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: 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: 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).
Summary: Fuji Film has done a wonderful job with this camera. From the time I opened the box, read the manual, took some test shots and was viewing them on my computer (I didn't install the supplied cd for picture viewing direct from the camera) approx 30 minutes went by. Camera setup is a breeze. The manual is very easy to follow with clear instructions. For my test shots on my initial use I used the "AUTO" Setting.
Summary: I was an award-winning hobbyist. A divorce cost me my cameras & darkroom equipment. When I became disabled I knew I wanted a camera. I researched heavily, because I no longer have the income to buy multiple cameras. This Fugi may not have interchangable lenses, but it has a good, usable range and good image quality. As my one last camera this one is great.
Summary: I really don't have anything negative to say. All this for $179? It's a steal in my book. The only minor gripe that I have is that the pictures tend to be a little blurry when fully zoomed. Other than that, it's a great, feature-packed camera that takes excellent pictures. I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Summary: My experience w/digital cameras has been dismal from Sony to Nikon to maybe a Canon somewhere down the line. I learned on a gorgeous 35mm Leica from WW II era and so point & shoots have always been problematic for me. Main problem is that I could never seem to get sharp focus using the back display rather than a viewfinder which VERY few digital cameras have until you spend $500 or more. My search is over, however.
Summary: My husband bought me this camera as an up grade from my point and shoot digital camera. Granted I have only had it for a few days but I love it! I consider myself a novice in training, so some features of this camera I am still struggling with, such as setting shutter speed and aperture. I don't even know what aperture is right now, but I am learning. I have used the SP mode, panorama mode and video mode but so far I stick to the auto mode till I learn more.
Bad description of "in the Box" items even with help from Amazon Rep.
30 November 2010
Summary: I bought the Fujifilm FinePix S1800 because of it's great value and overall features. I have a 10+ year old Fuji digital camera and at the time, it was great. this new Fuji Camera will be great. The only problem I had was that the description of what came with the camera was very vague. I was LIVE, online with an Amazon Associate to find out about a lens cap. Now, you would think a lens cap comes with the camera.
Summary: The FujiFilm finepix S1800 was an excellent choice for me. I do damage investigation, inspection and forensic photography. I had to have a camera that produced accurate high quality pictures that is quick to set up and easy to use, with features that allow me to shoot in low light, extreme close-up and wide angles for close proximity without lens changes.
Pros: Easy to use but with very hgh quality photography, Flexible manual controls for creative shots as well!, Special Auto features that combine manual with automatic exposure control., Ability to store custom set-ups for quick selection later.
Cons: Slow from shutter to shoot in auto modes (but that is common in digital photography!