Fujifilm FinePix S100FS Review

July 15, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 15 Comments | |

Fujifilm FinePix S100FSThe bridge-style Fujifilm FinePix S100FS compact camera seems to offer everything that you get in a DSLR camera, and more. There’s a 28-400mm lens which should cover most eventualities, 11 megapixel sensor, RAW mode, tilting LCD screen, and a full range of creative shooting modes. And that’s not even scratching the surface. Gavin Stoker got to grips with the Fujifilm S100FS to find out if it really is a DSLR in compact camera clothing…

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#1 cosmo

Just a query re Chromatic Aberration? Other reviews have singled this out as a big problem for an otherwise top rate camera. You don't mention it and yet in the CA section of the review, it does look quite pronounced and ugly.
Your thoughts would be appreciated as I am thinking of buying this camera.

2:18 pm - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

#2 Gavin

Hi Cosmo (great name)

We chose some fairly extreme (and close up) samples of CA to post for that section of the review - which means that while for the sake of completeness we wanted to include such, that's as 'bad' as it gets.

Directly compared to the 'super zoom' likes of the Sony H50, the Fuji acquitted itself well for us. A 'big problem' therefore sounds like overstatement.

4:40 pm - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

#3 Womble

Why, in a review comparing a point and shoot camera to a DSLR, do you not have images showing results from more demanding challenges, such as birds in flight or indoor sports, or flashless (or flashed (bounced, naturally)) shots of people in a church? All these static daylit scenes are an absolute yawnfest. Any camera can manage to capture those, reasonably well. Where are the images from parties, or in the local pub, or any evening event?

Given an easy run these pretenders can deliver great results, but to suggest they come even close to the capabilities of a DSLR is, IMHO, pretty absurd.

What benefit is 3 FPS performance if the AF tracking is not up to the job? In fact, where are the review comments about AF tracking performance?

I'm not having a go at this review in particular but I'm in the market for a worthy P&S;to supplement my DSLRs and I am yet to find anything that comes even close to acceptable. The Canon G9 is probably the best of a bad bunch but it is still woeful for anything involving action.

When making comparisons with DSLRs I feel your reviews should make the gulf between the two breeds to be abundantly clear. Nobody should be left with the impression that a P&S;can possibly match what a DSLR offers. You said in your newsletter - "The bridge-style Fujifilm FinePix S100FS compact camera seems to offer everything that you get in a DSLR camera, and more.". Really? What about creative control of DOF? I'd say it offers substantially less.

6:30 pm - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

#4 Jim Grossman

Where are the test and sample images?
None popped up.

1:18 pm - Saturday, July 19, 2008

#5 Mark Goldstein

Jim, they are definitely there and working.

11:13 am - Monday, July 21, 2008

#6 Greg H.

I really like the fact that this site shows so many full sized sample images, but I have to wonder how the reviewer missed the horrible amounts of Chromatic Aberration in some of the images, and gave this camera a "5" for image quality.

One such example is the photo of the Daisey flower. The petals on the left are practically GLOWING in purple along all their edges. Even the Chromatic Aberration filter in Paint Shop Pro could not rid the image of them. It's nearly as pronounced in other images as well.

I've been using digital cameras since the mid 1990s, and have owned every major brand (including Fuji). I'm not partial or prejudice against any brand. But this model has what I'd easily classify as the worst Chromatic Aberration problem I've ever seen on ANY camera from any maker. Literally - ever. I do enjoy your reviews, but think you need to go back and re-evaluate your rating for image quality. Fuji missed the mark on this one, and even if sold for $300.00 U.S., I would personally not buy one.

4:23 am - Sunday, August 17, 2008

#7 suresh


I do own a p&s;canon a620 bought 3 years ago and still performing well. But I would like to buy another one

either (panasonic FZ50 or fuji s100fs)
or (Nikon D60 or Canon 450D). these cameras are priced similar ( in India) with canon slightly costlier.

Though I find Canon 450D superior in performance, I am leaning towards the other category and that is were the dilema actually lies.

which of the two - panasonic FZ50 or Fuji s100fs performs better in terms of image quality particularly during low light (night scenes) at high ISO - I do not intend to carry a tripod to community and family functions which is where I would be need the camera most. this is where my old cameras performance is lacking.

Can any one with more experience help?


8:16 pm - Monday, November 10, 2008

#8 Barry

Me thinks the Reviewer must work for Fuji , my Fuji s5600 zoom will produce better than this camera , those CA's their dreadful

12:19 pm - Monday, December 22, 2008

#9 swedgatch

I think the issue of comparing bridge cameras to DSLR's is getting a bit old. They are two different breeds each offering their own benifits. I chose this Fuji because it fills MY needs. As far as image quality goes, so far I am pleased. The failures in image quality that many talk about are common in long zoom lenses, whether they are mounted to a bridge camera or a DSLR seems to make little difference.

6:48 am - Wednesday, March 11, 2009

#10 Sabin

Hai friends
Iam interested in wildlife photography. so iam planning to buy a new camera.so can any one suggest me which brand and model should i go for .
Your suggestions are well appreciated

7:02 pm - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

#11 MJB

looking for the lowest prices in the uk visit http://www.fujidigtalcamera.net

10:04 pm - Sunday, July 19, 2009

#12 Koen Van de moortel

I just bought this camera but I'm going to bring it back to the store!
- The chromatic abberation is terrible on wide angle pictures, thus on every macro, since macro only works with 28mm;
- The autofocus sucks in tele! I tried to take some pictures of cats at 5m distance, using the 400mm tele. A black and white cat, okay, but with a white cat it simply refused to focus; now way to do it; the motor just kept going. That is really unacceptable!

9:18 am - Sunday, August 16, 2009

#13 pdhobby

I sold mine, really wanted to like it. Took to Aspen, were is virtually impossible to take a bad photo, and my lx3 did better. I wish I had never heard about CA. Once I learned about it, I could see it everywhere.

3:42 pm - Saturday, January 15, 2011

#14 Bushwriter

Bought this one when it first came onto the market and instantly fell in love. Deep in love. The camera for it's time was revolutionary and still, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, delivers better than any dslr out there. Consider that while others are changing lenses you are still shooting. It does require an external flash to be truly useful though. It accepts universal flashes so it is not a big investment. Looking for a replacement camera now and have to say that after reading this review the reviewer knows what's up. Thanks for your work. Will shortly be buying the Fuji X-S1.
Keep up the good work.

5:40 am - Friday, February 10, 2012

#15 Peter Wilson

Having owned two of the best dslrs at their time, I can say the Fuji S100fs is a camera with real pizzaz in terms of the pictures it takes without alot of fuss, and not requiring a bag full of lenses to boot. When I compare the wide variety of pictures I have taken with DSLRs and the fuji S100fs the S100fs disappoints farless often than the dslrs particularily when taking spur of the moment shots in the course of a busy day. As far as CA problems my S100fs has virtually NONE! Maybe I got a better version since I live in Japan I'm don't know but what I know is Canon always takes good accurate pictures that are basically lifeless. The S100fs in all modes even automatic have a flair I don't find in Canons{DSLR & Bridge Canons)Nikon and Pentax DSLRs both have much more pizzaz than Canon but with the added burden of dragging a bag of lenses around. So to sum up "one man's meat may be another man's poisin". Still I believe even now in September 2014 the S100fs is still one of the best all arounders ever made!

12:59 pm - Saturday, September 6, 2014