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Fuji FinePix S3000

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Fuji FinePix S3000

Editor's Review

The 3-megapixel Fuji FinePix S3000 features a 6x optical zoom and a full complement of automatic controls. Designed as a replacement for the Fuji FinePix 3800, which also features a 6x optical zoom, the S3000 has a silver SLR-style body that accepts AA batteries. Unlike most other digital cameras, the S3000's movie mode does not record sound.


  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 6x optical/3.2x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 100 - 200
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • UPC: 00074101407808
  • Release Date: Oct 22, 2003

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Fuji FinePix S3000 Reviews

Fuji FinePix S3000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera never had a problem with it (chrystal shelton — 06/09/2009)

great camera,not overated....takes great pictures..awesome zoom lenses...never has given me a problem...i love it...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very poor in low light situations (freemoth — 12/22/2008)

This takes pretty good pictures when the lighting is good. But it's terrible at taking low light pictures or any quick moving subjects. Doesn't focus well in low light situations when using the flash. No sound for video. Huge battery hog especially when using the flash, although switch to rechargeable Duracells has proven to be OK. Fortunately I won this camera so I'm not out of pocket. I certainly wouldn't recommend this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
The Camera is Overrated!!! (George — 04/11/2008)

I have had my Finepix for about 3 years. At the time I bought mine, I paid $225. I think HHGregg had this camera on clearance.

The camera looks nice and is relatively easy to use. The features are OK for the average user as well. But I have had MANY, MANY, MANY problems taking indoor shots. The camera is extremely slow and almost half of the indoor shots taken using the standard "Auto" mode have been blurry or unusable. There is also a long delay between clicking the shutter and the taking of a picture. This is not the camera who want for taking pictures of people under fluorescent light. It does much better, focus wise, outdoors. Those pictures turn out MUCH better.

The battery life on this camera can be horrid as well. Stick to alkaline batteries if you want to get any picture taking done.

I think the best thing about this camera is its zoom capabilities. But I have found that I take very few closeups of things from long distances.

I am going to get a new camera soon. In April 2008, you can get much smaller cameras, with the same and better features than S3000. But overall, even back in 2004-2005, this camera sucked.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Junk It!!! (John — 03/05/2008)

Horrible battery life. I charge all night and get 3 or 4 pictures before the thing dies. Only 3.2 pixels for a relatively $$$ camera when first purchased. Very disappointed and will never buy another Fuji of any kind.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent while it lasts (Laszlo Dosa — 10/05/2007)

I've been very satisfied with this camera and the high-quality pictures it takes - until last month. While is Europe, I've taken hundreds of pictures when one afternoon - after shooting all morning - I got a "Zoom Error" message on turning on the camera. I did not drop or abuse the camera in any fashion. Fortunately I was able to download the pictures but could not take any more, even though I went through the recommended motions of turning it on and off repeatedly. As sending the camera to NJ for repair, with taxes and shipping would cost about $150, reluctantly I decided to replace the camera with a S700.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fuji FinePix S3000 (J Holdoway — 07/24/2007)

I have read many reviews about this camera and can only say that it has never failed to give me suburb results. The quality of images are crisp and sharp. With all of the images taken, I can guarantee that any blurry shots have been pilot error and not camera inaccuracy.

I am very pleased with the S3000.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good Camera (Chris Toutwid — 07/18/2007)

At first I couldn't get a decent pic out of this thing... turn the zoom up and everything got blurry. I figured out quickly that there is a slight delay from when you press the button till the camera takes the picture. Many people probably haven't figured this out yet and are getting bad pics. Now I get perfect crystal clear photos all the time with full zoom.

This camera is very good quality, I like the size of it (SLR type) but do wish I had a smaller one for travel. After three years the only thing that has happened to it is the lens cover broke the other day. It was my fault because I was in a hurry. Woopdy dooo.

I use the 1 megapixel setting to get the most pics, that's 1280x960 resolution on a PC, more than big enough for what I do... the 3 megapixel setting takes 1600x1200 shots. I have no issues with battery life after 3 years of use... best $300 I ever spent on a camera.

The video option is pretty useless to me, that's what a camcorder is for, you will not get great video (320x240 resolution) or any sound. I have used it and got some great video of a kitten playing with a tennis ball, it plays fine.

Overall I am very happy with the purchase. Of course by today's standards this camera, like all others made 4 years ago, is out of date. See it at ayard sale for $50, don't hesitate and grab it!

  • 2.0 out of 5

This camera has a great look and fill but lacks great picture performance,and video this camera only works somewhat good if know one is moving,also the video is very poor and no sound.and as for point and shoot you better keep shooting and shooting because it takes more than one time to get the picture you won't.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera (James Williams — 04/02/2007)

This camera has been great for my purposes. It has enough features that I can take excellent pictures in all types of situations. With a little practice, this camera can be used to take amazing shots. There is no sound with the video, but that is what video cameras are for. I have compared the pictures taken on this camera to pictures taken on more expensive cameras with more mega-pixels and found those cameras lacking in comparison. I would buy another fujifilm camera in a heartbeat.

The only complaint I would have about this camera is that it is large, and not easy to carry, say, in your pocket.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A Sad Ending (jim kelly — 03/15/2007)

Exellent while it lasted;But now unusable.No power with Batterys or AC Adaptor.Vey disappointed after a Couple of years . paid $350.oo .!!!. jim

  • 4.0 out of 5
Robust - strong performer (Brad Harrisim — 03/09/2007)

I purchased one for my newpaper use when they first came out. comparitively on price, this one had the best features in it's class, and utilized AA batteries - Cannot stress how important that is for people who travel, and MUST be able to get pictures, no matter where they are.

The first thing I did was chuck that teeny, lame camera strap that it came with- that was just silly, and installed a nice comfy one.

No matter how careful we are in the new biz, our cameras get a workout, and take bumps and bruises everyday. about a year and a half ago, the lens hood broke off, and it has since been secured with duct tape. Boo on Fuji for how that was attached in the first place.

other than odd miscues in firing up, the terrible battery life meter (little warning before die-down), and that darn shutter lag, I have been satisfied with this camera. 3.2mpx has been more than enough for newprint photography, at even full page width size. I have gone through probably 6 sets of rechargeables, in 3 years, shooting probably 400 pics a week, with few worries. I am a
"professional amateur" - if you want to see some of the best that this camera can do, check out:

Nearly all were taken with the s3000, and some are world class images (in my opinion, and others).

I will buy fujifilm again, looking at s6000fd right now.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Never Again (Sue — 02/22/2007)

The salesman said it would be great for action shots and indoor pictures. The shutter lag is horrible, almost all action shots are blurry and it's not like we don't know what we are doing! It also eats batteries as I have seen quite a few others complain about.
Low light shots are horrible too, I'll never buy a Fuji camera again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Frustrated (Frustrated — 01/21/2007)

We have had this camera for about three years. It was the best camera at first. The lid for the flash stopped working about a year ago. You have to use your nail to help pry it open. Recently I began to notice that it was eating the batteries. I thought maybe I had charged the batteries too long, but tonight I put in brand new batteries, it let me take two pics and then it died. I am so frustrated because I am about to have a baby, any day now, and we are going to need a camera for the special event!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great at first! (Jennifer Denoncourt — 12/25/2006)

I've had this camera for over 3 years. It is slow to capture pictures. Recently I've noticed that most pictures are blurry, especially while using the flash. Time to upgrade!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Heather — 12/11/2006)

I got this camera for christmas a few years ago and I love it. I have gotten some really amazing pictures for it.The only drawback is the size.For going out to a party or something I would like something small to put in my purse but other than that I wouldn't trade it for anything.Well except a digital SLR.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great outdoor camera (Amy — 10/25/2006)

I have had this camera 3 years. I love all pictures it takes outside, but when it comes to shooting indoors, especially at school activities that are held in gymnasiums, it has always blurred, and missed most of my important shots. I am really confused why this camera takes so AWESOME outdoor photos, but when you have poor lighting conditions, like gymnasiums, circuses, etc, that are indoors, it is really hard to get good photos.

  • 3.0 out of 5
I have experienced problems. (Gia fye — 09/16/2006)

When I first got this camera I was happy as can be, but I slowly lost that feeling. I now not only have one video mode but two. The auto mode is now also a video mode. This upsets me greatly because it just randomly changed itself. I have lived with it like that for about 7 months now and have come accustomed to it but I am still disappointed. The camera also has not lived up to my expectations in capturing photos. Lastly my battery life has not soared down to a medley five pictures like some of you, but it is not as long as it once was. I like the camera, just not it's faults.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Short battery life (Carolyn Petersen — 08/28/2006)

At first I could take pictures all day long - now I'm lucky if I get 5 shots before the batteries die. I recently sent it in for repair @ $100. Vendor said he fixed the circuitry, but nothing has improved. I'm very disappointed in both Fuji and the repair vendor. Is anyone going to make this right? My new camera will not be a Fuji!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera! (Brian Ornodorff — 08/09/2006)

Best non-procamera you could find!

  • 3.0 out of 5
For the price, this is a great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It is intended for the novice, everyday user up to the lower middle level photographer. I have owned mine for over three years now and plan to upgrade soon and give my Fuji S3000 to my daughter now that I have learned a little. Don��t expect the instant response you get from a traditional 35 mm camera. Most digitals that are lower priced have a delay in processing the picture you just snapped and then another delay before they are ready to take another picture. With the more expensive SLRs, that��s now a different story.

Problems I have with the S3000:
-Short battery life �� Buy some (8 or more) rechargeable AAs.
-Small 16 MB memory comes with the camera �� Buy a 128 MB. It can store over 100 photos at 3.2 mega pixels.
-Cloudy days or thick forests are considered low light and you get blurry images. I��m still trying to figure a work around for this. Indoor with flash works okay, but your battery life suffers.

Things I like about the S3000
-6x Zoom �� Lets you get in close
-Inexpensive �� Mine was less than $200
-8x10 in. prints turn out great
-3 plus years and still working great
-The automatic setting works great for most situations
-You can take it off of automatic and experiment a little

  • 2.0 out of 5
Awful w/ action shots and not long lasting (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had this about 2 years it does NOT capture action shots very well(very mad at the sales rep that sold it to me because I told him most of the pictures would be of the kids soccer games) worked fine other wise,many great shots and crystal clear images but all of a sudden it will not power on if in picture taking mode.I have noticed on here that many of you have complained of the same issue,have any of you contacted Fuji concerning this? I plan to do so and if we all do for the same issue they will have to acknowledge the defect in thier product and hopefuly offer us a solution.My brother works for fuji and claims that they are very concerned with customer satisfaction,we'll have to see if that's true.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Doesn't Capture very well. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not worth buying. Too slow! Once the subject moves, then expect a blurred picture. And, I agree with other people that it drains the batteries quickly. I also lost a lot of great moments due to this camera. It's time to get a new one. This time it's not going to be Fuji. For those who gave it good reviews—-goodluck!

  • 3.0 out of 5
dead in 2 years (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

after 2 years stopped work suddenly. won't turn on.
very poor quality of pics indoors.
not recommended

  • 4.0 out of 5
good quality camera for the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My husband & I got this camera second hand from his aunt. The reasons she got a different camera were she wanted a smaller one & the usb port on the camera didn't work anymore. I bought a memory card reader for $20 to get the pics from the card to our computer. My husband's aunt paid $200.00 for the camera & she had it for about a year before we got it. She & I have never had problems with it shutting down, or going through rechargeable batteries too quickly. In the fall when his aunt was looking for a new camera, she said this camera is still sold at Target. I would recommend this camera for amateur photographers. The only drawbacks I see are that it is a little bulky & the zoom lens can be loud.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good for 3 months then stopped working (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had this camera for 3 months and then it stopped writting picture to my memory card. The response time from when you hit the button til when the camera actually takes the shot is awful. You need spidey sinces to know when to take the picture before it happens. BIG waste of money ... the pictures it does take are really pretty good, but it is not reliable at all.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Quite good, well worth the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought it in Slovenia for $250 + spent extra $130 for re-chargable batteries, bag and a 256 MB memory card. It makes good pictures, sharp, with nice colors. Tripod use is adviced for low light shots. It's simple to use. If you want a good low price camera, it's a good choice. For an average user it's just enough. Batteries last for a long time, no problem there. To tell you the truth, I was about to buy Canon S1 or similar for big money, but on the end of the day, for non-professionals, it's just a waste of money for a piece of plastic. It just has to work and take good pictures, I ask for no more. And Fuji S3000 does that and more, much more.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LOVE IT! (Laura Saulters — 04/14/2006)

Camera was a Christmas present of 2004. I picked it out of hundreds I had seen. It is simple to use and fun too. Batteries don't go there...use rechargeable! It is much easier on you and the camera. Great quality, easy to use and almost "dummy" proof! It is perfect for me!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Too Slow & Often Blurry (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was all excited to get this, I got it for about $180 online. What caught my eye was the 6x optical zoom for the low price. When I got the package I was ecstatic, but that all faded once I began taking pictures. My first subjects were my nephew who was 3 and my niece who was about 10 months. I wanted to capture those cute little moments, but the camera just wasn't fast enough in its response time. I'd hit the button and they'd be out of the shot or they wouldn't even be looking anymore. And it's not just with kids, you go to take pictures of adults and you say cheese, and they're looking away when the actual shot is being taken. It wouldn't be too incredibly bad if they had put an optical viewfinder instead of the LCD viewfinder. If the object is moving, you could have a chance to still get them in the shot if it wasn't the LCD. Instead you have to guess. Another thing is that the focus is horrible. Unless you have a completely steady hand and your object isn't moving too fast, your shots will no doubt be blurry and out of focus. Besides those 2 matters I love the camera. The pictures CAN turn out to be really crisp, and I don't have a problem with the battery life. And yes, I do always leave the LCD on, and I pretty much always shoot with the flash on. I would however recommend rechargable batteries (as with any other digital camera). They last longer and you can use them over and over again. I've made 4x6 and 5x7 prints of my pictures and they come out wonderful. I do have to admit though, that my very first digital camera from Samsung was 1.3MP and I enjoyed it much more. Besides the size of the pixels, the quality was much better than this camera and I only paid $110 for that camera at the time (2002). I had a relatively fast shutter speed and never had a blurry picture. Now I'm not saying I would go with a 1.3MP camera instead of the 3MP...haha no way, that's not good enough for me...but the camera had a better outcome everytime for what it's capable of. I'm now purchasing a new digital camera, and I've been told by several professionals to go with the Canon A610($200) or the Canon S2 IS (probably a tiny bit too expensive for me right now—$400). For those of you who want a camera for about $150, I'd recommend the Canon A520 or the Sony DSC-S600. Can you tell I like the Canon's? ...I've heard no complaints from their users and I've been doing a lot of research on them. The Sony DSC-S600 is really good with indoor pictures (low light)...which is another problem with the S3000. It's not horrible, but it certainly could be a lot better.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Decent 8X11 photos. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Got this camera about three years ago. On my second set of rechargable batteries. Have purchased different filters, telephoto and wide angle lenses for it, they work pretty good with it. Upgraded the mem card for it. For some reason. The 128meg card saves the 3Megapixel pictures faster than before. Never had a problem with it. Would be nice if it had a hot shoe flash. Overall, easy camera to use for a beginner, priced decently too.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Junk (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If Godzilla were still around, I would put it under foot!

  • 2.0 out of 5
OK for a first digital camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

OK camera at first. Takes vivid pictures outdoors. Indoor pictures are good, but the camera does not have much of a flash range. Has a slow shutter lag time, not a good camera for action shooting. I have had this camera for 18 months. Now that the camera is out of warranty a small screw has come loose and lodged itself in the memory card area, at the same time the flash has stopped working. I am in the market for another camera, I will give this camera to my grandaughter for a toy. I probably will not buy another Fuji.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great while it lasts... but in the end not worth it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the S3000 for a semester abroad last spring. It was wonderful in capturing images and the video was fun (no sound). A couple months ago I began having major issues with batteries not lasting longer than a couple shots! I used to get over a hundred on a set! Then one day it just wouldn't turn on...! Ugh!! Don't buy this camera unless you want to have to replace it within a year!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great Pics but only lasted 6 months (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera - short life -
Manufacturer took to long to have it looked like to all other warrentys ran out.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice pics, no battery drain. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What are you people talking about. I have taken hundreds of pics with this camera. I purchased a 256mb card for it and am camera happy. I live in sunny CA so I never have to worry about taking the camera out in freezing temps. A lot probably has to do with the shipping and handling. Do you know how well your camera was treated during shipping, NO. My only problem is the delay in between pics. I have lost a few good pics cause of that. Once in a blue moon I have to turn it back off because it does not turn on correctly. Aside from everything it is a great first camera. I just purchased a Kodak Z760, that camera is lightweight and takes pics a little faster than this camera. Both are nice though.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dead in 5 months (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchaed this camera online from Circuit City - they no longer handle it. The camera, after 5 months will not even turn on. Total waste of money in 5 short months.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A new convert to digital camera photography (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used 35mm Nikon cameras for many years and studied the digital camera for a long time before I made a choice. The Fuji S3100 is the perfect solution for my needs. I like the way it fits my hand. It is easy to operate and gets
wonderful pictures. The small flash is amazing.
I like to put fresh batteries in when I am going to do a shoot so I use the normal AA batteries.
The telephoto does a good job and I am able to
enhance my pictures on the computer with ease.
I still use my Nikon when I have to shoot a large number of pictures and submit the prints.
But the Fuji really makes it a pleasure to catch
the action when I want to take candid shots.
I like it so much that I got another Fuji for my wife to take with her on her trips.
Another plus is that it can use the same software
that I use with my Fuji.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not Happy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera only two years and have trouble taking more than one or two pictures before it dies. If I try and take pictures of my grandchildren outside when the weather is below 70 it just doesn't work at all. What a waste of money!

  • 3.0 out of 5
OK except in cold weather (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was excited about the gift of the s3000. I went to take pictures of the grandchildren after the first snowfall in January. The temperature was 29 degrees. The camera functioned for about 10 minutes and then began sending error messages and would not work again until I warmed it up. How disappointing! I have also found a few annoyances that others have found: noisy zoom, impossible to read the LCD monitor in bright sunny weather, annoying time delay between activating the camera and the actual picture taken, etc. Anyone else experience this camera malfunction in cold weather?

  • 3.0 out of 5
Love the pictures hate the "no sound" for video (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the way the pictures turn out. It has good auto picture ability, but if you want a digital to do short video's this is NOT for you! The S3000 does not record sound which makes your video's a silent film- you miss out on all the fun of a video!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great Camera until............... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this Camera new. Last week, we heard a rattle from within the camera. Turned it on - then nothing. Searching the web, this is a common problem. No point to fix it, buy a new camera. Just make sure its not Fuji. From my reading a screw from inside the Camera that attaches the lens backs out of its hole and then finds a real comfortable spot right beside the power board.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A fine product, but not to be rushed. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera 18 months ago. So far it has produced fine results in nearly all conditions, focusing issues in low light conditions can be overcome by pressing the shutter button once to focus the subject and then pressing the shutter again, which produces good results. Some experimentation with and without the flash can achieve interesting results. Image sharpness and colour rendition are impressive for a camera at this price paid £180 in uk and was given loads of extras with it as standard. A 55mm Sky filter screwed on to the supplied adapter ring improves colour in high brightness outdoor photos.
I have three complaints with this camera however, first really annoying thing is that there is a delay between pressing the shutter button and the camera actually taking the shot, this results in one missing fast action shots, secondly, the camera sometimes doesn't switch on quickly, a couple of times I've missed a shot because I've turned the on switch to camera mode and it hasn't come on, I've then had to turn the switch to off and then on again. Lastly the zoom lens is a bit noisy in operation.
In conclusion apart from a few niggles that I mentioned this is a fine camera that delivers stunning colourfull images, whether you print pictures on to paper, view pics on your PC, or by connecting the camera directly into your TV.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Batteries draining quickly (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera about 18 months. I have taken alot of pictures that are of great quaility. Action shots have always been of poor quality. Very difficult to capture any movement.
About the last month, I have been only getting about 5 shots out of a newly charged set of rechargables so I bought a new set of rechargables and it does the same. I tried regular batteries and get about 2 shots out of them.
I used to get about 150 shots from a charged set of batteries.
Does anyone know what is up with this camera? Is there a defect that occurs after it is so old?

  • 5.0 out of 5
More than addequate for the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

An excellent Camara it was re comended to me by a very experienced wedding photographer I would suggest to thouse people with Battires problems do the obvious thing and get it checked out I use a big chip and take Hundreads of photo es and have never been let down by my recharable batters a very cheap camera to run and to those other 2star wingers maybe a lesson in photography would not go amiss

  • 4.0 out of 5
I am really pleased with it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera has great capabilities considering its affordable price. The pictures come out nice and sharp. Close up shots come out really good. Its limmited capacity can be altered somehow by purchasing conversion lenses which change the experience with it. Having not spend much in buying it, gave me the opportunity to buy additional accesories to upgrade the product. The product is worth buying for sure, especially if you are low in budget and still want sharp pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera for the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've read numerous reviews here about this camera being poor for moving objects. My experience is the opposite. I just happen to know how to use the camera and actually read the instructions. You have change the setting on the camera to "sports" and you will get wonderful results. Same thing with the indoor lighting, no camera is going to work well without light. With a little prep and investigation, all your indoor shots will come out just fine. I have to laugh at people who only use a camera 2 or 3 times a year and post a review on a web site stating the results are poor. This camera is not for slack-jawed, ignorant users. It requires some technical aptitude. Aside from that, everything is there in the camera. From shooting through a window, to close-ups, long-range shots, red-eye reduction, etc. It is all there. And for the price, it is a bargain. It also comes with a lens adapter which allows you to purchase telephoto, wide-angle and tinted lenses. Bottom-line is this, if you are new to the world of digital photography and you want to learn everything you can, then is a great place to start. When you are ready to jump to the next level, then spend the big bucks on a Canon or a Nikon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Drains batteries too quickly (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

4 fully charged 2300mA Nimh batteries will not give me any more than 6 shots - very disappointing, it has been like this from new. I thought that it might be the batteries but now have 4 sets & each set last no time at all.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad Quality -- Not what I was expecting (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this a year ago and thought it would be a great camera. It is for my outdoor pictures, but I have a new baby and all the pictures come out blurry. The camera is horrible with anything that is remotely not standing completely still. I am very disapointed in this product and don't want to even try another FujiFilm.

  • 2.0 out of 5
will not work after 1 1/2 years (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

bought to take on cruise. had it out for a couple of the kids birthdays and 1 and 1/2 years wont even turn on. $299.00 in the trash

  • 5.0 out of 5
Really pleased with it. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Fuji FinePix S3000 is a welcome addition to my camera equipment. I like the size and the weight of it. It fits my hand nicely and I can hold it very steady. I like the size of the view finder and use it more than the LCD thus saving my batteries. I find the 3 megapixels are adequate to my needs and get fine results with 8x10 enlargements. My congratulations to Fuji for building such a great camera.
Fred Jinkins

  • 3.0 out of 5
Low Light (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Take great outdoor pictures for the price. It is almost impossible to use in low light situations. Almost anything indoors is a problem. I would have looked elsewhere had I known about this problem. I have had other Fuji cameras and never expected this problem.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Unreliable & Limited Range (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Disappointed with this system. My system drains batteries, even when off and idle. The image quality is adequate, but is poor in low and bright lighting. Movie mode is okay, but relies on computer port for download... next time I'd get something that plugs directly to the TV.

  • 3.0 out of 5
still deciding (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera caught my eye awhile ago, but I waited until the price came down a bit before committing. So far, I've been mostly happy with it. The zoom is wonderful and it has the potential to take pretty good pictures. But moving objects are difficult to get in focus and dark settings are also challenging. This is rather disappointing for me since I was looking for some thing that could take pictures in a concert setting. In conclusion, it's better than my 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom, but not as great as I was hoping

  • 5.0 out of 5
Well worth the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'll avoid getting wordy in this review by just saying I bought the S3000 when it first came out, paid nearly $300, and after I saw the results felt like I had stolen the camera. It was well worth the money.

Now that it is available for under $150 from some sources, I would recommend it even more highly. The controls have been pretty easy for us to master, the picture quality is very high (and I work in the media business where our everyday cameras are high-end digitals) and the camera looks nice and feels good in your hands.

Nowadays I'd be inclined to go all the way up to the S7000 (I tend to buy the most I can afford, whatever the purchase) but for less than half the price, it's almost impossible to go wrong with the S3000.

Steal yours today. ;-)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too Many Flaws (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've used this camera for about a year and a half. There are two major problems. It has very poor low light focusing capabilities, which complicates many indoor shots. Secondly, the viewfinder is an LCD also, so the photographer is essentially blind during action shots while trying to stay on the subject waiting after pressing the shutter. An optical viewfinder works much better.

  • 3.0 out of 5
first digital (Kenny Hansen — 02/28/2005)

Using this camera with 2300mAh batteries helps a lot on the battery life. Only sticky point is that we must program the camera every time when installing batteries. Wish it could have been invented with a sort of secondary computer-like battery to at least keep the date etc....Still wondering if I preferred my old 35mm.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Easy to use but not so great for action shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera is great for still shots, but i was disappointed at its ability to take action/sports shots. It seems to have a hard time focusing on moving objects!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Just love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Firstly I've gotta say, I've read some reviews on this camera and some even said some things about this camera I just cant believe. The truth is I bought a different camera first off, It was my first a Cannon and I hated it took it back the next day. I always had my eye on the Fuji S3000 because it well. looked so nice, like a real camera and in New Zealand where I am it was only $399.00. Well I bought it and just love it, smiles all round. It feels, acts and takes photos like one twice as expensive. In fact I wouldn't even want to swap it for one worth more money. The picture quality is great, the telephoto zoom is fantastic, its taken all great photos. The 16m card does over 100 photos on fine setting, which I prefer. The battery life, well I don't know yet cause it hasn't run out, and oh its just a pleasure to hold and soooooo easy to use. I'm stoked, you'll have to pry it out of my dead cold hands before Ill give it up. If your thinking of getting one, do it, wish I had done it way earlier.
  • 4.0 out of 5
The pictures come out great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I love my camera, It is very easy to use. The pictures come out great. The one down side is it is big and bulky