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Fujifilm FinePix S1500

Introduce a high-performance tracking auto focus and panorama shooting mode in the FinePix S1500. Equipped with the evolved SR Auto (Scene Recognition...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix S1500"

published 31/08/2009 | rabidbadger
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Pro Huge zoom, Focus Tracking, Easy to use
Cons Bulky, A little slow, AA batteries are a bit inconvenient
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"Fuji FinePix S1500. Descendant of the S1000fd"

The Fuji FinePix S1500 is the latest incarnation of the very successful FinePix S1000fd. It is very SLR-like in appearance and the added bulk of the battery-holder/grip does give it an assured feeling in your hands. Of course, this can be a disadvantage, and if you want a camera that you can just slip in-and-out of your pocket, then maybe a slimmer compact should be considered.

The 12x optical zoom is excellent and it equates to 33-396mm in 35mm terms - and if this isn't enough, there is a 5.7x digital zoom feature too.

The menus are friendly and easy to navigate, and there are helpful explanatory prompts that appear on thew LCD screen when the mode-dial setting is changed.

There are 14 preset scenes to choose from, each setting the camera to its optimum settings for the given scenario, but on top of this, the camera can be used like an SLR in Shutter Priority or Aperture Priotity modes, giving the user much more control over the image then many compact cameras, which insist on doing everything for you. There is also an Automatic Scene Selection, that was not available on the previous model (the S1000fd), which is accessed via the mode-dial and selects the scene for you based on the conditions.

Annoyingly, the S1500 retains the sluggish response of its predecessor and, if anything, I would say it is slightly slower still.

The Panorama Mode is a nice feature and there are a wide range of resolution choices, some of which are enforced by the scene mode that is selected. Video is also available - 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 with mono sound.

Sensor-shift Image Stabilization has been added in the evolution from the previous model and this is accessible via a button on the top and applies across all modes; This is a vast improvement.

In the upgrade from S1000fd to S1500, I would have like to have seen the introduction of a dedicated rechargable battery but instead it retains the 4 x AA configuration of the previous model. Also, it would seem that support for XD memory cards has been dropped from this model, leaving a choice between SD and SDHC formats - and the 24MB internal memory remains unchanged.

There are several options available for continuous shooting but be aware that some of these will restrict the resolution of your pictures.

Also, there are a number of feature that may appeal to a more professionally minded user and that you might not expect to find on a digital compact, such as a histogram and a full range of ISO options - again, only available in certain modes/scenes.

By far the most useful addition to this model - in my opinion - is the Autofocus Tracking system, which allows the user to focus on a moving object and then the camera will keep it in focus as it moves around (providing it stays within the boundaries of the LCD display)

In summary, it is a seemingly natural progression from the S1000fd and, if you don't think you need the new Image Stabilization, Automatic Scene Selection or Focus Tracking features, then the S1000fd is still an option. The S1500 is an excellent camera for learning the basics of photography because you can start of with everything automated and then gradually take control of different aspects yourself as your confidnce grows. Of course, you could do that with an entry-level SLR, but not for this price. It is also nice to have a camera that produces quality pictures but is small and convenient enough to take to parties or on holiday.

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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix S1500

Manufacturer's product description

Introduce a high-performance tracking auto focus and panorama shooting mode in the FinePix S1500. Equipped with the evolved SR Auto (Scene Recognition Auto) and Face Detection, scenes and faces can be captured and optimized even more with the detection functions. Large 2.7-inch LCD screen allows you to find favorite image at a glance displayed in 10 x 10 array. In addition to a wide range of shooting modes, the FinePix S1500 offers a selection of versatile scene positions that ensure optimum results no matter what the scene.

Product Details

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix S1500 - digital camera, Fujifilm FinePix S1500fd - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 12 x zoom lens - 5.9 - 70.8 mm - f/2.8-5.0

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 40 cm

Digital Zoom: 5.7 x, 5.7x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.2" - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional ) ¦ 4 x AA lithium battery ( optional )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Colour: Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.3 cm x 6.8 cm x 7.3 cm

Weight: 324 g

Manufacturer: Fujifilm

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.033

Memory Type: Internal and external

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

LCD Display Size: 2.70000244140625

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 12x

General

MPN: NC01310A, 15929471, NC01310, 5-15929550, P10NC01310A, FinePix S1500

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Black

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Optical Zoom: 12 x

Digital Zoom: 5.7 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVI, MJPEG

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 64, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO 3200 (3Mpix), ISO 6400 (3Mpix)

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment

Exposure Metering Zones: 256

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night mode, text, museum, party/indoor, fireworks, panorama assist, flower, sports mode, sunset, beach, night (tripod), natural light, snow

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fine, incandescent, shade, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec

Lens System

Type: 12 x zoom lens - 5.9 - 70.8 mm - f/2.8-5.0

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 33 - 396mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 40 cm

Macro Focus Range: 2cm, 5-300cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 8.7 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.4 frames per second, 3.3 frames per second (5Mpix), 7.5 frames per second (2Mpix)

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, histogram display, in-camera red-eye removal, Automatic Scene Recognition (SR Auto), instant zoom, dual image stabilization, Exif Print support

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.2"

Viewfinder Resolution: 200,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 97%

Display

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, FinePix Viewer

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional ) ¦ 4 x AA lithium battery ( optional )

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 23 MB

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2432 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10.3 cm

Depth: 6.8 cm

Height: 7.3 cm

Weight: 324 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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