Capturing the images for the FinePix S1 is a 1/2.3-inch, 16.4-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor. It is combined with a powerful processor that allows the camera to use its SR Auto features and fast burst shooting modes. Built-in WiFi adds additional versatility and usability by allowing you to connect a smartphone or tablet to the camera to view and even remotely operate the camera.
Fuji has gone the next step with the S1 and completely sealed the camera making it weather resistant (splash and dust). This was the first in its class (50x optical zoom lens or larger) to be sealed in this way as of November 2013.
Composing your images is accomplished with the incredible 50x optical zoom lens. This lens sports a 35mm equivalent range of 24-1200mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.6. An incredible 5-axis, lens shift optical image stabilization adds an additional 3 stops of correction, increasing the camera's usability in low light situations as well as when shooting at the full telephoto end.
- Wide : approx. 40cm to infinity / 1.3 ft. to infinity
- Telephoto : approx. 1.5m to infinity / 4.9 ft. to infinity
- Wide : approx. 5cm - 3.0m / 2.0 in. - 9.8 ft.
- Telephoto : approx. 1.3m - 5.0m / 4.3 ft. - 16.4 ft.
- Wide : approx. 1cm - 1.0m / 0.3 in. - 3.3 ft.
On the side of the lens Fuji has included a zoom lever that allows you to hold and operate the camera with the feel of a dSLR. The lever features two zoom speeds and the button above it returns to the wide position. At the very top of the image is the flash release button to manually pop up the flash.
The S1 features a small but somewhat powerful pop-up flash unit. This is a great flash to use when you are in low-light or high contrast situations. For more power and control, the S1 also features a hot shoe that allows for an external flash unit.
- Wide : approx. 45cm - 8.0m / 1.4 ft. - 26.2 ft.
- Telephoto : approx. 3.5m - 4.0m / 11.4 ft. - 13.1 ft.
- Wide : approx. 30cm - 3.0m / 0.9 ft. - 9.8 ft.
- Telephoto : approx. 2.0m - 4.0m / 6.5 ft. - 13.1 ft.
One option for composing your images and giving the camera a dSLR feel is the 0.2-inch, 920k dot LCD viewfinder. This bright and high resolution viewfinder gives you a realistic look at your scene and shows you all of the information, exactly the way you would see it if you were looking at the LCD on the back. It shows approx. 97% of the field of view while shooting and has a dioptic adjustment so it is clear for everyone.
Your other option for composing and viewing your images is the 3.0-inch, 920k dot vary-angle LCD. Again this is a very high resolution option that is a pleasure to use. The vary-angle feature allows you to adjust the LCD screen for any shooting situation, whether is shooting high or low or just to remove some glare from the screen. This screen is also a great way to view your captured images in detail when a computer is not available.
On top of the camera you will find a small set of controls, similar to those found on some entry-level dSLR bodies. At the top is the shutter release button, coupled by the zoom control level. Next are two small buttons for controlling the exposure compensation and burst shooting modes. Towards the bottom is the power button, Mode Dial and button to switch between the LCD and EVF displays.
The back of the camera looks more like a standard point-n-shoot, featuring a control dial at the very top. Next you will find the dedicated video recording button and playback button. The 4-way controller works for navigating and making selections in the camera's menu system. It also acts as a shortcut to the Fn, Flash, Self-timer and Macro shooting modes. At the very bottom you will find the BACK/DISP and WiFi buttons.
On the right side of the camera you will find its two I/O ports. On top is a high speed USB port. This port is used to transfer images to a computer or other USB device as well as to charge the camera. On the bottom, the HDMI output lets you hook the camera up to any HDTV to view your images and videos in HD.
Fuji has included approx. 37MB of internal memory in the S1, but since this will only hold a couple of images, you will be relying on an optional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card for the majority of your shooting. The camera is shown here with the Fujifilm Ultra Performance Class 10 4GB SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera. No card is included with the camera.
Powering the S1 is a 1700mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Fuji's tests based on CIPA standards shows that this battery is capable of capturing up to 350 images on a single charge. Fuji does not ship the S1 with an external battery charger. Instead it comes with a USB adapter that allows the battery to charge inside the camera. This does make it a little more difficult to keep a spare battery charged and on hand.