Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Review

4.0
June 1, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Model

FinePix S1500

Number of effective pixels*1

10.0 million pixels

CCD sensor

1/2.3-inch CCD

Storage media
  • Internal memory (Approx. 23MB)
  • SD memory card
  • SDHC memory card*2
File format
Still image:

JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2*3)

Movie:

AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound

Audio

WAVE format, Monaural sound

(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)

Number of recorded pixels
Still image:

3,648 x 2,736 (10M) / 3,648 x 2,432 (3:2 format) / 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels

Lens

Fujinon 12x optical zoom lens, F2.8 (Wide) - F5.0 (Telephoto)

Lens focal length

f=5.9 - 70.8mm, equivalent to 33 - 396mm on a 35mm camera

Digital zoom

Approx. 5.7x

Aperture

Wide: F2.8 - F6.4, Telephoto: F5.0 - F8.0, max 5 steps in 1/3 EV increment

Focus distance (from lens surface)
Normal:
  • Wide: Approx. 40cm / 1.3ft. to infinity
  • Telephoto: Approx. 1.5m / 4.9ft. to infinity
Macro:
  • Wide: Approx. 5cm - 3m / 2.0in. - 9.8ft.
  • Telephoto: Approx. 80cm - 3m / 2.6ft. - 9.8ft.
Super Macro:
  • Approx. 2cm - 1m / 0.8in. - 3.3ft.
Sensitivity

Auto / Auto(800) / Auto(400) / Equivalent to ISO 64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)

* ISO 3200 / 6400: 3M pixels or lower (Number of recorded pixels)

Exposure control

TTL 256-zones metering

Exposure mode

Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

Shooting modes
Mode dial:

Auto, SR Auto, SP, P, S, A, M, C, Panorama, Movie

SP:

Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Natural Light, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text

Image Stabilization

CCD-shift type

Shutter speed

(Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/2000sec., (All other modes) 8sec. to 1/2000sec.

Continuous shooting
  • Top-3 (max. 1.4 frames/sec.)
  • Last-3 (max. 1.4 frames/sec.)
  • Long-period (max. 1.4 frames/sec.)
  • Top-6, High speed (max. 3.3 frames/sec., 5M pixels or lower)
  • Top-15, Ultra high speed (max. 7.5 frames/sec., 2M pixels or lower)
Focus

Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center, Tracking) / Continuous AF

AF assist illuminator available

White balance

Automatic scene recognition

Preset: (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm white), Fluorescent light (Cool white), Incandescent light), Custom

Self-timer

Approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec.delay

Flash

Auto flash

Effective range (ISO AUTO):

Normal:
  • Wide: Approx. 40cm - 8.7m / 1.3ft. - 28.5ft.
  • Telephoto: Approx. 1.5m - 4.8m / 4.9ft. - 15.7ft.
Macro:
  • Wide: Approx. 30cm - 3.0m / 1.0ft. - 9.8ft.
  • Telephoto: Approx. 80cm - 3.0m / 2.6ft. - 9.8ft.

Flash modes

  • Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
  • Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Electronic viewfinder

0.2-inch, Approx. 200,000 dots, FLCD monitor (R/G/B colors are displayed in a single dot), Approx. 97% coverage

LCD monitor

2.7-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, Approx. 97% coverage

Movie recording
  • 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
  • 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.

With monaural sound

* Optical or digital zoom function can be selected during movie recording.

Photography functions

SR Auto (Scene Recognition Auto), Instant Zoom, Panorama shooting mode, Face Detection (with Auto red-eye removal), High speed shooting, Framing guideline, Post shot assist windows, Frame No. memory, Histograms, Silent mode

Playback functions

Slideshow, Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), Trimming, Single frame and Multi-frame playback (with Micro thumbnail), Sorting by date, Image rotate, Voice Memo, Histograms (Highlight warning)

Video output

NTSC / PAL selectable

Digital interface

USB 2.0 High-speed

Power supply*4

4x AA type alkaline batteries (included), Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (sold separately) or Lithium batteries (sold separately)

DC Coupler CP-04 with AC power adapter AC-5VX(sold separately)

Dimensions

102.5(W) x 73.0(H) x 67.8(D)mm / 4.1(W) x 2.9(H) x 2.7(D)in. (excluding accessories and attachments)

Weight

Approx. 324g / 11.4oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)

Entry Tags

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