Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Review

4.0
March 5, 2013 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Finel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

Noise

Low noise image quality is very good – although that's to be expected. Blacks are black, with no colour invasion, smooth surfaces are smooth and edges are sharp. Being really picky (and we think we're allowed to be), there is what looks like a little colour starting to creep in at ISO 200 when viewed under scrutiny at full magnification. The best way to check instances such as this is by nudging the sensitivity up a setting to see if the problem exacerbates. Sure enough, the reddish colouring we notice at ISO 200 is more prevalent at ISO 400. Interestingly, mid-tones and highlights aren't affected by the increase in ISO with edges remaining sharp. Green colouring starts to affect the image at ISO 800, but we certainly expect it to by now, especially with a small sensor. Mid-tones are also becoming affected at this stage.

Noise reduction software becomes noticeable at ISO 1600 as the image starts to get smoothed out in a bid to eradicate coloured pixels. Bright colours are also more subdued showing that the software is working. At these high settings, colours in the pictures are a casualty of the war against noise. Noise gets steadily worse and by ISO 6400, the colour invasion is so bad that the camera knocks the resolution down to try and obviate the issues a bit. Even despite these problems, Fujifilm still put an extra setting on the camera, so if you feel that you need to use ISO 12800, it's there. Of course, with flash technology the way it is these days, you'll find that you can drop the ISO down to something more reasonable, use the pop-up flash or an external unit and get nicely balanced exposures.

ISO 64 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The 50x optical zoom range on the SFujifilm FinePix SL1000 is simply astonishing. It's equal to a 35mm range of 24mm to 1200mm. Wide-angle does produce some barrel distortion, but it's not bad. Compression at full zoom is surprisingly low. We found backgrounds weren't thrown out of focus as much as we expected. The image stabiliser works very well but, of course, it's not going to be brilliant. However, putting the camera onto auto ISO and being more relaxed about noise invasion, the camera will still produce frozen images.

24mm

1200mm

Sharpening

We decided that increasing the sharpness in an editing suite on images taken with the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 didn't improve them enough to warrant taking the time to do it. We think that the pictures are sharp enough.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options.

Fine (5.46Mb)

Normal (3.35Mb)

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberration is present on pictures from the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000. Although mainly at the far edges of the frame, if you have hard enough contrast, it can be found in any area of the picture.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 4 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 has two macro modes. The standard macro can focus as close as 7cm at wide-angle and 3.5m at full zoom. Go into supermacro and you can close into 1cm. However, the zoom is disabled in this mode.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

   

Super Macro

Super Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 suffers from slight vignetting whether the flash is used or not. This means that although the vignetting doesn't improve, it doesn't get worse either.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Wide Angle (1200mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (1200mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Due to the high location of the pop-up flash, red-eye isn't a problem on the camera, so using red-eye reduction or the post production in-camera red-eye removal isn't necessary. It's nice to know it's there, though, just in case.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The night shot in Night scene mode used a slightly higher ISO 400 in our test which created a slightly lighter image and a faster shutter speed. However, both images are well exposed, have lots of detail and are in focus.

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

   

Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

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