An excellent alternative to a DSLR.
I have been using my S7000 for at least 7 years. It provides great photos using the Auto setting, especially in low light situations. I have taken beautiful sunrise and sunset shots with it in Auto mode. My wife is constantly amazed at the quality of the photos that this camera takes; she's an artist and has some training in photography. I haven't used my Olympus OM-1, 35mm since buying this camera. I love taking photos and downloading them as soon as I get home; a card reader is perfect for this little task. The S7000 was designed for easy access to remove the memory cards for this purpose, too. Open the door, press the card and it pops out a little bit. Grab it and stick it in the card reader and the rest is up to you and your photo software. After downloading the photos, remove it from the card reader, pop the card back into the camera and you're ready to take more shots!
It is a versatile camera, allowing the user to choose between Auto, Potrait, Scenery, Aperature priority and Manual settings. It has decent zoom capabilities as well as two Macro modes. The S7000's major fault is the photo quality in bright light situations, but you have the option of going to Aperature Priority and stopping it down, which produses fine results.
One reviewer commented on how quickly it goes through batteries and how it shuts itself off in the middle of your shot. I use 2700 MAH Nickel Metal Hydride rechargables and have been very satisfied with the battery life. The same reviewer complained of the media size. All I can say is this reviewer doesn't know his cameras. The S7000 uses the very common XD cards as well as the Compact Flash Type II card which I have never needed to use. With a 256 MB XD card you can shoot, 169 shots in 6MP, 332 shots in 3MP, 409 shot in 2MP and 550 shots in 1MP mode! Who goes out and shoots 680 frames at one time any way? That's what the 1GB card will hold in 6MP mode. I have 128 MB, 256 MB and 1GB memory cards. For most purposes the 3MP setting gives fine resolution and is large enough to fill your monitor screen and then some.
Another feature of the S7000 is the capability to shoot video with sound. I have used this feature very little, but it is kinda fun to shoot video and then make a movie using Windows Movie Maker.
Late last year, I had to have my camera repaired, because it was producing bright pink backgrounds in all of my shots. Fujfilm repaired it and sent it back to me in timely fashion and for a reasonable repair charge. All in all it has been a great camera.Read full review