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Matt Grayson takes a look at the FinePix S100fs from Fujifilm. A bridge camera with more features than you can shake a stick at.
Possibly one of the best built cameras Fuji have ever produced. It does come with the burden of size and weight. Nearly 1kg with battery fitted. Despite the bulk it handles exceptionally well with a huge but very comfortable grip. Looks like a DSLR and the smooth manual zooming lens is on a par with the build quality of lenses for DSLR's. Picture quality from this camera is very good and only occaisionally spoiled by chromatic abberation in areas of high contrast. The manual focus is usable but works best when mounted on a tripod. The 14.3x zoom gives an equivalent 35mm range of 28mm to 400mm and it has a very good 2x digital zoom. I would not normally condone the use of digital zoom but it does provide extra reach without much detriment to final quality when you need it. Its pretty useful in low light conditions and good images can be produced at 1600ISO without noise being a massive problem. The tilt screen is very useful to get a different angle on shots.
Perhaps the only downside to this camera was the huge selling price when it first came out. More expensive than some DSLR's and I believe that this was the reason it is no longer available as it could not be engineered into the price range of equivalent bridge cameras. Its a camera I still own and use regularly and would never part with.
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