Fujifilm FinePix S1600 Review

May 17, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#101 kezza

iwas wondering if anyone has had a problem with their fuji s1600 model,it takes great photos and video,thats for certain.
but i have only had the camera 8 month and i got a grey screen,one day when i swithched it on.
i handed it back and fuji are wanting 80quid of me to fix it coz they said i dropped it,
i look after my equipment well and not once has it fell or dropped anywhere.
i spoke to someone else who has had the same problem 3 times,please let me know

10:41 pm - Monday, April 18, 2011

#102 Paul Edwards

‘Kezza’  I have not had this problem you describe as yet.  I wonder if you have accidentally set the camera to B&W mode - Black and White????

There are two other things you might try.  Find the menu to ‘reset to default’ or ‘factory settings’


Take the batteries out and leave the camera for say - and hour or more - maybe all day if the factory re-set don’t work.

let us know how you get on. PE

12:28 am - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#103 kezza

hi there,i wasn’t getting anything at all no picture,

they have now replaced my camera,with a new one same model.
im upgrading to a slr pretty soon anyway.

12:48 pm - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#104 Josecito Presidente

When I noticed how wobbly the stabilizer was I thought “maybe it’s time I depended less on softwaring gizmodity and start going more old school”... Then I noticed how color translation wasn’t accurate at all, and I went all “OMG it’s the infamous Lumix DMC issue on a more expensive wrapper!”.

Noticed already the whirring noise being recorded into the video by the toiling motor, when finding myself coded all orange into liquid crystal, I was utterly decided to take the S1600 back to Plaza Vea and pay the difference required to have it traded it for the Powershot I was being pushed into… Yet, some minutes ago, something marvelous happened (I’d like to thank God here; for I was inspired, and so, capable of leaving behind my traumatized capacities to believe in whatever salesmen say and general manual adjustment productivity - at least at this budget level); so I thought about giving manual white balance a try, and believe me, the coloring accuracy of the camera improved finely… I balanced it to the white of my Imac booklet (maybe this information helps someone).

The noise of the motor getting recorded into the videos persists, nevertheless… Does this wear off with time? Does it worsen? My Lumix DMCL27 now takes ages to get ready for another take…

7:29 am - Thursday, April 28, 2011

#105 Paul Edwards

Here’s some pictures I took last week when, for once, we had some very nice spring sunshine here in the UK. The area is a rather nice country town in the county of Sussex called Horsham.  All photos were taken totally on auto and I did not change any settings whatsoever - it was point and shoot all the way.  I see that this camera can now be purchased here in the UK for under £70!!  Amazing value for money!!!!


11:00 pm - Thursday, May 12, 2011

#106 Paul

Something wrong with last link posting so try this!


11:58 am - Friday, May 13, 2011

#107 PS

Hi there,

I’m really confused between the S1600/S1800 and S2950. I know the 2950 will produce better pictures than say the 1600, but i’m wary of the price difference too.
I am an amateur, having only taken pics on my P&S camera. I just want to be able to take ‘nicer’ pictures!

@Paul Edwards, you mention that the S1600 can be bought for less than £70? Whereabouts? That may be the only swaying i need… Unless someone thinks I should think about investing in one of the other ones…

Any advice much appreciated

12:13 pm - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#108 Phoebe

@PS as far as i know, the s1600 and s1800 are almost exactly the same, except the s1800 has a 18x zoom and the s1600 has a 15x zoom.
from a brief look on amazon the s2950 also has a 18x zoom AND 14 megapixels, whilst the first two only have 12 megapixels (which is still very good quality)
i have recently bought the s1600 and am very pleased with it. so really, if you really want the extra zoom, buy the s1800. if you want an extra zoom and better quality, get the s2950, but obviously this is the most expensive. i think you should research yourself a bit but the s1600 is a great camera for only £99 on amazon, the s1800 is slightly better but for a large price increase of £136, and the s2950 is even better, but £145
i’d say get the s1600, or if you really want an upgrade, don’t bother with the s1800 just spend that extra tenner and get two extra megapixels with the s2950!

5:50 pm - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#109 phoebe

s1600- 12 megapixels, 15x zoom, £99 on amazon
s1800- 12 megapixels, 18x zoom, £136 on amazon
s2950- 14 megapixels, 18x zoom, £145 on amazon

i’d bear in mind that even the 12 megapixels and 15x zoom on the s1600 is great, and better than average. i’d personally suggest doing a little more research though. if you like the cheap but good quality of the s1600, buy it, but if you do want to upgrade, don’t bother with the s1800 just spend the extra tenner on the s2950 and get a better zoom and more megapixels (although megapixels aren’t always everything)
hope this helped, i do own a s1600 so if you want some example shots, feel free to ask :)

6:05 pm - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#110 PS

Phoebe, thanks for your comment.

I was going to go for the S1600, but then had a good rummage around the ol internet, and found the S1800 (new one) for £99.99 at Jacobs Digital!!

Called them up, they had very few in stock, so went and picked one up immediately! Cant wait to read the manual and start using it…

Here’s to a whole new world (?) of pictures…

11:22 pm - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#111 phoebe

that’s great, have fun with your new camera!!

6:11 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2011

#112 Paul Edwards

Here some pictures I took last week on a nice day in London with the s1600 and I must say I’m petty pleased with them!!!  Look at them on FULLSCREEN or SLIDE SHOW!


1:32 pm - Friday, June 17, 2011

#113 Paul Edwards

Hers is some footage taken by me at London Whitehall last week.  The poor filming is done by me! otherwise Im quite happy with it (s1600)


1:36 pm - Friday, June 17, 2011

#114 phoebe

well done paul, some great photos there! i love the bird and duck ones :)

5:11 pm - Friday, June 17, 2011

#115 Paul Edwards

How anyone can fault this great camera is beyond me !  I had expensive 35mm cameras that took worse pictures then this. PE

11:48 pm - Friday, June 17, 2011

#116 E Andreas

To sum things up, I have moved onto a Nikon dSLR now as I outgrew this sweet liitle camera. Let me say though, the little fujifilm is a fantastic camera for the money. In the right lighting sitatuons you can get crystal clear pictures. You can get some really nice effects using the manual settings. I really think it’s just a matter of getting to know it. Perhaps the quality varies with indiv camera copies?
If you have doubts, go to flickr and check out the Fijilm Finepix S1600 group. You will be surprised at the number if great shots!
I’d say it’s only drawback is the ridiculous shutter lag, but otherwise, a great little camera for under 200 bucks!

6:03 pm - Saturday, June 18, 2011

#117 Paul Edwards

Im keeping my s160 for longer yet. 3 days ago I purchased the Finepix HS10 24 - 720mm et al.  Its going back,  the picture quality of the s1600 is light years ahead of the HS10. Having compared them I know. Sad saying goodbye to all the technology though. s1600 series reigns!!!  PE

11:32 am - Tuesday, June 28, 2011

#118 Irma Holmes

can’t transfer pictures to computer with os windown7

4:17 pm - Monday, August 22, 2011

#119 remi

I buy a camera s1600, but when make Continuous shooting - Long-period, the camera take 3 picture mode “L” -12 MB fast and then make picture slow. The problem appeared anybody else? Sorry my english :).

12:34 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2011

#120 phoebe

i agree, when using continuous mode (also known as burst) it isn’t that great. it’s very slow taking them and the quality is very poor. that being said, i have only used it indoors so perhaps if you tried it outside on a sunny day it would work better?

5:07 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

#121 Lisa

I’ve had this camera for close to a year now I believe. I have a 16gb memory card that worked on the camera for a bit but now everytime I try to use it it keeps telling me to insert a card and going to internal memory even though the card is in there. My other memory card I have no problem with.

Today I went to Henry’s camera store and asked the guy there if he knew why it was doing that and he said that my camera has “big issues” and he was saying that there is something wrong with the “Exposure.” I don’t know what exactly he meant by that or if there is a way to fix it if it is the case. He said there is something wrong with the exposure and that it looks “washed out”!!

Was he just telling me this because he didn’t know enough about the camera itself or is this actually the case? I don’t know enough about cameras to even know if what he says is true.

4:14 am - Thursday, June 7, 2012

#122 Lisa

I don’t know if my comment went through so if it did just ignore this post…

I went to Henry’s today to ask them why my 16gb memory doesn’t work in this camera and the guy said that my camera has bigger issues and that there is something wrong with the exposure. He said that it looks washed out and there is something wrong with the exposure. I don’t know exactly what he means or if this is even true and he doesn’t know enough about the camera.

4:22 am - Thursday, June 7, 2012

#123 Paul Edwards

Lisa:  he may be just trying to get you to buy a new one!(-:  As far as your SD card is concerned - have you tried copying the pics on it to your PC/Laptop and then - back in camera -  re-formatting the card?? have a look through the menu and find the formatting menu, always do that with a new card.
before that give the gold contacts on the card a bit of a wipe with a soft cloth incase you got some fingerprints on it. Not all memory cards are the same, get a quality one a good series 10 card is best!  I have a TRANSCEND 16GB series 10 card, you can get one for about £15 on http://www.amazon.co.uk (if in UK)worth it!  Paul

9:13 am - Thursday, June 7, 2012

#124 Alan

Hi Lisa
I suggest that you send your s1600 back for a service telling them what the problem is.  I had to send mine back as the sensor was misaligned. Their service dept is good and returned my camera very quickly and has been performing excellently ever since.
The camera is an excellent performer with a great lens. Just check out some of the shots I have taken in my review of the S1600 on the Finepix site http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/blog/88902/94336
By the way, format the card in the camera - not on the computer! - then try again it may just work. Also delete you shots using the camera.  Again - not on you computer!

Hope this helps.

10:32 am - Thursday, June 7, 2012


I have the possibility to connect my camera to my computer because I have now Windows 7. have I the possibility to cancel the limit of Window XP?

12:34 pm - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

#126 eNdEmiOn


I’ve tried to find the cable that came with the camera but I can’t find it.

Anyway it shouldn’t be a problem in win 7 as it is USB (U as in universal). Try opening the windows explorer (right click on start » select explore). Now see if a new drive appears as you plug in your camera.

It should but if it doesn’t check the disk manager (start » search » diskmgmt.msc) if there is drive that for instance didn’t get a drive letter assigned. If so give it a letter.

What I do, I just take out the SD card and pop it in my card-reader. The biggest advantage doing it that way is that you don’t need the camera to be powered up. As often the batteries are empty when you want to transfer to pics to your pc.

1:49 pm - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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