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Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

4.5 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews
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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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DPReview Tested
November 2015
The FinePix S1 is the only weather-sealed long zoom camera on the market, and it indeed feels better than most superzooms. Two other features rarely seen include a hot shoe and Raw support. The camera performs well in most respects, most notably when focusing, and the lens is better-than-average. We did find that straight out of the camera image quality wasn't great, though it can be improved upon by using Raw.

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Dan Bracaglia Dan Bracaglia DPReview
The Fujifilm S1 is a very well-built camera, with a versatile zoom range and good ergonomic design. It may not have the best image quality in its class, but it the only superzoom on the market with full weather-sealing.
Jeff Keller Jeff Keller DPReview
The FinePix S1 gives photographers the ability to shoot in conditions that you wouldn't want to do with other superzooms. Having Raw support is a nice touch, as the camera's JPEGs are unimpressive compared to the some of its peers. Despite its long lens, rotating LCD, and side-mounted zoom controller, the S1 does not let you adjust any video settings, which is disappointing.

Reasons to buy

  • Weatherproof body: Whether it's a little drizzly outside or you're at the beach, the camera's weather-sealing allows you to keep on shooting.
  • Support for Raw: For those who want to squeeze the most out of the S1, there's support for Raw shooting, a feature rarely found on consumer-level superzooms.
  • Hot shoe: You won't often find a hot shoe on a superzoom, but the one on the S1 gives you the option to attach a more powerful flash with bounce capabilities.

Things to consider

  • Unimpressive JPEG image quality: Straight out of the camera JPEGs can lack fine detail due to heavy noise reduction.
  • Point-and-shoot video: Recording video is totally point-and-shoot, not even offering the ability to adjust exposure.
  • Small EVF: The EVF on the S1 is quite small but it has very good resolution. Some may be bothered by 'rainbow effects' that can be visible when the camera is panned, though.
Notable features
Weather-sealed body
Weather-sealed body
The FinePix S1 is sealed in approximately 70 areas to keep dust and moisture out.
52X optical zoom lens
52X optical zoom lens
The S1 has a 50X optical zoom lens with an equivalent focal range of 24-1200mm. The lens also has the ability to focus just 1cm away from a subject at its wide end.
Fully articulating 3" LCD
Fully articulating 3" LCD
The S1's LCD has 920k dots and can flip to the side and rotate a total of 270 degrees - handy for video recording and overhead shooting.
Electronic viewfinder
Electronic viewfinder
The FinePix S1 has a small 0.2" EVF with a resolution of 920k dots. The technology used by the EVF may create a 'rainbow effect' that some may find bothersome when panning the camera.
Hot Shoe
Hot Shoe
The FinePix S1 is one of very few superzooms that offers a hot shoe, offering both power and flexibility when shooting flash photos.
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Value
71%
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Product Description

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 FinePix S1
  • 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 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

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.

Wireless communication to your smartphone or PC

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.

Wireless communication to your smartphone or 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.


Product Information

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Product Dimensions 5.2 x 4.3 x 3.6 inches
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.8 pounds
ASIN B00HGE3C5I
Item model number 16408967
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.5 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,425 in Camera & Photo
#131 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 6, 2014

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By William A. Nolan VINE VOICE on March 24, 2014
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Let me begin by saying that I have been a professional photographer for about 45 years, and I teach digital photography/Photoshop at the college level. I have several cameras, ranging from very compact point and shoot models to larger DSLR cameras. This Fuji camera is what I call a bridge model, or sometimes a prosumer camera. It is more compact than a DSLR, and does not have a removable lens, but it has the features and controls you would expect to find on the larger (and more expensive) cameras.
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.
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April 21/14 addition:

1. The default color setting is FinepixCOLOR: Std (for standard). If you think a little more saturation will help your photos, open the menu, scroll down to FinepixCOLOR, click on it, then choose "Chrome" from the list. This will increase the saturation, but not to an excessive degree. It is good to have this option since tastes differ.

2. If you expect to be using this camera in wet weather, take a look at the Lowepro Nova 140AW camera bag. It is a good size for this camera, even with a lens hood on, but more important, it is well protected from the rain. Lowepro is known for making good camera cases, and generally they come with a rain cover, but what sets this camera apart is that you can open the case when the cover is on. The small pockets on front of the flap and on the sides of the case are covered, the the main compartment, where the camera is kept, can be opened and closed with ease.

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The Finepix S1 is not my first camera. I am an advanced intermediate and have owned a number of them. In addition to the S1, my present cameras are a Canon 60d dslr, a Canon SX280, my travel and walk around camera, a Canon camcorder, and now the S1.

I know that regardless of what else a camera does the most important is taking good photos. The S1 meets that test, so far I am very satisfied with the clarity and quality of the photos. The S1 is a keeper.

For the past couple of days I have been "playing" with the S1, experimenting with many of its offerings. I would like to share some of my findings and impression in this review.

Zoom: All I can say is wow! I can think of many times in the past when I would have loved to have this camera in my hands.
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I purchased this camera as a secondary video camera... why would I buy a still camera as a video camera, you may ask? Because the resolution on this camera 1920x1080 @ 60p is unbeatable for even twice the price (the description on the Amazon page says it's 60i, but the specs on the Fujifilm site says it's 60p and my tests indicate that it is in fact progressive - p, not interlaced - i.) Seriously, it's really hard to find an affordable video camera that shoots 1080/60p. You can find 1080/30p or even 1080/60i (which is completely different and can leave your digital videos with "rake-marks" across them if you don't process it just right.) In this price range it's pretty common to still see 1280x720/60p which is almost 30% smaller than 1080. The quality of the video on this is absolutely beautiful with even, natural saturation and contrast (lower price camcorders tend to bump up the saturation and contrast to make the colors "pop" more, which tends to give the video an artificial, amateurish look - this camera doesn't do that) and sharp details. I'll add some video to this review, but Amazon tends to process the crap out of the videos that we attach to reviews so it will not accurately express the output of this camera... try searching "Fujifilm FinePix S1 sample video footage" on Youtube and you may be able to find my footage there... youtube compresses also but not to the extreme that Amazon does.

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.
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