"Well, it ain't bad...."on by h078
Pros Awesome macro,
Great outdoor pics
Lots of features (Preserve natural light, Dual shot with and without flash, vibration reduction mode)
Cons Horrible indoor/low light pictures
Regardless of which setting is chosen camera tries to force its own ISO choice
Not so good sport mode
Summary I like the Fuji brand, I have owned back in the day two 35mm Fuji and never ever had issue with them. This was my first digital Fuji, I have Nikon DSLR and Canon point and shoot, and have owned couple other Sony and Canon (Powershot G1, G2, and G3) digitals.
I did not expect something of DSLR image quality but I expected something better than what I got delivered from this s2000HD.
I flashed it to new firmware but still LCD was grainy during shooting, and low light images (regardless of setting) were very noisy.
I realized that camera defaults in most modes to ISO(Auto 800) and you can change that down but once you turn the camera off and back on, camera is back to ISO (Auto 800). You need to remember to change it every time.
It has also very odd way of adjusting exposure or aperture.
Face recognition works well but it has issues in low light so it recognizes lighter round areas as "faces" even though it is only reflection from the glass table.
I used it to shoot my kids graduation and I love all outside shots but inside shots are real horror. I used all possible modes (but macro and auction) and different settings but still pics are grainy and unsharp. AF sufferd due to the low light and using manual focus in low light on the grainy LCD is next to impossible,,,
So I am still debating "Should it stay or should it go now?"...
I love look and feel of it (perfect compact size for everyday use with no need to carry extra lenses or flashes) but i am considering Sony DSC HX1 as possible replacement.
Pros The brand. They make a great camera. (Usually) TONS of settings from beginner to expert and all in between. Large 15X zoom lens. Easy to handle and operate. Features "auction" mode for EBAY listings to group several shots in one collage-style frame.
Cons LCD display was of terrible quality for the price! Very "grainy" when in focus mode. Imagine watching an old TV. Graininess made it very distracting when trying to focus on your subject, especially in low light situations.
Summary I purchaed this camera last week, when needing to replace my Finepix S1000fd, that suffered an untimely death a couple of weeks ago, when it fell into a cooler of ice and water while on vacation. (DO NOT recommend. They are not good swimmers) I LOVED my S1000fd, and thought, rather than replace it, I would upgrade to the S2000HD. For the most part, it had the same features that my old one had, just a few extras. Like the 15X zoom vs. the 12X zoom. I didn't even notice the extra though. Being one who sells a lot on EBAY, I also liked the "Auction Mode". There you can take several different shots of your item from different angles, and the camera will group them all into one frame right there in the camera, saving you from having to do it in a photo editor sofware, or paying the extra price to upload extra photos to EBAY. This camera is also equipped with a very nice, powerful pop-up flash.
However, this did not make up for the poor quality LCD display. It was very grainy. The quality did improve somewhat when in better light, but trust me, it was still unsatisfactory and very distracting when trying to focus on your subject, and the viewfinder was even worse. But once you switched over to playback mode to view your photos, the clarity was restored. I still think my S1000fd camera took better photos though and had a super-clear display. I told myself that if the quality of the photos made up for the terrible screen, I would keep it. Needless to say I have packed it up and its going back. Boasting its HD capability, I was not pleased wth the printed photos from this camera. Bottom-line, I feel like Fuji was in such a hurry to get out this HD camera, that they looked over important aspects of the camera, like the display. I am still a loyal Fuji customer, I have already bought the Finepix S1500fd, making my fourth Fuji purchase. I feel like one day, the S2000hd will be a great camera, they just need to work out all the bugs first.
Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to share my experience with this product with you. I purchaed mine from a shop-at-home site, (starts with an H, ends with an N, has an S in the middle) They only allow 500 characters in their reviews, not nearly enough to describe how terribly dissatisfied I was with the quality of this camera for the nearly $300 price tag. Don't be suckered into the HD phenomenom. Its not worth it. Go for the S1000fd or the S1500fd, thier less expensive too!
Pros Low price got my attention, especially with all of the features such as the 15x zoom, 10MP, nice bright screen, EVF, lots of features. Simple to use. Great battery life. SDHC support (8GB card holds more pics than we would take w/o downloading)
Cons I don't really have any. the only con my wife has is that it shuts off too quickly. But that explains part of the battery life.
non-standard mini USB cable
Summary I really like this camera. It is very easy to use, takes good pictures, does everything you would want it to do. I doubt that it is professional quality, but for the everyday person it is fantastic. Very easy to hold and shoot. Several of my friends saw ours and went out and bought one.
Couldn't be happier with the purchase.
"Best product"on by dargananjali
Pros My experience with prodcut is excellent. Picture quality is extremely good. Feature are easy to learn.
Cons product is bit heavy
Summary At full zoom (optical and digital) and with flash in a darkened room the camera takes CRYSTAL clear shots. it just gets better. this camera, i think, shoots some of the best picture and colour quality outside that i have ever seen.
I am quite happy with this camera, and would recommend it to others. Build quality is great, battery life is excellent, controls are okay and the video is heavenly.. obviously, all the other extras are great too
Pros Feature set
good build quality/feel
Cons inconsistent image quality
inconsistent battery life
mechanical quality and durability
Summary I bought the S2000HD when it first came out because it had so many features for the money; I had been using a Panasonic FZ5 super zoom bridge type camera, 5 MP. Because of its age ( 5yrs) and that it had developed a fuzzy spot on the lens (internal) I thought I'd upgrade to a similar but newer camera with more bells and whistles. Mistake to go with this Fuji.
The fuji is capable of taking some quite high quality photos, but only in bright light and at moderate zoom ranges. Edge Distortion at the wide end and focus problems at the tele end limit the usefulness of the zoom lens. I have had times when the lens just could not focus sharply on a distant subjet when zoomed all the way and had to take it back wider to get a sharp photo. Noise is bad except in ideal conditions.
The HD movie is a disappointment also as the focusing hunts back and forth with moving subjects, leaving you with seconds of blurriness here and there.
The LCD is of low quality, images not sharp and odd purple lines appearing on it in certain lighting situations (they appear on the screen, but not in the photos, thankfully). Fuji documentation says this is normal. (!)
Final frustration was that the LCD screen died after shooting in a light rain, less than 6 months after purchase. Never had a failure of this magnitude in any digicam before, even after 5 years. My panasonic has received much more rugged use and never let me down. Also, the battery compartment door has weakened over time and will pop open from the weight of the 4 AA batteries, unless I secure it with a piece of tape!
Bottom line from my experience, if you want a super zoom 'bridge' camera like this, look at Panasonic -- current model is the FZ35. Even my 5 year old, 5mp FZ5 beats the S2000HD on image quality!!