FujiFilm S2950

 
FujiFilm FinePix S2950 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-504mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 437g - 110 x 73 x 81mm
  • Released January 2011
  • Additionally referred to as FinePix S2990
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
76
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
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FujiFilm S2950 overview

FujiFilm S2950 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally launched on January of 2011. The camera has a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216. It is referred to as "FinePix S2990" in certain countries.

The S2950 is rated #166 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #749 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can check our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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FujiFilm S2950 family

The FujiFilm S2950 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can see all earlier and new models as well as main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-S9800 front thumbnailFujifilm S9800
S2950 vs S9800
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Fujifilm-S9900w front thumbnailFujifilm S9900w
S2950 vs S9900w
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S1
S2950 vs S1
24-1200mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
S2950 vs S9200
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W front thumbnailFujifilm S9400W
S2950 vs S9400W
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S8600
S2950 vs S8600
25-900mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8400W front thumbnailFujifilm S8400W
S2950 vs S8400W
24-1056mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S4800 front thumbnailFujifilm S4800
S2950 vs S4800
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8300 front thumbnailFujifilm S8300
S2950 vs S8300
24-1008mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8200 front thumbnailFujifilm S8200
S2950 vs S8200
24-960mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8500 front thumbnailFujifilm S8500
S2950 vs S8500
24-1104mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Fujifilm-FinePix-SL1000 front thumbnailFujifilm SL1000
S2950 vs SL1000
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S4500 front thumbnailFujifilm S4500
S2950 vs S4500
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-S4200 front thumbnailFujifilm S4200
S2950 vs S4200
24-576mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-SL240 front thumbnailFujifilm SL240
S2950 vs SL240
24-576mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-SL300 front thumbnailFujifilm SL300
S2950 vs SL300
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
FujiFilm-FinePix-S3200 front thumbnailFujiFilm S3200
S2950 vs S3200
24-576mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
FujiFilm-FinePix-S4000 front thumbnailFujiFilm S4000
S2950 vs S4000
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
FujiFilm-FinePix-S2950 front thumbnailFujiFilm S295028-504mm
F3.1-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2011
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FujiFilm-FinePix-S2500HD front thumbnailFujiFilm S2500HD
S2950 vs S2500HD
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S1600 front thumbnailFujiFilm S1600
S2950 vs S1600
28-420mm
F4.0-4.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S2800HD front thumbnailFujiFilm S2800HD
S2950 vs S2800HD
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S1800 front thumbnailFujiFilm S1800
S2950 vs S1800
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1500 front thumbnailFujifilm S1500
S2950 vs S1500
33-396mm
F2.8-5.0
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8100fd front thumbnailFujifilm S8100fd
S2950 vs S8100fd
27-486mm
F2.8-4.5
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-S2000HD front thumbnailFujifilm S2000HD
S2950 vs S2000HD
28-414mm
F3.5-5.4
10MP1/2.3"2009

FujiFilm S2950 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the FujiFilm S2950 based on things which are often seen as crucial in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
decently wide (28mm)
flash built-in
good MP (14MP)
great zoom (504mm)
has face detection autofocus
has HDMI socket
has tracking autofocus
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
long zoom range (28-504mm 18.0 x zoom)
screen size is good (3 inches)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
does not have external mic socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Time Lapse function
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW format
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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FujiFilm S2950 Sensor details

The specification of the sensor on the FujiFilm S2950 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and has a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. This ISO can be expanded digitally to a high of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the S2950's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The S2950 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

FujiFilm FinePix S2950 sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

FujiFilm S2950 dimensions

FujiFilm S2950 weighs around 0.96 pounds (437 grams or 15.41 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 110mm x 73mm x 81mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.2"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the FujiFilm S2950 is heavier when compared to various competitors.

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Here is a shot of the FujiFilm S2950 alongside a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.

FujiFilm FinePix S2950 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the S2950.

FujiFilm FinePix S2950 topview buttons dials

FujiFilm S2950 Lens specs

The S2950 includes an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 28-504mm making it a 18.0 x zoom which is great and would enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.1 making it very slow and not ideal for low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to boost the ISO setting which results in noisy pictures. For the tele end, 504mm is incredible zoom and comes with f5.6 which is pretty slow and you might need to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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FujiFilm S2950 Connectivity

The S2950 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy photos and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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FujiFilm S2950 Video specs

The highest video quality on the FujiFilm S2950 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should go for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to find another model in case you want good audio for your video clips.

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FujiFilm S2950 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the FujiFilm S2950 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

FujiFilm S2950 Display and Viewfinder

The FujiFilm S2950 has a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

FujiFilm FinePix S2950 screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The ViewFinder specifications for FujiFilm S2950 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Coverage 97 percent

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be quite valuable.

FujiFilm S2950 Shutter specs

FujiFilm S2950 can shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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FujiFilm S2950 Flash and Hot shoe specs

FujiFilm S2950 comes with only built-in flash without external flash ability.

FujiFilm S2950 Autofocusing specs

FujiFilm S2950 comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect which is helpful for taking photos of people.

It also includes Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. FujiFilm S2950 has not got manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful for low light or you need to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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FujiFilm S2950 Battery life

The battery power (4 x AA) on the FujiFilm S2950 is made to last for 300 pictures as per the CIPA measurements making it similar to it's competition. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest (600) battery life for this type of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

FujiFilm S2950 for varying kinds of photography

The following diagram displays a analysis of the FujiFilm S2950 for varying kinds of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

FujiFilm S2950 Portrait photography factors

The FujiFilm S2950 gets a score of 36 which is bad, meaning that it is just not suitable for portraits. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and option to utilize external lighting.

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MP count decent (14 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

FujiFilm S2950 Street photography details

Coming in at a average rating of 49, the FujiFilm S2950 is somewhat acceptable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Sports photography with FujiFilm S2950

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 48 suggests the FujiFilm S2950 is fairly appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great zoom range (28-504mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames/s)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Travel photography with FujiFilm S2950

Portability is super critical in selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the FujiFilm S2950 gets a above average 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable choice for your trips.

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MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
great zoom (504mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.1)

Landscape photography with FujiFilm S2950

If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The FujiFilm S2950 and it's bad grade of 43 as a landscape camera is just not suitable among its rivals.

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decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording

FujiFilm S2950 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the FujiFilm S2950 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad score of 27.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone support

FujiFilm S2950 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the S2950, below is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph followed below shows you an overview of the S2950 compared to it's top ranking competitors mentioned above.

Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
FujiFilm
Model
FujiFilm FinePix S2950
Other name
FinePix S2990
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2011-01-05
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Full resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW format
Max native ISO
1600
Max boosted ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-504mm (18.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.1-5.6
Macro focus distance
2cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
97 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
8s
Highest shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
8.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
437 gr (0.96 lbs)
Physical dimensions
110 x 73 x 81mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.2")
Other
Battery life
300 shots
Battery type
AA
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD / SDHC
Card slots
Single
Retail cost
$330