Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Fuji Finepix S1000fd tries Fuji's hand at the fun zoom segment

Fuji's "affordable" zoom cameras started with the 6x zoom cameras like the 2800 and 3800, then jumped to the 10x zoom cameras, the last one being the S700 (S5700) and S5800. But without image stabilization, and with the continually dropping prices of the other stabilized fun zooms, the 10X non-stabilized cameras were cornered.

Which explains why Fuji came up with the S1000fd, which features a 10mp 1/2.3" "generic" sensor. By "generic" we simply mean it's not a Fuji SuperCCD sensor. Unfortunately they forgot about stabilization, as this camera does not have sensor-shift or optical stabilization. Big mistake!

The lens "grows" to a 12X lens, with an in-between zoom range of 33-396mm in 35mm terms. On the plus side it avoided the typical 38mm or 40mm start, but on the other hand, it does not start at 28mm eq. On the plus, this goes to almost 400mm, so fans of long reach will enjoy this.

The camera uses 4 AA batteries, so you get the usual trade-offs of this. It uses a 2.7" LCD (230k) along with an EVF. It has the usual assortment of features, face detection, SD/xD support, 30fps VGA video, ISO jumping to the moon, etc.

One more thing we'd like to spotlight is that it has full manual exposure control, which is great. Kudos to Fuji for not "dumbing" it down. There is no RAW of course, since the more advanced S8000fd/S8100fd does not have RAW either.

The extra megapixels are a burden on the high speed mode, which is why we have 1.4 fps. This is actually faster than some of the other Fuji models announced today and it looks like it can substain 1.4 fps in the continuous mode. If you want to go faster, you have to use a lower resolution, at 5mp you can go at 3.3fps (6), and 7.5fps (15) at 2mp.

Fuji's approach to a "fun zoom" follows a more traditional camera look, with the manual controls too, as opposed to the defining camera of this segment, the Panasonic TZ3 which takes a little bit of a different approach to "fun zoom".

The camera is available for pre-ordering for $250 from Amazon and other places.

The Fuji press release can be found at the Imaging Insider. More on this camera at dpreview, Imaging Resource, and DC Resource.


Richard said...

I purchased one of these cameras because I liked the price and the specifications it boasted. However, I have had one problem which is when using the full extent of the zoom, the pictures come out too dark - even in full sun light. I am guessing it is closing the aperture too much? Not sure. Any thoughts about how to counter this?


1001 noisy cameras said...

Thanks for the question!

The best place to find a good answer to this question is the Fuji Talk forum at dpreview.

There are a lot of current S100fs users hanging out there, and if it's a known issue or problem, they will likely have run into it as well and have suggestions on what to do next.

1001 noisy cameras said...

Oops, S1000fd, not S100fs :) So many model names that are too close to each other, S100fs, F100fd, S1000fd! Aye!

There are not as many S1000fd users there as S100fs, but still, that's a good place to find a good answer.

nathan said...

i have had a Kodak easy share 5 MP 3Xoptical zoom camera and it actually takes good pictures. however im looking for an upgrade with at least 10MP and 10 X optical zoom. i saw this camera and the good price. is this a good choice for the upgrade?

1001 noisy cameras said...

There are many choices in the compact superzoom range now-a-days.

Off the top of my head, I cannot recall the pros/cons of this model.

There are a few reviews written:

Also, a good place that may have already answered that question is the Fuji Talk forum at dpreview (see comment #2 above for the url).