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Fujifilm Finepix S2500HD - Performance and Results

By Matt Tuffin

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

The Fujifilm S2500HD is virtually two cameras image quality-wise, as the wide angle and top end of the zoom produce drastically different results. At the wide angle the dynamic range is relatively decent, getting the majority of the highlights and shadowing without ditching too much detail.

Involve the zoom and the range is narrowed considerably, favouring the mid tones and losing the extreme ends of the scale to under and over exposure. Using such long magnification means this kind of performance can be expected, but annoyingly the stabilisation doesn’t have much effect, even when on a tripod, making the likelihood of getting a sharp image bereft of motion blur quite slim.

Fujifilm Finepix S2500HD back

Pictures tend to be quite soft at this range as well, and the focus is neither intelligent or rapid enough to keep up with anything fast moving. Noise starts to creep in at the ISO 800 point, which is quite impressive for a bridge camera, and Fuji reign in the pixel smoothing so going north of that setting doesn’t lead to an oil painting. Thankfully colour is quite impressive in the right lighting conditions, and flesh tones come out a touch duller than would be flattering to the subject, but at least keeps things on an even keel. Essentially the images are relatively decent for a compact, and certainly above the majority of the bridge cameras.

Verdict

The Fuji S2500HD is a well built, decent looking camera which is extremely straightforward to use. It’s a shame the image stabilisation and colour gamut isn’t quite up to spec with the rest, as the image quality is the only real fly in the ointment.

ThatOne

June 18, 2010, 8:54 pm

Nicely judged review: 7/10 on Image Quality and 7/10 overall is an excellent start. Why did Fuji, who can produce far better image quality, bother developing this one? Likewise, why did they bother with those huge ISO possibilities at all?





I don't own a Fuji, and have not done so for many years, but I always thought a Fuji would be a dead cert for good Image Quality for the money. From now on I will be much more careful before advising the purchase of a Fuji before you review it.





Painful point: The English of this review is awful. That's as new to me as is poor IQ/money on a Fuji. We each have bad day's and writing have it's pit-falls... But that takes little away from such a useful review.

Tom MacFarlane

June 18, 2010, 10:04 pm

Just a quick point: aperture priority only offers two setting: f2.8 and f8, which I felt was a con.

Chris 14

June 20, 2010, 9:01 am

Something tells me this is a poor translation of a poor review originally written in German. Am I close? And Matt's job was to knock the sentences into some kind of order just to prevent them being pure garbage?

Marie154

December 25, 2010, 9:27 pm

ThatOne:





I agree poor English is annoying, to that end, I think you mean "We each have bad days and writing has its pitfalls…" lol





Judge not eh?





Was going to get this camera, but I think I'm gonna go for the Panasonic FZ38 as there doesn't seem to be any camera that can beat its picture quality.

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