The S2980 sports an impressive 28mm - 504mm high precision Fujinon optical zoom lens. Simple to operate with an electric powered zoom lever, the huge zoom range means that you can capture all the detail, even when you're at a considerable distance away. You can even operate the zoom during video shooting. Unlike a bulky D-SLR, bridge cameras allow you great versatility of zoom, without the hassle of carrying a bag of lenses.
The S2980 has a 14 megapixel CCD sensor and 18x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-504mm, great for shooting landscapes and close-ups of distant objects. To help take the sharpest pictures possible there is Dual Image Stabilisation combining high ISO sensitivity and sensor-shift image stabilisation.
There are a wide range of shooting modes, SR Auto scene recognition which automatically adjusts the camera settings for the scene, as well as semi-automatic and manual modes for those who are more confident in changing some of the more advanced settings. Other features include intelligent face detection, red-eye removal, blink detection and smile & shoot mode.
You can tag your photos and images for sharing on YouTube and Facebook, then when you next connect the camera to your PC and run MyFinePix Studio software, they will be automatically uploaded. Images can also be assigned a star rating so you can easily search for your favourites.
Videos are recorded at 720p at 30 fps, with optical zoom available during recording. The camera can then be attached to a HDTV for playback.