Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Zoom Review

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Record Mode Screens & Menus


Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Here you can see the point-n-shoot AUTO record mode - The '10M F' represents image resolution of 10-megapixels Fine quality and the '151' represents the quantity of frames that can be recorded on the SD card at the current image size. In the center are the auto focus target marks, and you can see the flash is off.

Fujifilm FinePix S1500


SRAUTO or Scene Recognition Auto is much like the standard mode above, however in this mode, the camera automatically analyzes the subject and selects the appropriate scene mode according to the subject type and shooting conditions; Kind of like a 'smart' Auto mode. Again, this is a fully automatic mode with very few menu or exposure options available.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Rotating the Mode Dial give access to these exposure mode: SRAuto, Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, full Manual, Custom, Movie, Panorama, and SP (Scene Position).

Fujifilm FinePix S1500


To change the Scene mode when the mode dial is set to SP, press the menu button and use this menu with helpful descriptions.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Program AE is yet another user friendly exposure mode that gives you access to more advanced options like metering, white balance, AF mode, Program Shift etc. Exposure compensation and Program shift can be adjusted by depressing the '+/-' button on the back. You also have access to the full record mode menu which will be explained a little further down this page.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


When you half-press the shutter release the AF marks will show the intended area of focus as well as the shutter and aperture values. A 'lightning bolt' indicates the flash is charged and will fire (not shown). You can also see the Shutter speed and Aperture values that the camera has choosen.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Depressing the 'F' button calls up the F-Mode Menu. Options in all still image modes are ISO speed (Auto [400 or 800], 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400), the image size (10M Fine, 10M Normal, 9M 3:2 aspect, 5M, 3M, 2M, 0.3M), each indicating remaining the number of images that can be stored. Lastly there's Color mode (B&W, Chrome [Vivid] or Standard), which allows you to be a bit more creative with your photos.


Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Shutter-speed priority mode allows you to select the desired shutter speed value, while the camera selects the correct aperture. Select a fast shutter speed to freeze fast-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to capture flowing water or low-light subjects. If the selected shutter speed is too fast for the available light, the aperture setting will be highlighted in red. Shutter speed can be set in the range of 8 seconds to 1/2000 second.


Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Aperture priority is just the opposite, allowing you to select the desired aperture and the camera automatically sets the correct shutter speed. A small aperture (larger f/number) increases the depth of field (range of focus), where a large aperture (smaller f/number) decreases depth of field. Aperture can be set in the range of f/2.8 to f/8 (depending on zoom position).


Fujifilm FinePix S1500


This is Manual record mode, the user manually sets both shutter speed and aperture. Shutter speed and aperture values are set by pressing the '+/-' button then using the 'up', 'down', 'left', and 'right' buttons of the 4-way controller. You can meter the exposure by watching the display in the lower right corner and adjust the shutter speed or aperture to center the indicator.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Pressing the DISP/Back button on the back toggles the live image between text displayed, no text displayed, grid lines, or post shot assist, which displays the last three shots and allows you to compare the results of changing composition or exposure settings.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


P/A/M/S menu options:

    SELF-TIMER - Off, 2 or 10 seconds
    PHOTOMETRY -Metering: Multi, Average, Spot
    WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Custom, Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm white), Fluorescent (Cool white), Incandescent
    HIGH-SPEED SHOOTING - On/Off
    FOCUSING - Continuous AF or Single AF (default)
    AF MODE - Center, Multi, Area, or Tracking
    SHARPNESS - Soft, Standard, Hard
    FLASH - Adjust flash output intensity in 5 steps of 1/3EV, a range of �2/3EV
    BRACKETING - Set the step value for bracketing: �1/3EV, �2/3EV or �1.0EV
    CUSTOM SET - Apply current settings to the Custom mode dial position
    SET-UP - Enter the set-up menu




Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Setup menu options in Record mode:

    IMAGE DISP. - Off, Zoom (Continuous) 1.5 sec., 3 sec. or Continuous
    FRAME NO.
    - Continuous or renew (file numbering)
    DUAL IS MODE
    - Continuous or Shooting Only
    AF ILLUMINATOR
    - Turn the AF-assist lamp On or Off
    DIGITAL ZOOM
    - On/Off
    EVF/LCD
    - Set screen refresh rate, 30 or 60fps




Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Change the Drive mode by pressing 'down' on the 4-way controller, and use the display shown above. Options include: Top-3/Last-3 (max 1.4 frames/sec), Ultra High speed Top-15 (max 7.5fps, 2M pixels), High-speed Top-6 (max 3.3fps, 5M pixels) and Long-period (max.1.4 frames/sec) to a depth limited only by the amount of remaining available memory.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


The Macro focus mode allows close-up focusing from 2.0 in. (5cm) to 9.8 ft. (3m) in Wide and 2.6 ft. (80cm) to 9.8 ft. (3m) in Tele.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


The Super Macro focus mode can only be used with the lens at its wide angle position, and allows close-up focusing from Approx. 0.8 in. (2cm) to 3.3 ft. (1m).



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


Here you can see the new Panorama mode. It allows you to easily capture a panoramic image by capturing three 3-megapixel images that are then stitched together in the camera and saved as a single image.



Fujifilm FinePix S1500


The Movie mode captures 640x480 or 320x240 pixel motion video with audio at 30 frames per second (fixed.) The maximum length per clip is limited only by available memory (max. 2BG clip size). Because audio is recorded, you do not have full use of the zoom lens while recording. You can however, preset the desired focal length before recording starts.


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