Fujifilm S4200

Fujifilm FinePix S4200 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-576mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 543g - 118 x 81 x 100mm
  • Launched January 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Fujifilm S4200 summary

Fujifilm S4200 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first launched on January of 2012. It has a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The Fujifilm S4200 is positioned #181 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #840 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should check out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm S4200 family

The Fujifilm S4200 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can view all previous and more recent models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-S9800 front thumbnailFujifilm S9800
Fujifilm S4200 vs Fujifilm S9800
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Fujifilm S4200 vs Fujifilm S9900w
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S8600
Fujifilm S4200 vs Fujifilm S8600
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S1
Fujifilm S4200 vs Fujifilm S1
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
Fujifilm S4200 vs Fujifilm S9200
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W front thumbnailFujifilm S9400W
Fujifilm S4200 vs Fujifilm S9400W
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8400W front thumbnailFujifilm S8400W
Fujifilm S4200 vs Fujifilm S8400W

Fujifilm S4200 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Fujifilm S4200 based on aspects that are oftentimes considered useful in a camera.

comes with HDMI port
excellent zoom range (24-576mm 24.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (24mm)
flash built-in
has face detect focusing
has tracking focus
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
screen size is good (3")
very good minimum ISO (64)
very long reach (576mm)
display is not selfie friendly
fixed screen
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
manual focus not available
more heavy than competitors in class (543 grams)
no external flash support
no headphone port
no microphone port
no phase detect AF
no RAW files
no Timelapse recording
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Fujifilm S4200 Sensor features

The specification of the sensor in the Fujifilm S4200 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 64 - 1600. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a maximum of 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture below shows the Fujifilm S4200's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The Fujifilm S4200 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm S4200 dimensions

Fujifilm S4200 weighs about 1.20 lb (543g or 19.15 oz) and features external size of 118mm x 81mm x 100mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Fujifilm S4200 is more heavy as compared to its rivals.

Photography Glossary

Listed below is a visual of the Fujifilm S4200 next to a soft drink to help you have a feel for its size.

Fujifilm FinePix S4200 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the Fujifilm S4200.

Fujifilm FinePix S4200 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm S4200 Lens features

The Fujifilm S4200 has a fixed lens offering a focal range of 24-576mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is exceptional and could make it easier to zoom right in.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.1 and that is quite sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to up your ISO giving you noisy pictures. On the long end, 576mm is brilliant zoom and comes to f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm S4200 Connectivity

The Fujifilm S4200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Fujifilm S4200 Video features

The max video resolution in the Fujifilm S4200 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in H.264 and Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should strive for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not have a mic and headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at another camera if you require better sound in your video clips.

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Fujifilm S4200 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm S4200 does not have environment proofing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.

Fujifilm S4200 Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm S4200 has a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Fujifilm S4200 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Coverage 97 percent

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be rather useful.

Fujifilm S4200 Shutter features

Fujifilm S4200 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Fujifilm S4200 Flash and Hot shoe features

Fujifilm S4200 boasts just in-built flash without external flash support.

Fujifilm S4200 Autofocus features

Fujifilm S4200 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be handy for portraits.

It also features Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Fujifilm S4200 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good during low light scenarios or you want to have more exact depth of field control.

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Fujifilm S4200 Battery life

The battery pack (4 x AA) on the Fujifilm S4200 is fashioned to last for 300 photographs according to the CIPA specifications which is comparable with its competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the maximum (600) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm S4200 for different categories of photography

The following diagram shows a outline of the Fujifilm S4200 for different categories of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.

Fujifilm S4200 as a Portrait photography camera

The Fujifilm S4200 receives a points tally of 36 which is dreadful, and means the camera is not really suitable to use for portraits. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and option to use external lighting.

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good MP (14MP)
includes face detect focus
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Fujifilm S4200 Street photography info

Having a dreadful score of 43, the Fujifilm S4200 is not really suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
more heavy than competitors (543 grams)

Fujifilm S4200 as a Sports photography camera

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 47 means the Fujifilm S4200 is reasonably suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
amazing zoom range (24-576mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus

Fujifilm S4200 Travel photography highlights

Size is super critical in picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Fujifilm S4200 gets a moderate 54 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively suited to buy for your travels.

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MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (576mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than others (543g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.1)

Fujifilm S4200 Landscape photography highlights

When you are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm S4200 with it's dreadful score of 41 as a landscape camera is not really suitable in the current marketplace.

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rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording

Fujifilm S4200 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera really should come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Fujifilm S4200 is not really suitable for vlogging as it comes to a dreadful score of 24.

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quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focusing
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (543g)

Fujifilm S4200 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the Fujifilm S4200, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram just below provides you an overview of the Fujifilm S4200 vs it's highest ranking competitors listed previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may check out as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix S4200
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW format
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-576mm (24.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder coverage
97 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
7.00 m (Wide: 40 cm–7.0 m / Tele: 2.5m–3.6 m)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
543g (1.20 lbs)
118 x 81 x 100mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.9")
Battery life
300 photos
Style of battery
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at release