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Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Digital Camera Review

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The S1000fd offers a specification that allows control over your picture taking in an easy format that previous owners of compacts can get used to.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Specification

  • Optical zoom: 12x
  • Resolution: 10Mp
  • Sensor type: CCD HR VIII
  • Sensor size: 1/ 2.3
  • Focal length:33-396mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8-6.4
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic LCD
  • Movie mode: 640× 480 30fps
  • Screen size: 2.7in
  • Card format: Internal memory (approx. 25MB)/xD Picture card/SD & SDHC
  • Battery: 4x AA Batteries
  • Weight: 325g
  • Size: 102.2x73x67.8mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 2cm
  • Exposure modes: program/aperture priority/shutter priority/manual
  • Screen resolution: 230,000 pixels
  • File formats: JPEG
  • Connectivity: USB2.0
  • Flash type: Built in
  • Shutter speed: 8-1/2000
  • Image stabilisation: Anti-blur
  • Sensitivity: ISO64-ISO3200
  • Face detection: Yes

At £169, the Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd is well placed in the market offering 10Mp, 12x optical zoom and hardware based face detection technology. £23 more will get you the Sony h20 with 8Mp, 10x optical zoom and face detection. No other cameras in the same price area compare in specification, but the Nikon Coolpix P60 is the same price and has the same resolution. The zoom is a maximum of 5x optical so doesn't match up in that department.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Modes and featuresThe S1000fd is smaller than the S5800 and has a larger zoom on it. Not that you'd tell by looking at it as the barrel doesn't stick out any further than an 8 or 10x lens. The small pop up flash squats over the top of the barrel and electronic viewfinder (EVF).

The mode dial is huge and looks quite out of place on an otherwise small unit. The power switch is a slide along affair sat just behind the face detection and continuous shooting buttons. The shutter release is perched on the edge of the sharp grip with the zoom ring wrapped around it for easy use with the index finger.

On the back, the thumb pad is surrounded by three buttons so you can use them without moving too much. The EVF/LCD button switches between using the EVF and the monitor on the back. Unfortunately, when a picture has been taken using the EVF, the brief review of the image is also shown in the EVF and not on the rear screen.

The green arrow is for playback of images you've taken while the 'f' button is to access the 'finepix' options. In here you can change the ISO, resolution and film simulation type. The film simulation has three options of normal, chrome and black & white. The chrome mode is designed to make the shot look like it was taken on Fuji slide film by giving it a slightly cooler tone.

The navigation pad surrounds the menu access and confirm action button and also doubles up to access flash functions, self timer, macro and LCD brightness.

Underneath that is the display button which rotates through different settings of what information you have on the screen including a rule of thirds grid and previous shot reminder. This last option closes the monitor down to about 1/3 of the screen and shows thumbnail images of the last three photographs you have taken.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Build and handlingThe camera feels solid enough although when pushing the side of the grip with my thumb towards the lens a faint clicking can be heard. The battery cover moves with manipulation and the pressure of the four AA batteries makes it feel like it could pop open at any time. However, the door does have a lock on it to stop that happening.

Ergonomics are nice with the grip contouring to the hand quite well. The buttons and switches on top of the camera can be accessed by the index finger while the buttons on the back are in close proximity to the thumb. The mode dial also hangs over the edge of the camera slightly so it can be turned with your thumb. However, it's still easier to use your fingers too.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Flash optionsThe only flash option is the pop up as the camera has no hotshoe built-in. Pushing the flash down turns it off and a small button on the side pops it back up. The flash will default to auto but also has a slow sync and forced on option.

Red-eye is performed in camera and is a removal tool meaning that it will remove it completely rather than just reducing it.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: PerformanceStart up time is just under two seconds which won't be winning any awards but seems sprightly enough. Most of the two second time is spent pulling the spring loaded power switch and waiting for the camera to register that you want to take a picture.

Shutter lag was pretty bleak with a constant range of 0.20 to 0.35 seconds. Compared with other cameras that have a response of 0.08 seconds, the Fuji number is more than three times higher.

The colour test chart image.

Colour rendition is good on the colour test chart with all primaries boosted but more so on blue and green. This is consistent with JPEG format as the processor is programmed to work for landscapes.

The skin tone looks a little pale but the mono tones are balanced well. I also like the result from the earthy tones as they look quite natural.

The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd has two focusing modes with the closest getting in to 1cm away which is a brilliant result. Unfortunately, in the super macro mode, zoom is lost. Normal macro has zoom but loses the close focusing managing an already respectable 5cm.

Skin tones look lifelike on the portrait shot. The strong sunlight has caused large, heavy shadows on the face which is unfortunate and a simple burst of fill-in flash will obviate this issue.

The macro image. The portrait image.
The wide angle image. The telephoto image.

The 12x optical zoom has a field of view of 33-396mm in 35mm terms. This allows you to get in nice and close to subjects such as wildlife without disturbing them. The 33mm wide angle sits around the mid-range. Average starting focal lengths are at about 35-38mm while the widest focal lengths are 25-28mm.

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: Noise test The image is very smooth and detail is excellent at low ISO levels and the HR CCD has to be a contributing factor. With this in mind, it's a shame that noise starts to appear on the image at ISO400 with it accelerating badly at the next level. This includes ugly specks on the grey card and purple blotches around the edges of the petals.

ISO1600 has enough noise for it to be seen at standard instead of full size. The detail of the petal is starting to disappear too. ISO3200 has had its resolution knocked down in an attempt to regulate noise. It works to a degree giving the image about the same result as the ISO1600 shot.

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: VerdictFor those of you after a small digital camera with a long zoom and creative features, then this is a camera for you to consider. It's lightweight, stupidly easy to use and has a few nifty little features that other companies don't offer.

As a smaller version of the S8100fd, the S1000fd isn't as well made but it is around £100 less. For £160, you can't really go wrong for the features you get. Performance wise it's a little lacking but shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're not in a hurry.

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: Plus pointsSmall and compactUser friendlyGood low level noise resultsGood macroNice colour results

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: Minus points Poor start up timeSlow shutter lagBuild quality isn't good

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The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd costs around £169 and is available in the ePHOTOzine shop here.

 

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Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Digital Photography Review

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Launched as the world's smallest 12x zoom camera, the FinePix S1000fd is one of a long line of very compact SLR-styled big zoom cameras designed to appeal to those wanting a lot of lens on a tight budget. The lack of optical image stabilization limits the usefulness of the longer end of the zoom in anything but bright daylight, but for the money you're getting a lot of features - including full photographic controls and a 2cm macro mode - in a lightweight package.

Body type Compact
Max resolution 3648 x 2736
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, Auto (800), Auto (400), 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (3200 at 3MP)
Focal length (equiv.) 33–396 mm
Max aperture F2.8–5
Screen size 2.7″
Screen dots 230,000
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Storage types xD Picturecard/SD/SDHC/MMC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 325 g (0.72 lb / 11.46 oz)
Dimensions 103 x 73 x 68 mm (4.04 x 2.87 x 2.67″)

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Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd compact camera

Press Release:

Fujifilm UK today announced the introduction of the FinePix S1000fd, a compact and lightweight digital camera with an impressive 12x optical zoom lens.

Perfect for advanced amateur photographers the 10Mp FinePix S1000fd features a versatile Fujinon 12x optical zoom (33mm-396mm equivalent), Face Detection Technology with automatic red-eye removal, ISO levels of up to ISO1600 at full resolution and ISO3200 at 3Mp resolution, and a brand new Panoramic Shooting Mode.

Panorama Shooting ModeFor capturing sweeping scenery or large groups of people, the new Panorama Shooting Mode makes it easy to create impressive panoramic photos. Panorama Shooting Mode captures and combines a maximum of three consecutive shots at 3Mp resolution, which are saved to the memory card as a panoramic picture.

Face Detection TechnologyFujifilm's Face Detection technology was originally developed for the company's photofinishing division, where it was used for reproducing the fine detail in people's faces in print. It works in the camera by triangulating eyes and mouth, using an algorithm to optimise focus, white balance and exposure for up to six faces in a single frame. Movement tracking keeps the camera 'locked on' to its subjects until they move out of the picture. The technology works irrespective of the subject's position in the frame, and is not confused by glasses.

Say goodbye to red-eye – for goodRed-eye is the single biggest reason why the best portraits are ruined. The FinePix S1000fd uses Face Detection technology to find and instantly correct any red-eye from every face in the frame as the shot is taken.

The system on the FinePix S1000fd will only correct redness in the pupil of the eye, not elsewhere in the picture, because the camera uses eye detection within face detection to find the pupil. While other cameras can sometimes convert lips or red jewellery to brown or blue, the FinePix S1000fd never gets it wrong.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd at a glance:

Picture Stabilisation ModePicture Stabilisation uses the increased sensitivity of the FinePix S1000fd and high-speed shutter settings to reduce blur caused by hand-shake or subject movement. It allows the camera to automatically choose the correct light sensitivity and optimal shutter speed to produce clear, blur-free images.

Full manual photographic controlPhoto enthusiasts and advanced photographers have total control with manual adjustment options for various camera settings including resolution, ISO, aperture, shutter speed and more.

High speed shootingCapture the action with the High Speed Shooting mode: 7.5f/p/s at 2Mp for 15 shots; 3.3f/p/s at 5Mp for six shots; and 1.4f/p/s at 10Mp for three shots.

Movie ModeVGA quality at 30f/p/s with sound.

14 Pre-programmed scene modeThe FinePix S1000fd features 14 pre-programmed scene modes that offer a one-touch setting for almost any situation, including: Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower and Text.

xD/SD/SD-HC compatible slotThe FinePix S1000fd 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.

Operates on 4xAA batteriesThe ultimate in convenience and accessibility, using AA batteries means in a pinch, more batteries are just moments away.

Real Photo TechnologyDriving the FinePix S1000fd is Fujifilm's unique Real Photo Technology (RPT). The guiding principles behind RPT are simple; to set the highest possible standards for overall image quality, to expand digital photography opportunities and to give users fewer wasted shots.

RPT is an umbrella term for the combination of cutting edge technologies such as Face Detection, Real Photo Processor and Fujinon lens, all optimised to work together to produce the most natural, beautiful results in any conditions. As one of the largest imaging companies worldwide Fujifilm is in a position to develop and to manufacture these components themselves, and it is this control over the design of the entire system that makes RPT so powerful.

Real Photo Technology cameras are designed from the ground up to capture 'real' photographs with stunning quality - giving users the power to capture the moment exactly as the eye sees it, no matter how challenging the shooting conditions.

With the human eye as the ideal, RPT continues to evolve and to set even higher standards for digital photography.

“With the introduction of the FinePix S1000fd we are offering enthusiast photographers a uniquely affordable digital camera with an impressive range of features,” said Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Digital Products. "The new 12x zoom lens and new features such as the Panoramic Shooting Mode show Fujifilm’s commitment to offering sophisticated, highly competitive cameras at all price points.”

The FinePix S1000fd will be available from UK retailers in March 2008. Pricing and will be announced nearer to the date of the launch.

For more information please visit the Fuji website .

 

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Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Review - DigitalCameraReview

We’ve recently posted a Users Speak Out piece concerning the S1000fd. For the latest opinions from FinePix owners, click here. – Ed.

The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd is a utilitarian looking, budget-priced, ultrazoom digital camera that looks and handles like a miniature DSLR.

The long-zoom digicam class has ballooned from just a couple of models less than ten years ago to the absolutely bloated list of entries currently available, and that means each new extended-zoom model is obliged to provide something to make it appear to be unique in order to garner any notice. To this end, Fuji claims the S1000fd (which replaces the S700) is the world’s smallest 10 megapixel digital camera with a 12x optical zoom.

FEATURES OVERVIEW

The S1000fd’s main claim to fame is its 12x (33-396mm equivalent) Fujinon optical zoom, but strangely Fuji provides no optical or mechanical image stabilization – users looking for IS will have to buy Fuji’s larger and more expensive S8100fd. The S1000fd offers users Fuji’s version of Face Detection AF (with automatic red-eye removal), which works by triangulating the eyes and mouths of the subjects in the image frame and then optimizing all exposure parameters (AF, white balance, sensitivity, etc.) for up to six faces.

In addition, the S1000fd features a 1/2.3″ CCD imager, a 2.7-inch TFT LCD screen, an electronic viewfinder, 30 fps VGA movie mode, sensitivity that goes as high as ISO 1600 at full resolution, high-speed shooting, a combined xD/SD/SDHC memory card slot, and a panoramic shooting mode.

The S1000fd’s basic shooting modes are as follows:

  • Auto: Camera selects all exposure values
  • Program: Auto exposure mode with user control for flash settings, metering mode, etc.
  • Shutter Priority: User selects shutter speed, and camera calculates aperture for correct exposure
  • Aperture Priority: User selects aperture, and camera calculates shutter speed for correct exposure
  • Manual: User selects both aperture and shutter speed
  • Scene: A total of 15 scene presets are available
  • Movie: The S1000fd shoots video at up to 640×480, 30fps

Fifteen scene modes (including the flash supressing Natural Light mode and an image-stitching Panorama mode housed among the primary shooting modes) cover all shooting situation basics; the S1000fd’s ISO-boosting digital image stabilization system is accessed as a scene preset as well.

For a detailed listing of specifications and features, please refer to the specifications table found at the bottom of the review.

FORM, FIT, AND FEEL

Fuji’s product development folks didn’t deviate much from the industry standard. The S1000fd is an attractive, but very conventional looking camera. It’s relatively compact, light-weight, and handles like a scaled down DSLR.

Styling and Build Quality

The S1000fd is stylish in a utilitarian sort of way. The camera is built durably enough to go just about anywhere, excluding extreme climates and combat zones. Weight (without the requisite AA batteries) is 11.5 oz, with the camera measuring a mere 4.1 by 2.9 by 2.7 inches.

In spite of its size, the S1000fd has all the features consumers have come to expect from extended-zoom digicams – with the exception of image stabilization. While it looks small, in hand the S1000fd is only slightly smaller than its contemporaries – not enough to make any serious difference. It is certainly not pocketable and it is only maginally lighter than most of its competition.

Ergonomics and Interface

This camera is almost awash in buttons, knobs, and switches, and while it may seem a bit cluttered, the arrangement mostly works pretty well. There’s a large traditional looking knurled mode dial on the top deck, the sliding on/off switch, a dedicated face detection mode button, a continuous shooting button, the compass switch (five-way controller), jog dial, an EVF/LCD button, a playback button, “F” (function) button, and more.

With most digicams, you push the OK button on the compass switch to confirm menu choices and select camera functions, but not with the S10000fd: somewhat confusingly, you must remember to halfway press the shutter button to confirm/select.

The S1000fd’s control layout is generally logical and all controls are easily accessed. Usability of the physical interface lands somewhere around average.

The S1000fd’s menu system is also fairly standard, but navigation is unnecessarily complex and often frustrating. To this end, new users won’t get much help from the manual either: the full user’s manual (163 pages) has a table of contents that runs to three pages, but no index. While every camera operation and function is covered in sometimes excruciating detail, the print is tiny and hard to read. In fact the instruction manual is so poorly conceived and presented that many of the camera’s more interesting features/functions will likely never be accessed by neophyte shooters. User’s manuals like this are why lots of new camera owners figure out how everything works via a process of trial and error – without ever opening the instruction manual.

Display/Viewfinder

The S1000fd features a fairly standard 0.2-inch, 200,000 pixel FLCD electronic viewfinder – a smaller version of the camera’s LCD screen. The S1000fd’s EVF is relatively bright, fairly sharp, hue-accurate, and reasonably fluid.

The S1000fd’s 2.7-inch TFT LCD screen is useable in outdoor lighting, but I found the EVF easier to use. The LCD screen is slightly recessed, which helps in avoiding scratches and smudges. The angle of view is very narrow, so composition and framing must be done straight on; viewing the screen at even a slight angle causes the image to fade. LCD images are bright, relatively sharp, color-correct, and reasonably fluid. The display gains up in dim lighting, though users can also manually boost LCD brightness as well. The screen shows approximately 97 percent of the image frame and provides more information than the camera’s target audience is likely to need.

PERFORMANCE

Built and billed as cameras for enthusiast shooters and those transitioning up from basic point-and-shoots, speed and overall performance are significant factors in considering ultrazooms. Unfortunately, the S1000fd struggles to consistently impress in these key areas.

Timings and Shutter Lag

Extended-zoom digicams are typically slower across the board than most other point-and-shoot digicams, and the S1000fd is on the slow end of the average range – noticeably slower than most of its competition. Press to capture from scratch is a relatively slow 0.7 to 0.8 seconds, and shutter lag with pre-focus (which is ideally close to real time) is 0.12 seconds (by comparison, the Olympus SP570 UZ I tested recently came in at 0.06 seconds).

Shot-to-shot times are a bit slower than average as well: continuous shooting (full resolution JPEGs) is capable of three shots in 1.0 seconds using the Top 3/Final 3 continuous modes. In infinite continuous mode, the S1000fd takes three full-res frames in 1.2 seconds and then slows to less than 1.0 fps for additional shots. In high-speed contiuous mode, the S1000fd is able to capture 15 low-resolution frames in 1.6 seconds.

The boot-up cycle is pretty quick for an extended-zoom digicam – about two seconds – but it’s all downhill, speedwise, from there. The S1000fd’s continuous modes are pretty snappy, but the AF and exposure systems can’t keep up, making the camera almost useless for moving subjects or rapidly changing lighting.

Lens and Zoom

Consumers buy extended-zoom digicams because those long zoom lens permit them to reach out optically and get closer to their subject. But, like everything else in photography, there’s a trade-off – longer zooms are inherently more optically complex than shorter zooms, and as complexity increases lens faults (like chromatic aberration, barrel distortion, pincushion distortion, and vignetting) are magnified exponentially.

That said, the S1000fd’s Fujinon 33-396mm f/2.8-5.0 unit is actually a pretty decent lens, providing a wide range of coverage as well as a minimum focusing distance in Macro Mode of around 0.8 inches:

This Tent Caterpillar on Bracket Fungus nicely illustrates just how good a job the S1000fd does in the close-up arena.

Lens barrel construction is reasonably solid with minimal free play anywhere in the system. Travel speed from one end of the range to the other is acceptably quick as well, though not always entirely smooth.

Auto Focus

The S1000fd utilizes the same contrast-detection auto focus (center, wide-area, and multi-point) system as the S700. AF is dependably accurate and AF lock is relatively quick in good outdoor lighting. Indoors and in low/dim lighting, the S1000fd is noticeably slower and tends to hunt a bit. Shooting anything other than static subjects can be frustrating because the S1000fd’s auto focus system is slower than average, combining with the camera’s longer-than-average shutter lag to make getting an in-focus shot at just the right moment a challenge.

Flash

The S1000fd’s built-in multi-mode flash provides an average range of lighting options, including off, auto, fill flash, suppressed flash, slow sync, and red-eye reduction. Maximum flash range at wide angle is 28.5 feet with auto ISO engaged.

A maximum power discharge requires 4.5 seconds to recycle – not too bad for a camera running AAs. Average flash recycle time (with auto ISO selected) is under two seconds.

Image Stabilization

Involutary camera movement is a serious problem with long-zoom digicams – the longer the zoom, the more likely the camera is to produce blurry or fuzzy photos due to the magnified effects of camera shake.

Image stabilization is almost a prerequisite for capturing sharply focused and blur-free images with extended-zoom cameras, but the S1000fd doesn’t provide either mechanical or optical image stabilization. The S1000fd does provide what Fuji calls Picture Stabilization mode: enable the Picture Stabilization mode and the S1000fd boosts ISO sensitivity and bumps up the shutter speed to compensate for involuntary camera shake. Still, it’s hardly an effective substitute for “true” image stabilization, making the S1000fd something of a disappointment in this regard.

Battery Life

The S1000fd draws its power from four readily available AA batteries. Fuji includes four disposable alkalines in the box with the camera. According to the manufacturer, the S1000fd is good for up to 300 exposures with AA alkalines.

I used the camera heavily for about three weeks and I went through two sets of AAs – the included batteries lasted for approximately 100 exposures, and the second set (Energizer Titanium AAs) lasted for about 130 exposures. As these results are in keeping with expectations for power hungry long-zoom cameras on alkaline power, most S1000fd users will probably want to buy (at least) four high-capacity AA NiMHs and a fast charger.

IMAGE QUALITY

In the final analysis, image quality has to stand as the major single consideration in camera performance assessment. While overall image quality is very good, the S1000fd drops the ball in a couple of important areas.

Exposure, Processing, and Color

The S1000fd’s exposure and image processing are consistently and dependably accurate in virtually any sort of outdoor lighting, but there is a slight tendency toward over-exposure and occasional burnt-out highlights. Default resolution is very slightly soft with average contrast and bold, bright, and hue-accurate colors. Dynamic range is limited and all colors (especially reds) are noticeably over-saturated.

This blooming Azalea clearly demonstrates the S100fd’s tendency toward producing highly oversaturated color – especially reds.

Even so, images are dependably very good with decent shadow detail and acceptable highlight detail. Caucasian skin tones are consistently a bit pinkish.

The bucolic scene above shows just how good the S1000fd can be outdoors in good light.

Unlike most ultrazooms, color, contrast, and saturation processing options are highly limited on the S1000fd: beyond the standard color mode, the only other processing option is Fujifilm’s “F-Chrome” high-saturation mode.

Standard F-Chrome

A black-and-white shooting mode is also available, but no sepia mode. As noted, of more concern is the fact that there’s no option to manually fine-tune processing choices with the S1000fd.

White Balance

The S1000fd provides users with an adequate selection of white balance options including auto, shade, incandescent, several fluorescent presets, and a custom setting.

Auto White Balance, 3200K incandescent light

The auto white balance setting is surprisingly accurate in most situations, but like most consumer digicams, the SP570 UZ’s AWB setting can produce colors that are warmer than the actual colors.

Interestingly, the S1000fd has a lot of trouble with fluorescent lighting, even when set to one of the fluorescent WB settings. This environmental portrait of a stained glass artisan above (shot under fluorescent lighting) was photographed with the correct fluorescent white balance setting, but there is still an obvious yellowish color cast to the image.

Lens Faults

Barrel distortion at the wide-angle end of the zoom is about average for an ultrazoom. Pincushioning at the telephoto end of the zoom, however, is better than average. Chromatic aberration (colored fringing) is about average at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, but slightly better than average at the telephoto end of the zoom. Corners are slightly soft, but I didn’t notice any vignetting.

Sensitivity and Noise

The S1000fd provides a nice range of sensitivity settings including Auto, Auto (ISO 800), Auto (ISO 400) and a manually selectable range of ISO 64 to ISO 1600. There’s an ISO 3200 setting as well, but resolution is limited to 3 megapixels.

 

Images shot between ISO 64 to ISO 200 have acceptably low noise levels, but noise starts to pick up slightly – ISO 200 and ISO 400 shots show some minor loss of detail. The S1000fd’s ISO 800 and ISO 1600 images are slightly soft (visible loss of detail) with flat contrast and dull colors, but they are better than I expected them to be. I didn’t use the ISO 3200 setting in real world shooting.

Additional Sample Images

CONCLUSIONS

The S1000fd is obviously aimed at serious shooters, but it lacks some of the basic features that a photography enthusiast would expect – manual color, saturation, and contrast adjustments, for instance – plus it doesn’t provide image stabilization. This puts the camera in something of a bind: the S1000fd doesn’t really measure up for the serious/creative photography demographic, but it is too complex and difficult to use for the casual shutterbug and point-and-shoot crowd.

Overall the S1000fd comes in somewhere on the low side of the middle of the pack, and while this camera is cheaper than much of its competition a low price isn’t really a bargain if you have to give up too much in terms of features, performance, and usability. With the likes of Canon’s S5 IS and Olympus’s SP570 UZ out there, the S1000fd simply doesn’t cover enough ground to earn a strong recommendation.

Pros:

  • Very good image quality
  • Plenty of resolution

Cons:

  • No image stabilization
  • Slow

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Specifications:

Sensor 10.0 megapixel, 1/2.3″ CCD
Zoom 12x (33-396mm) Fujinon zoom, f/2.8-5.0
LCD/Viewfinder 2.7″, 230K-pixel TFT LCD
Sensitivity ISO 64-3200
Shutter Speed 8-1/2000 seconds
Shooting Modes Auto, Picture Stabilization, Natural Light, Panorama, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene, Movie
Scene Presets Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text, Picture Stabilization
White Balance Settings Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Custom
Metering Modes Not Specified
Focus Modes Center AF, Multi AF, Area AF, Continuous AF, Manual, Macro, Super Macro
Drive Modes Normal, Top 3, Top 6, Top 15, Final 3, Continuous
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, Forced Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Syncrho with Red-Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats xD-Picture Card, SD, SDHC
Internal Memory 24 MB
File Formats JPEG, AVI, WAV
Max. Image Size 3648×2736
Max. Video Size 640×480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video No
Battery 4 AA batteries
Connections USB 2.0, AV output, DC input
Additional Features Face Detection, Panorama Shooting, High Speed Shooting

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Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Zoom Review: Features & Controls

The S1000fd 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: AF (Center), AF(Multi), or AF(Area). 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 S1000fd also features an AF-assist lamp to help the autofocus system in lower or mraginal lighting condidtions.

The manual popup 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 eyelevel 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" enables the self-timer. 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 can also be used to enable Program Shift, and is used to select the Aperture and Shutter speed values in A/S/M modes.

On top of the handgrip 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 Drive (Burst) mode buttons.

The Mode Dial offers positions for: Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, full Manual, Movie, Panaorama, SP1, SP2, and Natural Light.

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 S1000fd features approx. 24MB of internal memory as is equipped with a xD-Picture Card/Secure Digital (SD) slot. It's compatible with any xD card from 16MB to 2GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and SDHC cards up to 8GB.

Approx. Storage Capacities

Modes Still image Movie Number of recorded pixels 3,648 x 2,736 3,648 x 2,432 (3:2 format) 2,592 x 1,944 2,048 x 1,536 1,600 x 1,200 640 x 480 Movie recording time : sec. Quality JPEG FINE JPEG NORMAL JPEG JPEG JPEG JPEG JPEG VGA (30fps) QVGA (30fps) Internal Memory (Approx.24MB) xD-Picture Card™ 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB SD memory card 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB SDHC memory card 4 GB 8 GB
5 9 11 19 30 38 170 29 sec. 46 sec.
52 103 116 202 319 399 1,777 4.7 sec. 7.4 min.
104 207 233 404 639 799 3,551 9.3 min. 14.8 min.
209 415 466 809 1,279 1,599 7,108 18.7 min. 29.6 min.
418 830 927 1,599 2,559 3,199 12,796 36.8 min. 59.2 min.
100 199 222 386 606 754 3,438 9.0 min. 14.3 min.
202 402 452 784 1,239 1,549 6,885 18.1 min. 28.7 min.
410 815 910 1,569 2,511 3,139 12,559 35.6 min. 57.4 min.
801 1,592 1,776 3,064 4,903 6,129 24,518 70.5 min.* 113.5 min.*
1,604 3,188 3,557 6,137 9,819 12,274 49,097 141.0 min.* 227.3 min.*
  • *A movie recording will stop automatically when the movie file size becomes approx. 2GB.

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.

Approx. Battery Life

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