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.