Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Features
The Fujifilm FinePix S4800 has a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and 30x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-720mm, with sensor shift image stabilisation to help reduce blur. The lens has a 1cm minimum focusing distance when shooting in super-macro mode for detailed close-ups. Fujifilm say the camera has a startup speed of just 1.3 seconds and autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds.
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.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD at 30 fps and the camera can be connected to a HD TV via a HDMI cable.
Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Handling
The Fujifilm FinePix S4800 has the look and feel of a small DSLR, there's a good rubberised hand grip, the lens has grooves running all the way around and there is a dotted area for your right hand thumb on the rear. All of these features help grip the camera. The camera is made of plastic, you wouldn't be able to keep it in your pocket so a small camera bag would be ideal.
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.
30x FUJINON Super zoom Lens (24-720mm)
16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor
Optical Image Stabilisation(Sensor Shift)
Scene Recognition Auto with 6 pre-set scenes
Autofocus in 0.3seconds*1
HD MOVIE 720P/30fps with Video Scene Recognition
Mini HDMI output
3 inch LCD monitor (230k dots)
Manual exposure control(P/S/A/M modes)
Shooting functions; Individual Shutter 3D shooting, Date stamp and more.
4×AA alkaline batteries with an approx. 320 shot battery life