Summary: FujiFilm's FinePix S1000fd is a decent ultra-zoom with a small body, but its lack of image stabilisation makes the large lens much less useful and the sluggish performance will irritate many users.
Pros: 12x zoom, low chromatic aberration
Cons: Over-sharpened pictures, slow, no image stabilisation
Excerpt: Nothing boosts the artistic merit of a camera's output more than a big zoom. It helps if it's combined with comprehensive manual controls, and if it costs a mere £135, then it's time for impoverished photography enthusiasts to sit up and take notice. Various premium ultra-zoom cameras include an 18x zoom, and this leaves room for the S1000fd to offer a 12x zoom at an entry-level price.