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FinePix S2500HD Refurbished
12 Million Pixels
SD™/SDHC™ compatible
18x Optical Zoom
3-inch LCD
AA Batteries
12 Months Warranty
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#1
Superb camera, one of the best bridge types you can get, almost foolproof to use. Amazing price, cheap enough to consider for a finder camera.
#2
Very good deal, paid £109 not to long ago. Decent camera with nice design
#3
Have got an older version of the same camera as a refurb from Fuji and its served me for over three years now.

Hot!
#4
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q110superzoomgroup/page4.asp is a review. This camera doesn't come out too well, but the price is now ~ 1/3rd the street price of most of the other cameras in that review,
1 Like #5
Looks good. Shame it uses AA batteries.
#6
Bought this camera last week, very pleased with it - good quality photos.

It nails the AA batteries so you'll need to buy some good rechargeable batteries - got these batteries of Ebay and so far so good -

http://****.co.uk/2-X-4-8-NEW-DURACELL-AA-ACCU-RECHARGEABLE-BATTERIES-/150540892784

Mod edit: we dont allow direct ebay links in comments, you may post the item number.


Edited By: MikeT on May 08, 2011 09:50: .
#7
ahenry
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q110superzoomgroup/page4.asp is a review. This camera doesn't come out too well, but the price is now ~ 1/3rd the street price of most of the other cameras in that review,
But THEY don't rate the Canon EOS 600 much higher either.

Good value camera a this price.

Just paid £150 for a Panny bridge so I won't ned it but would def have considered this for that money.

This will soone expire (Sell out)
#8
segaste
Looks good. Shame it uses AA batteries.


That's a good thing at least if you get caught out short when out and about you can easily pick up from the shops, much more convenient than proprietary batteries
#9
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_s2500hd_review/conclusion/

Conclusion

You certainly get a lot of camera for your money with the Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD, with most of the key features that you need and above par image quality. If you can resist the bells and whistles that more expensive rivals offer, then the S2500HD is an appealingly cost-effective way to join the super-zoom crowd.

Fujifilm have improved four key areas since last year's S1500 model - the rather inevitable megapixel rise from 10 to 12, a larger 3 inch screen, new HD movie mode and a larger 18x zoom. The latter two in particular make the biggest difference to this model, bringing the S2500HD up to speed with most of its main rivals. 18x doesn't sound like much when there are a couple of 30x cameras now on the market, but in reality the 28-508mm focal range is more versatile than most people will ever need. Likewise the HD video mode may not be full 1080p quality, but the 720p mode is more than adequate - something that can be said about the S2500HD as a whole.

Image quality, although not the best in class, is also up to scratch, with a usable ISO range of 64-400 with 800 as a backup, commendably little sign of purple-fringing, an effective image stabilisation system, and good exposures in most situations. Only the rather obvious barrel distortion and visible softness towards the edges at wide-angle settings detract from what is otherwise a solid performance.

All of this would be fine if not particularly noteworthy on a £300 / $350 camera - but given that the S2500HD only costs £219 / $250 full-price, we wouldn't blame you for wondering where the catch is. There are a few more caveats - only two available aperture settings, an all-plastic though not flimsy construction, somewhat misleading burst mode settings, and a rather low-resolution EVF and LCD - but all-in-all, the Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD represents a cheap but certainly not nasty entry-point into the literally eye-opening world of super-zoom photography.

4 stars
Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image Quality 4
Value for money 4.5
#10
is it worth getting the case? Or should I looke else where for a case?
#11
I have had refurbs from the Fuji store before and had problems.
I got an F70 about a year ago that looked like it had been attacked with an angle grinder, it had taken over 2000 photos too. On the other hand i had an F100 some time ago that looked like it was brand new. Tempted to have a punt at this price.
#12
mooo
is it worth getting the case? Or should I looke else where for a case?


Try http://www.ecrater.co.uk/p/9680400/c16-soft-case-for-fuji-fujifilm for the case, Probably lots of places cheaper, but that one looks ok, wouldnt pay almost £20 for a case for a camera like this, good as it realy is.
#13
Thank you

20 quid for a case is excessive
#14
Ordered, damn this site. Mr First Direct Visa wont be happy. However I need a camera.
#15
I bought another refurb Finepix camera from there stores years ago, and it's been great. A bargain back then and it all looked as new apart from it had 'refurb' on the box.

I've taken the plunge and just bought one of these. Many thanks to the poster.

Oh, the EVF on my old camera was more than useless back then......the only downside. Even if the EVF is bad on this one, it's still gonna be better!
#16
Has anyone ever wondered, why Fuji [more than any other manufacturer that I'm aware of] seem to always have a plethora of 'refurbished' cameras?

Just a thought............. :)
1 Like #17
Before anyone goes ahead with this deal you might fare better if you look at what other cameras they have on offer.

There is a huge range of refurbs on their site.

https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/shop/consumer/digital/digital-cameras/view-all


The one listed is a good deal but it might not be the one for you and it is likely the code will reduce the cost of those too.

Or perhaps it'll help with your justification for spoiling yourself if you treat the 'Other half' too.:)
2 Likes #18
FYI - It's actually a 15x Optical Zoom, with 3x Digital zoom on top.

https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/media/dContent/171179/productGalleryImg_repeated_2.jpg

Note the 15x On the side

https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/media/dContent/171179/productGalleryImg_repeated_4.jpg

And the 15x written over the top of the lens.


Edited By: andy_spoo on May 08, 2011 10:36
#19
I got one a while ago and I think its great :-)
#20
Ordered. Thanks for the heads up!
#21
I got a Fuji original case from Tesco Direct for about 8 squids for my 1500
#22
andy_spoo
FYI - It's actually a 15x Optical Zoom, with 3x Digital zoom on top.

https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/media/dContent/171179/productGalleryImg_repeated_2.jpg

Note the 15x On the side

https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/media/dContent/171179/productGalleryImg_repeated_4.jpg

And the 15x written over the top of the lens.



Are you sure those pics are of the correct model...

http://www.infoborder.com/Digital_Camera_review/ExpertReview/FujifilmFinePixS2500HD.php

It also specifically states an 18 x optical zoom lens on the Fujifilm site specs...

http://fujifilm.co.uk/consumer/digital/digital-cameras/d-slr-long-zoom/finepix-s2500hd/Specs
#23
one thing I have come across with these newer Fuji cameras is that they are all susceptible to vertical purple lines going through the images. The images are fine is most situations but bright sunlight or lights will make your pics horrid. Other than that most of the other settings are good for a point and click type of camera bar low indoor light also.

Edited By: simplyjimbo on May 08, 2011 11:07: .
#24
Thanks ordered for my daughter, a step up from her current compact camera, hopefully.
Also without costing a fortune and making her afraid to use it.
#25
mccririck
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_s2500hd_review/conclusion/

Conclusion

You certainly get a lot of camera for your money with the Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD, with most of the key features that you need and above par image quality. If you can resist the bells and whistles that more expensive rivals offer, then the S2500HD is an appealingly cost-effective way to join the super-zoom crowd.

Fujifilm have improved four key areas since last year's S1500 model - the rather inevitable megapixel rise from 10 to 12, a larger 3 inch screen, new HD movie mode and a larger 18x zoom. The latter two in particular make the biggest difference to this model, bringing the S2500HD up to speed with most of its main rivals. 18x doesn't sound like much when there are a couple of 30x cameras now on the market, but in reality the 28-508mm focal range is more versatile than most people will ever need. Likewise the HD video mode may not be full 1080p quality, but the 720p mode is more than adequate - something that can be said about the S2500HD as a whole.

Image quality, although not the best in class, is also up to scratch, with a usable ISO range of 64-400 with 800 as a backup, commendably little sign of purple-fringing, an effective image stabilisation system, and good exposures in most situations. Only the rather obvious barrel distortion and visible softness towards the edges at wide-angle settings detract from what is otherwise a solid performance.

All of this would be fine if not particularly noteworthy on a £300 / $350 camera - but given that the S2500HD only costs £219 / $250 full-price, we wouldn't blame you for wondering where the catch is. There are a few more caveats - only two available aperture settings, an all-plastic though not flimsy construction, somewhat misleading burst mode settings, and a rather low-resolution EVF and LCD - but all-in-all, the Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD represents a cheap but certainly not nasty entry-point into the literally eye-opening world of super-zoom photography.

4 stars
Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image Quality 4
Value for money 4.5



dpreview are more respected than this site
#26
A Good find and the discount code P258BTCC467 seems to work on other cameras through the Fuji Store site
#27
Will never buy a camera that runs on Batterys. Has one before and was a nightmare, and that got a big zoom to take a lot of power away. Hope helps someone.....
#28
Now SOLD OUT before I could purchase :(
2 Likes #29
NAT14
Will never buy a camera that runs on Batterys. Has one before and was a nightmare, and that got a big zoom to take a lot of power away. Hope helps someone.....


Yeah I know, a camera that uses batteries.. what a nightmare ;)
1 Like #30
NAT14
Will never buy a camera that runs on Batterys. Has one before and was a nightmare, and that got a big zoom to take a lot of power away. Hope helps someone.....


Please provide link for gas/nuclear powered camera !
#31
Nesima
NAT14
Will never buy a camera that runs on Batterys. Has one before and was a nightmare, and that got a big zoom to take a lot of power away. Hope helps someone.....


Please provide link for gas/nuclear powered camera !


Lol

My flux capacitor should be able to power mine.

Edited By: mooo on May 08, 2011 11:41
#32
andy_spoo
FYI - It's actually a 15x Optical Zoom, with 3x Digital zoom on top.

https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/media/dContent/171179/productGalleryImg_repeated_2.jpg

Note the 15x On the side

https://secure.fujifilm.co.uk/media/dContent/171179/productGalleryImg_repeated_4.jpg

And the 15x written over the top of the lens.




think you will find that pic is of a S1600


http://img.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_s2500hd/fujifilm_finepix_s2500hd_24.jpg
#33
I disagree, I had a 30x approx zoom on my Olympus bridge camera, I constantly used the max zoom and took hundreds of pictures with it. That appeared to be economical with batteries.

So not all cameras are bad on batteries, however they do have an advantage over rechargeables. You can always find batteries, as oppose to a charging point, unless you hav a spare.

But must admit, got the 1730 fuji and was not very impressed. My cheap medion seems better and its not a patch on my Panasonic ZT10.
#34
Before I start, I'm not trolling and this is an honest pre-purchase question as the price seems good. But other than the zoom and increased megapixel count is it much better than a decent older Panasonic compact? Tried the sister in law's one of these and thought the viewfinder was **** poor, though then again I suppose that's why a DSLR starts at £400 and this is £80. Just that the missus was keen on one of these but I was more tempted to upgrade to a newer compact with a bigger zoom.

Bearing in mind I'm a complete camera novice and haven't ever played with things like ISO settings, if I pick this up and take a picture, is it much better than one of these new 10x zoom compact cameras (other than the 2x difference in zoom)

In terms of image quality, the S2500HD shows pretty much the same flaws as it predecessor, the S2000HD, but at a slightly higher output resolution. It's probably fair to say that the Fujifilm delivers the worst image quality in this test, and the main problems with image quality are noticeable even at standard size prints. At a pixel level the camera's output shows very obvious noise reduction artifacts and an overall lack of detail (fine, low contrast details such as foliage are smeared away completely). On our specific model we also found some quite significant corner softness at some focal lengths, although this may be sample variation


?

I know my mum's got a load of old 35mm Minolta stuff lying around, was tempted with the idea of getting a 2nd hand DSLR and trying it out that way, but then again I suppose that's megabucks and it won't be as straight forward as one of these.

So to simply the question lol, one of these or double the money and get a newer compact like the Panasonic the chap above mentioned.




Edited By: Bossworld on May 08, 2011 11:58: ,
#35
Bossworld
Before I start, I'm not trolling and this is an honest pre-purchase question as the price seems good. But other than the zoom and increased megapixel count is it much better than a decent older Panasonic compact? Tried the sister in law's one of these and thought the viewfinder was **** poor, though then again I suppose that's why a DSLR starts at £400 and this is £80. Just that the missus was keen on one of these but I was more tempted to upgrade to a newer compact with a bigger zoom.

Bearing in mind I'm a complete camera novice and haven't ever played with things like ISO settings, if I pick this up and take a picture, is it much better than one of these new 10x zoom compact cameras (other than the 2x difference in zoom)

In terms of image quality, the S2500HD shows pretty much the same flaws as it predecessor, the S2000HD, but at a slightly higher output resolution. It's probably fair to say that the Fujifilm delivers the worst image quality in this test, and the main problems with image quality are noticeable even at standard size prints. At a pixel level the camera's output shows very obvious noise reduction artifacts and an overall lack of detail (fine, low contrast details such as foliage are smeared away completely). On our specific model we also found some quite significant corner softness at some focal lengths, although this may be sample variation


?

I know my mum's got a load of old 35mm Minolta stuff lying around, was tempted with the idea of getting a 2nd hand DSLR and trying it out that way, but then again I suppose that's megabucks and it won't be as straight forward as one of these.

So to simply the question lol, one of these or double the money and get a newer compact like the Panasonic the chap above mentioned.





Its a cheap camera, for having a bit of fun taking photos it will most likely be a great purchase, my mum loves her s1600 fuji, and she's taken some nice shots with it.
Though, personally, now i replaced my Panasonic FZ38 with a Olympus PL1, i would say get a DSLR, even if its an older model, body only, and get an adapter and use your Minolta stuff. Should be far more satisfying when you get a shot your pleased with,
2 Likes #36
This with my olympus (cropped)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/5676113197_6613119463_z.jpg

this with Fuji s1600 (i imagine the s2500hd to be similar if not better)

http://media.share.ovi.com/m1/s/2941/bc13cff94890476e81b1247b17a0e64f.jpg
#37
i saw the sony a290 the other day in best buy for 199 is this a better deal it wasnt sure if it was a good dsl it was ex display
#38
I note this is marked as "expired", I guess because it is shown as sold out. In my experience there may be more stock in a day or so, keep looking...
#39
wjmusson
I note this is marked as "expired", I guess because it is shown as sold out. In my experience there may be more stock in a day or so, keep looking...

Ususally when the refurbs get returned and are sold as refurbs AGAIN.
#40
Good cameras, pity about batteries though, would be great if built in rechargeable. Still well worth it though, I guess worth investing in a decent set of rechargeable's and charger.

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