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With its compact SLR-style body, manual controls, and powerful optics, the FujiFilm FinePix S7000 is a great choice for professional photographers or advanced amateurs. The S7000 combines a 6x optical zoom with a 6.3-megapixel Fujifilm Super CCD, which is capable of nearly doubling the number of effective pixels that are processed and stored. The S7000 also features movie mode with audio, dual memory slots (XD and CompactFlash), and USB 2.0 connectivity.

Optics and Resolution
The FinePix S7000’s Super CCD HR features a powerful f2.8 Fujinon 6x aspherical zoom lens that’s equivalent to 35-210mm in 35mm photography and a smooth 3.2x digital zoom. The S7000 offers 6.3 effective megapixels (2848 x 2136 pixels), which can translate to 12 million recorded pixels (4048 x 3040 pixels). It also offers 2848 x 2136, 2016 x 1512, 1600 x 1200, and 1280 x 960 resolution modes.

Effective pixels are the number of light sensitive pixels that are actually used by the camera’s image sensor (the CCD) to record light. The term recorded pixels refers to the number of output pixels that are recorded to the memory card.

FujiFilm’s Super CCD
The Super CCD is a proprietary version of the CCD (charged coupling device) system of light-gathering diodes that captures images into pixels. The Super CCD utilizes larger, octagonal-shaped, light-gathering diodes called Picture Elements (pixels) that are laid out in a saw-tooth pattern. Super CCDs can capture more light information than ordinary CCDs.

The FinePix S7000 features the fourth generation Super CCD HR (High Resolution), which is capable of nearly doubling the number of effective pixels that are processed and stored as additional detail in the recorded pixel file.

Movie Mode and Voice Memo Feature
The S7000 captures VGA-quality MPEG video with audio at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 frames per second for up to 13 seconds. You can also capture 26 seconds of 320 x 240 pixel video with audio.

The voice memo feature enables you to attach short audio recordings (up to 30 seconds) along with your captured photos to help you remember details. The voice memos are saved as WAV files and can be e-mailed along with image files.

More Features
The S7000 has advanced exposure controls, including auto, programmed AE, aperture-priority AE, manual EV, and pre-programmed scene position modes. It also features a range of ISO-equivalent sensitivities, from 160-800 on auto to 200-1600 in manual mode. The S7000 also features an accurate, state-of-the-art, high-speed autofocus (AF) system that makes focusing quicker and more precise. The continuous autofocus feature automatically adjusts focus as the camera moves. The continuous shooting mode enables you to capture 5 frames per second at 12 MP (megapixel) mode, or up to 40 frames in either 1, 2, or 3 MP mode.

Other features include:

  • 1.8-inch LCD monitor and a high-resolution .44-inch electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in, pop-up flash with auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, and slow synchro modes
  • Shutter speed: 15 seconds to 1/10,000 second
  • Still image formats: JPEG and CCD RAW
  • White balance modes: automatic, manual (fine, shade), fluorescent (daylight, warm white, and cool white), incandescent, and custom
  • Exposure modes: automatic, manual, aperture priority, exposure compensation, program AE, and shutter priority auto mode.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on either CompactFlash (Type II) or XD memory cards, and a 16 MB XD card is included. The S7000 is also compatible with MicroDrives. When shooting images at 12 MP, the 16 MB card will store approximately 6 images at normal setting; at 6MP, you can store approximately 10 images. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via ultrafast USB 2.0, which means it can be connected to any USB-compatible Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software. When used with USB 1.1 connection, transfer will slow to USB 1.1 rate.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 4 AA batteries; alkaline batteries are included, but rechargeable NiMH batteries are recommended. It measures 4.8 by 3.2 by 3.8 inches and weighs 17.6 ounces (excluding batteries and media).

What’s In The Box
This package includes the FinePix S7000 digital camera, 16 MB XD memory card, 4 AA alkaline batteries, USB and A/V cables, lens cap, lens cap holder, and shoulder strap. The included CD-ROM features FinePix View 4.1 imaging software, Pixela VCD 2 Image Mixer for FinePix, QuickTime 5, and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.

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