Fujifilm FinePix S1 Review

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Review posted 05/15/2014

Quick Take
Pros
  • SRAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Weather Sealed body allows you to shoot with confidence in all weather/situations
  • Zoom range is amazing
  • 5-axis O.I.S. is very helpful when shooting on the move and at the full telephoto end
  • Comfortable, secure grip
  • Bright 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD is great for tough situations and all lighting conditions
  • High Res EVF is also great to shoot with and gives dSLR feel
  • After initial setup, WiFi works easily with just one button push
  • Smartphone/Tablet app is easy to use
  • Good shooting performance
  • Good Battery Life
  • Competitively priced
Cons
  • Overall image quality shows more than average noise for all ISO settings
  • Handheld shots at the full telephoto range is difficult but not impossible
  • No sensor to switch from LCD to EVF when you put the camera to your eye
  • Flash is not adequate in most situations
  • No external charging unit, the battery has to be charged in the camera
Bottom Line
The Fuji FinePix S1 is an amazingly versatile camera sporting a 50x optical zoom lens, WiFi, awesome O.I.S. and a weather-sealed body. It is a great travel companion that is ready for any situation. Its only downfall is high noise level at all ISO settings. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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In early 2014, Fujifilm announced the FinePix S1. As the world's first "weather resistant" super zoom bridge camera, the S1 is designed to survive rain and dust. It features a 16-megapixel CMOS image senor, a 50x optical zoom (24-1200mm in 35mm terms, with an F/2.8-5.6 minimum aperture), 2x Intelligent Digital Zoom, a 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD Display, as well as a 0.2-inch Electronic View Finder (also 920K dots).

The S1 also includes one-touch Wi-Fi capabilities to connect itself to a compatible smartphone or tablet using Fuji's Camera Remote app. Available for iOS and Android devices, Camera Remote allows users to make phones and tables into external displays and/or remote controllers for the S1. After images and HD videos are capture, it's then pretty easy to transfer the files to your phone, and share via your favorite social networking sites.

Fujifilm FinePix S1 Features:
  • Dust and weather-resistant bridge camera
  • 16.4MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS image sensor
  • 50x image stabilized optical zoom lens (24-1200mm)
    • Super Macro mode 1cm
  • Side Lens Zoom Control
  • 5-axial Image stabilization
    • Up to 3 stops of correction
  • 0.14 second Auto Focus speed
  • 10 frames per second (max) Continuous Shooting Speed
  • Full HD 1080p Movie Capture
  • 3.0-inch Vari-angle LCD display (920K dots)
  • 920K dot Electronic View Finder
  • Starts up in approx 0.68 seconds
  • Time Lapse Interval Shooting 
    • up to every 10 minutes, for 6 hours maximum
  • 10 Artistic Advanced Filters
  • Multi Image modes: HDR, Pro Low-Light
  • One-touch WiFi
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is available for an estimated MSRP of $499.95. See our lowest price box at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • S1 camera body
  • Li-ion battery NP-85
  • AC adapter AC-5VT
  • Plug adapter
  • USB cable
  • Hot shoe cover
  • Shoulder strap
  • Lens cap and Lens cap cord
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's manual

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