Pre-CES: Fujfilm has released the S4500 and S4200 entry-level superzoom cameras. The S4500 and S4200 are built around the 30x and 24x zoom lenses that also appear in the company's 'SL' cameras, and are based around the same 14MP CCD sensors. The major difference is the exterior design and the inclusion of lower-resolution LCDs (230k dots). The S-series cameras also lose the SL's flash hot-shoes. 

Jump to:

Press Release

Power, flexibility and creative control with the FinePix S4500 and S4200

The FinePix S4500 and S4200 are the highlight models of the 4 new cameras set to feature in the S-series long-zoom bridge camera range in spring 2012.

Specifically designed for users who want maximum reach without compromising image quality or convenience, the S4500 and S4200 feature high-quality 30x and 24x Fujinon optical zoom lenses respectively, while also offering advanced features in compact, robust, easy to use bodies. In addition, these cameras also offer key performance improvements in speed and functionality to ensure photographers have all they need to capture high quality images in a wide range of shooting conditions.

Model nameOptical zoomSensorLCD
FinePix S4500 30x(24-720mm * 14MP CCD 3.0" 230K
FinePix S4200 24x(24-576mm *) 14MP CCD 3.0" 230K

Get close to the action

The Optical Power Zoom lenses make them ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, keen travellers or sports fans – anywhere that a longer zoom length will help users capture better images. And for the FinePix S4500, fast and accurate framing is made by easier with a precise 45-step zoom control.

The Fujinon’ lenses have the company’s hallmark level of expert engineering to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortions. They offer edge-to-edge sharpness and exceptional clarity in images. The S4500 and S4200 also offer a Super Macro mode that focuses down to just 2cm for detail-filled close-ups.

Designed for performance

Inside these FinePix S-series cameras is Fujifilm’s unique 1/2.3-inch 14 megapixel CCD sensor offering the renowned image quality that users across the world expect from Fujifilm’s award-winning cameras. In low-light situations, users can adjust the ISO from 64 up to 6400 and use Fujifilm’s proprietary CCD-Shift image stabilisation to help keep images sharp.

As well as high-quality stills captured as both Fine and Normal quality JPEGs, the S4500 and S4200 offer 720p HD movie capture at 30fps for smooth movies that will impress friends and family – especially when the HDMI output is used to connect the cameras to an HD ready TV for instant playback.

Manual shooting mode, accessed via the mode dial, gives photographers full control of manual shooting such as shutter priority mode or aperture priority mode. In addition to the new technological features offered by the S-series cameras, they have been optimised for faster start-up, improved speed of Auto Focus and an upgraded response time. All this combines to ensure that users won’t miss a shot.

See the whole picture

Users of these S-series cameras can choose between composing their pictures using the 200,000 dots Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), and the 3.0 -inch LCD screen on the rear of the camera. The 230,000-dots LCD screen has been redesigned to make it simple to play back stills and movies, navigate the cameras’ menus and frame pictures – even when in bright sunlight. The cameras’ rear screens have an improved brightness over previous models to ensure details stand out and colours appear more realistic.

In addition, Face Detection technology is included to automatically lock onto faces appearing in scene, and Fujifilm’s SR Auto modes will make light work of any situation, capturing the very best quality pictures no matter how technically challenging the exposure.

These S-series cameras have fully controllable exposure modes for the more advanced photographer. There’s even the option to Date Stamp images to ensure users never forget when they captured their new favourite photographs.

Shooting with convenience

Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the user’s hand, even throughout long shooting sessions, these super-zoom cameras offer impressive levels of technology considering their compact size. For convenience, power is provided by four widely available AA batteries, making them ideal for travellers or holidaymakers as there are no bulky chargers or plug adapters to carry around. With the innovative improvements and the wide-reaching zoom ranges, either model will prove to be a rewarding choice for all keen photographers.

*¹ ISO3200/6400 is effective in S mode.

Fujifilm FinePix S4500 and S4200 key features

  • 1/2.3-inch 14MP CCD sensor
  • 24mm wide-angle-super-zoom lens
  • 200,000 dots EVF
  • 3-inch 230,000 dots LCD
  • 4x AA batteries
  • 720p HD movie capture
  • Focusing down to 2cm in Super Macro Mode
  • Date Stamp

Fujifilm FinePix S4500 & S4200 Specifications:

 Fujifilm FinePix S4500Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4288 x 3216
Other resolutions4288 x 2864, 4288 x 2416, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 1728, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Color filter arrayRGB color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 64, 100, 200, 300, 400, 800, 1600, (3200, 6400 with boost)
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 )
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–720 mm24–576 mm
Optical zoom30×24×
Maximum apertureF3.1 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (6.7x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range2 cm (0.79)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage97%
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed AE
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
  • exposure
Scene modes
  • Natural Light
  • Natural Light with Flash
  • Portrait
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night (Tripod)
  • Fireworks
  • Sunset
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Party
  • Flower
  • Text
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range7.00 m (Wide: 40 cm–7.0 m / Tele: 2.5m–3.6 m)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini)
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryAA
Battery description4 x AA type alkaline batteries
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)543 g (1.20 lb / 19.15 oz)
Dimensions118 x 81 x 100 mm (4.65 x 3.19 x 3.94)
Other features
GPSNone