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Old Jan 8, 2004, 1:59 PM   #1
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I have read so much by reviewers saying that the Fuji S7000's pictures are not up to scratch, Well, i have also been looking at "Actual" owners photos on Pbase etc and the pictures are stunning!!

I think that if i were going to buy the camera i would study it very hard before sending out negatives about it. These reviewers do not have the cameras long enough to give true views of them. The best reviewers are the people who buy them and post thier pictures.

This camera has come from a superb one, the S602. My view of the S7000 so far is of a well made camera that just needs the right amount of setting up to get those perfect pictures!

I very much hope that more and more S7000 users will come on here and give us the "Real" story of how the camera shapes up!
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Old Jan 8, 2004, 2:17 PM   #2
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You are correct that the S7000 produces great photos. The reviewers have a different obligation than the user. No camera is perfect and the reviewer is responsible to point out the minor flaws they find. I like to read reviews from several sites and have discovered that each reviewer provides a different approach to their analysis of a camera. Beware of cameras when every review site finds a glaring fault with a camera. I am also wary of any camera that the manufactor is not willing to have reviewed.
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Old Jan 9, 2004, 12:20 PM   #3
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Phil,
Do you have a 7000. I am wondering about portraits. In the reviews the faces don't have a lot of detail and look jagged. It could just be the way they shot the photos. Also the RAW could possibly fix that if its just a compression issue.

I'm strongly considering the camera also but I had a bad experience the a Minolta Dimage 7HI which was well reviewed but didn't produce consistant good images. It could have just been my own expectations were to high but for as much as I spent I expected more. The Fuji is much less expensive but I have heard a lot of possitives from users and the video mode looks impressive.
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Old Jan 9, 2004, 12:46 PM   #4
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A friend has one. He loves the camera and I have seen his photos and they are good. Click on this link for some more sample shots:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/fujifilm/finepix_s7000z

I think that many digital cameras could do portraits well if they had better lighting. My experience is that lighting is the biggest factor in portrait shooting.
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Old Jan 9, 2004, 12:48 PM   #5
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I forgot to add that we have a small camera group here and we are like kids at Christmas when someone brings in a new camera. A couple of the folks have ordered the newest Canon dslr and I can not wait to see them at the end of the month.
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Old Jan 9, 2004, 2:29 PM   #6
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Phil,
Do you have a 7000. I am wondering about portraits. In the reviews the faces don't have a lot of detail and look jagged. It could just be the way they shot the photos. Also the RAW could possibly fix that if its just a compression issue.

I'm strongly considering the camera also but I had a bad experience the a Minolta Dimage 7HI which was well reviewed but didn't produce consistant good images. It could have just been my own expectations were to high but for as much as I spent I expected more. The Fuji is much less expensive but I have heard a lot of possitives from users and the video mode looks impressive.
If you don't mind me entering my opinion here, as a S7000 owner, the camera has provided me with superb portrait shots. The main facts to consider is what you are going to do with the shots you take. Shooting pictures in 6/12 megapixels to view on a monitor will create pictures with jagged edges, but that's the fault of a monitors limitations, not the camera, and is true of any high megapixal digital camera. You either should convert the picture to a resolution that better fits your monitor, or shoot at a lower resolution. When printing, its a different story, and that's where the benefit of the extra resolution of this camera shines.

Also people should make sure they are viewing these pictures on their monitor at the correct bit depth, which for most folks running windows, would be 32-bit. This is important, because at 16-bit, the colors will not be correct, and more important, the picture will appear to have noise in it, because of the missing colors. Also, trying viewing you photos are higher resolutions, such as 1600x1200 to solve problems such as jagged edges. Keep in mind that when shooting at high megapixel settings, that even 1600x1200 is no where close to being a high enough resolution to view the photos correctly on your monitor, unless you view the picture in "actual size" which means having to pan the picture because most of it is outside the edges of your monitor.

Something I like a lot about the S7000 camera is that it does not add over-sharpening to the pictures, which my Canon camera does. I would rather do that post, if desired. You can always add more sharpness durring post processing, but it's very difficult to remove it once it's recorded into the picture. Most pictures I take with the S7000 need little to no extra sharpening.

Like many digital cameras, over-exposed shots can cause slight chromatic aberations (color fringing). There are several picture editing programs that will completely remove this, and it only takes a second to do it. Some methods, such as using photoshop to mask the aberations, is not a good method. Software that actually re-aligns the colors is the best method. Picture Window Pro is good program that will allow you to do this, and they have a full functioning 30 day demo on their website. A great program for any digital camera owner to have.

I have had more fun with my S7000 than should be allowed by law I am looking foward to summer because I love shooting macros of wild flowers, and insects. For now, winter in the midwest it giving me plenty of things to shoot.
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Old Jan 9, 2004, 3:26 PM   #7
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Heck No, I love everybody opinions. Thanks for your input.


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Old Jan 9, 2004, 11:58 PM   #8
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Hi BigMike

Any chance you could post some of your pictures?

Thanks for your input
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Old Jan 10, 2004, 8:47 AM   #9
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i owuld like to know how far away do you need to be to prevent a shadow from forming during the macro shots....what i mean is that i want ot take a close up of an object with the internal falsh, but if ai am too close the lens casts a shadow, os how far should i place th cam form obj and then zoom in to get a shadow free shot................i am thinking of buyin g this cam, but no stock here, so i would try it for myselft, except, dun hav the cam
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Hi BigMike

Any chance you could post some of your pictures?

Thanks for your input

Sure. I'll try to get some up within the next couple of days.
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