Fujifilm's FinePix S700 adds an SLR-style frame to the solid functionality of an advanced point-and-shoot. The Fujifilm FinePix S700's best traits are its long battery life, manual controls, 10X optical zoom, and image stabilization - not a bad combo in a D-SLR you should be able to pick up for around £130.
The Fujifilm FinePix S700 powers up in less than 2 seconds, and the shutter button responds fairly quickly. It handled close-up shots nicely; we photographed a quarter at a distance of about 58mm, and the resulting shot looked crisp and clear.
In our lab tests, the 7.1Mp Fujifilm FinePix S700's scores for distortion, however, were subpar. In our battery-life tests, the Fujifilm FinePix S700's four AA alkaline batteries supported 475 shots - much better than the average score.
We liked the Fujifilm FinePix S700's 'Natural Light and Flash' mode shooting option, where the camera captures a pair of consecutive shots - one without flash and another with flash - so you can compare which lighting captured the better image. A continuous-shooting mode snaps shots at a resolution of either 7Mp (the Fujifilm FinePix S700's maximum) or 4Mp. This feature worked fine, but it was a bit slow to record.
The Fujifilm FinePix S700 has the chops to perform well in most shooting scenarios. You may find the body a bit bulky, though.