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Fujifilm FinePix S100fs Review

Review Date: Jun 9, 2008

Category: Serious Amateur

Fujifilm FinePix S100fs

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Super Zoom
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Super Zoom


This Fujifilm FinePix S100fs Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.


The Fujifilm FinePix S100fs is the "almost DSLR" Super Zoom. Not only does it handle and feel like a DSLR, it is also easy enough in point-and-shoot mode to obtain high quality images that are properly exposed and with pleasant colors.

Two brand new features help with that: Extended Dynamic Range bracketing takes 3 shots with one click to retain detail in highlights; and, Film Simulation bracketing takes 3 shots with one click to simulate the type of attractive colors that Fujifilm 35mm films are famous for.

The 14.3x optical zoom covers a wide-angle 28mm to tele 400mm (equiv.) in one compact lens. Perfect for those who do not fancy carrying extra lenses -- and no more missed shots because you had to stop to change lens. Performance is fast and image quality very good, especially at the low ISOs. Low noise performance at higher ISOs is also very good, thanks to the Super CCD HR VIII image sensor.

If you go back to our Fujifilm S9100 review, you'll notice that Fujifilm has implemented many of the items on our improvement wish list.

What I like about the Fujifilm S100fs:

  • Very good image quality (though prone to purple fringing).
  • Excellent low-light capability in a non-DSLR: Low noise from ISO 100 to 400. ISO 800 is usable. ISO 1600 and 3200 are for small prints and for Web display. ISO 6400 and 10000 are bonus.
  • Wide-angle 14.3x optical zoom lens (28-400mm, 35mm equivalent) with excellent manual Zoom Ring.
  • Manual Focus Ring with One-Touch AF makes manual focusing much easier than using arrow keys.
  • Lens is optically image stabilized.
  • Avalability of ISO AUTO (400), AUTO (800) and AUTO (1600) in PASM modes.
  • More internal memory means better Continuous Shooting performance, including Continuous RAW shooting.
  • High resolution 2.5-in. LCD (230K dots) gains up in low-light.
  • LCD swivels up and down for convenient waist-level, above head or close to the ground shooting.
  • Programmed AE mode with Program Shift.
  • Area AF with 49 positions for easy off-center focus.
  • Accepts external flash units.
  • Excellent handling and grip.
  • Intuitive controls and menus.
  • Full exposure flexibility.
  • Customized settings.
  • Accepts xD-Picture Card and SD/SDHC cards.
  • Lens is threaded to accept filters.

Improvements wishlist:

  • Remove CA (purple fringing) in-camera.
  • Spot AF metering so exposure meters at selected AF point.
  • Sepia color option.
  • Index in Owner's Manual.

See if you fit the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs User Profile below:


Fujifilm FinePix S100fs
User Profile
Desire a quality 11MP resolution prosumer digital camera with very good image quality.
Want a camera that handles and operate like a DSLR, including manual Zoom Ring.
Want improved low-light capability.
Want a long zoom lens (14.3x) with a wide-angle (28mm) coverage.
Want a digital camera that handles intuitively.
Wants a camera with fast operation.
Want a digital camera that is full featured.

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