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The likelihood of a compact camera matching up to the results of a DSLR are unlikely, but in bridge cameras the closest approximation can be found. Fujifilm has plenty of previous form in this area, producing a number of cameras that manage to combine a huge optical zoom in a relatively compact frame. The Finepix S2500 has 18x optical magnification, which is fairly impressive judging by the small body.
Packing such a large optical zoom into a small body isn’t without its issues, as holding such a small camera steady for prolonged periods of time is often difficult, if not nigh on impossible. Because of this some form of stabilisation is required, which in the case of S2500HD is two-fold. The first is a mechanical, adjusting the sensor to any movement, and the second is ISO based, upping the simulated film speed. Both have their benefits and disadvantages, but the most significant verdict will be whether the images suffer from camera shake. The HD portion of the S2500HD’s name has some significance as well, as the movie mode is of the 720p resolution. Although many cameras offer this functionality having an 18x zoom to play with whilst recording is incredibly impressive.
With more pocketable compacts providing impressively high zoom lengths and DSLRs dropping in price at an incredible rate, the bridge camera has something of a battle on its hands to avoid being elbowed off the shelf. The Fujifilm S2500HD certainly has the specs and on-paper attributes to be an impressive example of a bridge model, but it remains to be seen whether it translates into real-world image quality.