A FINE PICTURE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

The Fu­ji­film Finepix S2950 looks and feels like a high-end dig­i­tal cam­era. That is one mis­con­cep­tion that will be cleared as soon as you open the bat­tery flap. In­stead of a recharge­able bat­tery pack which has sort of be­come the stan­dard with dig­i­tal cam­eras now, the S2950 has space for four AA type al­ka­line bat­ter­ies. That is the end of high-end for you.

But ex­cept for that ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment, this cam­era turned out to be a sur­prise pack­age. Start­ing with a grip you would loved to have even in a DSLR, the S2950 feels like it’s made for bet­ter things that just point and shoot. Yes, you can do your fo­cus and click on full auto, but then there is also an auto mode with Scene Recog­ni­tion.

The 3-inch LCD screen is larger than what you would find in other cam­eras of this price range. But the real hero here is the Fu­ji­non lens com­bined with the 18x op­ti­cal zoom. Of­ten you find that the picture pix­e­lates a bit at the higher end of the op­ti­cal zoom, but we had no such prob­lems with this cam­era. The lens is also on show when you shift to the 1280p ful­lhd mode.

Over­all, the S2950 is a good op­tion for peo­ple who would like to ad­vance a bit with their dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy.

CANON POW­ER­SHOT S100 Price: ` 26,999

Specs:

12.1 MP; 3-inch LCD; DIGIC 5 imag­ing

pro­ces­sor; ISO 80-6400; 15 – 1/2000 sec shut­ter

speed; JPEG, RAW CR2, GPS log­ger.

FU­JI­FILM FINEPIX S2950 Price: ` 10,999

Specs:

14 MP, 1/2.3-inch CCD im­age sen­sor;

Fu­ji­non 18x op­ti­cal zoom lens; SR AUTO; In­stant

zoom, Face De­tec­tion and ver­sa­tile play­back func­tions.

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