Fujifilm Finepix S1 Summary
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.
|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|
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Fujifilm S1 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 100-3200|
|50X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-30s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.20" Built-in EVF 920K Pixels||Custom white-balance|
|10 FPS Drive, 9 Images||Hot-Shoe|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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