Fujifilm FinePix S100FS Zoom Review

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Features & Controls

The S100FS employs a powerful Fujinon f2.8-f5.3, 7.1-101.5mm 14.3x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to 28-400mm on a 35mm camera. This is a very powerful unit, which offers a great deal of versatility for composing your shots. The lens is protected by the included lens cap. You can also use 67 mm (2.6 in)-diameter thin type filters (like a polarizing filter). Be sure to use thin type filters as standard filters may cause vignetting. The included Lens hood has a removable "polarizing filter widnow cover". Once removed, it allows you to stick your finger throught the hood in order to rotate the filter.

This lens is zoomed manually by twisting the lens barrel, just like you would with a true dSLR model. This allows for very precise focal lenght adjustents and framing.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

On the side of the camara you can also see contols for the flash release, Burst or Drive mode, Dual IS, and the Focus selector swicth with the One-touch AF button in the center.

The TTL contrast-type auto focus system features Single AF, Continuous AF and Manual focus modes with your choice of AF frame selection: AF (Center), AF(Multi), or AF (Area). It also features a Face Detection mode. The Normal focusing range in wide angle is from 1.6 ft. (50cm) to infinity, in telephoto from 8.2 ft. (2.5m) to infinity. Macro mode covers from 3.9 in - 9.8 ft (10cm - 3.0m) in Wide and 3.0 to 9.8 ft (0.9 - 3.0m) in Tele. Super macro mode allows you to focus from 0.4 in - 3.3 ft. (1cm - 1m). This AF system is aided in low lighting by a built-in AF-assist lamp.

The aperture range is f/2.8-11.0 at wide angle and f/5.3-11.0 at telephoto, in 1/3 EV increments (Manual/Auto selectable).

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

The automatic popup flash has an effective range at wide angle of 2.6 to 23.6 ft. (0.6 to 7.2m) and 8.2 to 12.5 ft. (30cm to 3.0m) at telephoto. Macro coverage at wide angle is 1.0 to 2.6 ft. (0.3 to 0.8m) and 3.0 to 4.3 ft. (0.9 to 1.3m) at telephoto. This is using ISO Auto (800).

Flash modes available are: Auto, Forced flash, Slow Syncro
Red-eye Reduction On or Off.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

The accessory "hot shoe" on top of the camera is used for attaching an external flash unit. There is also a Synchronizing terminal on the front of the camera. he Flash Synchronized shutter speed is up to 1/4000 sec. or slower .

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

The eye-level finder is a tiny, high-resolution (200,000 pixels) 0.2-inch color LCD with a magnified eyepiece. It is called an Electronic ViewFinder or EVF for short. It has dioptric adjustment and displays all the same information and menus as the large color LCD display. The EVF/LCD button toggles between the two displays.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

On the back is a 2.5-inch tiltable color TFT LCD monitor for framing, image review and accessing the camera's menus. If can be tilted up or down, which will allow you to capture shots from angles that those with fixed LCDs will not be able to get (e.g. over a crowd or off the hip.)

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

Controls on the back include: the Metering swicth with AE-L (Auto Exposure-Lock) button in the middle. Next is the EVF/LCD and Playback buttons. The button that shows a face with a square around it is the Face Detection AF mode button. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images in playback mode. Press "Left" to toggles the Macro/Super Macro focus on and off, "Right" to change the Flash. Press "Up" to enable digital zoom in record mode, or to use the zoom in magnify option in playback. Lastly, "Down" enables the self-timer in record mode or is the zoom out magnify function in playback. In the center is the MENU/OK button which toggles the Menu on/off. While ON, the menu selections are navigated with the 4-way and the OK button makes selections. The DISP/BACK button is used to escape from menu operations, in Record it controls the amount of information displayed in the LCD monitor.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

On top of the handgrip is the Power slide switch mounted around the shutter release.

Next is the ISO and Exposure compensation buttons along with the command dial seated behind them. This dial is used to change exposure settings in A/S/M modes as well as quickly scroll throught the mens and saved images. Lastly, we have the Mode Dial with positions for: Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, full Manual, Custom1, Custom2, Movie, SP1 (Scene Postision), SP2, and FSB (Film Simulation Bracketing).

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

On the side is the speaker, DC INput jack for an optional AC power adapter,Audio/Video out port (NTSC or PAL) and the USB 2.0 (high-speed) port which handles image/movie file transfer or direct printing to PictBridge compatible printers.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

The S100FS features approx. 25MB of internal memory as is equipped with a xD-Picture Card/Secure Digital (SD) slot. It's compatible with any xD card from 16MB to 2GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and SDHC cards up to 8GB.

Approx. Storage Capacities

Modes Still image
Number of recorded pixels - * 3,840 x 2,880 4,032 x 2,688 (3:2 format) 2,816 x 2,112 2,048 x 1,536 1,600 x 1,200 640 x 480
Internal Memory (25MB) 1 4 8 9 16 31 38 170
xD-Picture Card™ 256 MB 11 46 93 94 171 313 389 1,597
512 MB 22 93 186 189 343 626 779 3,194
1 GB 44 187 373 380 687 1,253 1,559 6,396
2 GB 88 376 743 761 1,360 2,460 3,046 12,794
SD memory card 512 MB 21 90 180 183 332 606 754 3,093
1 GB 42 181 362 368 666 1,214 1,511 6,196
2 GB 85 364 720 737 1,319 2,384 2,952 12,401
SDHC memory card 4 GB 171 729 1,442 1,477 2,640 4,772 5,909 24,819
8 GB 343 1,464 2,895 2,964 5,298 9,577 11,858 49,805

  • * The number of recorded pixels is 5440 x 4080 when an image is displayed on your computer using the bundled software.

Approx. Movie Recording time

Modes Movie
Quality VGA(30fps) QVGA(30fps)
Internal Memory (25MB) Asec. Asec.
xD-Picture Card™ 256 MB 3.7 sec. 7.4 min.
512 MB 7.4 min. 14.7 min.
1 GB 14.9 min. 29.5 min.
2 GB 29.9 min. 59.1 min.
SD memory card 512 MB 7.2 min. 14.3 min.
1 GB 14.5 min. 28.6 min.
2 GB 29.0 min. 57.3 min.
SDHC memory card 4 GB 58.1 min.* 114.8 min.*
8 GB 116.6 min.* 230.4 min.*

  • * Movie recording will stop automatically when the movie file size becomes approx. 2GB.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

Power is supplied by a single NP-140 7.2V 1150mAh Li-ion battery pack. It's charged in the AC charger. FujiFilm claims you can catprue up to 250 frames with either the LCD or EVF, using CIPA standard testing procedures.

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