three children running around I have yet to actually capture any moment with any degree of success.  It took really nice pictures of some rocks outside, but if anything actually moves…forget it.  The only two features I like are the panoramic thing with the cross and the three in one pictures that progressively zoom in.  Horrible, camera and it is going back!

3:41 am - Saturday, September 24, 2011

#39 Paul

After reading a lot of the comments look like some don’t have a clue how to use the camera or about photography. People are expecting for the camera to do it all and have instant gratification. Read the manual, take a photography class, and use the setting in the camera itself. When taking macros you will have a blur in the background because it not focusing on the foreground. I have taken great pictures with this camera, some of my best work and in process of putting a portfolio together for a show. Yeah it $200, so what it does what its supposed to do if you have a clue.

10:52 am - Saturday, September 24, 2011

#40 Kevin

Hi Paul,

Either your camera has not got the defect that is mentioned by this review and many others, or you have not came across the problem yet.

I have noticed that the worst cartoon effect comes when there is black on white on the image. Lets say a pair of black glasses on a pale face. In fact I took a photo of a friend with what I mentioned and I was almost too embarrassed to email it to him. The glasses looked like I pasted them from another photo unprofessionally !!!

Before this camera I had a Fuji S5700. Its exactly like the S4000 we are talking about, but with a 10x zoom only. I never ever had picture quality issues with it. Its certainly not me who does not know how to use a camera.. because otherwise I would have had the same problem with the S5700. But the S4000 has a good 30x zoom, but very poor picture quality in certain conditions.

5:33 am - Monday, September 26, 2011

#41 Rosie Stout

I am having problems with my FujiFilm Finepix S4000 and its Mode Dial. Every time I turn the dial it delays in registering with the LED with the camera, or on the LED screen it switches on its own. Sometimes it does not register at all. Can anyone help?

1:51 am - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

#42 SeismicGuy

I bought the camera in August before going on a vacation to Canada.  I was not really looking for another camera since I have been very pleased with my Fuji S9000.  However, the S4000 was $199 at Costco and came with a case and the 4GB memory card.  I also like the fact that it had 24mm at the low end of the zoom.  Just before going on vacation I read this and other forums about the left-side-of-image problem but decided to take a chance anyway.

Sure enough, while my photos overall look pretty decent, there is a slight blurriness along the left 20% or more of every image.  The average person would not notice this if you were not looking for it but, since I know it is there it is glaring to me. 

I have contacted Fuji to see if they have some fix or replacement and sent them some sample images.


6:32 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2011

#43 Louise Brand

I’ve just bought this camera from Amazon, after comparing the Nikon Coolpix L120, this camera wins hands down.  I’m a Professional Photographer and mainly use 35mm camera’s.  I need the DSLR to photograph weddings inside church with no flash. With the 30x zoom and the large ISO’s, I am now able to do this with no problem at all. When you buy a camera like this, you cannot just pick it up and point and shoot, you need to study the manual, which I don’t think many people are doing by the sound of things? The camera does not do the work for you, you need to put the work in to get the results! I started with a Kodak 6mp basic point and shoot camera, the wedding photo’s turned out ok, but with a bit of graphic designing, I had an extremely happy bride and groom! Unless you have read and understood the 147 page manual, please don’t critize the camera, Fuji make good camera’s and I would rather stick by a camera that does the job, than a named brand!

10:48 pm - Friday, October 14, 2011

#44 Mitch McKenzie

Thanks for the review!

I wonder if Fuji realise that their 3mp Fuji 602 zoom from 2002-2003 takes much better photos than this.

I don’t know if I am allowed to mention another review site so I won’t, but this other site has sample photos from the S602 Zoom that just blow these current Fuji models away.

9:57 am - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

#45 Rex

I just ordered this camera and am looking forward to using it. I had the S1500 and I expect this camera to take the same quality photos…which to me seemed very good. I agree with the one statement about people needing to take the time to learn how to use their camera, you can’t expect to give a fair and honest assessment after only using it for a few days…I don’t care who you are.

10:48 am - Monday, October 31, 2011

#46 Louise Brand

I’ve had the camera for a few weeks now and have ‘totally’ checked it out.  The photo’s are amazing, the panoramic view is outstanding, bit of a tip to anyone using the full potential of the 30x zoom, you really do need a tripod, very sensative but not a bad thing. Batteries last forever and overall, absolutley over the moon with it, glad I didn’t purchase the Nikon Coolpix! Will be testing out the settings for fireworks tomorrow night, can’t wait!!!

11:02 pm - Friday, November 4, 2011

#47 SeismicGuy

I did continue to use the camera to try and see if there were certain conditions under which the blurriness along the left of the image would show up.  I have determined it is pretty much always there and contacted Fuji (and emailed them some images). The asked me to send the camera to them for repair/adjustment.  I have done so and will report on what they decide to do.


11:50 pm - Friday, November 4, 2011

#48 Tom

I am considerng getting this camera for christmas because I feel like I need a little more than a point and shoot in my life and the DSLR is abit too overkill outside of a studio. I’m not sure whether to let the negative reviews put me off. Many people are saying theres a fault on the left 20/30% of the produced picture of which I am yet to see an example of on my quest for truth. The only painted effect pictured I have seen are on the photos on this review in which I’m sure the photographer the camera drew like a six shooter to take! Only the sadly rare, but positive reviews have offered photo evidence of there finindgs which are a frankly pleasant photograph.

Many people are tryng to compare this model with the performance of a point and shoot or a DSLR, of which it is neither? I agree with other people who consider that its the person who takes the photo,not the camera- with consideration of natural lighting and surroundings before the hardware settings.

I have heard personal anecdotes of people struggling with taking photo’s of moving objects due to poor exposure and shutter speed, then seing marvellous arishow photography of ‘very fast’ moving planes in over cast conditions.

I think I’ll go ahead, although I hope I dont eat my words…...

3:14 pm - Saturday, November 12, 2011

#49 Algabbani

I bought this camera 1 month ago, i hate it for the first time cause I always use (the Auto Mode). when I talked to a professional photographer, he told me that I have to learn how to use it properly and urged me to read the manual. Now, I liked my s4000 much better more than before cause I use the(M) mode and how to use the shutter speed and apreture and the ISO.

By the way, i dont think these pectures were taken by a professional photographer.

8:56 pm - Sunday, November 13, 2011

#50 Louise Brand

Obviously not!!! I am over the moon with this camera!!! For example…You go somewhere for a meal with the family. How many people recommend? How many people critisize??? Faults happen with ANY electrical goods, believe me! I bought this camera as an absolute bargain at £139.20 delivered, from Amazon. Bonfire night! Set the camera to “S” and selected firework mode! The camera just picked up the firework movements, absolutley amazing!! I decided to take a normal shot after this (not as a professional, but as a mum)Lifted the flash onto force) The camera even picked up the smoke from the dead sparkler just as Leah was about to throw it to the floor! I stood approx 16 miles away from Wales (living opposite the river Dee) Put camera on a tripod, zoomed in maybe 26x optical zoom? Not fully! and picked up all of the housing estate, real close! Wow! If I could post my photo’s I would! If someone can tell me I will…Lou xx

1:03 am - Monday, November 14, 2011

#51 SeismicGuy

For those that think unhappy folks are just exaggerating, here is a sample (notice left portion of photo).  I have many more like this.


4:31 am - Monday, November 14, 2011

#52 SeismicGuy

Here is a sample of what I am talking about (image sharp except for left portion0:


4:54 am - Monday, November 14, 2011

#53 Fred

Well, seismicguy’s photo says a lot I’d say. This shows possibly a faulty lens or an unevenly charged sensor imho. Not even an experienced pro will find a ‘fix’ for a shot like that. For those who have bought or are about to buy, you are looking for a bargain and most will shrug off it’s shortcomings coz of the low pricetag. Personally, I’d rather pay a wee but more than take an inferior camera out with me into the field. There are better deals out there, so best get looking. Don’t forget second-hand models on ebay, the ones folks sell when they’ve bought the more up to date model! :) For this amount of cash, you could do well on ebay buying a previous model, and it might just be a whole lot better too! For myself, I am looking at the opposition now as there really are a lot of nice cameras around at the moment. No need to live with uncertainty, or worry about a camera that just might be your worst nightmare.

Anyone else got photographic evidence? Put ‘em up!

12:33 pm - Monday, November 14, 2011

#54 Fred

Hey Louise….‘pictures say more than a 1,000 words, so get ‘em up!

12:35 pm - Monday, November 14, 2011

#55 Fred

Upload your photos here, FOR FREE!


Then post a link here. :)

Then we ‘can’ talk!

12:38 pm - Monday, November 14, 2011

#56 SeismicGuy

Fred—obviously you can see what I am talking about.  I have been a fan of Fuji cameras since you get pretty good bang-for-the-buck.  However, that does come at a price which, for one thing, is less quality control than say Canon or Nikon.  For example, the very first serious digital camera I bought was a Fuji S7000.  It had great features for the price and blew away the competition at the time.  However, I noticed greyish blobs on the images of the first S7000 I bought (in retrospect it was probably dust on the sensor).  The camera shop where I bought it sent it back to Fuji and when I got the camera back, the same blobs were there.  So we sent back again and they finally sent another camera—this one being fine.  However, after a few years the flash stopped working (probably the ribbon cable needed replacing) but repairing the camera would have not been worth it.  So I replaced that with an S1000FD which has been a worthy replacement expect for the cheap tabs on the battery compartment that break easily (had that camera replaced twice for that problem).  I also have an S9000 which has been the best of the bunch—NO problems and great images.

I think if Fuji can satisfactorily solve the image problem with my S4000 (apparently this problem is not isolated to just my camera) then they have a pretty good product for the price.  I am waiting to see what they send me as a fix/replacement.


5:18 pm - Monday, November 14, 2011

#57 SeismicGuy

I am trying to post another comment but the system keeps telling me my post might be a spam and needs to be moderated—what the heck does that mean?


4:31 am - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#58 SeismicGuy

My impression is that you get pretty good bang-for-the-buck value with Fuji cameras but perhaps not the same type of quality control you get from a Canon or Nikon.

My first decent digital camera was a Fuji S7000 that was a great bargain at the time compared to others.  It was one of the first so-called “prosumer” models and had great features.  However, the first one I bought had flaws that resulted in greyish blobs showing up on images (most noticeable when shooting a blue sky).  The camera store sent it in to Fuji for repair and it came back the same way.  So they sent it a second time an I received a new camera which was fine.  However after a few years the flash stopped working (probably a bad ribbon cable) and it would not be worth fixing so I bought an S1000FD.

The S1000FD is nicely sized and has great features but the lousy battery compartment cover tabs keep breaking (had the camera replaced twice now.

The most perfect Fuji is my S9000 which has been flawless with great images.  The S4000 would be a good camera if they can correct the obvious image defect—we’ll see as it is currently still with Fuji for evaluation.

4:40 am - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#59 Mohamed

Hello , I bought this cam yesterday,, when I take pics the size is not 6 mb it is always 850 : 950 kb so it effects on the pics quality . plz if anyone can tell me how to use best options send me on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

7:12 pm - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#60 SeismicGuy

Sorry about any of my double posts. I do not get a confirmation about the first post being posted but a day later it shows up.  In the meantime I post again, hence there are suddenly 2.


10:57 pm - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#61 Mark

I got an absurdly great deal on this camera (work at the shop) and paid $120.  I used it last weekend to take wedding pictures…didn’t use the flash….

I’ve been much better than your average user for sometime and still have several 35mm cameras in use….this one worked just fine and the pics were much appreciated by the happy couple…sorry, I don’t agree with the review and agree that your settings are a bit off….
Pic quality is between 4 and 5.


4:20 am - Monday, November 21, 2011

#62 SeismicGuy


It appears that you had better luck with your buy than some of us. I also have been taking photos for umpteen years going back to 35mm slr (which I still own) and never have had a camera where the results are so obviously flawed as the photo I posted.  I took several hundred photos during the first few weeks of ownership and the problem (blurriness along the left side of the image) is noticeable to a greater or lesser extent in virtually ALL of the images I shot.  It is obvious from googling that this problem is common to at least a number of these cameras.


6:51 am - Monday, November 21, 2011

#63 ivan

I had to return by the poor quality of the image of the photo and video camera is very bad

2:27 am - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#64 ivan

I had to return the camera for the poor quality (very dark) photo and video,cost me 212.97 euros

thank you so much

2:37 am - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#65 Louise Brand

Fred, Don’t know if this link has worked…Let me know and I will sow you some more. This is my daughter Leah! I was just testing out my new lighting equipment! I messed up on this and used the flash? I know now, and have been studying it now for a few weeks! haha!!!

3:37 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#66 Fred

Louise - That’s a great photo you took, and I can find nothing negative to say about it whatsoever, but you ‘are’ a professional, yes? Everything about that photo smacks of professionalism, right down to the posing, positioning and attitude of the subject. The flash worked well for you I must say! Obviously you’re very happy with the camera, and your’s doesn’t seem to be exhibiting the same problems as many of the others. Now I have to wonder about Fuji’s consistency of reliability on this particualr model.

4:07 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#67 SeismicGuy

The camera has been with Fuji repair for the last month, but I will finally be getting it back today.  I will try and play around with it this weekend to see if they resolved the blurriness problem and report back.


5:11 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#68 Fred

Doug - Looking forward to reading your report.

8:02 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#69 Fred

Louise - There are many places where you can post your photos. Try these…

http://www.pbase.com - Free trial account.

http://www.flickr.com - First 200 pics are free.

I’d recommend PBase though as it’s fast and reliable. You get to read comments by other photographers and also comment on their work. I find the site invaluable and I learn loads about taking photos from simply studying the composition and reading the exif so I know exactly what model and which setting were used.

Flickr is free for the first 200 shots, but it can be a touch lethargic at times.

Hope to see you post a link soon to the photos you’ve described here.

8:10 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#70 clif

After my bad experience with the 4000 I bought the fuji 3280. This camera is much better, not as big a zoom lens but sharper pictures and the lens is and big enough 24x. The cameras look almost the same just a different lens I suppose. Maybe that’s the problem with the 4000, the lens.

8:33 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#71 Louise Brand

Fred, Here are a couple more I have taken, last week! 

Just a quick tip to anyone who is having blurred vision on the photo’s, just make sure you don’t do the same thing I did and put your fingers on the lense! Haha!!! I did a photo of my children, checked back on it, and thought: That is rubbish? Looked at the lense and low and behold, I had a big smudgy mark on it!!! Note to self - Keep your fingers away from it!!! I guess this might not be the case in general and probably is a fault with the camera, but just check, just in case! xx

9:55 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#72 Louise Brand

Here is another of my daughter Leah and son John, The only nice - none blurred photo I have of him! He is such a wriggler, he won’t sit still and it doesn’t matter whether you have the best camera in the world, you will still get major movement, or a foot on the bottom of the photo with an empty chair! Haha!!!

10:08 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#73 Fred

Louise - Nice shot! The bras’ a bit naughty, but yes, I like it! :) Is this a pic of you? I do hope so!

10:10 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#74 Fred

Having probs posting more than a sentence here, so anyone wishing to contact me please feel free to do so.

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10:18 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#75 Fred

My email : .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

10:42 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2011

#76 SeismicGuy

Well—I got the camera back and, as far as I can tell, the Fuji repair folks did NOTHING for the month they had it.



The first image is prior to sending it to them and the second I just took.  SAME BLURRINESS at left side particular towards the lower portion of the image.

FUJI will be hearing from me on Monday—want it fixed right or a new camera without defects!!!


11:11 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2011

#77 SeismicGuy

I tried posting but hasn’t shown up yet.  Got the camera back from FUJI and there was NO improvement.  Frankly, I don’t think they actually did anything.


11:39 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2011

#78 Fred

Doug - Those photos are really badly blurred in the corners. It could be the lens causing this or the sensor itself. I think Fuji have shown little concern here and should have sorted the problem out for you. Maybe you should put a vid on youtube describing the problem then make them aware of it, that might make them listen a bit more. Hope you get some joy out of them eventually, it’s hardly fair on you.

1:22 am - Sunday, December 18, 2011

#79 Louise Brand

Doug - I think that this matter is disgusting! What rubbish customer service they have showed you, if it was me, with past experience of a PC from Tandy years ago. I took it back to the shop and demanded a refund, they refused, so I left the goods there (as it was faulty) and telephoned my solicitor. Tandy were addiment they they could offer me a fourth PC, which I refused and they were made to re-emburse me with £800, because they had the goods at their store.  Did you buy it from a shop? Try and get a solicitor involved, not the CAB as they are not scarey enough? Give one a ring and ask some advice. That camera hasn’t been touched! It’s just sat on a shelf for over a month? Terrible!!!! If ‘I’ knew how to fix it, I would fix it myself hun, for you! Please let us know how you get on….Good luck xxx

9:13 pm - Sunday, December 18, 2011

#80 SeismicGuy

I have had similar spotty Fuji repair service with the first serious camera I bought from them (S7000).  I will ask them to either fix it right or offer a replacement that is right.  I would love to get a proven decent model like HS20 (even a refurb) but will see what they offer to do.  Worst scenario is that I could return it to Costco (they have a great return policy).  I am on the phone with Fuji now so will update as I get info.


7:26 pm - Monday, December 19, 2011

#81 Jamie Gainyard

I’ve bought this camera a few months ago to finally upgrade from a Minolta Dimage 304 that is at least 13 years old & still works to this day. Consider myself above average amateur photographer & learned allot over the years, how to use manual settings on a camera as well as how to position shots, etc, etc. That being said I would recommend this camera for anyone. A professional would know how to utilize the camera to it’s best ability & on the other end of the spectrum I think someone who has no experience at all can take good to excellent pictures (Not superb or outstanding for magazine ops etc,.) with most of the settings on the unit right out the box. In short most things depend on the user. For the price & with a little research anyone can take great pictures with this unit.

11:48 pm - Friday, December 23, 2011

#82 Sjoukje

I just got this camera, and I am very satisfied with it. I only have the problem, the camera sometimes saves the pictures as 900kB instead of +/- 6MB. Can somebody please help me with that?
This is my site, and all the photographs on there are taken with the FinePix S4000.

12:31 am - Monday, December 26, 2011

#83 Lebron

I really don’t know what to do. I thought that Fujifilm Finepix s4000 is my camera, but now I’m not so sure. This camera is all I need - big zoom, manual options, HD video. Do you think I should better buy Nikon L120 which is with smaller zoom and no manual. What to do ? Some of you said that fuji is an excellent camera other said that it’s a rubbish. Please HELP me to decide ?

4:52 pm - Monday, December 26, 2011

#84 Lebron

Also Fujifilm has a viewfinder. And check this pictures http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/gallery/search?page=6&keys=s4000&op;=

4:55 pm - Monday, December 26, 2011

#85 Roney

Please check this one:http://www.flickr.com/photos/katell_photography/6537717055/ .Which camera is better Nikon L120 ot Fujifilm S4000. Fuji has a viewfinder and manual, also better zoom.Please help.

5:02 pm - Monday, December 26, 2011

#86 Roney

Sorry LEBRON I didn’t saw your post. We are in the same situations. :P

5:18 pm - Monday, December 26, 2011

#87 James

Is Finepix S3200 better than s4000 ?

5:51 pm - Monday, December 26, 2011

#88 Louise Brand

Definatley the S4000, You must read the manual on it though, as it is a very complex camera to use! Excellent photo’s and just an excellent camera all round.  I had a conversation about these dodgey camera’s tonight with my Dad (who is also keen on photography - but not pro, like me?) We reckon that Fuji have let the side down, and are banging these camera’s out at a rate of knots and are getting them made by unqualified people in Taiwan. paying them peanuts and not taking any care of their products. A manual must be used with this camera as it is a good piece of kit, that does a lot! Looked into the Nikon L120 myself, but not a patch on the S4000! Don’t own a S3200, so can’t comment unfortunatley? Will give you a tip though! When you use the 30x zoom, you must use a tripod, as it picks up the tinyest bit of camera shake, if you use one…Wow!!! It’s amazing how far it goes!!!! Good luck!!!

10:59 pm - Monday, December 26, 2011

#89 Sjoukje

I got this camera a few days ago, and I’m really happy with it. The first time taking pictures, I thought the camera was rubbish and my expectations were not too high, considering all the reactions on the camera - but overall, I’m very happy with it. I took a close look on the User’s Manual, and if you understand your camera and know how to work with it, it’s excellent.

11:22 pm - Monday, December 26, 2011

#90 Louise Brand

By any chance, does anyone know how to alter the Aperture and Shutter speed to your own requirements. What I’m trying to do is completely blur out the background and just have the subject in focus! I know exactly how to do this on my 35mm but when going into manual on the S4000, the aperture and shutter speed even out…ie: If you increase one the other equals out to take a clear photo? Please help?

3:26 pm - Thursday, December 29, 2011

#91 SeismicGuy

Louise—I believe there is a setting for complete manual control—it is explained in the manual.  Keep in mind that these bridge-type cameras do not permit the range of manual control that you would find in any cheapo slr or higher end so-called prosumer model.  What I really miss on this camera (which my S7000 had) is some manual focus control.

By the way, don’t complain about your photos being in focus as I have yet to take an image with my S4000 where something is not blurry.  I have been having strong words and communications with the head tech guy at Fuji (Dan Scarola)and emailed him a number of images showing the defect (still present after the first so-called repair).  The camera was shipped back to his attention yesterday—let’s see if they can get it right this time.


5:17 pm - Thursday, December 29, 2011

#92 Sjoukje

Here I am again, and I got a question - I was checking out the taken photographs on my computer, and the results are not too bad, but the size is just around 2kB, instead of 6mB. Can anybody explain me how to put my settings right, so the pictures are being saved as 6mB? Thank you!

11:19 pm - Friday, December 30, 2011

#93 Louise Brand

Sjoukje, Try changing the image size on the camera setting to L (Large) 16.9 size, and see if this makes any difference, that is what mine is set at and the images are a little bit bigger than 2kb. Give this a try and let us know how you get on….

2:38 pm - Monday, January 2, 2012

#94 Louise Brand

Really fuming!!! Just registered on the Fuji forum site and asked a genuine question about my lighting equipment? As you know I’m more of an outdoor, wedding, band photography, portrait etc photographer! I had a facebook account for my business in which I have been left no alternative tonight but to deactivate it! I had some guy, some cheeky !”£$%^& guy, try to say that I wasn’t a real photographer and that my photo’s were of a novice and that I left school 10 years ago if that! So a warning to everyone! Don’t post good photo’s on there as mr jealous is lerking! I even read a forum today by a travelling professional who had taken absolutley amazing shots! And he was being harrassed by this man, who had reported him for obsean shots! I hardly think that a river and a couple of trees is obsean? I think that it is disgraceful that there are idiots out there like that! Really dinted my pride and confidence tonight! I’m just Professional, but obviously still learning all of the time and studying as well, at home in my own time! I don’t think that everybody knows everything, and if we did, life would be rather boring? I suppose it’s like driving a car? You get in a car and go (Novice), then you’ve had 36 million lessons (Amateur), then you pass your test then your a learning Pro! As you don’t learn to drive until you pass your test! Met a few nice people on there though, all just bought the S4000’s! There is a post missing off here tonight from someone who bought a Minolta, I use them and was hoping to speak to him? Does anyone know where he’s gone? Speak to you all soon guys!!! keep me posted xx

1:47 am - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

#95 Tulio

Fujifilm FinePix S4000
Remove paint effect: Sharpness: Of the three options to choose lower and select Image Quality Fine (90% effect paint removed). The credit of this data is a forum in Spanish, I do not remember.

For me it is an excellent machine, very happy with it, manual controls, image quality, keep up the 400 iso and above all incredible price for all the fun and creativity guaranteed. (Google translation)

6:57 pm - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

#96 SeismicGuy

What Fuji forum are you talking about?  If there is any fuming to be done it should be how the quality of their cameras has gone steadily downhill since the days of the S5000 and S7000 models.


12:31 am - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

#97 clif

I finally got smart and bought a Fuji HS10. Now thats a camera! The 4000 was terrible, the 3280 was OK but the HS10 is awsome. I might eventually trade up to the HS20, I thinks these two cameras are the best bridge cameras out there, even better that the Canon SX30 I used to own.

1:37 am - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

#98 Sjoukje

Louise Brand - Thank you, it helped! The photographs are of much better quality right now.
By the way, I was scrolling through all the comments, and I really liked your portrait photographs!


1:00 pm - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

#99 Sjoukje

Here I am again - and I have got a question again.
Louise Brand told me to put my camera on L, 16:9, but why wouldn’t you put it on 4:3, because those images turn out to be bigger?
Thank you, and I am sorry if this is a dumb question

9:11 pm - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

#100 Louise Brand

Sjoukje, hiya hun! Me again! I leave my camera on this setting as my TV/Monitor format is 16.9 the old TV’s Monitors are 4:3. 4:3 is classed as letterbox and streches the photo to fit the screen, but the quality isn’t as good. If you leave it on the setting which I use, you won’t go wrong and it’s also easier to burn to DVD in this setting, otherwise you will have photo’s on your home TV with a big black line at the top and bottom of the screen, like widescreen to a certain extenton a normal tele? Have a play with these settings as these settings might suit me, but not you? It depends what you want to do with the camera. I’ve always set my camera’s to this, as I burn movies and if you put them in 4:3 Letterbox it’s a very stretched across the screen film? If that makes any sense??? Let me know how you get on sweet…Lou…

11:18 pm - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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