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The Fujifilm FinePix S4800 was announced in January 2013 and is a bridge camera with a DSLR look and feel as well as a 30x optical zoom lens. It is available in black, white and red for £139.99.
To make shooting easy there is automatic scene recognition (SR AUTO) mode which automatically selects the optimal shooting settings for the scene. The settings it chooses from are portrait, landscape, night, macro, night portrait and backlit portrait. If you have more photographic knowledge or are looking to learn how a DSLR operates you can use the PSAM manual shooting modes to set the aperture and shutter speed. Other modes include motion panorama and 3D shooting.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 30x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv. 24-720mm)
- Sensor shift image stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- Full manual controls
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 64-6400
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- Motion panorama mode
- 1.2 fps full resolution continuous shooting
- Available in black, red and white
There is a mode dial on the top that includes options for PSAM modes. On the top is the shutter release, zoom rocker, exposure compensation and continuous shooting as well as an on / off slider. There is also a button on the right to release the flash. On the rear are movie record, display / back and playback buttons as well as a d-pad. This gives access to macro, flash, timer and aspect ratio. In the centre is the menu button and the d-pad is used for navigation. The S4800 has an easy to use and navigate menus.
The supplied AA batteries have a CIPA rating of 320 shots. This will be enough for a day or two of shooting, but if you want more you can purchase either Ni-MH rechargeable batteries for 500 shots or Lithium batteries for 700 shots.
We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.85 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.95 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.5 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.6 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - L||1.3 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - M Top 20||2.8 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - H Top 40||9.9 fps|
Continuous shooting L records 5 images in full resolution. Continuous shooting M records 20 images at 8 megapixels and continuous shooting H records 40 images at 4 megapixels.
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Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 15.3 mm | ISO 64
Landscape | 1/180 sec | f/8.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 64
Trees | 1/80 sec | f/3.1 | 4.3 mm | ISO 64
Pet Portrait | 1/34 sec | f/4.5 | 10.5 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - The S4800 takes pictures with good colour reproduction and they are well exposed. Portraits have decent skin tones, although there is a slight touch of red-eye when using the flash.
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/300 sec | f/8.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.9 | 31.3 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/480 sec | f/5.9 | 129.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/20 sec | f/3.1 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is good in the centre of the image but they are softer in the corners and edges. When using the lens at its longest, detail is still good, but there is clearly some purple fringing and chromatic aberration, but for a camera of this price it's to be expected. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm in super macro mode which allows for excellent close-up shots.
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 ISO test images
1/10 sec | f/4.8 | 13.2 mm | ISO 64
1/18 sec | f/4.8 | 13.2 mm | ISO 100
1/34 sec | f/4.8 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
1/75 sec | f/4.8 | 13.2 mm | ISO 400
1/140 sec | f/4.8 | 13.2 mm | ISO 800
1/300 sec | f/4.8 | 13.2 mm | ISO 1600
1/105 sec | f/12.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 3200
1/210 sec | f/12.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 6400
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and 200, but there is some softening at ISO 400. Detail is lost in the darker parts of the image at ISO 800, with even more lost at ISO 1600. Images are very noisy at ISO 3200 and 6400, with image size limited to just 4 megapixels.
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/17 sec | f/3.8 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/17 sec | f/3.8 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - The Auto White Balance (AWB) handles the incandescent lighting well, with an almost identical shot taken when using the incandescent preset. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB does well, with colour casts in each of the images taken using the three fluorescent presets.
Panorama | 1/180 sec | f/8.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 64
Panorama mode - Panoramas have a good amount of detail and the camera does a good job of stitching them together.
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Digital filters
Colour - Standard | 0.3 sec | f/5.4 | 20.4 mm | ISO 64
Colour - Chrome | 0.3 sec | f/5.4 | 20.4 mm | ISO 64
Colour - Black And White | 0.3 sec | f/5.4 | 20.4 mm | ISO 64
Digital Filters - The S4800 isn't packed with creative filters to use when shooting, but there are colour modes, with examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is good although it's a shame it's not full 1080p HD. You can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix S4800 is available for £139.99, making it one of the cheapest ultra-zoom cameras available. There are two other alternatives with 30x zoom, both from Sony, the Cybershot HX50 at £333.51 and HX200V at £259.97. The HX50 is a pocketable compact whereas the HX200V is a bridge camera, as the S4800 is. With 35x optical zoom there is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 at £171.96, 40x zoom there is the Olympus SP-820UZ at £187.49 and Fujifilm FinePix S8200 at £192.74, 42x zoom there is the Nikon Coolpix P520 at £302.40 and Fujifilm FinePix HS50 at £392.66, 46x zoom the Fujifilm FinePix S8500 at £252.92 and lastly with 50x optical zoom are the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS at £359.00, Sony Cybershot DSC-HX300 at £387.57 and Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 at £280.45.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Fujifilm FinePix S4800 ProsExcellent value for money
Decent zoom range
1cm minimum focusing distance
Decent image quality
Good battery life
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 ConsVideo recording isn't full 1080p HD
Screen has a low resolution
Continuous shooting at full resolution is slow
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Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.1 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 720mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Pixels (W)||No Data|
|Pixels (H)||No Data|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||64 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||4 AA batteries|
|Box Contents||4xAA type alkaline batteries, Shoulder strap, USB-A/V cable, Lens cap and Lens cap cord , CD-ROM, Owner's manual|