Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Zoom Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The S1500 employs a powerful Fujinon f2.8-f5.0, 5.9-70.8mm 12x optical zoom lens, which is equivalent to 33-396mm lens on a 35mm camera. The aperture range is from F2.8 - F6.4 Wide, F5.0 - F8.0 Telephoto. Fuji includes a nice lens cap to help protect the lens.
The TTL contrast-type autofocus system features Single AF and Continuous AF focus modes with your choice of AF frame selection: Center, Multi, Area, or Tracking. The focusing range in wide angle is from 1.3 ft. (40cm) to infinity, in telephoto from 4.9 ft. (1.5m) to infinity. Macro mode covers from 2.0 in. (5cm) to 9.8 ft. (3m) in Wide and 2.6 ft. (80cm) to 9.8 ft. (3m) in Tele. Super Macro mode gets even closer at Approx 0.8 in. (2cm) to 3.3 ft. (1m).
The S1500 also features an AF-assist lamp to help the autofocus system in lower or marginal lighting conditions.
The manual pop-up flash has an effective range in wide angle of approx. 1.3 - 28.5 ft. (40cm - 8.7m) and 4.9 - 15.7 ft. at telephoto. Macro coverage is from 1.0 - 9.8 ft. (30cm - 3m) wide or 2.6 - 9.8 ft. (80cm - 3m), using ISO Auto. Flash modes available are: Auto, Red-eye reduction (On or Off), Forced flash, Suppressed flash, Slow Syncro and Red-eye reduction + Slow Synchro. Flash mode is selected with the right button of the 4-way controller.
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. Unfortunately there is not a dioptric adjustment. It displays all the same information and menus as the large color LCD display. The EVF/LCD button toggles between the two displays.
On the back is a 2.7-inch color TFT LCD monitor for image preview, review and accessing the camera's menus. The EVF/LCD button switched the live image between the two displays. The Play button enters review or playback mode. The 'F' (Photo Mode) button is for changing image size/quality, ISO speed and color mode. 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 and the Flash mode is controlled with the 'Right' button. Press 'Up' to increase the gamma (brightness) of the LCD or delete images in playback mode, 'Down' changes the Drive mode of the camera. 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 accepts 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. The Exposure compensation button can also be used to enable Program Shift as well as select the Aperture and Shutter speed values in A/S/M modes.
On top of the hand-grip is the Power slide switch, and shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it. They also act as the index and magnify options in playback mode. Next are the Face Detection and Dual IS mode buttons.
On the right side is the combination I/O port. It handles both the USB 2.0 (High-speed) connectivity for transfering images to you PC or direct printing as well as A/V output (NTSC or PAL) for displaying images on a TV set.
The S1500 features approx. 23MB of internal memory as is equipped with an Secure Digital (SD) slot. It's compatible with any SD/SDHC memory card from 512MB to 16GB. Unlike past models, the S1500 does not accept xD-Picture memory cards.
Approx. Storage Capacities
Power is supplied by four standard AA type batteries, alkaline or NiMH. We highly recommend the use of NiMH rechargeable batteries - they're reusable, more powerful and will save you money in the long run.
FujiFilm claims you can capture up to 300 frames with alkalines, 700 frames with one-use lithium cells, or 500 frames with NiMH type batteries; using CIPA Standard testing methods.
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