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Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Digital Camera Review

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Digital Camera Review - Matt Grayson takes a look at the Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd. Fuji's new compact, high zoom model with face detection technology.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
Price : £169
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The S1000fd offers a specification that allows control over your picture taking in an easy format that previous owners of compacts can get used to.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Specification

  • Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Optical zoom: 12x
  • Resolution: 10Mp
  • Sensor type: CCD HR VIII
  • Sensor size: 1/ 2.3
  • Focal length:33-396mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8-6.4
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic LCD
  • Movie mode: 640× 480 30fps
  • Screen size: 2.7in
  • Card format: Internal memory (approx. 25MB)/xD Picture card/SD & SDHC
  • Battery: 4x AA Batteries
  • Weight: 325g
  • Size: 102.2x73x67.8mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 2cm
  • Exposure modes: program/aperture priority/shutter priority/manual
  • Screen resolution: 230,000 pixels
  • File formats: JPEG
  • Connectivity: USB2.0
  • Flash type: Built in
  • Shutter speed: 8-1/2000
  • Image stabilisation: Anti-blur
  • Sensitivity: ISO64-ISO3200
  • Face detection: Yes

At £169, the Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd is well placed in the market offering 10Mp, 12x optical zoom and hardware based face detection technology. £23 more will get you the Sony H10 with 8Mp, 10x optical zoom and face detection. No other cameras in the same price area compare in specification, but the Nikon Coolpix P60 is the same price and has the same resolution. The zoom is a maximum of 5x optical so doesn't match up in that department.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Modes and features
The S1000fd is smaller than the S5800 and has a larger zoom on it. Not that you'd tell by looking at it as the barrel doesn't stick out any further than an 8 or 10x lens. The small pop up flash squats over the top of the barrel and electronic viewfinder (EVF).

The mode dial is huge and looks quite out of place on an otherwise small unit. The power switch is a slide along affair sat just behind the face detection and continuous shooting buttons. The shutter release is perched on the edge of the sharp grip with the zoom ring wrapped around it for easy use with the index finger.

On the back, the thumb pad is surrounded by three buttons so you can use them without moving too much. The EVF/LCD button switches between using the EVF and the monitor on the back. Unfortunately, when a picture has been taken using the EVF, the brief review of the image is also shown in the EVF and not on the rear screen.

The green arrow is for playback of images you've taken while the 'f' button is to access the 'finepix' options. Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd In here you can change the ISO, resolution and film simulation type. The film simulation has three options of normal, chrome and black & white. The chrome mode is designed to make the shot look like it was taken on Fuji slide film by giving it a slightly cooler tone.

The navigation pad surrounds the menu access and confirm action button and also doubles up to access flash functions, self timer, macro and LCD brightness.

Underneath that is the display button which rotates through different settings of what information you have on the screen including a rule of thirds grid and previous shot reminder. This last option closes the monitor down to about 1/3 of the screen and shows thumbnail images of the last three photographs you have taken.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Build and handling
The camera feels solid enough although when pushing the side of the grip with my thumb towards the lens a faint clicking can be heard. The battery cover moves with manipulation and the pressure of the four AA batteries makes it feel like it could pop open at any time. However, the door does have a lock on it to stop that happening.

Ergonomics are nice with the grip contouring to the hand quite well. The buttons and switches on top of the camera can be accessed by the index finger while the buttons on the back are in close proximity to the thumb. The mode Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd dial also hangs over the edge of the camera slightly so it can be turned with your thumb. However, it's still easier to use your fingers too.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Flash options
The only flash option is the pop up as the camera has no hotshoe built-in. Pushing the flash down turns it off and a small button on the side pops it back up. The flash will default to auto but also has a slow sync and forced on option.

Red-eye is performed in camera and is a removal tool meaning that it will remove it completely rather than just reducing it.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd: Performance
Start up time is just under two seconds which won't be winning any awards but seems sprightly enough. Most of the two second time is spent pulling the spring loaded power switch and waiting for the camera to register that you want to take a picture.

Shutter lag was pretty bleak with a constant range of 0.20 to 0.35 seconds. Compared with other cameras that have a response of 0.08 seconds, the Fuji number is more than three times higher.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The colour test chart image.

Colour rendition is good on the colour test chart with all primaries boosted but more so on blue and green. This is consistent with JPEG format as the processor is programmed to work for landscapes.

The skin tone looks a little pale but the mono tones are balanced well. I also like the result from the earthy tones as they look quite natural.

The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd has two focusing modes with the closest getting in to 1cm away which is a brilliant result. Unfortunately, in the super macro mode, zoom is lost. Normal macro has zoom but loses the close focusing managing an already respectable 5cm.

Skin tones look lifelike on the portrait shot. The strong sunlight has caused large, heavy shadows on the face which is unfortunate and a simple burst of fill-in flash will obviate this issue.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The macro image.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The portrait image.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The wide angle image.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The telephoto image.

The 12x optical zoom has a field of view of 33-396mm in 35mm terms. This allows you to get in nice and close to subjects such as wildlife without disturbing them. The 33mm wide angle sits around the mid-range. Average starting focal lengths are at about 35-38mm while the widest focal lengths are 25-28mm.

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: Noise test
The image is very smooth and detail is excellent at low ISO levels and the HR CCD has to be a contributing factor. With this in mind, it's a shame that noise starts to appear on the image at ISO400 with it accelerating badly at the next level. This includes ugly specks on the grey card and purple blotches around the edges of the petals.

ISO1600 has enough noise for it to be seen at standard instead of full size. The detail of the petal is starting to disappear too. ISO3200 has had its resolution knocked down in an attempt to regulate noise. It works to a degree giving the image about the same result as the ISO1600 shot.

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The ISO64 test.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The ISO100 test.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The ISO200 test.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The ISO400 test.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The ISO800 test.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The ISO1600 test.
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
The ISO3200 test.
 

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: Verdict
For those of you after a small digital camera with a long zoom and creative features, then this is a camera for you to consider. It's lightweight, stupidly easy to use and has a few nifty little features that other companies don't offer.

As a smaller version of the S8100fd, the S1000fd isn't as well made but it is around £100 less. For £160, you can't really go wrong for the features you get. Performance wise it's a little lacking but shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're not in a hurry.

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: Plus points
Small and compact
User friendly
Good low level noise results
Good macro
Nice colour results

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd: Minus points
Poor start up time
Slow shutter lag
Build quality isn't good

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The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd costs around £169 and is available in the ePHOTOzine shop here.

 

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Photographs taken using the Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd

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Comments


30 Dec 2008 12:51PM
I have the Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd. I have had it a short time so I have not used all of it's features as yet. I have found nice and compact for me, it is nice and light. The colour of the photo's is nice and sharp. So far i used the cammera on auto. Compeared to my old 5mp camera which was on auto all the time, this one is far better.
Thereis one thing I like to know if the S1000fd takes Raw photo's.

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