Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Review

June 1, 2009 | Gavin Stoker | |

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#201 Chantelle

I have been an owner of the Fuji since 2009 and to be fair as bridge cameras go its fab.  I DO NOT LIKE it next in line one bit the sensor and lens are no where near as good in my opinion.  For a £200 pound camera as mine was when purchased I think its fantastic value for money. I invested in re chargeable batteries as I take thousands of images each and every month,  Love the menu set up, love the balance a weight of the camera, love the quality of the images you get. I do minimum changes in a photo program, no more than you would do in a processing lab with both black&white; and color images.  However I’m feeling the limitations now As I always use the camera on manual, F7.1 is just not enough for me to gain the landscape depth I am looking for. so my next purchase will be a Lumix G2,  But until then I simply adore this Bridge camera.

3:24 pm - Saturday, September 10, 2011

#202 Tina

I’d like to know the answer to response number 200 too. Rarely fiddle with the settings but really should start to experiment.

8:57 pm - Friday, April 13, 2012

#203 will de leon

woooohhhhh ! it was so amazing i bought my s1500 testerday ,, and still im so happy treasuring it,, theres a lot of features ,, and one thing that id like is the paranoma ,, even do im not a very good photographer just like the others i may say that i felt the same way too,, so excited to celebrate our barangay fiesta with my new camera,, thanks to dbgadgets for making this happiness possible god bless !!!!!!!! so impressed, if i were you ill gonna buy one of this or else you will missed the enchanted world of photography.. hehehe ! kulet_22

10:16 am - Thursday, May 17, 2012

#204 Trekrichl

I’ve had my S1500 over 2 years, bought it due to 12x zoom, 10 mp, plus one of few cameras with a viewfinder - hard for me to see most camera LCD in daylight.
Mixed results, image quality not as good as my old 3x Canon S30 but generally OK esp if I brace myself on a solid object. Shutter lag on Auto much too long, miss a lot of pics. You really have to learn to anticipate and use continuous shooting. But lots of features gives better flexibility. Video is decent even if not HD. Viewfinder is excellent and heavily used.
Lately, camera started to drain AA batteries during storage of just a few days. Also lasts less than 60 pics. Batteries used to last for hundreds of pics and would store fine. Checked autofocus and other settings, can’t figure the problem. Anyone have suggestions on the battery drain?  Thanks

4:30 am - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

#205 C Edwardes

Well I’ve had my Fuji S1500 for over 4 years now and to be honest I wouldn’t swap it for the world.  It’s been WELL used!  I have taken thousands of images over that period of time of all sorts of things in all sorts of conditions!!!!  Although I do have to say for all of you out there who just use the AUTO setting (please please please) learn to use manual!!!!!  You will get far more out of your lovely little bridge camera.  I’m a professional photographer who specialises in Urban/street photography and Fine Art/Abstract.  When people discover what kit I’m using to produce the photo’s I do they are totally amazed that a) It’s a bridge camera and that b) It was a mere £200!!!!

To all of you who seem to have Battery issues I can only offer this advice…...
Throw away the batteries and replace with a rechargeable unit and always carry a spare fully charged unit.  Always upload your images and completely clear your unit after each shoot or at least once a week.  Leave your camera clear at all times when not in use and most importantly REMOVE the batteries and store them in the camera bag that you have.  I have heard of this issue many times with different cameras, this is the advice that I have researched in general.  I’m soon to scutinize the latest Fuji that I have my eye on which for me is the X-Pro 1.  I have yet to have a play and see if it’s going to cover everything I need.  I have got so used to and attacted to my little bridge it’s hard to part company!  Happy shooting :)  Oooo anyone who has any comments on the new X-Pro 1 please let me know thanks everso .......

6:41 pm - Friday, August 24, 2012

#206 Reg

I just bought my S1500 second hand for £47 when my other camera failed.
For that money( I’m on a very limited budget) I wasn’t expecting much, but so far I’m chuffed to bits with it.
I quickly went to rechargeables and know about the autofocus noise on video.
I haven learnt all its ways yet and it probably has other issues,(manual focus would be nice) but feel it would be churlish to nit pick for this money.
The wide ranging opinions remind me of other items
cars motor bikes etc and there’s no pleasing some folk and it looks like others could do with a bit of RTFM
Many years ago I went from a cheap Russian Zenit EM to a Canon T90 and I learnt a valuable lesson. Photography doesn’t necessarily improve with price
and creativity doesn’t come out of a wallet.

A full digital SLR is beyond my means right now
so I hope this wee bridge cam will continue to give good service for a while yet

6:22 pm - Sunday, November 11, 2012

#207 Dave Bailey

Still hating the crappy and slow autofocus, but it’s just a limitation that I’ll have to learn to work around. For anyone who wants to take their photography a step further with this camera, go to hdrsoft.com and download a demo version of the Photomatix software that will allow you to try High Dynamic Range photography. You will need to use the camera feature that allows for taking three bracketed shots in rapid succession (tripod is highly recommended!), and the software, which is very easy to use, will meld them into hdr pictures.

9:03 pm - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

#208 Steve Robson

I have used the S1000fd and the S1500 and find once you get used to the camera setting, it makes for a great around camera to carry around. The focus lag is that but with a bit of work, one can get around it. You get the best out of it by using the Programmed, Aperture, and Shutter modes for easy shooting. Manual control is the best mode to use when total control of the image is needed.

7:26 pm - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#209 Michael

I have a camera Fine Pix S1500. Before it worked okay include memory card/ But today I saw a sign internal memory full, insert a new card. But memory card is inserted! On the right side of display I see sign In on the display.Can someone to help me please?

11:02 am - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#210 Reg

I no longer have the s1500 but an even older one
(An S602Z which I love BTW)
I’ll guess your problem may be due to the camera settings and its using its limited internal memory not the card for photo storage.
I suggest you copy all pics to your PC then play
with the settings menus to get the camera to use the card ( not internal memory) for storage.


2:21 pm - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#211 Edward Reid

Don’t know if anyone is still listening here but ... what sort of lens cap does the original have? I bought a used one, and the lens cap is just a slip-over with nothing but suction to hold it on. There are two tabs inside the lens barrel, and I read elsewhere that these are for a lens cap. But did the original have a lens cap that clipped into these tabs? I don’t want to complain about it to the seller (who described the condition as excellent) without knowing if the lens cap I received is a crappy original or a crappy replacement. ;-)


9:15 pm - Friday, June 10, 2016

#212 Rich

My 1500 had a cap with squeeze prongs on the edges so it stayed on fairly well, but would come off once in a while. It had a tether attached to the neck strap. They both came with the camera which I bought new. You should be able to get a new one at a camera shop or online, probably not a Fuji but should work fine.
I’ve since bought a Fuji S1. It also comes with a cap and tether, although I replaced them when I bought a 72 mm protective lens filter. That has a cap and tether, also.

9:31 pm - Friday, June 10, 2016

#213 Edward Reid

Thanks! So the one I got is a crappy replacement ...

Yeah, I’m familiar with the squeeze-prong type. I had a Minolta Dimage Z1—I would still be using it except the prongs on the battery door broke, apparently a common problem, and I’m not interested in removing and applying duct tape just to change the batteries. The lens cap would stay on for a walk down the corridor, but on a serious hike or bushwhack, any shrub would knock it off. Don’t know how many hundreds or thousands of times I put it back on when I hadn’t taken it off.

Looks like I can get it from lenscaps.com, aka camera-gear.com, aka camera-filters.com. I’ve emailed asking if the 49mm snap-on is the right one.

The S1 is too heavy for what I want it for. That’s a relative judgement of course. I have a Fuji HS20, great camera, 790g loaded. The S1 is 680g loaded according to specs. The S1500 is 463g ... makes a difference to aging, arthritic hands!

Thanks again!

10:11 pm - Friday, June 10, 2016

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compact, beginner, fujifilm, super-zoom, 2.7 inch LCD, 10 megapixel, finepix, bridge, 12x zoom, s1500

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