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Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 121 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 6.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Screen5.0   exceptional
Button4.6   exceptional
DSLR4.6   above average
Image4.4   above average
Lens4.4   exceptional
Photo4.4   average
Price4.4   average
Quality4.3   average
Control4.2   average
Range4.2   average
Setting4.2   average
Speed4.1   above average
Video4.1   average
Zoom4.1   average
Battery3.8   above average
Color3.8   below average
Light3.6   below average
Manual3.1   below average
Focus2.6   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"The rechargable batteries make up for the only drawbacks of my older Fujifilm cameras."
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"Dislikes:1) The door to the battery SD card compartment doesn't feel like secure when it closes."
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"The battery can be inserted wrong way around."
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"works great and battery life is well above expected."
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"the battery life is very adequate although I did purchase a higher life battery."
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"Battery life is great."
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"zoom, much better image resolution and clarity than Fuji's HS50, good battery life (intervalometer took a JPeg and RAF [RAW] image of bald eagles every 15 seconds for 6 hours including a rain storm), water and dust resistance, and WiFi control."
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Button

Button:
"There are not a great deal of manual controls (in terms of buttons)."
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"Would have like another function control button and really liked the Panasonic's quick menu compared to the extensive button pushing on the Fuji to get the same function."
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"I use it mostly for taking pictures of my pets so I really love the continuous button."
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"button, nice feature."
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"The beauty of this camera is I knew nothing about these settings, and in a couple weeks I can go outdoors, push a button or two and dial in my settings and get a great picture in a few shots."
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"-an easy to use viewfinder, and buttons."
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Color

Color:
"Like the proverbial carrot on the string in front of the horse, I find myself reaching for this camera when frustrated with my others to capture colors that don't seem to do well on any other camera."
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"Once in a while, I have problems with my Canon with color."
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"One negative is that color you see in the viewfinder is somewhat washed out (this is not true of the LCD monitor), but that is not how the photos will look."
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"The sharpness is lacking and color accuracy is weak."
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"It was on the Fuji Website, installed easily enough, and is great for basic editing such as color temp, contrast, sharpness, with some preset color styles."
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"The colors are great, which I put it on Chrome, which basically turns the colors up, but with more green."
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"The pictures are clear, the colors are true, and the resolution is enough for my 13X19 printer."
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"And I really love the Fuji color."
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Control

Control:
"This camera has many high-end features and accordingly costs about two and a half times as much as the S1.I deem the Fujifilm S1 an ideal camera for me, because it fits my set of requirements (relatively low cost AND high versatility, all-in-one high-zoom lens, small size, water and dust resistant, Wi-Fi connectivity and remote control capability) and compromises (noisier pictures at high ISO settings)."
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"There are not a great deal of manual controls (in terms of buttons)."
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"Would have like another function control button and really liked the Panasonic's quick menu compared to the extensive button pushing on the Fuji to get the same function."
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"WiFi capability, especially remote control with Samsung smart phone, is great."
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"I'm still mastering the various controls, but it's so easy to tweak them I love it."
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"If you don't want to have much control over the quality of the photos and shoot in good lighting then it is a perfect camera."
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"Being able to use your camera as a remote control for it, is also pretty cool."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"There are two things about a DSLR that we were hoping to solve with this camera: 1. switching lenses on a DSLR is a pain at best and can damage the camera at worst (if things like sand, etc."
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"dose as good as a DSLR"
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"I have a 12+ year old DSLR and liked that type of performance, but wanted a smaller camera with a large zoom."
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"There are two things about a DSLR that we were hoping to solve with this camera: 1. switching lenses on a DSLR is a pain at best and can damage the camera at worst (if things like sand, etc."
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"It's as good as my Nikon DSLR and a whole lot easier to use."
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"It is much lighter and easier to carry around my full feature DSLR, bag, and extra lenses."
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Focus

Focus:
"This can be an occasional problem: once in low light it had a hard time focusing, but I zoomed all the way it (so the face of the person I was shooting completely filled the viewfinder) this forced it to focus on the detail of the face so when I zoomed back out to the proper framing the face was still in focus."
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"Another drawback is that it is very difficult to manually focus on a subject at full zoom."
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"When I used the manual focus, it was very hard to hold on the subject while rotating the little wheel."
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"Then I read about focal lengths, and how when you are in zoom mode, the camera won't be able to focus on anything very close."
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"I sent the camera to Fuji to be repaired and it was returned unable to focus!"
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"The battery life is good, the focus is fast, although a high flying jet or bird, it might not immediately be able to focus and the shot is lost., The grip is good, but the camera is a bit heavy at 24 ounces but not bad."
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"In macro mode, it does a nice job focusing."
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"My pictures are clear and in focus even at the 50X zoom."
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"There is the nice Nikon Coolpix P600 but there are complaints about slow focus, which I totally believe because I have owned two of their 300mm zoom lenses and they both are sluggish to respond."
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"The auto focus is really good even when zooming to full capacity."
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"The auto focus is super quick and I have taken some great shots of birds, kites and other moving objects and gotten great shots."
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Image

Image:
"The two biggest problems I had with the images were: 1. lack of dynamic range in the images and 2. extreme over-processing of the images."
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"Image quality not as good as my Panasonic FZ 150."
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"The only complaint we have is with the software for transferring images over wifi to our iPad."
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"The only real drawback I had is when shooting at 400 or 800 ISO the images had a lot of noise, almost to the point that I would rather use a smartphone camera."
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"I took some images of the moon at about 3 AM, hand held with no tripod, and I was amazed at how well the images came out."
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"Image processing is good."
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"Image quality is good."
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"A friend who is a film-maker described the quality of the video image as pretty amazing."
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"Image quality is adequate for my purposes as an advanced amateur."
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"Love the camera - even though what I received was an import model (which I returned to DealalotUS because I did NOT want an import model, I wanted and thought I purchased a USA model) I wanted to review it - has EVERYTHING - timelapse photography, wifi, water resistant, remote shooting with lots of options, raw pics, great zoom 50 optical 100 digital, slow motion video, view finder as well, tilt screen, hot shoe for flash, panorama etc."
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Lens

Lens:
"There are two things about a DSLR that we were hoping to solve with this camera: 1. switching lenses on a DSLR is a pain at best and can damage the camera at worst (if things like sand, etc."
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"My only dislike is no manual focus ring on the lens and no zoom ring on the lens."
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"Other noteworthy parts include manual zoom controls at both the left- and right-hand sides of the camera; a built-in flash with a hotshoe for a not-included optional external flash unit; a 3-inch 920k-dot LCD monitor for composition help; a 920k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) alternative to the monitor with a nearby diopter adjustment wheel that helps users with eyesight problems make the EVF display work better for them; microphone and speakers; a dual purpose AF-assist illuminator (that enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit) and self-timer lamp; controls for power on-off, built-in WiFi, menu- and shooting-mode selections, playback, continuous or burst-mode shooting, exposure compensation, and movie-recording; housing for an NP-85 lithium-ion rechargeable battery, SD SDHC SDXC memory card (up to 128GB), USB and HDMI ports; and a screw thread for a tripod that is, unfortunately, made of plastic and is not in line with the lens barrel."
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"Another thing that is missing is a lens hood."
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"As eloquently described in other reviews, the range of the telephoto lens is simply astonishing."
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"There are two things about a DSLR that we were hoping to solve with this camera: 1. switching lenses on a DSLR is a pain at best and can damage the camera at worst (if things like sand, etc."
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"Love the telephoto lens."
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"Also wanted something with a good lens that had a great optical zoom, hopefully with some kind of image stabilization."
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"Seems the manufacturer could build that into the lens very easily."
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Light

Light:
"This can be an occasional problem: once in low light it had a hard time focusing, but I zoomed all the way it (so the face of the person I was shooting completely filled the viewfinder) this forced it to focus on the detail of the face so when I zoomed back out to the proper framing the face was still in focus."
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"The main issue was excessive noise at the full zoom of 30x and low light like in the mornings and evenings when birds are most active."
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"Negatives include the tiny sensor doesn't handle low light very well and documentation fails to point out that digital zoom is deactivated if you elect to save RAW (RAF) files."
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"On the flip side, one night in absolute frustration not being able to capture anything decent at all, I turned out all of the lights so that the room was pitch black."
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"WHAT WE LIKECamera lightweight for what is in itEasy grip- to hang on to and holdGreat neck strapMacro and Supermacro capabilities are goodDurableWiFi feature works great with tablet (android OS)50X zoom works great (have to have very steady hand for that)Great movies for what it isMini HDMI port works for TV or monitorPhotos with flash turn out well consistentlyLeft and right zoom buttons come in VERY handyTakes decent self portraits, although a bit clumsy at times to holdTimer worked wellWHAT WE DON'T LIKENavigation can be frustratingDirectional pad can be frustratingLight sensor is unstableAutomatic settings very unstable and inconsistentPhotos look better on LCD pad than they actually areSometimes photos look flat and or grainy (not 3D looking or clear)THE BOTTOM LINETHE LIGHT PROBLEMWe tested this camera extensively inside, outside, at night, in indirect light and with sunlight and found that the light sensor in this camera is way too inconsistent for satisfying picture taking."
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"I took a picture of a deer at 200 yards at dusk in very low light (my 35mm SLR couldn't do that) and it came out really well."
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"Takes great pictures in low light without flash."
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"The sensor, a 16M BSI-CMOS, was great in low light, and very little noise."
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"The picture quality is fantastic and does well in low light."
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"I suspect that someone who just wanted to make snapshots and always shot in good light and never shot raw would be rating this thing at five stars."
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Manual

Manual:
"When I used the manual focus, it was very hard to hold on the subject while rotating the little wheel."
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"A little disappointed with the lack of instruction manual, but the disk provided has a digital file with the instructions (to save money on print costs)."
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"My only dislike is no manual focus ring on the lens and no zoom ring on the lens."
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"There are not a great deal of manual controls (in terms of buttons)."
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"I found it very frustrating to use the manual focus on this camera."
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"I printed out the manual so I could read it and try the different features in a comfortable chair, instead of sitting in front of my computer."
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"It also takes fantastic pictures of the moon, by setting it on manual and adjusting the ISO for the moon at night, and auto is great for day pics."
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"Even so, the anti-vibration technology in this camera steadies things up nicely.6) Aperture-preference, shutter speed-preference, and full manual preference options."
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"Its immediate predecessor had a manual zoom, which I think is a superior arrangement."
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"The user manual is good, but you will still need to play around with camera to make full use of many of the options."
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Photo

Photo:
"I just cite two problems, which were expected by me:Photos that require high-iso - noise is a little high and undermines the quality of the image."
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"As it is now, however, I can only give it three stars because of the inconsistency in quality of photos and the effort I have to go through to get a good one."
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"Out of the way when you don't want it- and nice photos."
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"You can not live your life taking flash photos unfortunately."
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"One thing I wish was easier was the wifi transfer of photos which is why I didn't give it 5 stars."
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"Bulk of photos were great, the big zoom definetly worth having."
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"I got some aweasome photos and a really nice video or two."
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"That being said photos are still good and there are a bunch of cool features to play with."
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"Works great for taking photos of wildlife."
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Price

Price:
"Seriously, it's really hard to find an affordable video camera that shoots 1080 60p."
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"Prices do change over time, but I am disappointed in Amazon- This camera is a new model and was out about two months when I ordered it."
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"I got this through an Amazon Lightning Deal for an excellent price."
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"I relied on this excellent comparison review from 2014 that swayed me in favor of this camera, particularly with its excellent price... http: www."
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"Great price nice functions have not used yet but will update later"
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"Because the resolution on this camera 1920x1080 @ 60p is unbeatable for even twice the price (the description on the Amazon page says it's 60i, but the specs on the Fujifilm site says it's 60p and my tests indicate that it is in fact progressive - p, not interlaced - i.)"
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"In this price range it's pretty common to still see 1280x720 60p which is almost 30% smaller than 1080."
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Quality

Quality:
"- Stabilization works well - Zoom works well - Great battery life, could go 2 days with 100's of pictures without recharging - Very nice picture quality."
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"Image quality not as good as my Panasonic FZ 150."
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"We haven't had any rain so I can't comment on the weatherproof quality this camera has, but I suspect it wont have any problems there."
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"As it is now, however, I can only give it three stars because of the inconsistency in quality of photos and the effort I have to go through to get a good one."
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"With all of those bells and whistles, you would except to sacrifice some image quality, and though the pictures I took weren't perfect (it's unfair to compare a $3,000 kit to a $500 kit) they were stunningly good."
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"Image quality is good."
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"The internal mics record in stereo and are decent quality - nothing to rave about, but a little better than you'd expect for built in mics at this level."
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"The quality of the video on this is absolutely beautiful with even, natural saturation and contrast (lower price camcorders tend to bump up the saturation and contrast to make the colors pop more, which tends to give the video an artificial, amateurish look - this camera doesn't do that) and sharp details."
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"A friend who is a film-maker described the quality of the video image as pretty amazing."
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"Image quality is adequate for my purposes as an advanced amateur."
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Range

Range:
"The two biggest problems I had with the images were: 1. lack of dynamic range in the images and 2. extreme over-processing of the images."
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"*****Update as of Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 04:28:48 PM*****I have confirmed than an issue I experienced with limited zoom range while shooting videos was due to a glitch that appears to be rare."
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"In this price range it's pretty common to still see 1280x720 60p which is almost 30% smaller than 1080."
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"I purchased this camera after much investigation of bridge cameras through many sources and came up with this being the best built and functioning camera in a great price range."
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"As eloquently described in other reviews, the range of the telephoto lens is simply astonishing."
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"Again, not many cameras in this class offer that.3 - The zoom range makes it a great street camera and the configuration doesn't scream professional like a DSLR.4 - Optically there's only one camera in this class that's better - the Nikon P900 - and the difference isn't worth talking about."
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"Normally I lug around a camera bag with a variety of Canon bodies and lenses, but I recently took a vacation and I needed something that could take good pictures, had a professional range of picture options and could withstand a little sand, water or mud (that's not too much to ask, is it? )"
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Screen

Screen:
"The movable screen is great when taken Micro shots!"
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"Love the camera - even though what I received was an import model (which I returned to DealalotUS because I did NOT want an import model, I wanted and thought I purchased a USA model) I wanted to review it - has EVERYTHING - timelapse photography, wifi, water resistant, remote shooting with lots of options, raw pics, great zoom 50 optical 100 digital, slow motion video, view finder as well, tilt screen, hot shoe for flash, panorama etc."
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"Both the screen and view finder work well and the the articulating screen is nice."
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"Large bright, clear 3 LCD screen & viewfinder."
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Setting

Setting:
"The result is not always what I see, several attempts with different express and advanced setting could help."
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"This camera has many high-end features and accordingly costs about two and a half times as much as the S1.I deem the Fujifilm S1 an ideal camera for me, because it fits my set of requirements (relatively low cost AND high versatility, all-in-one high-zoom lens, small size, water and dust resistant, Wi-Fi connectivity and remote control capability) and compromises (noisier pictures at high ISO settings)."
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"The movie mode has a super slow motion option of 480fps which sounds pretty cool but unfortunately the resolution at that setting is so small (240x180), it's nearly worthless."
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"It's comfortable for her to use with easy to understand settings."
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"It also takes fantastic pictures of the moon, by setting it on manual and adjusting the ISO for the moon at night, and auto is great for day pics."
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"The tone is great and for nature is preferable to me over the standard setting."
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"It does a great job from close up to normal with out changing settings."
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"The beauty of this camera is I knew nothing about these settings, and in a couple weeks I can go outdoors, push a button or two and dial in my settings and get a great picture in a few shots."
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Speed

Speed:
"There is the nice Nikon Coolpix P600 but there are complaints about slow focus, which I totally believe because I have owned two of their 300mm zoom lenses and they both are sluggish to respond."
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"It takes 9 shots very quickly and it resets fast so nothing else is missed."
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"The camera focuses and shoots so fast it's hard to miss a shot."
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"Love the camera - even though what I received was an import model (which I returned to DealalotUS because I did NOT want an import model, I wanted and thought I purchased a USA model) I wanted to review it - has EVERYTHING - timelapse photography, wifi, water resistant, remote shooting with lots of options, raw pics, great zoom 50 optical 100 digital, slow motion video, view finder as well, tilt screen, hot shoe for flash, panorama etc."
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"There is the nice Nikon Coolpix P600 but there are complaints about slow focus, which I totally believe because I have owned two of their 300mm zoom lenses and they both are sluggish to respond."
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"Pros : Easy To Use, Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Fast accurate auto-focus, Great ZoomBest Uses : Travel, Family Photos, Landscape Scenery, Video, Wildlife photosThis is my 2nd Bridge camera."
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"The 50X zoom is real good & fast but need a tripod at 50x - too much shake."
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"for me I have caught many great pictures with the 30 second shutter speed."
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Video

Video:
"Seriously, it's really hard to find an affordable video camera that shoots 1080 60p."
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"The only thing I don't love about this camera is that when you are recording video you can't use the manual focus."
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"The biggest downside to this camera is how audible the noise of zooming in and out is on video."
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"*****Update as of Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 04:28:48 PM*****I have confirmed than an issue I experienced with limited zoom range while shooting videos was due to a glitch that appears to be rare."
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"And another problem that I thought very weird - When recording a video, the noise of the zoom engine appears when watching."
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"I'll add some video to this review, but Amazon tends to process the crap out of the videos that we attach to reviews so it will not accurately express the output of this camera... try searching Fujifilm FinePix S1 sample video footage on Youtube and you may be able to find my footage there... youtube compresses also but not to the extreme that Amazon does."
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"The quality of the video on this is absolutely beautiful with even, natural saturation and contrast (lower price camcorders tend to bump up the saturation and contrast to make the colors pop more, which tends to give the video an artificial, amateurish look - this camera doesn't do that) and sharp details."
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"I use this for our soccer team and create a great yearbook and banquet video! "
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"Video is great too."
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"A friend who is a film-maker described the quality of the video image as pretty amazing."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"At first I was disappointed that I couldn't get it to zoom in really tight on something about 2' away, and focus."
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"Then I read about focal lengths, and how when you are in zoom mode, the camera won't be able to focus on anything very close."
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"I had very little problem using it as full zoom as long as I used some support while taking pictures."
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"The main issue was excessive noise at the full zoom of 30x and low light like in the mornings and evenings when birds are most active."
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"*****Update as of Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 04:28:48 PM*****I have confirmed than an issue I experienced with limited zoom range while shooting videos was due to a glitch that appears to be rare."
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"While is this no big accomplishment, given that most Super Zooms can handle this, I was amazed at the level of detail I could get when further cropping in my Moon images in the camera."
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"There are a lot of super zooms out there and a ton of reviews as well."
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"It has an easily accessible zoom, and it has a built in microphone that she needed."
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"Zoom is outstanding."
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"Along with the 1080 60p, this camera has a massive optical zoom which is an excellent bonus."
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"Bulk of photos were great, the big zoom definetly worth having."
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