Excerpt: After my son was born, I decided to buy a better quality digital camera than the 5 year old point and shoot that I had been using. At the same time, I wanted something user friendly, without too many confusing bells and whistles.
Excerpt: I have this camera for about 1 year. It shot some great photos with good ilumination. Problems: The camera after some time started to shutdown when I'm recording my videos, the camera doesn't focus where I want to. The low light performance is awful.
Summary: I purchased the 1800 after seeing a HSN demo on the camera. First, I must be honest by stating I am a retired journalist who shot her own photos, and a long time Nikon owner and more recently a digital Canon SLR owner. I still shoot and sell my work, mostly scenery and automotive photos. The camera interested me because I was looking for a great camera, small enough to fit in my handbag. What the S1800 offered was a pretty good camera, not real great, but really nice.
Summary: I bought this camera mostly for the zoom and the quality of the lens you get for only around 200 bucks. This camera does not have a RAW mode so it's really a point and shoot BUT it has many different features you might find in professional SLR cameras that cost hundreds more. If you know what you're doing, you can do a lot of manual shooting.
Summary: Only had the camera a month, but it is doing well with many tasks. a couple of initial thoughts: The built in panoramic feature works well and so you do not have to take 3 individual pictures and create the image on the computer, although you can only use 3 images for the panorama so if you want more images you might still have to use a computer program to mesh images.
Summary: I've been using my Finepix S1800 for almost two weeks now, and I have to say that I'm truly impressed. Although Amazon's not going to like this, I didn't buy it from them. I bought mine from a competitor at a lower price... Mine was reconditioned by Fuji, and came with no neckstrap, lens cap, or batteries. If you buy it new, you get those items. Anyway, I got this camera because I couldn't afford a Nikon D5000.
Summary: I got this camera to replace a Nikon L100 that went bad. Compared to the Nikon its obvious the quality on the L100 is superior. The zoom is almost identical L100=15x vs the s1800=18x which is strange to say the least. Wide angle shots are about the same, I have taken and compared pictures with both cameras. The S1800 has an enormous advantage over the L100, and it is that you get control over many settings. If the L100 had that it would be an awesome camera.
Summary: My husband was surprised by how small and light this camera was when he took it out of the box. For some this might be a positive, but he found it a little small to hold comfortably in his hands and with not enough weight for it to feel steady. He was looking for an alternative camera to his Canon Powershot point-and-shoot camera which he uses for vacations... basically a home use camera that he didn't have to worry about putting in his pocket.
Summary: I've been looking for a camera for months now, so when given the opportunity to review this Fujifilm FinePix S1800, I jumped at the chance. As with any product, there are good and bad aspects to the camera. The real and final question will always come down to whether the good outweighs the bad. In this case, I would say you definitely get your money's worth, and then some. First thing you will notice about this camera is that it is LIGHT and small!
Summary: The Fuji S1800 is a a nice tweener, filling the gap between pocket point-and-shoot cameras and a DSLR. It's larger than typical point and shoot cameras (thanks to the 18X zoom lens) yet smaller than a DSLR. Despite the extra bulk, the S1800 is light and compact enough to carry around for extended periods. The plastic body is sturdy and light. The camera is powered by four AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable).