Fujifilm FinePix S3000 Z review

Started Apr 27, 2007 | User reviews thread
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Derek F New Member • Posts: 2
Fujifilm FinePix S3000 Z review

I had been very pleased with my Fujifilm Finepix 1300 and decided about 2.5 years ago to "upgrade" to the S3000 Z. This time I had shopped around a little, but my good fortune with the Finepix 1300 meant that I was leaning towards a Fuji product. I perhaps should have done some more research on the particular model I selected.

Initially, the construction and features impressed me; however I soon realized that the images I was getting, even with double the effective pixels, were not that much better than I had been getting with my 1300.

Initially, I put this off as not being familiar with the model of camera, but over the past 2.5 years, and several readings of the owners manual, I still haven’t been able to get the S3000 Z to operate at what I feel “should” be it’s potential. On a few occasions, I’ve even grabbed the 1300 out of retirement rather than deal with the finicky S3000 Z.


• ISO of 100 really limits what one can do with the camera.
• Drains batteries quite rapidly, even when not in use.
• Slow data storage means what seems like long waits between exposures.
• Auto focus does not work in low light situations

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Olympus Stylus Tough 6020
Fujifilm FinePix S3000 Z
3 megapixels • 1.8 screen • 38 – 228 mm (6×)
Announced: Aug 26, 2003
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