Summary: Fujifilm markets the S100fs as a ‘DSLR-styled camera without the bulk of additional lenses’, and that much is true. Indeed, the 28-400mm focal range is an asset, and it certainly handles like a DSLR.
Pros: Focal range, noise control, Raw capabilities.
Cons: Fringing, price, fixed lens, inaccurate LCD at default setting.
Summary: 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...
Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix S100fs digital megazoom camera The market for the so-called bridge cameras is very much under pressure due to the DSLR cameras becoming cheaper and cheaper. And yet the bridge cameras are obviously in favour, especially when they have a huge zoom range.
Summary: The Fuji Finepix S100FS is an outstanding camera with unique features for its class such as expanded dynamic range and film simulation. It also features a mechanical zoom covering a 14.3X range from a 28mm wide-angle to a 400mm super-telephoto.
Pros: Mechanical wide angle 14.3X zoom lens, Low image noise, Excellent dynamic range, Flexible rendition of image colors, Great lens sharpness, Good white-balance, Effective stabilization, Very short shutter-lag, Excellent macro mode, Good ergonomics, Good build quality
Cons: Pronounced chromatic aberrations, LCD does not always show correct exposure, Focus speeds not on par with camera price, Playback mode ignores buttons while info is not displayed, Slow to flush buffer, AF-On only works in MF, No white-balance button, Slow to wake-up after auto-off, Tiny viewfinder...
Excerpt: The Fuji FinePix S100fs ($799) is one of the more unique fixed-lens
cameras on the market today. It features a larger-than-normal (2/3"),
11.1 Megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor, which (at least in theory) should give it
better low light and high ISO performance than other compact cameras.
Pros: Very good photo quality; outperforms other super zooms at high ISOs by at least a full stop (though see issues below), Whopping 14.3X, 28 - 400 mm zoom lens, Optical image stabilization, SLR-like body has excellent build quality; easy to hold; manual zoom and focus rings, Articulating 2.5" LCD di...
Cons: Lots of purple fringing; SuperCCD tends to smudge fine details a bit, Expensive for a fixed-lens camera, Below average battery life, Awkward manual focus system, Full shutter speed range not available in shutter priority mode, Very slow RAW editing software, Buttons are scattered all over the bod...
Conclusion: With the price of DSLRs dropping all the time, the justification for bridge cameras between compacts and full-grown DSLRs looks increasingly weak. The S100FS makes a game job of proving that there is still room for such a camera.
Pros: Very useful zoom range, Excellent resolution and good edge to edge detail, Sharp, generally high-quality lens, Expanded dynamic range option (and it works), Excellent high-ISO performance for a non-DSLR, Full photographic control, huge range of SLR-like features (real SLR-like handling too), Brig...
Cons: Strong, visible chromatic aberration at the most useful focal lengths, Noise reduction attacks fine detail if you look too close, 230 shot battery life somewhat limiting, Film simulation rarely useful, RAW processing software is unusable, Electronic viewfinder glitches if you pan the camera too q...
Conclusion: The superb specification level is slightly marred by the way controls are implemented but there’s so much neat stuff crammed into the camera, that it really can take on almost any photography challenge thrown at it, it’s just that the results might not be what you expect, at least at first.
Pros: Lens, flip/tilt screen, specification and features, Film Simulation modes, noise performance, CCD RAW shooting
Cons: Price, performance, handling foibles, dynamic range issues