Fujifilm FinePix S100FS Zoom Review

Review posted 8/26/2008

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FinePix S100FS (Film Simulation) digital camera, its most advanced SLR-styled camera to date. The FinePix S100FS provides an all-in-one solution for photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers seeking the manual controls and functionality of a Digital-SLR, without the hassle and expense of additional lenses and other accessories.

The FinePix S100FS is equipped with a 14.3x Fujinon manual zoom lens, Fujifilm's 8th generation Super CCD sensor with 11 MegaPixels, RP III processor, 2.5" tiltable LCD and ISO capabilities of up to ISO 6400 at 6MegaPixel and an incredible ISO 10,000 at 3 MegaPixels. Photographers will appreciate the ease of use afforded by Dual Image Stabilization which combines optical image and picture stabilization, and Fujifilm's acclaimed Face Detection 2.0 Technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal, while enjoying a wide dynamic range of 100-400% typically exclusive to the highest-end D-SLR cameras, and film simulation modes that only Fujifilm can provide.

Through a unique collaboration among Fujifilm and Fujinon R&D engineers, the development team approached the design effort as a single project, creating the lens and CCD for express function as a single unit. This design allows the ultra-high precision Fujinon lens to achieve maximum resolution at all focal lengths of 28mm-400mm equivalent and aperture stop settings. Because of the composite body and lens structure, there is no penetration of dirt and dust onto the CCD of a bright F 2.8 (wide angle) or F5.3 (telephoto).

Fujifilm's engineers have incorporated some of the FinePix S5 Pro's features that have been most appreciated by professional photographers, including film simulation modes and settings that expand the camera's dynamic range. The FinePix S100FS has an extended dynamic range (100% , 200% , 400% ) that is similar to that of negative film, thanks to the newly developed 2/3" 11.1 megapixel SuperCCD VIII "HR" and the new RP Processor III. This camera prevents overexposure and underexposure, regardless of whether the subject is a landscape or a portrait, and Fujifilm's unique Film Simulation modes (FS) allow photographers to select the ideal "film" mode for the scene with a choice of four modes that optimize for portraiture, low-contrast (soft), vibrant colors (Velvia), or general use (Provia). Only Fujifilm has developed its camera technology from its photographic heritage in film which uniquely gives subtle changes in tone and color reproduction to provide the photographer the widest technical range for the best creative expression possible.

The FinePix S100FS also includes:

  • Dual Image Stabilization: The FinePix S100FS features Fujifilm's Dual Image Stabilization technology to ensure clean, sharp and blur-free images, even in low-light conditions. This combines image stabilization through a mechanically stabilized "floating" lens element to reduce blur from the photographer's hand-shake, with Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization Technology, to reduce blur caused by subject movement, for the ultimate in stabilization technology.
  • Multi-Bracketing Function: The S100FS has three bracketing functions useful for high level photography: Film Simulation Bracketing, Dynamic Range Bracketing and AE Bracketing.
  • High-Speed Shooting: Reliable high-speed performance is possible through Fujifilm's newly developed Super CCD VIII "HR" and the new image processor RP (Real Photo) III Processor. At 3-MegaPixels, a maximum of 50 continuous shots at 7 frames/second is possible. In addition, 14 scene settings and customer settings can be selected, as can four auto-focus modes offer convenient high-speed, high-precision shooting and focusing for a diverse range of conditions.
  • Image Formats: Capture images in both JPEG and RAW format.
  • xD/SD/SD-HC Compatible Slot: The FinePix S100FS features an "xD/SD Compatible Slot" which accepts not only Fujifilm's traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity/SD-HC cards too.
  • 2.5" Tiltable LCD: The FinePix s100FS features a tilting 2.5" LCD that makes it easy to frame shots from a variety of shooting positions.

Fujifilm's proprietary Face Detection 2.0, featuring Automatic Red Eye Removal, debuted on the award-winning FinePix F50fd. This one-touch selectable mode enables cameras such as the FinePix S100FS to detect up to 10 human faces in a scene, correcting focus, exposure and white balance automatically as fast as 0.05 seconds to ensure that photos of human faces are clear and properly exposed, no matter where subjects are located within the frame. Fujifilm's Face Detection 2.0 has an advantage over the other face detection systems currently on the market because it can identify faces at extreme angles - even in full profile. The system allows for up to a 90 ° movement in either direction for profiles and up to 135 ° for leaning or lying down in either direction, for a total range of 270 °.

The Automatic Red-Eye Removal feature works in conjunction with Fujifilm's Face Detection 2.0, automatically correcting red-eye directly after the shot is taken and then saving both the original image and the corrected file. The user can then perform a side-by-side picture comparison in playback mode and select the most pleasing image.

FinePix S100FS Zoom Features:

  • 11-Megapixel Super CCD VIII "HR" imager
  • RP (Real Photo) III Processor
  • 14.3x "Wide" optical super-zoom (28-400mm equiv.)
  • Dual Image Stabilization (Lens-shift type + High Sensitivity)
  • Single or Continuous AF and Manual focus
  • Focus assist illuminator for low-light
  • 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) w/200K pixels
  • 2.5" Tiltable LCD Color Monitor w/230K pixels
  • Standard JPEG or uncompresed RAW image formats
  • Movie Mode; 30fps @ 640x480 or 320x240 with audio
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Top-7/Last-7 (max 3 frames/sec), High speed Top-50 (max 7fps, 3M pixels) and Long-period (max.1.1 frames/sec)
  • CCD-RAW Top-3 burst mode
  • Auto, Program AE, Shutter speed or Aperture priority and Manual exposure modes
  • 15 Scene modes and 2 Custom settings
  • ISO speeds: Auto (Auto 1600/800/400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 10000 (ISO6400 @ 6M / ISO10000 @ 3M)
  • TTL 256-zone Metering: Multi, Spot, Average
  • Built-in manual popup multi-mode flash
  • 30 - 1/4000 sec Shutter Speeds depending on shooting mode (Bulb mode up to 30 sec.)
  • 25MB of internal flash memory
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards as well as SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Powered by included NP-140 Li-ion battery
  • USB 2.0 (High-speed) connectivity, PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print Compatible

The FujiFilm Finepix S100FS is available now with an MSRP of US$799.95, and ships with NP-140 Li-ion Battery Pack, AC charger BC 140, Lens Cap, Lens Cap Holder, Lens Hood, Shoulder Strap, USB cable, A/V cable, CD-ROM: FinePix Viewer, and Owner's Manual.

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FinePix S100FS Zoom Specifications

Number of effective pixels *1

11.1 million pixels

CCD sensor

2/3 - inch Super CCD HR

Storage media
  • Internal memory (approx. 25MB)
  • xD-Picture Card™ (16MB - 2GB)
  • SD memory card
  • SDHC memory card *2
File format
Still image

JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2) *3

Uncompresed CCD-RAW(RAF format, RAW conversion software included in CD-ROM)


AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound


WAVE format, Monaural sound

(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)

Number of recorded pixels

Still image: 3,840x2,880 / 4,032x2,688 (3:2 format) / 2,816x2,112 / 2,048x1,536 / 1,600x1,200 / 640x480 pixels


Fujinon 14.3x Optical zoom lens, F2.8 (W) - F5.3 (T)

Lens focal length

f=7.1mm - 101.5mm, Equivalent to 28 - 400mm on a 35mm camera


F2.8-F11 (W) / F5.3-F11 (T), max. 13 steps in 1/3 EV increment

Digital zoom

Approx. 2.0x

Focus distance
  • Wide Angle: Approx. 50cm / 1.6ft to infinity
  • Telephoto: Approx. 2.5m / 8.2ft to infinity
  • Wide Angle: Approx. 10cm / 0.3ft to 3.0m / 9.8ft
  • Telephoto: Approx. 0.9m / 3.0ft to 3.0m / 9.8ft
Super Macro
  • Approx. 1cm / 0.4in. to 1.0m / 3.3ft

AUTO / AUTO (1600) / AUTO (800) / AUTO (400) / Equivalent to 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 10000 (Standard Output Sensitivity)

* ISO6400: 6M pixels or lower, ISO10000: 3M pixels or lower (Number of recorded pixels)

Exposure control

TTL 256 - zones metering

Exposure modes

Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

Shooting modes
Mode dial

Auto, FSB, SP1, SP2, C1, C2, P, A, S, M, Movie


Nature, Nature-soft, Nature-Vivid, Flower


Portrait, Portrair - soft, Baby, Portrait Enhancer, Night, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Sport, Fireworks


Film simulation Bracketing

C1 / C2

Custom setting position

Image Stabilizer

Lens-shift type

Shutter speed

[AUTO mode] 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.

[All other mode] 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. Bulb mode (up to 30 sec.)

Continuous shooting
  • Top-7 (max 3 frames/sec.), (CCD-RAW: Top-3)
  • High speed Top-50, (max 7 frames/sec., 3M pixels)
  • Last-7 (max 3 frames/sec.), (CCD-RAW: Last-3)
  • Long-period (max.1.1 frames/sec.)
Bracketing mode

Film Simulation BKT (PROVIA, Velvia, SOFT)

Dynamic Range BKT (DR100%, 200%, 400%)

AE BKT (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)


Auto focus (Area,Multi,Center) / Continuous AF / Manual focus (One-push AF mode included)

AF assist illuminator available

White balance

Automatic scene recognition, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight)Fluorescent light (Warm White)Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom


Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay


Auto flash

Effective range: (ISO AUTO(800))
  • Wide Angle: approx. 0.6m - 7.2m / 2.6ft - 23.6ft
  • Telephoto: approx. 2.5m - 3.8m / 8.2ft - 12.5ft
  • Wide Angle: approx. 0.3m - 0.8m / 1.0ft - 2.6ft
  • Telephoto: approx. 0.9m - 1.3m / 3.0ft - 4.3ft
Flash mode
  • Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro
  • Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash
Electronic Viewfinder

0.2 - inch, approx.200,000 dots FLCD monitor (R/G/B colors are displayed in a single dot)

LCD monitor

2.5 - inch , approx.230,000 dots, Amorphous silicon TFT color LCD monitor(WV type), approx. 100% coverage

Movie recording
  • 640x480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
  • 320x240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.

With monaural sound

Photography functions

Film Simulation mode, Dynamic Range selection(AUTO / 400% / 200% / 100%), Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), High speed shooting, Best framing, Frame No.memory, Histograms

Playback functions

Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), Multi - frame playback including Microthumbnail mode, Trimming, Image rotate, Slide show, Sorting by date, Histograms (Highlight warning), Voice Memo, Automatic Vertical-Horizontal detection, High speed playback

Video output

NTSC / PAL selectable

Digital interface

USB 2.0 High-speed

Power supply

NP - 140 Li-ion battery (included) / AC power adapter AC - 84V (sold separately)


133.4(W)x93.6(H)x150.4(D) mm / 5.3(W)x3.7(H)x5.9(D) in. (excluding accessories and attachments)


Approx. 918g / 32.4oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)

  • *1 Number of effective pixels: The number of pixels on the image sensor which receive input light through the optical lens, and which are effectively reflected in the final output data of the still image.
  • *2 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
  • *3 Exif 2.2 is a newly revised digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)

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