Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom Review
Barrel and Pincushion Distortion
Unsurprisingly the S7000 exhibits the same lens distortion characteristics as the S602 Zoom (and the 6900 Zoom, 4900 Zoom) which uses the same lens. While this range of distortion isn't unusual for a telescoping long zoom lens it is more than some of the slightly larger more modern prosumer digital camera lens systems.
|Barrel Distortion, 1.8% @ wide angle||Pincushion Distortion, 0.8% @ telephoto|
Vignetting / Lens Shading
Our vignetting / lens shading test is very simple, a shot of a blank wall from two meters away, vignetting will always be most visible at wide angle and maximum aperture and will start to disappear at smaller apertures and/or further zoom. It's fair to say that the S7000's lens doesn't produce any level of lens shading at wide angle or telephoto which could be visible on a normal shot.
|Slight lens shading at wide angle, F2.8||Slight lens shading at telephoto, F3.1|
Purple Fringing (Chromatic Aberrations)
While the S7000 did exhibit some fringing on our standard chromatic aberration test shot it was not of the strong purple color we normally associate with this problem (thus is either just limited to the blue channel, is being controlled by software or is mostly blooming). Hunting through a hundred or more 'everyday' shots I couldn't come up with one sample which demonstrates fringing, the image below is about as close as I could get. Thus purple fringing / CA isn't a problem from which the S7000 suffers.
|Image thumbnail||100% crop|
|35 mm equiv., F2.8 (maximum aperture)|
|210 mm equiv., F7.0|
Overall Image Quality / Specific Issues
The S7000 produces its image by generating the missing pixels between each of its 45 degree orientated 'honeycomb' of input pixels, this is necessary to create an image with a square pixel layout. This generates at twelve million pixel image, the camera then either stores this image as is (the 12 MP setting) or downsamples it to a smaller size before saving. It's important to understand this and to understand that when the camera is set to the 6 MP mode you are not specifically getting one output pixel for every one input pixel, or at least not mapped as such.
At the six megapixel image size (2848 x 2136) the S7000 delivers good images which are at least a match for a five megapixel standard CCD prosumer digital camera. Record at the twelve megapixel image size and you will gain a little more resolution but will also have much larger files (more to process, more storage required) and will also have the slightly grainy 'SuperCCD' look which to me at least doesn't appeal.
All things considered the S7000 does well when used as a six megapixel prosumer digital camera, a one of a kind in that respect. Use the larger size output and you will get a larger image with a little more resolution but also a lot more storage space will be required and artifacts more visible.
This problem was a little more difficult to isolate and demonstrate but we did note a 'preference' for red hues from the S7000. Quite a few shots exhibited stronger (more saturated) reds than other colors, this was more evident when examining our standard color patches chart (later in this review). What this can lead to is clipping of the red channel for brightly lit red and strange edge artifacts where this borders other colors.
Jan 18, 2004
Jul 28, 2003
Jan 12, 2007
Jan 12, 2007
|Moon 99% D55 C14 St-Zénon 20170806 DP by MarioSS|
from Best Picture of the Week
|Reeds on lake by kkardster|
from Abstracts in Nature
|Florence & the Machine by Dutch Newchurch|
from Second chances..
Defunct Russian camera maker Zenit is making a comeback, and they're planning to release a full-frame mirrorless camera in 2018.
The days where you're more or less locked into premium or first-party flash units has gone. They're less than $50 now, so there's one less excuse not to get one. Here's our case for adding one to your kit, and a few pointers to get you going.
If you're shooting the solar eclipse here's a hint: don't fry your camera's sensor. Use a proper solar filter that offers at least 16 stops of light filtration, along with UV and IR filtering. More important? Don't look at it unless you've got solar filters. Sensors can be replaced, your retinas can't.
Photographer Rick Wenner recently captured an odd event called the Race of the Gentlemen with a rather odd camera: The Phase One XF IQ3 Achromatic, the world's only 101MP black-and-white digital back.
Buying used is a good way to save some dough, and with the right precautions you can protect yourself from falling victim to a scam.
This two-part video series takes a deep dive into the world of dynamic symmetry and geometric composition, using iconic photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson's brilliant photographs as a guide.
Award-winning photographer Jeremy Cowart tells the moving story behind this drone photograph, captured in the aftermath of the devastating wildfire in Gatlinburg, TN in 2016.
Happy 2017 World Photo Day! We asked everyone on staff at DPReview to share one photo that they took within the last year that makes them jazzed on photography. Here's what we chose.
French President Emmanuel Macron has lodged a legal complaint against a paparazzo who snuck onto the president's private vacation property to take pictures.
Ever wonder what the difference is between compressed, uncompressed and lossless compressed Raw files? Photography Life's Nasim Mansurov breaks it down for you in this informative article.
The oldest known portrait of a US president was just discovered after over a century in storage. It's going up for auction in October, where it's expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000.
If you're using the popular Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens with Sigma's MC-11 converter, listen up: you'll want to update your lens and converter firmware ASAP.
If you've heard it once, you've probably heard it a thousand times: never check in your camera gear when flying. This shattered $11,000 lens is what can happen when you do.
Lensrentals just did its first Cine lens comparison, pitting five top-notch 35mm primes against each other: the Zeiss CP.2 35mm T2.1, Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5, Sigma 35mm T1.5 FF, Rokinon Xeen 35mm T1.5 and Schneider Xenon 35mm T2.1.
A team of Google researchers have found that slightly warping watermarks when embedding them into images can help prevent automatic removal.
You don't have to empty your savings account to take your photography to the next level. These cheap buys cost about $50 or less, and come with outsized benefits for your photography.
Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel and Jessica Kobeissi go head-to-head in an episode of "4 photographers shoot the same model."
The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.
The company behind popular photo editor Picktorial 3 just released the X-Pack: a preset package that allows you to add Fuji's in-camera film simulation profiles to your RAF files in post.
Photoshop. GoPro. Every once in a while a product emerges that defines a category. And sometimes, it vanishes just as quickly as it arrived on the scene. This week's Throwback Thursday remembers the Flip, the pocket camcorder everyone had – until they didn't.
The Nokia 8's dual-cam combines the image data from a 13MP RGB sensor and a 13 monochrome chip for better detail, improved dynamic range and lower noise levels.
The company behind retail giant B&H Photo has agreed to pay out $3.2 million in monetary relief and back wages to settle a discrimination and harassment case from 2016.
After a popular Facebook teaser and some studio portrait samples, Godox has finally officially released the Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Cheap, versatile and innovative, color us intrigued.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category.
A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and in this episode of Advancing Your Photography we learn the extreme technique he used to capture one of his most famous still life photos.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
Venus Optics has announced the price and delivery date of the second lens to join its Zero-D line up: the 15mm F2 for Sony’s E mount. A lens they've dubbed, "the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame."
Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.
The Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM is an understated jewel of a lens, and one that we've enjoyed on a variety of cameras since its release almost five years ago. Its relatively small size and image stabilization make it a versatile tool for a variety of photography - check out our sample gallery.