When Two Worlds Collide – The New Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Review, Video and Photos in NYC

If you’re interested in upgrading from your standard point-and-shoot digital camera but aren’t quite ready for the expense or the complexities of a professional DSLR camera, the newly released Fujifilm FinePix S4200 might be a good option for you.  A few days ago I tested the Fuji S4200 in NYC and found it to be a very portable and easy to use digital camera with excellent image quality and an array of impressive features not typically found on your standard point-and-shoot.  The Fujifilm S4200 features a 14 megapixel resolution, a 24x optical zoom lens, an electronic viewfinder and a bright 3.0 inch LCD, among other noteworthy attributes, including a 1920 x 1080 high definition video record mode. Videos record continuously for approximately 9 minutes from start to finish.
Another great feature is the Fujifilm S4200 body which is compact but also comes equipped with a hand grip, a useful attribute when taking shots amongst the crowds of people swarming the city streets.  Although the S4200 is equipped with advanced features, it still stays true to its point-and-shoot roots, such as AA alkaline battery power, a speedy start-up time of 1.8 seconds and a variety of auto modes and functions.
The flexibility to choose and change lenses that fit your creative or professional needs is one of the reasons many amateur and hobbyist photographers eventually upgrade to an interchangeable lens camera.  The Fujifilm S4200 is equipped with a Fujinon 24x optical zoom, 24-576mm wide-angle, super-zoom lens which also utilizes a 42-step electronic powered zoom control for smooth transitions – making this lens versatile enough to shoot close-up (macro) or to capture distant subjects. Additionally, the lens has a Super EBC coating to reduce ghosting and lens flare for clearer and crisper images.
The fun and easy to use auto features are one of the reasons so many people are attracted to point-and-shoot cameras.  Point-and-shoot fans will be pleased to know that Fujifilm S4200 comes with 6 different Scene SR AUTO modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night, Macro, Night Portrait and Backlit Portrait. Another great function is the Natural Light and With Flash mode, this function takes both a natural light image and an image with flash when you can’t decide which way you want it. You can save both images and keep the ones you like best.
Essentially, you can get the best of both worlds with the Fujifilm FinePix S4200.
For pricing and availability, view the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Product Page or visit us at our NYC camera store.
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More Fuji S4200 Product Details & Highlights:

Lens X Finder – Experience the Extreme Shooting Sensation
The combination of versatile & functional Fujinon lens and a bright viewfinder give a sensational shooting experience

Fujinon 24x Optical Zoom and Wide 24mm Zoom Lens The widely renown Fujinon Lenses are used popularly in numerous situations including satellites in outer space, TV/film, surveillance, and compact cameras. With the highly adept manufacture of Fujifilm, high precision optics and technology are provided for the best 24mm wide angle and 24x optical zoom

Super EBC – Aiming for High Quality Images The lens elements used in the FinePix S4200 have been treated with multilayer Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating), the same process used for Fujinon broadcasting video lenses and large-format camera lenses acclaimed by professionals. Reducing ghosting and lens flare, the treatment promises clear image quality

42-Step Electronic Powered Zoom The powered 24x zoom features smooth 42-step zoom control, giving you the ability to frame every shot with precision accuracy

2cm Super Macro At a distance of just 2cm, macro photography using the FinePix S4200 allows you to capture all the exquisite detail of your subject from really close up

High Sensitivity + CCD Shift Image Stabilization
Dual Image Stabilization is the combination of high sensitivity and CCD shift image stabilization that works to eliminate blurred photos by freezing action and minimizing blurs at the maximum zoom range
Electronic Viewfinder

The FinePix S4200 offers the flexibility of framing your shots through the crisp, clear electronic viewfinder. In addition to enhanced visibility in bright daylight, the bright EVF accommodates a traditional shooting style, making it easy to steady the camera, even when shooting with the 24x zoom fully extended

3.0 Inch Large LCD
The 3.0 inch large, bright LCD display makes it easy to compose great photos. Sharing pictures is a pleasure, thanks to its high-impact 230,000 dot resolution

AA Battery
The FinePix S4200 can be powered by four AA-type alkaline batteries, affording a convenient source of power when you’re on the road and eliminating the need to carry a bulky charger

Fast Startup
Turn the power ON from a cold start and FinePix S4200 is ready to shoot in only 1.8 seconds

6 Scene SR AUTO Modes
Framed scenes are automatically detected and selected into appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Landscape, Night, Macro, Night Portrait, and Backlit Portrait

Portrait:Recognizes portraits by detecting the faces quickly in the frame and optimizing focus, brightness, and white balance
Landscape:Scenic shots such as mountains and buildings are automatically recognized. Colors of the sky, forests, and flower fields are captured in vivid colors and depth
Night:For low-light and night-time scenarios, shutter speed, and sensitivity are automatically adjusted producing blur-free pictures with minimal noise
Macro:Macro mode sets the focusing position of the details of small flowers or tiny subjects accurately
Night Portrait:When photographing people at night or in low-light, SR AUTO optimizes flash range, shutter speed, and exposure of the portraits, while capturing a smooth and luminous background
Backlit Portrait:Optimizes brightness of the faces that usually end up in shadow and underexposure caused by the light behind

Blink Detection
The camera will warn you when people in the frame are blinking, giving you the option to retake the photo, or enlarge the face so you can save or delete the image before you take the next shot

Smile & Shoot Mode
The Smile & Shoot mode of Scene Position, automatically releases the shutter when the smile appears so you won’t miss the adorable smile the moment they happen

Natural Light & With Flash
Can’t decide whether it’s best to use flash? Choose this mode, press the shutter and automatically capture the same scene twice: once with high sensitivity and natural light, and the second time with intelligent flash. Later choose one or keep both!

Face Detection
Face detection optimizes people pictures by identifying faces and adjusting focus and exposure to ensure bright, clear results

Red-Eye Removal in Detected Faces
Red-eye removal automatically detects and corrects flash reflection for a prefect end result
Instantly Detect Up to 10 Faces!

The Face Detection can simultaneously recognize up to 10 faces in a photo. Share your group portraits using the zoom up function in playbacks, checking each detected face. Each priceless expression can be cropped and saved in clear high resolution results
Face Detection Timer Function

The Face Detection self-timer automatically sets off after the number and position of faces in a scene are detected, snapping the photo at the right moment, with the faces in focus and properly exposed

Couple Timer:Just the two of you? Couple Timer waits until two faces are close together in the frame. Select “Near”, “Close Up”, or “Super Close” depending on the level of intimacy you’re aiming for
Group Timer:Out and about with your friends? Group Timer mode gives you time to get into position as it waits until the specified number of faces are detected in the frame. You can select up to 4 faces and enjoy the moment

Motion Panorama
Lets you take panorama photos as simply as 1, 2, 3! The camera automatically stitches together three consecutive shots, with simple in-frame guidance to ensure the images are aligned. The resulting image is saved to the memory card as an impressive panorama

Tracking Auto Focus
Keeps fast moving subjects in the frame and in focus, even at 5x zoom extended. Great for capturing dynamic close-ups

Instant Zoom
A function to follow moving subjects in standard wide view for easy framing at high zoom settings. With a single press of a button, the subject tracked within the selected frame on the LCD, will be captured and saved at a high zoom ratio (1.4x or 2.0x digital zoom)

Zoom Bracketing Mode
Enables three shots to be taken at the single press of the button, at varying degrees of magnification (original, 1.4x and 2.0s). This enables instant editing on the camera to choose the ideal shot, rather than having to go back to a PC to facilitate a digital crop

Date Stamp Function
Shooting date and time can be embedded in the lower right-hand corner of the images files

HDTV-Compatible Photos and Video
Able to capture both photos and movies in high-definition 16:9 format, the FinePix S4200 lets you discover the impact of full-screen HDTV image display. Capture high resolution images in 16:9 format

Photo Shooting: Capture high resolution images in 16:9 format (4,288 x 2,416 pixels, 3,072 x 1,728 pixels, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels)

Movie Shooting: Capture high resolution images in 16:9 format (1280 x 720 pixels)
Versatile Shooting Modes

In addition to a wide range of shooting modes, the S4200 offers a selection of versatile scene positions that ensure optimum results no matter what the scene

SR AUTO:Choose for shooting a subject under low-light or a still subject by using the telephoto zoom

AUTO:The easiest mode for taking pictures. Use this for ordinary photography

Program AE:An automatic mode to set the white balance and exposure

Pro Low-Light:Choose for shooting a subject under low-light or a still subject by using the telephoto zoom

HDR (Dynamic Range):Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes a series of shots, each with different exposure. These are combined into a single image, pre-serving detail in highlights and shadows

Natural Light & With Flash:Shoots 2 images continuously, without flash and with flash. Comes in great handy during marginal shooting situations

Natural Light:Produces beautiful images that retain the natural ambience when shots are taken in low-light conditions

Portrait:Set for shooting portraits. Skin tones are softened as it enhances the overall natural look

Portrait Enhancer:Enables automatic enhancements of skin tone

Landscape:Best for shooting scenery in daylight capturing clear and sharp shots of buildings and mountains effectively

Motion Panorama 360: Sweep the camera right or left to create panoramic image

Sport:A quick recognition of persons in motion or objects for a faster shutter speed to help you catch the perfect moment

Night: Mode for shooting evening and night scenes. A picture is taken with a slow shutter

Night (Tripod): Clear shots of twilight scenes using tripod

Sunset: Capture sunset scenes vivid in color

Snow: Most adaptable to snow scenes without unnatural darkened images or where the whole screen appears white

Beach: Clear shots of people without darkened images under strong sunlight

Underwater: Best for shooting underwater capturing clear images of the ocean blue

Underwater (Wide): Clear underwater picture in wide view capturing the dynamism of the wondrous water world

Underwater (Macro): Capture the underwater subjects up to close with clarity and in eloquent colors

Party: Best for shooting indoor weddings or parties. Retains the natural ambience in low-light conditions
Flower: Capture a clear close-up shot of blooming flowers rich in color

Text: Clear shots of letters on a document or white board

Share Your Image with Built-In Social Networking
Don’t wait until you get home to start choosing which pictures to upload to FaceBook. Start the process in-camera by tagging the pictures you want to share. The next time you connect to your home computer your images will upload automatically. The same goes for movie clips too, which can also be uploaded to YouTube

Easy Web Uploading to YouTube and Facebook via MyFinePix Studio
It’s as easy as one, two, three. Shoot pictures and HD video clips, edit them in-camera, and tag them for upload to your Facebook profile page or YouTube account

In-Camera Editing: In-camera edit functions let you edit captured images, which can then be marked with a touch of the convenient upload button

Upload: When the S4200 is connected to a PC the marked images are uploaded to the designated site, eliminating the need for time-consuming PC-based image processing or selection

MyFinePix Studio Automatically Searches for New Images to Upload:MyFinePix Studio detects new images to upload. When finding new images to upload, the uploader starts automatically

Photobook Assist
Create a photo album in your camera. Easily accessible and mobile, you can share images with family and friends anytime, anywhere. Installed in-camera, you can create a photobook folder where tagged images will be stored and organized accordingly. Your photobook can also be ordered online for print when connected to the Internet, as well as when you to stores to get your photos printed, images can easily be sorted when tagged

Post Capture Editing
Try the in-camera movie and image editing functions to artistically enliven photos, creating distinctive ambiances

Movie Editing
Movie Trimming: After you take a clip, just set the IN and OUT points to crop and save only the part you want. It’s that easy

Movie Join: Select any previously recorded movie file and “resume” shooting to create a movie up to 2GB in size

Photo Editing
Add an artistic dimension to any recorded image in your camera with your choice of special effects

Aspect Ratio:Images are trimmed to fit the ratio aspects

Sepia:Adds tone effects of sepia that can be adjusted at 5 different levels

Contrast:10 contrast levels can be selected from softening to sharpening controls

Cropping:Images can be cropped to fit your blog

Color:Adds miniature effect to image

Brightness:10 brightness levels can be adjusted

Face Mosaic:Mosaic to faces can be applied

Playback Functions
Easy and simple search function with slideshow and red-eye removal during playback

Image Search: With the convenient Image Search function you can search pictures by Date, Face, Scene, Type of Data, Favorite Rank, and photos you’ve marked to uploadBy Date: View your saved images by date, making it easy to locate specific events or occasions

By Face: All your portraits can be selected and replayed based on composition: group photos, couples pictures, and so on

By Scene: Photos shot with AUTO or SR AUTO mode can be replayed according to the type of scene: portrait, landscape, night scene, and macro

By Type of Data: Display the content of your image library according to the type of data: still photos, edited images, or movie footage

By Favorite Rank: Rank your photos according to your favorites with star ratings

By Upload Mark: Images marked for upload to YouTube and Facebook can be grouped and displayed together

Slideshow: Close-ups of detected faces are shown in slideshow style

Red-Eye Removal During Playback: This function corrects red-eyes while reviewing detected faces

Micro Thumbnail view:Up to 100 pictures can be viewed at a time in a 10 x 10 array of micro thumbnails. Convenient for smooth and comfortable playback

Movie Recording
1920 x 1080 pixels / 1280 x 720 pixels / 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec) with monaural sound. Zoom function can be used

SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
The versatile card slot is compatible with high-capacity Secure Digital (SDHC/SDXC) memory cards

For pricing and availability, view the Fujifilm FinePix S4200 Product Page or visit us at our NYC camera store


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