Wednesday, 20 March 2013
The Fujifilm FinePix S4500 is a superzoom camera with an impressive 24-720mm fiocal length, but features a slow lens (f/3.1-5.9). The camera fits well, handles well, but somehow, ends up feeling a little plastic. The use od CCD sensor makes us a little skeptical of the camera's low light performance, but we love the landscape shots from this camera.
- Impressive 24-720mm focal length
- Decent image quality
- Runs on AA batteries
FeaturesThe Fujifilm FinePix S4500 houses a 14 megapixel CCD sensor measuring a standard 1/2.3 inches in size. Now with the advancement imaging technology has gone in the last decade, CCD sensors are pretty old. Long ago, Nikon was famous for using CCD sensors in their DSLRs due to their ability to give higher shutter speeds and sync speeds with flash. However, the downside was that they required massive amounts of power to drive them and they had a tendency to generate noise a lot quicker than their CMOS counterpart. These days, even CMOS sensors have evolved into Back-Side Illuminated CMOS sensors, giving even better noise performance. So Fujifilm’s decision to stick with a CCD sensor baffles us.
A plus for the S4500 is the electronic viewfinder, which has a decent resolution of 200,000 dots, which is more than enough for the small screen. The viewfinder is quite versatile in its functionality, capable of performing every task that the rear 3 inch 230K dot screen can. So if its bright day light, the viewfinder can be used for image playback or browsing through the menu.
The HD Hero 3 Silver Edition continues to defend its crown as the first choice in action cameras, but expect it to be outclassed by the Black Edition.
- Wearable, mountable design
- Immersive, wide angle capture of your favorite activities
- Professional quality HD video & 11MP photos
- Professional 1080p 30 fps / 960p 48 fps / 720p 60 fps and more video capture
- 11MP photo capture with 10 fps burst
- Wi-Fi Built-In
- Wi-Fi Remote Compatible (sold separately)
- GoPro App Compatible (FREE)
- 197'/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
- Assorted mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear and more.
GoPro has been leading the field in action cameras for a while now, despite spirited attempts by contenders including Ion Air Pro, Swann Freestyle HD and Contour Roam. The Hero 3 is now split into three different flavours — starting with the budget White Edition, then the Silver Edition, and with the Black Edition at the top of the range. This one is the Silver Edition and, according to the spec sheet, it is essentially the HD Hero 2 slimmed down and with Wi-Fi built in, but there have been further refinements that we’ll cover in a bit. Review by Jools Whitehorn