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Fujifilm FinePix S602 3.3MP Digital Camera w- 6x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix S602 3.3MP Digital Camera w/ 6x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 50 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.8
Returned or considering to return: 2.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Control5.0   exceptional
Quality5.0   above average
Image4.8   above average
Zoom4.7   above average
Manual4.6   exceptional
Flash4.4   exceptional
Battery4.3   above average
Price4.2   average
Focus2.9   average


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Battery

Battery:
"The only problem and a common complaint on most digital cameras is that the batteries die too quickly."
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"Pros:- 6X optical zoom lens- Full manual or automatic controls- Industry-leading movie mode- Very good image quality- Great macro mode- SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II slots- Overall camera operation feels quick- Support for external flash- Feels good and solid, nice ergonomic touches- The best electronic viewfinder- Good battery life- Excellent softwareCons (minor problems):- Poor low light auto focus- No indication of battery life status."
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"A few other items I bought were a case, a recharger and rechargeable batteries as well as a card reader and compact flash card (128 MB)."
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"Battery life is very good."
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"Super CCD and the use of 4 AA batteries (not a expensive dedicated battery pack) made this choice easier also."
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"The battery efficient lcd screen allows a user to take 400-500 shots before needing to change batteries."
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"There's even a light that tells you when the batteries are low (green for good, orange for low batteries)."
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Control

Control:
"I was looking for a camera that would allow me to have complete manual control over exposure and aperture as well as automating everything for me for when I was feeling lazy."
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"It's fairly light and has all of the controls in an easily accessible location."
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"Most of the controls are easy to find and use without having to resort to reading the manual."
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"The gist:* Total exposure control* Terrific quality for the money* May need to rely on automatic features."
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"If you like to take pictures for fun, and want more control and flexibility, then this is a great camera."
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Flash

Flash:
"Fuji doesn't provide a good fully-automatic flash for the camera."
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"Unfortunately the hot-shoe flash is not TTL and will require you to do manual settings, but at least it's there."
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"A few other items I bought were a case, a recharger and rechargeable batteries as well as a card reader and compact flash card (128 MB)."
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"The Hot Shoe for a stronger flash unit is appreciated also."
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"There's a flash hotshoe for external attachment (the on-camera flash is pretty standard fare)."
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"Great zoom, great flash, great manual and auto settings."
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"It also handles both SmartMedia and Compact Flash cards; Fuji recommends the IBM Microdrive, but Compact Flash is about the same price, faster, and uses less electricity."
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Focus

Focus:
"The focus ring doesn't do much good because the sensitivity is too slow low."
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"My other big complaint is that the camera has a VERY noisy zoom focusing drive train."
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"The camera uses a small blown up area in the centre of the screen to focus on, but its not too easy (neat feature though)Can be a little tricky to navigate round all the features (but I'm getting used to it).Would've been nice to see more lower res options; eg 1024x786, and why have a 'basic' 450k version of the 2000x3000 image?"
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"Of course, sometimes you need to use manual focusing to avoide zooming on the wrong subject!"
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"Pros:- 6X optical zoom lens- Full manual or automatic controls- Industry-leading movie mode- Very good image quality- Great macro mode- SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II slots- Overall camera operation feels quick- Support for external flash- Feels good and solid, nice ergonomic touches- The best electronic viewfinder- Good battery life- Excellent softwareCons (minor problems):- Poor low light auto focus- No indication of battery life status."
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"I clicked off pictures quickly with very little focusing and was amazed at the quality of the shots."
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"I like being able to manually focus on my subjects."
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"The autofocus does a pretty good job of fixing this for me, but I'd like to be able to do this manually without hassle."
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"One was the fact that besides, excellent macro zoom, the camera had only 1 lousy focusing point."
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"Pushing a button enlarges the center of the frame to check your focus, and pushing another button while in manual focus mode has the camera auto-focus once - which is perfect when I want to use the auto-focus feature but do not want to miss a shot because it is re-focusing."
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Image

Image:
"The lcd screen resonates more crisp images with far less dead pixel count than better than Sony's F717 L-shaped camera as well as Canon's G5, G4, G3..."
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"In addition, I wanted it to be able to produce images that could be faithfully printed to sizes up to 8 x 10, though most of my digital work would be for the web."
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"Keep in mind, though, that the CCD is only capable of 3.1 megapixels, so anything above that is interpolated, which means the software analyzes the picture and inserts its best guess of what pixels would best pad the image to boost it to higher numbers."
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"The 6.1 MP images are fairly nice and probably a bit better than I could get out of PhotoShop, but they are not as pin-sharp as they would be from a true 6.1 MP CCD."
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"The color, and quality of the images are great."
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"The minute I took it out of the box, I was up and shooting great images."
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Manual

Manual:
"Of course, sometimes you need to use manual focusing to avoide zooming on the wrong subject!"
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"I was looking for a camera that would allow me to have complete manual control over exposure and aperture as well as automating everything for me for when I was feeling lazy."
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"This camera has a lot of manual control and the pictures come out very nice."
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"Great zoom, great flash, great manual and auto settings."
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"As mentioned above, there are very good manual flashes available are reasonable prices, but thus say bye-bye to the auto modes.3."
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"Pushing a button enlarges the center of the frame to check your focus, and pushing another button while in manual focus mode has the camera auto-focus once - which is perfect when I want to use the auto-focus feature but do not want to miss a shot because it is re-focusing."
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Price

Price:
"The buttons are made of cheap plastic and pretty flimsy."
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"On the negative side, the camera price is a little high, and the included software is lousy."
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"I purchased this camera last year from Amazon at an amazing price."
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"I would heartily recommend this camera to anyone looking for a fairly inexpensive equivalent to their 35mm SLR."
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"The gist:* Total exposure control* Terrific quality for the money* May need to rely on automatic features."
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"As I got to be a better photographer I kept hitting the limits of the S602 so I replaced it with a Canon d20 DSLR which was a huge jump up from the S602.I found the DSLR's a bit heavy for vacations and casual use, so I picked up a Canon S5 IS (used) for very little money - primarily because I wanted a nice light camera like the S602 however updated with faster processor and more megapixels (the Canon S5 IS did the trick!"
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"They said that was the good customer price!"
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Quality

Quality:
"Extremely pleased with the image quality."
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"I clicked off pictures quickly with very little focusing and was amazed at the quality of the shots."
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"It does everything I could hope for and more, provides a seemingly endless number of functions to help boost the creativity of my photography and produces absolutely beautiful images that are of an extremely high quality."
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"The color, and quality of the images are great."
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"The gist:* Total exposure control* Terrific quality for the money* May need to rely on automatic features."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"My other big complaint is that the camera has a VERY noisy zoom focusing drive train."
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"Fuji did a very good job at placing the zoom and setup features in a place on the camera that is easily adjusted."
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"I purchased the Fuji S602 Zoom on a salesperson's recommendation, and couldn't be more thrilled."
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"Some of the nice features that have been included in this camera is the zoom lens."
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"The lens opens to f2.8 and has a 35mm-equivalent zoom length of 35mm - 210mm - well, all the specs are available on Fuji's website, so you can see for yourself; suffice it to say that if you're hesitating about making the switch from film to digital because you're afraid of sacrificing quality, you needn't worry with this superb, superb piece of equipment."
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"The zoom in out buttons are placed in the position that are easily accessed by the thumb which means you can zoom without taking your eye off the subject, limiting time spent searching for buttons."
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