Summary: I bought this camera at the end of April 2012 in preparation for an extended vacation abroad. I have a Pentax K 110 DSLR with a Tameron 18-200mm Zoom lens which are great, but weighs too much if you carry it around all day. The S4000 is light and has many fine features.
Summary: AS I AM TRYING TO PORTRAY, I HAVE LITTLE CLUE AS TO HOW TO OPERATE THESE MODERN CAMERAS. I USED TO HAVE AN S.L.R. 35 YEARS AGO AND I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD PIX FROM THAT. BUT I AM HAVING RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX TROUBLES WITH THIS CAMERA.
Summary: So I bought this camera for the great price, the zoom, and the megapixels. I thought it would be like an SLR Cam but It's just like any ol' digital camera. It takes bad photos in low lighting even with the flash most of the time you have to have it on an EXACT setting or it won't work right.
Summary: Bought this camera 2 months back at $250. Picture quality is just average. If you compare this with similar featured Canon cameras, you WON'T be satisfied with the picture quality. BTW, I am an ameteur photographer with just 5 years of experience.
Summary: This is the fourth Fuji I've owned, and it's a bit of a disappointment. I was excited byt the 720mm zzom and the 14 megapixel resolution, but wondered where they havd skimped to get the price so low. The answer is that it's very slooooooow.
Summary: My critique is based on comparing the Fujifilm S400A to the Fujifilm HS10. All comparisons are also based on setting both cameras to Automatic mode. First let me say that both cameras take great outdoor pictures. Indoors is another matter.
Summary: (The Pros) its a cheap priced camera and the blink detection works great. 85 % of pictures are in focus and are sharp with great color. The Fuji AVI Movie Format is a more friendly and easy to use then MPEG 2 or 4 or the AVCHD lite , The Camera takes 4AA batteries.
Summary: I chose this camera as a replacement for my Panasonic Lumix FZ8. Although it is 30x zoom compared to my old camera's 12x zoom, the amount of detail recorded at full telephoto is no better in normal lighting conditions. In poor light however it is noticeably better. Colours look perfect to me.