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Fujifilm FinePix S100fs Review
Date: Jun 9, 2008
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Super Zoom
Category: Serious Amateur
The Fujifilm FinePix S100FS is a brand new model billed as FUJIFILM’s most advanced DSLR-style camera to date. The "FS" suffix stands for "Film Simulation" and the S100FS also heralds the return of the larger 2/3-in. image sensor in a prosumer level digital camera. The image sensor is the eighth generation Super CCD HR with 11MP resolution allowing a High Sensitivity ISO 3200 at full resolution.
Dual Image Stabilization combines Optical Image Stabilization with Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization and should be useful to stabilize the 14.3x wide-angle optical zoom (28-400mm, 35mm equiv.).
Fujifilm claims a gain in Wide Dynamic Range of up to 400%. This technology was originally developed for Fujifilm's S5Pro DSLR and allows photographers to capture every nuance of highlight and shadow in high contrast scenes. Users may select from several settings that will capture detail and contrast.
Fujifilm also claims a newly developed electronic
viewfinder (EVF) with significantly improved response, color
development and color reproduction to give photographers an
experience similar to what they get with a SLR optical viewfinder.
Film Simulation (FS) Modes allow advanced photographers who like the Fujifilm 35mm professional films to select a film-like character for the scene with a choice of four modes: "Velvia", "Provia", "Soft", and "Portrait". Each mode offers a subtle but unique change in tone and color reproduction, emulating the original qualities of the highly regarded Fujifilm professional films.
The Fujifilm S100FS has a new convenient Multi Bracketing function: "Dynamic Range Bracketing", "Film Simulation Bracketing", and "Auto Exposure Bracketing" automatically varies the settings, and 3 frames are taken continuously with a single shutter release. Photographers can concentrate on getting the perfect shot, and decide later which image best captures the moment.
Other advanced features:
- RAW file format
- Manual Zoom Ring
- Tiltable 2.5-in. LCD screen (90° upwards and 45°
- Continuous Shooting at 7fps (max. 50 frames) at 3MP resolution
An interesting design feature is the lens hood which has a square window in the lower part to allow adjustments of lens filters such as polarizing filters,
without removing the hood.
The Fujifilm S100FS provides full photographic control with PASM functions. It accepts xD-Picture
Card as well as Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) memory cards.
The Fujifilm FinePix S100FS should
appeal to serious amateur photographers desiring an ultra zoom with image stabilization and DSLR-like functionalities.
TIPA Award: The Fujifilm S100fs landed a 2008 TIPA Award as "Best Superzoom Digital Camera."
|US | CAN | UK
|Number of Effective Pixels
11.1 million pixels
2/3 inch Super CCD HR
of Recorded Pixels
||3,840 x 2,880 / 4,032 x 2,688(3:2 format) / 2,816 x 2,112 /2,048 x 1,536 /1,600 x 1,200 / 640 X 480 pixels
||Internal memory (approx. 25MB) /xD-Picture Card™ ( 16MB - 2 GB )
SD memory card/ SDHC memory card
||Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 ),
Uncompresed CCD-RAW (RAF format, RAW conversion software included in CD-ROM),
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG ) with sound,
Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
(with 512MB xD-Picture Card, not included)
3840x2880 (RAW) - 22
3840x2880(F) - 93
3840x2880 (N) - 186
4032x2688(3:2) - 189
2816x2112 - 343
2048x1536 - 626
1600x1200 - 779
640x480 - 3194
VGA (25fps) - 7.4 min.
QVGA (25fps) - 14.7 min.
(with 512MB SD Memory Card, not included)
3840x2880 (RAW) - 21
3840x2880(F) - 93
3840x2880 (N) - 186
4032x2688(3:2) - 183
2816x2112 - 332
2048x1536 - 606
1600x1200 - 754
640x480 - 3093
VGA (25fps) - 7.2 min.
QVGA (25fps) - 14.3 min.
||Fujinon 14.3X Optical zoom lens , F2.8 (W) - F5.3 (T)
||f=7.1mm - 101.5 mm, Equivalent to 28- 400 mm on a 35mm camera
||F 2.8 -F 11 (W) F5.3 -F11 (T), max. 13 steps in 1/3 EV increment
||14.3X Wide (28- 400mm, 35mm
||Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center)
Manual focus (One-push AF mode included)
AF assist illuminator available
Normal: Wide angle :Approx. 50cm/1.6 ft to infinity, Telephoto :Approx. 2.5 m/8.2 ft to infinity,
Macro: Wide angle :Approx. 10cm/0.3 ft to 3m/9.8ft , Telephoto :Approx. 0.9m/3.0 ft to 3.0m/9.8ft,
Super Macro : Approx 1cm /0.4 in. to 1m /3.3 ft.
||Optical (Lens Shift Type)
||(AUTO mode) 1/4 sec to 1/4000 sec
(All other mode) 30sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb mode (up to 30 sec)
||TTL 256-zones metering
|| Film Simulation BKT (PROVIA, Velvia, SOFT)
Dynamic Range BKT (DR100%, 200%, 400%)
AE BKT (±1/3EV,±2/3EV,±1EV)
||Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Mode dial : Auto, FSB, SP1, SP2, C1, C2, P, A, S, M, Movie
SP1: Nature, Nature-soft, Nature-Vivid, Flower
SP2: Portrait, Portrait - soft, Baby, Portrait Enhancer, Night, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Sport, Fireworks
FSB: Film simulation Bracketing,
C1/C2 : Custom setting position
||Top-7 (max 3 frames/sec, (CCD-RAW: Top-3)
High Speed Top-50, (max 7 frames/sec, 3M pixels)
Last-7 (max 3 frames/sec), (CCD-RAW: Last-3)
Long-Period (max 1.1 frames/sec)
||640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
With monaural sound
||Approx. 10 sec./2 sec.delay
Auto / Auto (1600) / Auto (800) / Auto (400) /
Equivalent to 100 / 200 / 400 / 800/ 1600 / 3200 / 6400 /10000 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
* ISO6400: 6M pixels or lower, ISO10000: 3M pixels or lower (Number of recorded pixels)
||Automatic scene recognition,
Preset [Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White) / Incandescent light], Custom
||0.2-inch, approx. 200,000 dots FLCD monitor
(R/G/B colors are displayed in a single dot)
||2.5-inch , approx. 230,000 dots, Amorphous silicon TFT color LCD monitor(WV type), approx. 100% coverage
Auto flash, Effective range: [ISO AUTO (800)]
Normal: Wide angle: approx. 0.6-7.2m / 2.6-23.6 ft
Telephoto: approx. 2.5-3.8m / 8.2-12.5 ft
Macro: Wide angle: approx. 0.3-0.8m / 1.0-2.6 ft
Telephoto: approx. 0.9-1.3m / 3.0-4.3 ft
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash
||Film Simulation Mode, Dynamic Range selection,
Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), High speed shooting, Best Framing,
Frame No. Memory, Histograms
||Face Detection (with Red-eye removal),Multi-frame playback including Microthumbnail mode, Trimming, Image rotate,Slide show, Sorting by date, Histograms (Highlight warning), Voice Memo, Automatic Vertical-Horizontal detection, High speed playback
||NTSC / PAL selectable
||USB 2.0 High-speed
||NP-140 Li-ion battery(included) / AC power adapter AC-84V (sold separately)
• Factory installed USB port
• IBM PC/AT compatible computer
CPU Pentium, 200MHz or higher
Windows® 98, 98SE, 2000Pro., Me, XP HE/Pro
RAM of 256MB or more (Windows XP: 128MB or more)
450MB of free hard disk space
• Macintosh computer
CPU of Power PC
Mac OSX 10.2.8 to 10.3.7
RAM of 256MB or more
400MB of free hard disk space
(Accessory available may vary by country.
Please check with your local Fujifilm representative to confirm product availability.)
Li-ion battery NP-140
Battery charger BC-140
Lens cap cord
A / V cable
RAW conversion function included
||xD-Picture Card™ : 512MB,1GB,2GB
Li-ion battery NP-140
AC power adapter AC-84V
Remote Release RR-80
||133.4 ×93.6 ×150.4 mm /
5.3 × 3.7 × 5.9 in.
(excluding accessories and attachments)
||Approx.918g / 32.4 oz.
(excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)
US $799.95 / CDN $699.99
* Specification subject to change.
- Fujifilm S100fs Press Release
- Fujifilm S100fs Image Samples
- Fujifilm S100fs Product Views
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