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Fuji Finepix S100FS Review Summary

11 Megapixels11 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 DriveVGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.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 MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts xD memory.Accepts xD 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 S100FS Assessment

The Fuji Finepix S100FS is an outstanding camera with unique features for its class such as expanded dynamic range and film simulation. It also features a mechanical zoom covering a 14.3X range from a 28mm wide-angle to a 400mm super-telephoto. This camera does nearly everything and does most things well. We have a few quibbles with it, listed under Cons to the right, nothing serious though.

In itself, the S100FS is an extraordinary camera which has excellent image quality, good ergonomics and good speed of operation. Looking at the competition, there is nothing which comes close. As such, the Fuji Finepix S100FS finds itself somewhat between the top ultra-zooms and the entry-level DSLRs. While image quality is closer to a DSLR than anything which is not a DSLR, even an entry-level DSLR like the Nikon D60
Nikon D60
does better in terms of image quality and much better in terms of image noise. The only caveat is that the 14.3X optical zoom lens with stabilization has no equal in the DSLR world. There are lenses with similar ranges but they are not as sharp and not as fast. On the other hand, shorter zooms can be even better.

The choice comes down to speed and convenience. If speed is a top priority, go with a DSLR. The convenience of having a single sharp lens with live-preview, no dust issues and a movie-mode is undeniable though. Just as always, you must choose what is important to you.

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PROS CONS
Mechanical wide angle 14.3X zoom lens Pronounced chromatic aberrations
Low image noise LCD does not always show correct exposure
Excellent dynamic range Focus speeds not on par with camera price
Flexible rendition of image colors Playback mode ignores buttons while info is not displayed
Great lens sharpness Slow to flush buffer
Good white-balance AF-On only works in MF
Effective stabilization No white-balance button
Very short shutter-lag Slow to wake-up after auto-off
Excellent macro mode Tiny viewfinder
Good ergonomics Short battery-life
Good build quality Competition from DSLRs
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Previous Models
Fuji Finepix S9100 - 9 Megapixels, 10.7X Non-Stabilized optical zoom, ISO 1600 Max, Fixed dynamic range, 2" LCD, AA Batteries, No FS, CF instead of SD-HC
Fuji Finepix S6000fd - 6 Megapixels, 10.7X Non-Stabilized optical zoom, Fixed dynamic range, AA Batteries, No FS, No SD-HC
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Fujifilm S100FS Facts


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 9 x 7mm

2/3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

11 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-3200
14.3X Mechanically Linked Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
3 FPS Drive, 7 ImagesSpot-Metering
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
2.5" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
xD
Internal Memory
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