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There is a market for consumers after something a bit more advanced than the average compact camera, but without wanting the expense and bulk of a proper digital slr camera. This genre of cameras are usually referred to as 'bridge cameras.' The Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd is one of these such cameras, which I bought around a year and a half ago to fulfill my needs at the time.
One of the big bonuses of this camera is the price; it cost me £100 back then and is undoubtedly probably even cheaper now. This is the price of a fairly cheap bog-standard compact, so when you look at what this gives you in comparison, it's not a bad deal. Some of the features include a 12x optical zoom which is very handy, 10MP picture resolution, digital viewfinder and more advanced camera modes than the average compact.
Whereas this all sounds good on paper though, in practice it's not quite as impressive as it sounds. The zoom is quite effective, but the quality at full zoom is very poor. A viewfinder is a cool addition, but if you did not know, digital viewfinders are vastly inferior to proper optical viewfinders like you get in SLR cameras, and are really not as easy to see at all. Still handy in situations where the light is too bright to view the screen however.
The performance of the camera is also quite slow compared to a digital SLR, and doesn't manage to take shots at very high speed. The low light capabilities are also quite poor, and show a lot of grain at high ISO settings. RAW mode is absent, which is present in some bridge cameras; this will be of little use to some people, but to others it is useful to maximise image quality, correct failed exposures and create high dynamic range images.
The macro mode is quite useful and effective, although doesn't go brilliantly close. It is also very difficult in this mode and others, to achieve a low enough depth of field to create properly blurred backgrounds. This is a very useful feature for isolating subjects, and can really make the difference on a portrait or macro shot depending on the situation.
You may think I am perhaps being slightly harsh to the S1000fd. It fits its job of a bridge camera reasonably well, and can't be expected to perform as well as a digital SLR. It is not one. What I will say is that if you were planning on buying a compact camera, I would recommend this as it is very reasonably priced and outperforms a lot of point-and-shoots. If you were taking up photography as a hobby and were thinking a bridge camera would be a good idea, I recommend you have a good hard think. It is only sub-£100 after all, but I outgrew this camera in literally 2-3 months and upgraded to a DSLR very quickly.
So that is my conclusion. Great feature list, although not always too effective in practice. Fantastic as a compact, but if you're getting into photography properly, understand that there are many limitations and you may be best putting the money towards a digital SLR camera instead.
Before I begin, I should say this - It isn't a digital SLR camera. Although similar in looks, it doesn't have any lens attatchments for it.
The main reason for buying this camera was because I was going on a trip to Kenya and wanted to snap some amazing pictures of the wildlife on a safari.
What helped me make the choice for this?
- The Zoom.
The camera has a 12x optical zoom (plus extra digital zoom) that is great for getting in close. Most compact cameras have a zoom roughly of 5x but if you want to get in that little bit closer, than this is for you!
It boasts 10 megapixels which means you could probably blow up a picture to poster size before you have a loss of quality. It makes for great full frame pictures, as well.
It has 9 programmable features as well as an auto feature. Within these, you also have the features like landscape, flower and sunset (but not only those) to suit you. You can change everything from aperture to shutter speed and it even has sepia and black & white modes.
Overall, i would recommend this to keen photographers as it has a wide variety of features. It probably wouldn't be best for those who want to get quick shots - for that i would recommend a compact digital camera.
This is a camera that has helped me to get back in touch with my passion for photography. It is a very easy to use camera, fits well in the hand and has a range of easy to use functions and settings, including the option to take black and white or sepia photos (great for fun oldy-worldy shots!) or useful settings for different lighting conditions including snow, indoor etc.
The main reason I went for this camera though, apart from Finepix recomendations from friends, is that I was looking for a compact digital camera that had a great zoom and macro capability, manual aperture and shutter speed settings. This little beauty has both, with the option to set both manually, or a mix of manual and automatic.
I'm still far from discovering all that this camera has to offer and it took a long time for me to find. If like me you are looking for a camera this side of affordable but with enough flexibility to keep it interesting and useable, then I say go for it!
I owned this camera for a short while, from September 2009 until February 2010. I loved this camera, and found it to be a very reliable one which took fantastic pictures. It's 10MP resolution and x12 optical zoom made it a good starter choice for anyone with an interest in photography but who didn't quite have the funds to go straight to a SLR camera, and this was partly behind my choice to get this camera!
It is a very easy to use camera, with macro and super-macro features which take remarkably sharp photos even within an inch of the photo target. It has a large screen on the back, through which you can take the photos, or if you prefer, there is also a view-finder which can be used instead. It has a pop-up flash, which you must remember to switch on when needed, and remember to use rechargeable batteries with it to gain the most out of the camera (remember, the higher the mWah on the batteries, the longer they'll last. I used 2300 with mine, and fully charged, these would last upto 250 photographs.).
Overall, I was impressed with this camera, and it was with sad regret that I had to sell it (due to pregnancy). I wouldn't hesitate to buy another similar model though!
The finepix is a mighty fine "bridge camera" but lets get something out the way...this is no DSLR!
Feauture wise its great and is able to take B&W, Sepia and standard images in its stride. The zoom as well is great (a whole 12x) and camera shake wise its softwares sorts it out.
It feels solid in the hand and is small enough to carry and use as a anyday camera. An annoying little niggle is the flash isnt auto pop up so you have to remember to press the button to release the flash.
The viewing screen is big and clear, and the buttons are well thought out.
Another niggle is the lens cap has a knack of falling off even when touched lightly.
I would recommed this camera as a go anywhere camera that has better results then a compact. The zoom is brill for a camera this price, and theres options that lets you manualy adjust the settings rather then the point and shoot standard. It also lets you play with the ISO which is nice.
Oh and buy some rechargable batteries as the standard only last about 200 shots!
All in all i would say 7/10 if your looking for something nice small and with great picture quality and your not bothered about an ultra compact then its a bargin!
Right then this is my 1st review so lets hope I make it a good one eh.
Well, I have owned a fujifilm s1000fd now for around 5-6 months and must have used it in pretty much every scenario imaginable. The first thing you notice when getting this camera out of the box is just how small it is. Now don't let this fool you into thinking its got to be very basic. It is far from it in fact, every square milimeter of this thing must be packed with every imaginable piece of technology because it has more features per square inch than the best gadgets from james bond.
There are numerous settings to play around with on the main dial including: Automatic, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Full Manual, Video and two pre programable scene modes for setting up for night shooting or high speed sports shooting or even specific settings for snow or bright light amongst others. Now all of these work fantastically well for there particular area of use however for the budding semi pro the manual mode is great for achiving that D-SLR style flexibilty. Allowing full control (almost) over the shutter speed and aperture settings of each shot as well as the light level adjustments always available.
Other great features and possibly the main ones (depending on how it is to be used) are the superzoom capabilities and high speed shooting modes which increase this little cameras flexibilty range 10 fold. The camera has a fantastic 10x optical zoom which is amazing from such a small lense and a further high quality 5.7x digital zoom for those "far-out" shots.
Now I do have one niggle with this camera and from what I can gather it is not just my camera that does this but others of the same model too: In cases of particularly extreme sunlight (even if in front of the subject) the software seems unable to process all of the light captured and just defaults to a black image. This can be very fustrating if for example trying to take pictures whilst at the beach as the sand seems to reflect the sun and compound the problem more-so.
The Fuji FinePix S1000fd 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 15 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.
If I have one criticism of the S100fd, it is that it seems very slow compared to other cameras I've used. Every time you press a button or change a menu setting, there is a momentary lag that started to get on my nerves after a while.
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.
Image Stabilization is available via the scene selection menu but is only digital, there is no Sensor Shift system that works across the scene spectrum.
Changing and charging individual AA batteries is a little tedious and I would have liked a dedicated Li-On battery with a charger but I do like the fact that the camera can accommodate XD, SD and SDHC memory cards - the latter of which, at 16GB, can store around 3200 highest-resolution/lowest-compression images.
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.
In summary, this 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.
I have owned this camera now for approximately 2 weeks, I bought it from ebay for a great price! Although refurbished, I have NO complaints!
Where to start! This camera has fantastic features, great 12x zoom, and the lens is as good as you can get for the price, I paid! (£90)....
Before I had the camera arrive at my home I downloaded the manual from the Fujifilm website as a *.PDF document and had a good read, although none of it really made any sense at the time, but since I have had the camera it has proved an invaluable asset!
The camera boasts many preset settings and features so you can go from point and shoot in automatic mode, to a little bit more creativity using the preset settings, to an almost full manual mode where you can adjust the shutter speeds (from 8 seconds to 1/2000's of a second!) you can also adjust the aperture settings too, although very limited.....
Some of the presets include, Firework mode, Flower mode, Sport mode, Sunset mode, Beach, Snow, Picture stabilisation and a few more, 14 in total. These modes are ok, but the automatic mode is more than enough really... Unless you get to know the modes very well, they will have varying effects from deeper colour, to faster shutter speeds, to reducing white balance etc.. But auto mode is very good in itself, and takes point and click to a semi-pro level!
The camera feels very nice in hand, even for my bigger than average hands, although the camera boasted being the smallest 10Mp, 12x zoom camera in its release, it is very usable for just about anyone, and feels right when held!
The picture quality is superb, although unless you have stable, sniper like stances and grip, 10Mp at full zoom is a little over the top, 8-10x may have suited better... But luckily for me, I have very good and steady hands, and have taken some amazing pictures at 90-100% full zoom, especially when using it on full resolution and with 3 shot bursts... In addition, it has a multitude of burst shot modes from 3 shot, to continuous and alot of things inbetween (approx. 8 settings) and unlike other cameras, they can be used with the self-timer feature too (apart from continuous).
I have taken some fantastic shots using the macro modes, especially the super macro mode, you can put the lense almost as close as you like (2cm recommended) and have a very detailed and very large blow up of what was shot! I have taken a picture of a dragonfly (one enclosed) and all of the shots taken (apart from a couple of blurry ones, I was in a very awkward position hung over a grassy bank all twisted and unbalanced lol) have been accepted by professional photographers as sale worthy, and of good enough quality for them to sell on the open market! what camera for £90 could say that! They have also accepted some others I have taken in normal zoomed modes, but it can get a little blurry when the zoom is used more than 50% for most people, as fore mentioned! tripod needed, or a good perch on a wall with a few coins or something under it for leveling and the self-timer (2 s and 10 s timer) also may help most people get a great shot everytime!
Ok, some bulleted good points!
* Settings in any of the user adjustable modes will save if you switch the camera off
* The zoom is fantastic, and the lense wont degrade its clarity
* More than enough modes (14+) for a beginner to get some good results
* Large LCD screen, and a very handy viewfinder
* Almost everything is adjustable, and automatic
* Saves EXIF info, so it tells you what the aperture values, shutter speeds, ISO etc etc is even when taken in automatic mode, whether uploaded to a pc and viewed in Adobe Photoshop or similar programs or on the camera itself
* Has a histogram and/or light balance indicator (shown as a -/+ sliding scale type thing) so you can get an equal balance of light and dark and adjust the settings accordingly
* Takes top notch pictures when you get to know the camera, AND as soon as you take it out of the box in auto mode!
* Very good on battery consumption, will take 300+ pics without the flash and if not on for hours at a time! (p.s. decent batteries used, get what you pay for when it comes to portable power! i.e. duracell's)
* You can turn off all sounds for stealthy woodland and nature hunting! The only sound is you and the shutter! No annoying uncontrollable beeps, and fake shutter sounds!
* Has a very good flash, perfect for indoors, and adjustable flash intensity settings too
* Has well thought out "one-touch" buttons to open useable menu's! i.e. shooting modes, face detection, f-mode (colour, iso, high speed shooting etc) screen views, picture info, histogram, etc etc
* It feels good in hand, from weight, to balance, to its moulded features
And so much more! I can almost guarantee that if you have an eye for a photo, this camera will take it very very well! It is perfect for beginners (as a "bridge" camera). Its an ideal quick and portable camera for a semi-professional too! (Although there are better more expensive ones to chose from as always!)...
Bad points! as with everything, it does have some!
* No mechanical image stabalisation, only shutter speed adjustable "anti-shake" i.e. quickens the speed of the shutter opening time so movement doesnt have time to make an impact, but not so good in low light conditions....
* Wont accept the normal standardised Nickel type rechargeable, only Alkaline and Tungsten (LR6 & FR6)
* It takes about a second to auto focus, so for super quick shooting i.e. small birds at close range in flight, it would most likely let you down... (It does have fast focus type mode... but nothing special at all..)
* Aperture customisation very limited
Apart from those few bad points, I cant think of anymore bad things to say!!
Overall WHAT a camera! The quality over price ratio (Q/£ or Pic/£) is superb! Great for semi-pro, easy enough for kids, feels and looks brilliant, excellent build quality, takes fantastic pictures! What else could you want for this price range! If you want full on semi-decent SLR you need to spend at least £200-250, and your lucky to get a lense thrown in for that price! This camera will serve many purposes, and will do alot for many people! But for any beginner it is a fantastic stepping stone from the old fashioned point and click! I was very pleased when my photo's were accepted to sell using this camera! Im not saying everyone can achieve good results, as I do seem to be able to take a good pic without trying! But im sure with a little practice, EVERYONE could make some fantastic shots!
I hope i have helped in your buying.. Just to add, I read the reviews of many other similar types of camera before buying this one, and apart from panasonic (they seem to have superior CCD chip manufacture, especially in their high end professional TV camera's) the Fujifilm far out shined most of its competitors by a mile! Check out the other Fujifilm Finepix's "s" ranges! as most componants are reused and swapped around in their models, so what is good for one, is good if not better for another!
I have lots of gadgets, well that is an understatement, so I already had an SLR digital camera, but when I saw this on sale at Littlewoods Direct for just over £100 I had to get hold of one to use as a second 'take everywhere' camera. To say I was surprised at what I got for the money is an understatement.
The camera is very compact and fits nicely in the hand. The 2.5-inch screen is nice and clear and bright, not the highest resolution, but very nice. The zoom lens is responsive and gives 12x optical zoom. It also goes right back into the camera when not in use. The layout of the buttons on the top and back are just great, very accessible and easy to use. It also uses normal AA batteries (4 of them) which I like, as it means you can get a good set (or two) of rechargeable NiMH cells cheaply, but if you are caught without juice in the camera you can buy a quick cheap set of alkaline batteries to get the camera going again. It uses SD memory cards which are nice and cheap, another really good point. Last, but not least, 10 megapixels is more than enough and the S1000fd takes superb pictures, very good focus and colours look natural.
Well the lens cap is annoying, it just pushes onto the front of the lens, so if you turn on before you have removed it, the camera is not smart. It tries to protrude the lens and just clicks. The face detection is great when it works, but is a bit hit and miss. The viewfinder is an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) rather than optical... it is a very low resolution and a let down. The last bad point is when at full zoom, the camera seems to search for focus quite a lot, it certainly takes it time.
For £100 to £150 this is a fantastic buy. It does VGA video with sound, takes really nice photos that look wonderful when printed (and on screen) and it feels just perfect in the hand. Well made and well balanced.
This is a superb camera and very easy to use. I am no photography expert, but have taken some great shots with it.
I bought it when I went travelling for a few months in South East Asia. The zoom is excellent, I was able to get some great pictures of monkeys up in the trees in Malaysia. There is very little shake, even when the zoom is fully extended.
It fits in a number of carry cases and can easily be slung over your shoulder when moving around. Memory cards are universal, fitting most slots in PC's and Laptops.
Battery life is pretty good, although I would advise turning the power off if you are not using the camera. Rapid shots can cause the battery to drain quick, so make sure you get decent quality batteries for this.
Overall a very good camera at an affordable price, would recommend to friends.