Fujifilm FinePix S1500

Last update (19 August’09):
- Review & Sample Photos @ CNET

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 is a 10 megapixels compact camera features 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 33 – 396mm on a 35mm camera) with dual image stabilization, panorama mode, ISO 64-6400, and a 2.7-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor. The camera measures 102.5(W) x 73.0(H) x 67.8(D)mm / 4.1(W) x 2.9(H) x 2.7(D)in. and weighs Approx. 324g / 11.4oz.
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Reviews

CNET reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 and writes;
“The good: Nice design; excellent feature set; reasonably simple to use. The bad: Picture quality drops off above ISO 200; occasionally sluggish performance. The bottom line: Even for a full-featured megazoom camera at a low price, the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 delivers average photo quality and mixed performance.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 and writes;
“This camera offers manual exposure modes as well as a viewfinder, image stabilisation and the ability to zoom in when shooting a movie. It scores well for ease of use when compared to other, similar digital cameras.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 and writes;
“The Fujifilm FinePix S1500 feels so good for a camera that costs so little that you desperately want it to do well. But the modest lens range and mediocre picture quality let it down. It’s still a good buy for the cost-conscious, but only for those willing to accept its shortcomings”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 and writes;
“Fujifilm FinePix S1500 comes Recommended. There are better performing bridge models or super-zooms out there if a broader focal range is high up among your wishes, but for the price investment in an S1500 can’t really be discouraged…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 and writes;
“Fairly priced, jack-of-all-trades super zoom. Taken individually its features don’t overly impress, but the undemanding user may well find it’s all the camera they ever need”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 and writes;
“… Unsurprisingly it still has the same lens performance, with noticeable barrel distortion at wide angle and pincushion at telephoto, but providing decent corner-to-corner sharpness…good picture quality at 400 ISO and usable images even at 800. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

nice camera nice price by J.Fast | Rating: ★★★★★
“I took the camera to the state park with my grand daughter and shot a gig or two of pics. Good color, good focus even with the tele at max. I took two blue birds in the top of a tree with the tele on max got a good sharp picture. For the price it has a lot of features. Both of my Canon cameras have died so I am trying another brand and I think it is a good buy at Amazons price and quick delevery.”

Very satisfied by Leelani | Rating: ★★★★★
“This camera has a lot of features and it’s so well designed that they are easy to use. I haven’t quite figured out how to take closeups with completely blurred background but I’ve had lots of other successes. Batteries seem to last pretty well. A lot of fun to use!.”

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Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Samples

- Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Sample Photos @ CNET
- Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Sample Photos: 123


Fujifilm FinePix S1500 User Manual (PDF)

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Number of effective pixels
10.0 million pixels

CCD sensor
1/2.3-inch CCD

Storage media
* Internal memory (Approx. 23MB)
* SD memory card
* SDHC memory card*2

File format
Still image:
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2*3)
AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
WAVE format, Monaural sound
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Number of recorded pixels

Still image:
3,648 x 2,736 (10M) / 3,648 x 2,432 (3:2 format) / 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels

Fujinon 12x optical zoom lens, F2.8 (Wide) – F5.0 (Telephoto)
Lens focal length
f=5.9 – 70.8mm, equivalent to 33 – 396mm on a 35mm camera
Digital zoom
Approx. 5.7x

Wide: F2.8 – F6.4, Telephoto: F5.0 – F8.0, max 5 steps in 1/3 EV increment

Focus distance (from lens surface)
* Wide: Approx. 40cm / 1.3ft. to infinity
* Telephoto: Approx. 1.5m / 4.9ft. to infinity

* Wide: Approx. 5cm – 3m / 2.0in. – 9.8ft.
* Telephoto: Approx. 80cm – 3m / 2.6ft. – 9.8ft.

Super Macro:
* Approx. 2cm – 1m / 0.8in. – 3.3ft.

Auto / Auto(800) / Auto(400) / Equivalent to ISO 64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
* ISO 3200 / 6400: 3M pixels or lower (Number of recorded pixels)
Exposure control
TTL 256-zones metering

Exposure mode
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Shooting modes

Mode dial:
Auto, SR Auto, SP, P, S, A, M, C, Panorama, Movie

Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Natural Light, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text

Image Stabilization
CCD-shift type

Shutter speed
(Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/2000sec., (All other modes) 8sec. to 1/2000sec.

Continuous shooting
* Top-3 (max. 1.4 frames/sec.)
* Last-3 (max. 1.4 frames/sec.)
* Long-period (max. 1.4 frames/sec.)
* Top-6, High speed (max. 3.3 frames/sec., 5M pixels or lower)
* Top-15, Ultra high speed (max. 7.5 frames/sec., 2M pixels or lower)

Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center, Tracking) / Continuous AF

Automatic scene recognition
Preset: (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm white), Fluorescent light (Cool white), Incandescent light), Custom
Approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec.delay

Auto flash
Effective range (ISO AUTO):
* Wide: Approx. 40cm – 8.7m / 1.3ft. – 28.5ft.
* Telephoto: Approx. 1.5m – 4.8m / 4.9ft. – 15.7ft.
* Wide: Approx. 30cm – 3.0m / 1.0ft. – 9.8ft.
* Telephoto: Approx. 80cm – 3.0m / 2.6ft. – 9.8ft.
Flash modes
* Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
* Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.

Electronic viewfinder
0.2-inch, Approx. 200,000 dots, FLCD monitor (R/G/B colors are displayed in a single dot), Approx. 97% coverage

LCD monitor
2.7-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, Approx. 97% coverage

Movie recording

* 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
* 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.

With monaural sound

* Optical or digital zoom function can be selected during movie recording.

Photography functions
SR Auto (Scene Recognition Auto), Instant Zoom, Panorama shooting mode, Face Detection (with Auto red-eye removal), High speed shooting, Framing guideline, Post shot assist windows, Frame No. memory, Histograms, Silent mode

Playback functions
Slideshow, Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), Trimming, Single frame and Multi-frame playback (with Micro thumbnail), Sorting by date, Image rotate, Voice Memo, Histograms (Highlight warning)

Video output
NTSC / PAL selectable

Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-speed

Power supply
4x AA type alkaline batteries (included), Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (sold separately) or Lithium batteries (sold separately)
DC Coupler CP-04 with AC power adapter AC-5VX(sold separately)

102.5(W) x 73.0(H) x 67.8(D)mm / 4.1(W) x 2.9(H) x 2.7(D)in. (excluding accessories and attachments)

Approx. 324g / 11.4oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)

See also: Digital Camera | Fujifilm

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