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Fujifilm Finepix S1 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWeatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Fuji Finepix S1 Assessment

The Fuji Finepix S1 is designed for versatility. This ultra-zoom packs an all-emcompassing 24-1200mm lens and plenty of photographic controls. Its sturdy weather-sealed body makes it usable in more places than nearly its peers while remaining equally compact.

The 50X optical zoom boasts a 5-axis image-stabilization system and framing-assist feature to increase its usability towards the telephoto end. Good ergonomics with a high number of controls and classic control-dial, make this camera intuitive and efficient to use. The EVF, while high-resolution, is smaller and dimmer than is practical, making it difficult to frame. The LCD fairs a little better though.

Image-quality is where the S1 struggles. It wipes out image-noise almost completely from low sensitivities with overly agressive noise-reduction. This makes images look like water-color paintings, even at the base ISO 100. Up to ISO 400, things look pretty much the same and only mid-size prints are possible, much smaller than 16 megapixels normally allow. Dynamic-range is also extremely limited due to small pixels of the 1/2.3" sensor. At least metering and white-balance are quite good.

The speed, on the other hand, of the Fuji Finepix S1 is impressive for its class. Autofocus is fast and there is no shutter-lag for images, only for video. Shot-to-shoot speed and black-out times are respectable while this ultra-zoom generally stays quite responsive.

The choice offered by the Fuji Finepix S1 is tough. If one can afford it and does not mind the shorter zoom, the Fujifilm X-S1
Fujifilm X-S1
is better in nearly all respects. Its mechanical zoom and EVF are clearly superior, as its image-quality. It lack the interval-timer and 1080p @ 60 FPS video though.

PROS CONS
Relatively bright 50X optical zoom Poor rendition of details at all ISO
Excellent stabilization Useless ISO 3200+
Good metering Narrow dynamic-range
Class-leading autofocus speed Harsh contrast-curve cannot be changed
Reliable white-balance Poor EVF experience
Chromatic aberrations nowhere to be seen Not Exposure-Priority
Low optical distortion Incomplete coverage
Sturdy weather-sealed premium body Video-recording lag
AverageAverage Average

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Fujifilm S1 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-3200
50X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 920K PixelsCustom white-balance
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
10 FPS Drive, 9 ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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