Fujifilm S1 Review: Can a big zoom and big image quality co-exist?
27 May 2015
Summary: For super zoom cameras, a 50x zoom is the new norm--so why does the Fujifilm S1 stand out from all the rest?
Pros: Images are sharp even at 50x zoom, Fast autofocus and processing, Sturdy, weather-resistant design, 1 cm super macro to 50x zoom versatility, Three stop, five axis image stabilization, Advanced features including RAW, Variety of scene modes and digital filters, Bright f2.8-5.6 lens
Cons: Noise at higher ISOs, No automatic switch from LCD to viewfinder, No burst mode while shooting RAW, Audible noise when zooming in video
Summary: Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a superzoom the characteristics of extremes. On the one hand, the dimensions are plentiful. The price is not particularly low, and the image quality suffers in comparison to that of cameras with a sensor diagonal.
Pros: Outstanding 50x zoom, good construction and ergonomics, resistant to rain, 60fps 1080p video (with optional ” high speed ” up to 480fps), very good macro capability.
Cons: Images unclean even at ISO 100, cumbersome even for a superzoom, autonomy is not excellent, just usable electronic viewfinder.
Conclusion: The S1 is hardly the perfect super-zoom camera, but it definitely is in the top of the 2014 class. In fact, its positives outweigh the negatives by a wide margin, so we’ll easily give it Recommended status.
Pros: 50x zoom, Good quality stills/videos, Weather resistance
Cons: Focusing issues in auto modes, Noisy at high ISOs, low light
Fujifilm FinePix S1 review: Weather-resistant camera with 50x zoom
3 May 2014
Conclusion: With its weather- and dust-resistant outer coating and mini DSLR styling, the 50x zoom FinePix S1 certainly has to be one of the coolest looking and most pleasurable to handle bridge cameras out there.
Pros: Lovely tactile rubber coating to the body aids grip and adds protection, 50x optical zoom that can also be used while shooting video, Swivel and tilt LCD screen, Both Raw and JPEG capture
Cons: Small-ish sensor at the heart of the S1 affects image quality
Summary: The only weather-resistant 50x megazoom camera around, the Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a fast, flexible camera that comes up a little short in low-light photo quality.
Pros: The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a quick-shooting bridge camera with a nice 50x zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi, and excellent build quality that's weather resistant. It has lots of shooting options and extras like a hot shoe, vari-angle LCD and EVF, raw capture, and manual controls.
Cons: Noisy, soft photos in low-light conditions/indoors, which might be hard to reconcile given its price. Mobile app could use some love.
Excerpt: One notable way in which dedicated digital cameras can put clear water between themselves and smartphones is to slap a whopping zoom lens on the front. Fuji’ s new 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor incorporating S1 is one such example.
Lovely tactile rubber coating to the body aids grip and adds protection, 50x optical zoom offers a wealth of framing possibilities at our fingertips, entire optical zoom range can be used during Full HD video recording, swivel and tilt LCD screen, both Raw and JPEG capture
Small-ish sensor at the heart of the S1 is no larger than that found in a plain point-and-shoot pocket snapper, despite all the outward bells and whistles
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is an impressive do-it-all camera that will satisfy a lot of people's needs, although the more discerning pixel-peepers may be disappointed by the high levels of noise at low ISO speeds.
Excerpt: The Fujifilm FinePix S1 isn't the first 50x optical zoom camera that we've seen, but it's full of features that suggest it's among the best of those available. Pitched directly against the likes of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, we checked out the Fujifilm S1 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las...