The FujiFilm S2980 is the latest updated version of the FujiFilm S2950 with better focusing and sturdier build. The FujiFilm S2980 price in India is about Rs.8850 at the ecommerce portals.
With the look and feel of a small DSLR, the FujiFilm S2980 comes at a very reasonable price suitable for beginners to have a taste of their first Digital camera. The chunky hand grip and mode dial are a little uncomfortable. Made of plastic, the hand grip is rubberized to provide a better grip and feel of the device. The LCD is 3 inch in size and the clarity of the clicks cannot be predicted with the help of the screen without the help of a computer. For composing in low-light as well as zooming, a bright EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) is provided with a dedicated button.
The menu is easy to access and understand. A number of buttons are present that help change the settings quickly and with the press of a button, the flash raises.
With 14 megapixel CCD sensors and zooming of 18 x click the FujiFilm S2980 is awesome for shooting close-ups and landscapes. It has a number of shooting modes like the semi-automatic and manual modes, SR Auto recognition, red-eye removal, intelligent face detection, smile and shoot mode and blink detection. Videos are recorded at 720p at 30fps and playback can be done by attaching to the HDTV.
The FujiFilm S2980 bridge camera has TTL contrast detection autofocus system with f/3.1-f/5.6 range of aperture control. The normal focusing range is within the range of 2.5 m-4.4 m (Tele) and 40cm-8m (Wide). Micro focusing of up to 30 cm and super macro of 2 cm combine together to provide admirable flexibility and excellent focusing accuracy to capture almost every minute detail that skips the naked eye. The shutter speed range from 1/2000 sec to a maximum of 8 sec. The FujiFilm S2980 has the ability to capture fast moving subjects with the help of the light sensitivity or ISO speed ranging from ISO 64 to ISO 6400. A built-in pop up flash enhances the low light capability of the FujiFilm S2980.
• Lens Performance: Details were pretty sharp at the centre but had soft corners irrespective of the lens. Purple fringing is controlled but still visible and the focusing distance of 2cm gives a decent macro shot.
• Noise Performance: There is no trace of noise at ISO 64 but they start appearing at ISO 100. At ISO 200, images become soft and details disappear after ISO 400. With ISO 3200 and 6400 the loss of details are in the form of bigger patches. Moreover, images are also restricted to 3 megapixels at the last two settings.
• White Balance Performance: When the AWB setting is used, under a fluorescent light it takes a pretty good picture and the fluorescent preset offers excellent clicks. But, in the presence of incandescent light, a slight orange cast is seen which is eliminated with the incandescent preset.
• Digital Filter: The digital filters have three modes namely the chrome, standard, black & white.
Battery & Storage:
The FujiFilm S2980 is powered by 4 rechargeable Ni-MH batteries or 4 AA alkaline batteries that have the capacity to support with power for up to 50 and 300 shots respectively. The high performance bridge camera, FujiFilm S2980 has a high resolution of 4288 x 3216 which is saved in JPEG format and AVI is used for string the recorded video. The videos and clicks are saved onto the SDHC or SD card and can be transferred to the laptop or PC with the help of USB 2.0 interface. Like any other camera, the NTSC and PAL compatibility along with HDMI Mini connector are also present with the composite AV.
The Fujifilm S2980 price
is reasonable at Rs.10,350 and comes with a set of excellent features that are apt to be your first digital camera to have fun with.