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. The color balance is off and to get good results I have to custom set it.
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. WHICH BASICALLT MEANS THAT I NEED TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS A LOT MORE. WHAT CONCERNS ME IS THAT I TRIED TO USE IT IN THE 30X ZOOM RANGE AND IT DID NOT SEEM TO GO VERY FAR.
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. Its blurry when you focus and you think you got a great picture. It's frustrating when you do everything you can to take a good photo and it just disappoints.
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. I would say that it's picture quality is equivalent to my Canon Powershot A520 (4 MP) bought in the begining of 2006.
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. They appear to have attached the new lens to an old box with the old processor from my first Fuji 8 years ago. When you turn it on, it takes so long to boot that you wonder if you missed the button.
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. The S4000 is a lot slower then the HS10 in focusing and exposure settings. I also do not like the indoor auto white balance on the S4000, even with forced flash. The S4000 indoor pictures look yellowish.
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. At maximum zoom there is no colour fringeing, unlike my old Panasonic which is blurry in the red channel.
Summary: After reading loads of good reviews on this particular camera, I decided to buy it for my upcoming holiday to Cyprus. I wanted to use it mainly for scenery & nature shots, & I loved the idea of the 30 x zoom. After a bit of practise at home, pictures seemed quite impressive, especially indoor shots which none of my other cameras could cope with!