Fuji FinePix S602Z vs Fujifilm FinePix S7000

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Kevin, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest


    I would like some advice.... I'm have done my homework
    and found that either the S7000 or S602Z is the best camera
    for me.... (memory flexibility,price, movie @ 30fps,etc)

    Here are my questions:

    1) compression on the s7000 is higher so pic quality (i think) is
    less than the S602Z..... If this is true can it be fixed w/
    a firmware upgrade? Are firmware upgrades likely from fuji?

    2) Is the LDC on the s7000 better than on the S602z?

    3) The s602z is selling for more (pricescan.com) than the
    s7000.... why?

    4) Which would you buy and why?

    Thanks for your time,
    -- Kevin
    Kevin, Nov 18, 2003
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  2. Kevin

    Guest Guest


    The cameras are very similar overall. The S7000 has double the pixel count,
    but at the same sensor size. This basically means that you will get double
    the size files, but some of those extra pixles will either be digital noise,
    or smudged details from noise reduction. I haven't seen a resolution
    comparison of the two cameras yet.

    I believe the S7000 has better focus system (the 602 sucks badly in low
    orindary room light) and faster overall operation.

    S7000 has RAW mode which is a godsend. If my S602 had it, I probably would
    not have just upgraded to a DSLR. For fine gradation of colour tones, JPEG
    sucks, expecially if you want to convert to B+W.. 602 has a tiff mode but it
    is so slow it is unusable for everything but still life.

    The 602 is probably selling for more because people who have one see that it
    is being replaced and want to get hold of one before they disappear off the
    shelves forever. They are excellent cameras, and I am sure the S7000 will be
    equally good when people get used to it.
    Guest, Nov 18, 2003
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  3. Kevin

    HRosita Guest

    It seems to me that the S602Z is no longer manufactured and only stores that
    were selling it high in the first place have stock left.
    HRosita, Nov 18, 2003
  4. Kevin

    someone Guest

    neither, get the f717. the s602z is dust-prone, period. dust will get on
    your ccd, even with the adaptor tube and uv filter combo. then it will
    become a useless white elephant.
    someone, Nov 18, 2003
  5. Kevin

    someone Guest

    that is true. during the late afternoon, try taking a picture in the corner
    of the room in your house. it will not focus at all.
    just to qualify that, the image capture is as per normal, that is your
    shutter speed is not affected. it just takes forever when writing to the
    card due to the huge file size.
    someone, Nov 18, 2003
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Thanks to everyone for all the input and advise.... :)

    I would go w/ the sony 717 but no compact flash capability....
    only on th 828.... and that's more than what I want to

    Thanks again.... I'm going w/ the s7000!

    one more question:

    has anyone used a microdrive 2GB or 4GB w/ the
    s7000? any problems?

    Thanks again for your time,
    -- Kevin
    Kevin, Nov 19, 2003
  7. Kevin

    Richard Guest

    I was in the same situation as you last week!

    s602 vs s7000

    for the money the s602 won it (in the UK anyway £150 more)

    The thing with the dust issue, if the S602 got the problem, the s7000
    will have it too as its the same shell and sub-structure...

    I'm going to use the s602 until next xmas, them hopefully fuji will bring
    out a true sucessor to the s602, for me the s7000 wasn't a big enough
    step for the extra £££, also I'm not convinced of the HR CCD...

    I hope they keep the design thou! - Lovely to hold and use.

    Enjoy your new camera...

    What ever you do don't get a MagicStor 2.2gb CF card - there have been
    loads of issues with them.


    (Kevin) wrote in
    Richard, Nov 19, 2003
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Thanks for the info.... :)
    shit! I just bought one on ebay and got it in the mail today.....
    so what where the issues.... I don't have my camera because they
    are all on back order from fuji.... ~ 3more weeks.....
    however, I did take the CF to a camera shop and asked them if they would
    put it into the s7000 and see if the CF was ok..... I didn't see the
    exact error but the guy said something about "disk read error" when
    he tried to format the CF in the camera..... So I bought a capact flash
    reader $19 and plugged it in to my linux box.....

    oh, 1st I called fuji and they couldn't tell me if MagicStor CF's would
    work or not..... guy said CF cards couldn't be formated except from the
    factory.... hehehe silly guy.....

    so i mounted the CF card just fine.... I did see a funny directory....
    and the command: "fsck -tmsdos /dev/sda1" uncovered some problems w/
    the partition..... having called fuji before I knew the s7000 couldn't support
    more than 2gb (ie 16Bit Fat file system only).... so I formated the
    CF card with this command: "mkfs.msdos -F16 -v /dev/sda1" so the CF card
    has a fresh 16bit fat file system on it.... but I don't have a camera yet
    to try it in....... :(

    Does anyone know what the issues where? file system format releated?
    Any idea what format fuji cameras like?

    Thanks for your time,
    -- Kevin
    Kevin, Nov 26, 2003
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    Richard Guest

    From what I've heard about the MagicStor's...

    The drives don't seem to have enough buffer/cache. They seem to be fine
    if you don't take 'burst' shots (for example the fuji 'last 5') if you do
    the drive comes back with a write error and sometimes crashes the camera.

    Also I believe the movie mode is affected by this lack of buffer/cache.

    The other thing I've heard is that they are prone to overheating, which
    also causes write errors.

    Others have said they don't work too well in PDAs either (maybe a factor
    of the above overheating)

    Shame as they would of been ideal....


    (Kevin) wrote in
    Richard, Nov 26, 2003
  10. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    interesting..... I don't think I'll be doing burst shots..... but
    never know.... sound silly but what happens when a camera crashes....
    will the last pic be lost or will the hole drive need to be re-formated?
    major bummer...... this is one of the reasons I bought the s7000.....
    huh..... I'm not sure if you know but will this cause last picture loss
    or what..... This will be my first digital camera..... took me long
    enough I know... :)
    I know ideal for the price too..... I got it for $189 USD with shipping...
    I guess I might not have got such a good deal.... live and learn....

    Thanks again for the info and when i get my camera... I will post a follow-up
    to let others know what I found....

    Thanks again,
    -- Kevin
    Kevin, Nov 27, 2003
  11. Kevin

    Richard Guest

    If the drive does error and 'crash the camera', then yes, I'm afraid you
    will lose the current/last picture..

    I would try and sell it on ebay and cut your losses.. and get a IBM 1gb
    microdrive or a solid state 1gb card (a fast one, above x12)

    I really feel for your Kevin, I've done similar things in the past...

    I was always first in line for new 'techie' things, but have had my fingers
    burned too many times. I now wait before purchasing new things and see the
    fall out, if it occurs.

    When are you getting your camera? is it a christmas present?



    (Kevin) wrote in
    Richard, Nov 27, 2003
  12. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    well I just wanted to follow up on this... I
    got my camera and the CF works great! I think
    the problem that the guy had in the camera shop had
    was related to the way the CF was initally formated
    fat32..... So by formating the CF as fat16 the S7000 and
    magicstor 2.2GB drive are compatable! I get great
    pics, movies and the "5 in a row quick pics" all work
    as expeced... that's 30+min of video (30fps) and over
    1300 pics @ 6megapix..... I love it!

    -- Kevin

    ps: Thanks for all the good dialog!
    Kevin, Dec 21, 2003
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