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Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
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- The world's first weather resistant 50x zoom camera (24x1200mm)
- 16.2MP 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor
- Full HD movie capture (1920 x 1080, 60i)
- 3.0-inch, approx. 920K-dot, Vari-angle LCD monitor with 920k EVF
- Wi-Fi connectivity
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||350 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.4 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3), RAW (RAF)|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||25|
|Flash Memory Type||SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Type||via hotshoe|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast detect|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-like (bridge)|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.58 x 4.33 x 5.24 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.65 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.6 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.756 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||1,200 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Storage Capacity||37 MB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||via smartphone|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||3.8 pounds|
|Style Name||Camera Only|
|Supported Battery Types||NP-85 lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Video Capture Format||H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Viewfinder Description||920000 dots|
|Weather Resistance||Dust and weather-resistent|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||4.33 x 5.24 x 3.58 in||4.57 x 4.84 x 3.43 in||4.57 x 4.84 x 3.43 in||5.87 x 5.31 x 4.21 in||5.13 x 4.69 x 3.71 in||4.49 x 5.04 x 3.66 in|
|Item Weight||1.5 lbs||1.48 lbs||1.48 lbs||2.03 lbs||1.36 lbs||1.43 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 megapixels||16.2 megapixels||16.2 megapixels||12 megapixels||18.9 megapixels||16.1 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (6oi), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (60i), 1280 x 960 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||4k||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
The FinePix S1 is the world’s first "weather resistant" super zoom camera and provides protection against rain and dust. Brimming with new technologies to improve picture taking and advance creativity, the S1 offers everything you could want from a bridge camera .The S1 features a 16MP CMOS sensor, and a bright 50x super zoom 24mmF2.8-1200mmF5.6 lens with ultra-fast zoom speed and 2x Intelligent Digital Zoom up to 100x. The high resolution and contrast Vari-Angle 3" LCD (920K dot) makes it easy to frame shots from any angle, and the 0.2" EVF (920K dot) is great for difficult shooting conditions. One-touch Wi-Fi connectivity lets you easily share images to your smartphone or tablet - pictures that these devices cannot capture - and remote shooting via smartphone or tablet using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app for unique capture opportunities, all wrapped in a robust dust and water-resistant body.
From the Manufacturer
- The world's first weather resistant (water resistant and dust resistant) structure in its class
- FUJINON 50x Optical Zoom (24mm - 1200mm) & Super Macro
- New Full HD Movie (1080p / 60 fps) with 5-Axis Image Stabilization
- Electronic Viewfinder
- Original "one touch" wireless transfer & Remote control
- New Advanced Filter applicable to movies and photos
The world's first weather resistant (water resistant and dust resistant) structure in its class
The lens-body integrated design and sealing on approx. 70 areas are designed to allow field photography without typical worries about the weather, season or general shooting environment.
FUJINON 50x Optical Zoom (24mm - 1200mm) & Super Macro
Vast zoom range from 24mm wide-angle to 1200mm super-telephoto offers the advanced features and flexibility of a DSLR without the weight and hassle of interchangeable lenses. 3.0-stop image stabilization to reduce blurring and produce excellent results from wide angle to telephoto.
Original "one touch" wireless communication to your smartphone or PC lets you share high image quality on the spot.
You can easily transfer images wirelessly from the FinePix S1 to your smartphone or tablet after installing the free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app. There are no troublesome ID and password settings; just press the Wi-Fi button of the back of the camera and then add the images instantly to your blog or share them with friends on your social networking site. You can also use the FinePix S1's built-in Wi-Fi to save your photos to your PC.
Original "one touch" wireless communication to your smartphone or PC lets you share high image quality on the spot.
Remote photography from smartphones is possible by using the wireless communication function. The shutter as well as zoom can be remotely operated.
In addition to occasions when taking photos of wild animals, photos can be taken from a remote location to avoid environments such as rainy days and days with strong winds that blow up dust.
It is a beneficial function that fulfills the water resistant and dust resistant function to the fullest.
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I will discuss features first, and then the performance. From my point of view, it has the aperture priority, shutter priority, and program modes which comprise most of my shooting. An interesting addition is the SRAUTO mode (scene recognition). Here the camera examines the field and picks an appropriate scene mode. It even adjusts for a moving subject. The camera also has the standard AUTO setting, which I typically avoid. (The textbook for my photography classes is titled Beyond Auto Mode.)
If you choose ADV (advanced) on the mode dial, you can then choose from several interesting modes, including HDR, low light, filters, and something called zoom bracketing, where the camera will take three exposures at three different zoom levels. The mode dial also has an SP (scene position) setting, which selects one of the built in scene modes. You pick which one and assign it to this position. The PANORAMA setting on the dial lets you move the camera in a complete circle and then stitches the result into a panorama, which must be at least 120 degrees of the circle, or 1/3 of the way around. There are also Manual and Custom settings on the dial.
The other controls on the top of the camera are the on/off, +/- exposure, and a button to select high speed shooting modes. The camera is able to shoot 10 frames a second. I do a lot of nature photography, and the multiple frames per second is really a help when capturing fast moving subjects. On the back are controls for flash, macro, timer, an assignable function, menu, viewing of photos, and wifi, to talk to their camera app, which I haven’t done.
The camera is 16 MP, and with a 16Gig card it will store about 2,000 photos before the card is full. The battery charges internally only with the supplied charger, so you can’t charge one battery while using another. The charger is interchangeable with my Kindle and Galaxy S3 chargers, though, and has an interchangeable plug. I assume adapters are available to use overseas.
So far I have been impressed with the photo quality. It has a superzoom lens which goes from a 35mm equivalent of 24mm to 1200mm, or wide angle to 24 power. It will focus at 1 cm for macro work. The image stabilization gives 3 stops improvement, so hand holding it at max zoom was no problem, and I got no blur from camera shake. Keep in mind that I’m a pro, and your results may vary.
Both the screen and eye level viewfinder are about 1 megapixel in resolution, which is good, and both are clear. There is plenty of info available to display on screen, including a histogram, which I use. The photos were clear at all zoom settings, and the macros were sharp as well. At wide angle, there is some barrel distortion, which is pretty much true of all wide angle lenses, and is easily corrected in Photoshop. The HDR and low light modes worked well. Generally speaking, I was impressed with the image quality.
The body is plastic, but seems solid, and is sealed well enough that they list the camera as weather resistant against dust and moisture. The fit and finish seems good.
Overall, I really like this camera. It won’t replace my DSLR for weddings, but as a “walk around” camera it is about perfect. I think this will be my choice when I am out doing the tourist thing at the zoo or beach (it has a beach mode). Good feel. Good feature set. Easy to carry. Sometimes I don’t want to be a pro, with two bodies and four lenses. This will be the one I grab on those days.
Along with the 1080/60p, this camera has a massive optical zoom which is an excellent bonus. I would have loved it if this camera had an audio jack for an external mic, but I can live with that since I record most of my audio onto an external Tascam DAR. The internal mics record in stereo and are decent quality - nothing to rave about, but a little better than you'd expect for built in mics at this level. The only thing I don't love about this camera is that when you are recording video you can't use the manual focus. Regardless of what you have it set on, the auto focus kicks in when you hit the record button. This can be an occasional problem: once in low light it had a hard time focusing, but I zoomed all the way it (so the face of the person I was shooting completely filled the viewfinder) this forced it to focus on the detail of the face so when I zoomed back out to the proper framing the face was still in focus. I did have it shift the focus for a few seconds almost randomly while I was shooting close up in daylight one time, but that hasn't happened since. I show an example of this camera's ability to do an auto-rack focus, which impressed me quite a bit (though I haven't used it extensively yet so I don't know it's limitations.)
The only other limitation when shooting video on this camera - and this might be a deal-breaker for you - it has a 15 minute cut off on the video (24 minutes if you're shooting 720/60p). So you can't just set it up and let it run (as I would normally do with a secondary camera) you have to make sure you check it at least every 13 or 14 minutes and end the shot and then hit the record button again. I've had cameras with 15 minute file-size limits before and on those the camera would just keep shooting regardless of how long but instead of saving the entire shot as one file they would save the shot in 15 minute increments, so if you shot for an hour you'd end up with four sequential files instead of one. This camera doesn't do that - it just turns off the recording at the end of 15 minutes. Period. I'm pretty diligent about constantly checking my equipment to make sure it's operating properly, so it's not that big of a deal for me, but if you tend to just turn on your equipment and let it roll it might end up being a problem for you.
A couple of nice features that might be important to you - it has wifi capabilities so you can use your ipad or phone as a remote control and monitor. That's a big bonus that helps with the 15-minute-video problem - I can set the camera up in a secondary location and manage it from an ipad mini attached to the tripod of my primary camera. The other feature, if you use your camera for blogging or tutorial videos - you can flip the 3" monitor on the camera completely out and flip it around so it faces you allowing you to check your framing. You can also flip the image on the monitor so what you see is like a mirror rather than the opposite which can be annoying.
The bottom line for me is that I couldn't find this combination of features that were important to me (1080/60p and a big optical zoom) on any kind of camera (either video camcorder or primarily still camera) for anywhere near this price, so I'll deal with the 15 minute cut off and the lack of an audio jack to get the high resolution video.
PS - Writing reviews has become an accidental hobby for me, and it always makes my day to know that people find my reviews helpful (and if not, why.) Also, if you have any questions, clarifications, or comments please feel free to leave a comment below. I usually respond pretty quickly and almost always within 24 hours. This item was provided for review consideration.
We got this camera on cyber Monday for a fantastic price.
- water and sandproof
- incredible zoom
- really great pictures at daytime / when the sun is out
- great movies
- weaknesses at nighttime and after sunset
- the button where to start recording a movie is in a non-intuitive position. I am using the camera for several months now but I still don't find the button intuitively.