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This was my first bridge Camera which I bought as I wanted to step up from the original Point-and-shoot up to a bigger camera. I got it out off Tesco for £149.99 which was pretty cheap as when I got home I checked up and amazon and other big retailers were selling it for alot more. At the time I had no previous knowledge off Bridge/DSLR Cameras so i didn't exactly know what to do with this camera.
So bearing in mind I didn't exactly know what to do with this camera I set out on a adventure to the great outdoors my aim was to get the best pictures possible. When I came back I couldn't believe the picture quality that I had managed to snap up. The Auto Focus had just worked perfectly and the pictures were much better than what I expected from a 10 Megapixel camera.
As time progressed I got more used to the camera and everything started to become easy to use. I finnaly started using the Manual setting instead off the basic automatic with no customization avalible. This produced even better snaps and it made it more worth the money that I had originaly paid for the camera.
Now a days I still use the camera and sadly it has become far to basic for me. It lacks Manual focus and it just doesn't cut it for me and give me the snaps that I set out to take. It is a good camera and im not debating that , I would really recommend this camera to a person who is serious for photography, is just starting out and doesn't want to spend the extra £200-£300 to get a professional DSLR in-case they don't enjoy the hobby off photography.
Overall it's a great camera which if I was asked by a amateur I would automatically recommend it just sadly is not what I want now.
I bought this camera about a year ago to replace an elderly 2MP camera. Being a student I was on a budget, so did not want to spend too much, yet I do like photography and wished for something a little more than basic. I am also a transport enthusiast, so wished for a camera that could take good shots at night and with a decent zoom. After some shopping around I came across this camera on Amazon where it was almost £100 off. Although not normally one for impulse buying, I got in quick.
The Fujifilm FinePix S1500 is a bridge camera, fitting between the more basic compact cameras and proper Digital SLRs. Size wise it is much closer to the latter, in fact the only real difference between it and a compact DSLR is that it does not have an interchangeable lens. The 12x optical zoom provided though is more than enough for most purposes, and itself is difficult to use when hand held under all but the best light conditions. It is 10 mega pixel, which allows 8.5 by 13 inch prints, and was at the time the fairly high end standard, although has now been superseded. It has quite a powerful flash, which is concealed when not in use and is normally automatic when deployed. As a transport enthusiast I find the fact that ability to easily know the flash is off very useful as in many situations using the flash is undesirable. I have almost been thrown off railway stations a few times when the auto flash on my old camera was unexpectedly used (as it defaulted to auto). As well as the large LCD screen which is common to all modern cameras, this camera also features an electronic viewfinder, with a single button to switch between the two. This can be very useful for shooting in difficult light conditions where the screen may not be easy to see. A disadvantage is that is is uncomfortable to use as I find my nose pressed up against the screen, and this then can cause the screen to get dirty. Most of the time the screen is fine though.
A nice feature with this sort of camera is that it is easy to use, whilst having quite a bit of complexity in reserve. In fully automatic mode it is "point and shoot", just hold the shutter down a little to focus and then fully down to take. A useful feature for shooting moving objects is focus tracking, the camera will keep the subject in focus automatically as long as the shutter is held down. It features scenery recognition, which will automatically change setting depending on what it thinks is being shot. This can be amusing as it will often go into "portrait" mode and find "faces" in inanimate objects. This does slow the camera down though, so I tend to use automatic mode without scenery recognition. Different modes are easily selected through the dial on top. In this mode shutter delay is short, in fact my main problem was adapting from the long delay on my old camera and taking photos too early! The camera is large and bulky, so easy to handle, particularly with the battery compartment providing a good hand grip. The grip is a nice soft plastic too, so it is very comfortable to hold. The main controls are also quite large and easy to use. I have found not too much trouble using the camera when wearing thick gloves during the winter. The obvious disadvantage is that the camera is large so cannot be quickly placed in a pocket etc.
As well as it's basic features, the camera also allows much manual control. The user can select shutter speed (up to 8 second delay) aperture, and "film speed", with different modes allowing different setting to be changed. These are all fairly simple to use and a little experimenting can allow you to get the best shot. The large and clear LCD allows you to easily see what the shot will look like and review it once taken. This is useful as the automatic settings do not work great under all conditions. Particularly in low lights I have found subjects can be a little dark, so adjustment of the settings can help. Whilst the flash is automatic, manual setting is also provided.
On-top of pictures, the camera will also take video up to 640x480 resolution with sound. Whilst by no means close to a digital video camera, this is adequate for occasional use. Sound quality is fair but naturally not brilliant due to the small microphone. Unfortunately the microphone will pick up noises from the cameras mechanism when working, so this can damage the sound on all but fairly loud videos.
This camera uses SD memory cards which are cheap. I would recommend at least 4GB at the inbuilt memory can only take about 10 pictures at the highest quality. Unlike some cameras it uses 4 conventional AA batteries which is a big advantage as no charger is needed and these are cheap to buy if you run out. It is power hungry though, especially when using video or flash, so keep spares with you. A decent set of rechargeable is the best option for main batteries.
I have found in general picture quality to be very good. Even night shots and moving images come out well. I have had photos printed 6x4 and it is impossible to tell they are digital.
For the sort of user the camera is aimed at it has few disadvantages. Most I have already mentioned. A particular disappointment is the image stabilisation. I find when using high zoom or low shutter speeds is is very difficult not to blur. A stable surface or tripod is best under these conditions. Whilst providing the best of both worlds between a compact and DSLR, it also has the disadvantages of each. At a reasonable price though it is definitely good for someone wishing to step up from a compact camera without going for the full complexity and expense of a DSLR.
This camera is super durable. After being dropped countless times, it just bounces back.
I have had mine for over two years and it is still going strong. The pictures are of great quality for an amateur camera, the zoom is intense and pictures taken at length are still of a high standard.
The flash is strong, and it pops up, so you have to make sure you move your fingers otherwise you have a lot of black frames. Also faces sometimes appear too white but more often than not they are perfect.
There are a lot of features which make the camera extremely user friendly, for example, you can look back at pictures taken in smaller thumbnails, according to the day it was taken, this makes finding one picture in 1,000's much more simple.
There are lots of different functions which slightly alter a picture's overall appearance, however, I find just leaving it on auto (whether it is on normal or black and white setting) provides the best pictures. There is also an excellent film camera with sound, just in case a picture doesn't capture the scene.
The camera also requires 4 AA batteries. If using regular batteries the power runs out quickly. However, if you buy extra re-chargeable batteries they last for a good while, even with the flash, and can be easily re-powered.
I had this camera as a Christmas present last year (2009). We did a lot of research prior to buying this camera. For the price it has the best Optical zoom and mpix. I love it, i enjoy photographing wildlife and scenery and this allows you to take great photos from any distance. I have enlarged many photos (to a bit bigger than A4 size) and the quality remains the same, high - its excellent. I tend to always use it on the highest mpix option. It is worth buying the lithium batteries as they last a lot, lot longer than the normal ones. It is a very easy to use camera, you simply aim and press, there are several different shooting modes available and there is also a video option. It is also easy to attach to your television in order to view your photographs much larger. I would highly recommend this camera.
I had this bought for me for Christmas 2009, on the understanding that this 'bridge' camera would give me enough to play with, more so than a point and shoot, but not overwhelm me like a full SLR.
I love this camera - for me, the it really comes into its own when taking macro and super-macro shots. For these the resolution is fantastic. The 12x optical zoom is also fantastic.
The camera does eat batteries, (4 x AA) so I would recommend getting some rechargeables, and always carrying a spare set with you. If you have to buy any on the go, nothing less than duracell will do!
This camera will fit in a handbag no problem, although is much bigger than a point and shoot.
I think this is an excellent camera for those looking to dip their toe into slightly more serious photography, and who don't have the budget to leap straight into SLR territory.
I bought this camera a couple of months ago and I am extremely pleased with it. It has a 12x optical zoom which is fantastic. (I did alot of research when I bought this camera and the biggest optical zoom I could find for a similar price was 4x.) I love taking pictures of wildlife and it has been great for that as the colours are also really lovely. I have also taken quite a few action shots of flying birds etc and they have come out very well. The quality of the pictures is flawless and good enough for any serious amateur. At 10MP, unless you are going to blow them up to the size of your house, you don't need any more!
It is also incredibly easy to use. I have barely looked at the instructions and found my way around the camera within minutes of turning it on. It is very nice to look at, quite small but chunky enough to get a good grip to steady your hand. My previous camera was slimline and I had a lot of trouble keeping my hands still. The grip on this camera has solved that problem for me. There is also the bonus of the digital zoom finder. It isn't great, but good enough if you are having problems with glare from the sun etc.
The autofocus is excellent meaning you can zoom right in and still get a crystal clear picture. The super macro feature means you can take your photos just 1cm away from an object. You can also create panorama shots by taking 3 photos and sticking them together. This is a fantastic feature for holiday pictures of landscapes.
The only negative thing I have to say about this camera is the fact that it doesn't have rechargeable batteries. However, the battery life is excellent and 4 AA batteries last weeks of daily use. The camera is so light that the batteries make up most of the weight. It comes with a shoulder/neck strap so carrying it around is easy.
After using this camera for 2 months I have become really keen on photography. I carry it everywhere just in case the perfect shot arises!
i just recently bought this product a month ago and I can say that I surely did a good decision. A powerful point and shoot 10 mega pixels camera with 12x optical zoom that lets you take each of the moments that takes your breathe away. User friendly with a lot of options like shutter speed, aperture adjustments and panorama shots. A quite small product yet size will not matter. Very handy and it wouldn't burden you to carry one. It comes along with a software to be installed in you PC to start your own photo editing career. Let them know how great you are in photography. Let your artistic skills come out as you explore this gadget. Many people say that there are more than meets the eye, and i do agree. So don't just take my word for it, get one now and experienced the change in digital photography...
when it comes to power supply you will need a 4 double A batteries. I may recommend you to buy the rechargeable ones to save money, and battery life depends on which brand you buy. Features are really good you can create your own settings make adjustments on the shutter speed and aperture and a lot more. You can take panorama photos also using this digital camera.. you may edit photos using the software included in the box to make effects resulting to an SLR quality.
I love this product!
My father bought this for me for christmas 2009. Its 10 mp quality is great! This finepix takes breath taking photographs. The zoom is excellent with no harsh pixels or noise in the background. The flash is very very bright, blinding in fact. The shutter speed program is great for getting that sharp fast picture. The only downfall of this is the Video recorder. It states that it is HD recording. But the sound when playing back is awful. You can hear clearly what is being recored but that is a sttttssst sound. And the picture quality isn't that great.
The exterior of the finepix is very stylish. Slick black with a large sleek screen is perfect for the latest fashions! If i say so myself. lol
I love this camera. It is much better then i thought i would be. I will recommend this to anyone!
Having needed a camera with a better quality than my old one, I found a great deal and bought this online. I always wanted one of the 'Canon' cameras or something that would seem quite professional but being a student my money was quite limited. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this camera and I love it! The camera has several modes ranging from automatic, portrait, macro, panorama and much more, giving the amateur photographer a chance to advance their skills and pull away from the auto. The optical zoom on this camera is really good and there seems to be barely any blur for a camera with such a low price. The photographs can be slightly 'tingy' but I would say, yet again it's a great camera for the price. It's a great compact size with such a nice small LCD screen and EVF view. The camera does not weigh too much, which makes it great for carrying around on certain locations. Having done work at college and shown various friends my camera, we all seem quite impressed. The quality of my images seems rather good and as I've said I love my camera. Fuji is definitely under rated in the electronics department, I would recommend it to anyone wanting a cheaper version of a professional camera and it is great for an amateur like me.
I have had this camera for about a year now, and it has proven to be a great purchase. I have taken it traveling with me and it takes great scenary shots.
The quality is much better than a compact point and shoot. A digital SLR would be the next step up, but considerably more expensive, so this camera is a good 'bridging' camera to allow you to experiment with your creative photographer side whilst not blowing all your money in one go on an expensive DLSR.
The auto setting allows for simplicity, whilst the manual settings, which allow you to change the aperture and shutter speed, allow you to create unique shots and try a bit of 'real' photography.
The only downside is it is too bulky to carry around on a day to day basis, so you might need to hang on to your compact digital camera for nights out and day to day photography.
I have owned this camera for several months now and really think it was very good value for money, it would be hard to get a better quality camera without buying some sort of dslr type. The only disadvantage I have found is that it really doesn't give such good images indoors when a flash is needed, however images outdoors are absolutely beautiful and I would definitely recommend it for that, it has really improved our family photo album. I was also very impressde with the macro feature, I have taken some lovely photos of caterpillars and things which I would never have been able to get with my previous camera. Fuji definitely deserve their great reputation with this camera. The zoom is obviously what sets it apart from other cameras in this price bracket and it is amazing what a difference it makes when you are usde to trying to use a digital zoom. I don't think anyone buying this camera with realistic expectations of what this budget will get you would be disappointed.
I got this camera as a present for my birthday and have to say I am very impressed with the camera. The zoom is fantastic, I used it at a concert recently and it zoomed in brilliantly with no blurring.
The camera and functions themselves are easy to use and easy to locate. The camera is not too big and not to heavy, therefore easy to carry around when sightseeing.
The only downside to the camera is that it is a little slow when taking pictures when zooming in it does take its time to focus in on the object that you are trying to take a picture of, although this perhaps does lead to a better picture. Also that the flash has to be manualy activated by lifting it up.
Overall though I am very impressed with this camera and would recommend it to anyone that was interested in buying it.
For my 21st Birthday, I wanted a new digital camera. Although I worked around camera's almost every day, I never really took an interest in what camera I used at home. Maybe I shouldn't admit that as I used to be a professional photographer, but if I wanted professional photos, I would hire somebody.
The Fujifilm S1500 seems to be a perfect choice for me. Packed full of features like face detection and shake control, this camera delivers excellent quality photos almost every time.
Small and relatively light-weight, this camera nests and settles easily into your hands, like its supposed to be there. What attracted me to this camera is the fact that although it's shaped and designed like a SLR camera, it's actually a compact camera.
The 12x optical zoom is fantastic and although the pictures can sometimes come out blurry and out of focus, it's all in the angle and subject and you eventually learn how to perfect zoom pictures and the quality ends up as good as the others.
As with all cameras, this does have its downfall. The shake control only helps minor shaking, so if you have generally shaky hands, this is not the camera for you. The focus - at times - can be a little off, to say the least.
I've also noticed the shutter speed whilst in general mode isn't great, taking two or three seconds to take, which doesn't sound like much, but it isn't a click and go - it's a click and wait - making rare moments even harder to capture.
All in all, the Fujifilm S1500 is smart, feature-packed and sexy but room for improvement could be made and I wouldn't recommend this for professional use.
I take several trips to different places in Europe so I decided to purchase a new camera. So far I am happy with my purchase of this camera by Fujifilm. It takes beautiful colorful pictures and gives you several different options like the more expensive professional cameras. This camera is great for the zoom. The camera actually does a great job even with the digital zoom. For the money, I would recommend buying this camera, unless you are a serious photographer, then I'd recommend spending a bit more on a different camera (perhaps stay away from all mega-zoom cameras for that matter). Am still learning everything it will do, but have taken great photos with it. Looks like it will be easy to use.
This is one of the best purchases of a camera I have had ever! Great value for the money, compact. You will great a great value for your money. Brings some resources only found on full pro cameras. Highly recommend!"
The only drawback is that you have to manually popup the flash to turn it on. But other than that, I find this camera to be outstanding. You will be very happy with this one.
I've had one of these for about a year now, and have found it to be a really cool little thing. It isn't a DSLR, but don't let that put you off. It's compact size and amazing amount of features is enough to give you everything you need to take a great shot. Great zoom ability, a fair amount of changeable settings and an easy Auto setting for those who just want to shoot away and take easy pictures. The digital screen is a good size, making it easy to see the pictures you have taken previously, and also has a fair video playback with sound, for those moments you just cant miss. The only thing I would have to put down is that sometimes it's difficult to find what you want to do, for example when wanting to take more technical shots, or more than one picture in a row. Other than that, great to handle, easy to store and not a bad price at all. I found it very useful to have when studying a digital imaging module at university, and also I am not afraid to take it to the clubs when on a night out. It's a cool looking thing and it doesn't break easily.