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Fujifilm FinePix S2950
The S2950 is the low-end superzoom in Fujifilm's 2011 lineup, and at a starting retail price of $229, it is likely to be one of the cheapest superzooms available this year. The Fujifilm FinePix S2950 has a gigantic 18x optical zoom lens along with impressive specs for the price: 14 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD monitor, and a 1280 x 720-pixel movie mode. The camera comes in an SLR-shaped body that appeals to consumers who want a firm grip on a serious-looking camera and don’t have to lug a bag of lenses and accessories along with it. The S2950’s big lens has an impressive reach, but its maximum aperture of f/3.1 doesn’t capture as much light as pricier lenses. Still, this is the sacrifice that is made for the price, which may be starting at $229 but is likely to dip to $175 by next fall. By way of comparison, Canon’s low-end superzoom, the PowerShot SX130 IS, has an f/3.4 aperture on its 12x optical zoom lens. It may have less zoom and less resolution at 12.1 megapixels, but it has an identical $229 retail price. The Fujifilm FinePix S2950’s larger 18x lens is complemented by a CCD-shift image stabilization system to keep subjects from blurring. These specs point to a potentially amazing camera for shooting sports, but alas, don’t get too excited. There is a catch: the burst mode can only manage to snap at a 1.2-frame-per-second pace at full resolution. If you sacrifice resolution to web-only sizes, the Fujifilm S2950 can quicken its clip to 8 tiny frames per second. If you don’t want to make sacrifices in this department, there are plenty of other models that will satisfy your craving for speed for a few bucks more: the Sony HX5V snaps 10 pictures per second at full 10.2-megapixel resolution and comes with a 10x optical zoom lens for $249. Potential buyers of the Fujifilm FinePix S2950 must be willing to sacrifice speed and solid image quality for that big lens, but judging by the popularity of last year’s Fujifilm FinePix S1800, plenty of folks are willing to make that sacrifice. Proceed with caution.
- 14 megapixels
- 18x optical zoom
- 28mm wide-angle
- Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization
- 3-inch LCD monitor
- 720p HD video
- Manual control
- 8fps burst mode (max 20 frames)
- Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
- Uses AA batteries
- Release Date: Jan 25, 2011