FujiFilm FinePix 3800 (FinePix S304)

Announced Aug 1, 2002 •
3 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 38 – 228 mm (6×)
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The venerable Fuji S304 digital bridge camera was the first camera I bought for myself. I had previously used a compact Konica; an electric Minolta SLR; and a mechanical Pentax SLR; though all were without guidance and the only knowledge I brought to the hugely influential S304 was how to hold a camera steady. I ultimately concluded that the S304 outshone the more advanced cameras of its time because of a relatively short start-up time, quiet operation, and easy settings changes. A touch of ...

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Excellent image quality. Have 2 newer cameras and keep going back to this one. Wish it had a wider lens. Problems: Terrible battery life.

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Excellent image resolution, sharpness, and color. Great 6x zoom lens with F2.8 at tele end. Very good battery life. Problems: Occasional color problems in cloudy- fix it by using M mode with cloudy white balance. Auto Focus in low light fails

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Well done Fuji, after having this camera for 3yrs, I thought it was time for an upgrade. I bought the much acclaim Sony H2 about a week ago, what a shock when I compare some similar scene shot. The image from my S304 is sharper than that of Sony H2 even flash photo turn out better than H2. H2 even comes with stablilization. The only thing that S304 loose to Sony H2 is focusing and features. If I only know , I will not upgrade and save my money.

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I have taken thousands of images with this camera. The lens is great, producing very low distortion, and providing a fantastic zoom range. It's very small, and ergonomics are great. You feel as if it was sculpted straight from a hand. The menu isn't the best I've seen, however it's very adequate. The built-in flash is excellent. Very powerful, and no red-eye at all. I find the 4 AA battery power source excellent. This is a great camera, and definitely a hidden gem. I have since moved up to ...

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I was given the 3800 as a gift and didn't take it out of the box for a year. I decided to try it on a motorcycle trip because of its size and weight. The image quality sold me right away. Color, contrast and shadow detail were so much better than the Nikon digitals used at work. After a couple of years I picked up the 5100 and sold the 3800 for $100. The woman who bought it thinks she ripped me off! Problems: You have to learn how to overcome the shutter-lag. But that is true with most digi-cams.

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Have been using this camera for 2 years, and can say that used within its limitations this camera is a good photographic tool. For those who say that it takes out of focus images, all that was needed was that they give time to the camera to focus - depresing the shutter in a single movement will cause many photos to come off out of focus. What this camera needs is simply to have more ISO options, controll on the shutter speed, and maybe use the self-timer indictor lamp as an AF lamp. Infact ...

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Great Lens!!!! This is 2006 and with enough light equal or much better then any point and shoot out there. For sharpness and accuracy and great telefocus this cameras lens is one to just marvel at. . But the rest of camera is horrible. Horrific colors and white balance Definitely not recommend. Problems: Horrible white balance, some I can clean up ( or I would have returned it) and some you can't ( indoor). could use a resolution boost

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NO LOW LIGHT PICTURES! This camera, although very good for most well-lit shots, totally fails when it comes to low light photos. When the LCD failed to show any image at all, I happily raised the camera to use the optical viewfinder. To my dismay, the optical viewfinder is actually digital, so it show EXACTLY the same blackness as the LCD! What's the point? Fuji either needs to add a low light assist to this camera, or start warning consumers that the camera simply will not perform in ...

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