Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

All cam­era mak­ers seem to be spe­cial­is­ing on one fea­ture or the oth­ers. Fu­ji­Film, for in­stance, seems to have found its call­ing in mak­ing the long­est zooms. So, its new Finepix S4500 too has a 30x op­ti­cal zoom com­ple­mented by a 14MP CCD sen­sor.

The S4500 looks a lot like the S2950 we re­viewed ear­lier this year. It shares an­other fea­ture with that cam­era, a love for Al­ka­line bat­ter­ies, for which we have no con­vinc­ing ex­pla­na­tion. The S4500 weighs 543 gm, a tad too much for a non-DSLR. But thank­fully it has a good build and of­fers a steady grip, though we would have loved the trig­ger but­ton at a slightly an­gled po­si­tion. There is an elec­tronic viewfinder as well as a 3-inch LCD. How­ever, they don’t of­fer live view to show how the pic­tures will turn out.

As we said, the cam­era’s USP is the 30x zoom and the re­sults are quite im­pres­sive at that end, es­pe­cially when the sub­ject is not all that far away. But it can get tricky if you are try­ing to lock on a mov­ing ob­ject at max zoom.

The auto mode also has a blink mode which alerts you if your sub­ject has a shut eye or when some other mo­tion has crept in. Over­all, the re­sults are good. It has one of the best colour bou­quets in a cam­era of this range and we were im­pressed by the fo­liage and sky pic­ture that we clicked.

The video is sadly not Full HD, which would have been tough any­way with the pen­cil cell bat­ter­ies. Thank­fully, the zoom works even on video, even if a bit jerk­ily.


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