Fuji FinePix S3000

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by griz, Dec 5, 2003.

  1. griz

    griz Guest

    I am considering the Fuji S3000 and I'm looking for input/advice. This will
    be my first digital. I've been using an SLR for about 25 years now but I
    find I am just not using it much any more. I'm hoping that a switch to
    digital will get me shooting again. I want a 3 MP camera and the S3000 set
    itself apart from other 3MP cameras in the same price range with it's 6x
    optical zoom, a feature which is important to me. I realize that I'm
    sacrificing some manual controls with the S3000 but it looks as though there
    is enough there to allow me some measure of creativity. I would appreciate
    any comments on the S3000 and suggestions for other cameras I should be
    looking at. The S3000 is already pushing the limit of what I have to spend.
    griz, Dec 5, 2003
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  2. griz

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    I found the Minolta Z1 was identical in price to the S3000 in the UK,
    and it does have manual over-rides for eveything. The only build quality
    issue I have is with the rattly lens, but nobody seems to have an issue
    with that as yet.
    Andy Hewitt, Dec 5, 2003
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  3. griz

    griz Guest

    I really appreciate all of the responses. Sounds like I've made a good
    choice for my needs. I'll be watching if others want to comment. BTW this
    is a great ng, I've been reading for about a week now and I'll be checking
    in regularly.



    griz, Dec 6, 2003
  4. griz

    Andy Hewitt Guest


    Strange, the Z1 and the S3000 are identical prices over in the UK.
    Likewise though the 750 was my first choice, but I just didn't have the
    budget. I have always liked Olympus stuff, but the flap over the lens
    just doesn't appeal to me, my old C960 was great, but that also felt
    rather flimsy (it's price was the same as the Z1), and indeed has failed
    just short of three years old.

    I don't agree with the build quality though, the Z1 seems fine to me,
    you do need to put it all into context though, and with all cameras
    there are going to be compromises if you try and stick to a budget.

    I also looked at the S5000 which isn't all that much more over here, but
    the reviews showed the image quality was dissapointing - which to me is
    the prime feature for any camera.

    Certainly the reviews I've read don't match yours, there are a couple of
    negatives, but most were very high ratings. The quality of the plastic
    bits aren't necessarily an indication of what's inside. Minolta are
    historically a very good camera manufacturer.
    Andy Hewitt, Dec 6, 2003
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