|Fujifilm FinePix S100fs digital camera review : Over the last few years, Fujifilm have managed to maintain their reputation and even add to it with digital Megazoom cameras. These cameras are a nice compromise and find themselves in between a mostly larger D-SLR camera with matching lenses and a compact camera. A Megazoom offers versatility and you never have to change its lens. From landscape to nature pictures, all focal lengths are available. However, the market for this type of camera finds itself under pressure. DSLR cameras are becoming more and more compact, lighter and cheaper and do have the advantage of featuring a larger image sensor. Fujifilm adds to the benefits of a Megazoom by ensuring that dust on a sensor never happens to a Megazoom, whilst reflex cameras can suffer from this, whether or not a dust reduction system is installed. And a Megazoom with this range of focal lengths turns out cheaper in the end than a SLR camera with a similar focal length.
Fujifilm S100fs with Super CCD sensor
Fujifilm enters the battlefield with the Fujifilm S100fs, a camera that has by now received a number of awards. Striking detail on the S100fs is the image sensor being quite large. Naturally, this is a Super CCD of already the eighth generation. The 11.1 Megapixel on the Super CCD VIII HR are being processed by a new RP (Real Photo) III processor. A special feature is the dynamic range that can be increased to 400%, or 2 stops. The Fujifilm FinePix S100fs is the first camera besides the S5Pro digital SLR offering this functionality. In addition, and also retrieved from the reflex is film simulation; the fs behind the type number indicate this. These features are highly appreciated on the S5Pro and it is an excellent step for Fujifilm to introduce these on bridge cameras.
Fujifilm FinePix S100fs megazoom camera
A Megazoom can be called a Megazoom when it features a large range. And this is certainly the case for the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs. The camera offers no less than a 14.3x optical zoom. Thankfully, the range starts at 28 mm and carries on until 400 mm. This range makes the Fujifilm S100fs a truly versatile camera. I can't think of one subject that cannot be captured with this range. Extreme focal lengths cause blur due to jitter of the photographer's hand, which is why Fujifilm have equipped the camera with dual image stabilization. This exists partially of increasing ISO sensitivity to have a faster shutter speed and thus freeze the movement. Not a real image stabilization, though. However, Fujifilm have also equipped their Megazoom with physical image stabilization, for the first time. The lens contains 'floating elements' that compensate the movement of the camera.
Face detection on the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs
The Fujifilm FinePix S100fs obviously features face detection, a function that is no longer in the spotlight yet still forms a useful function. Especially in the way carried out by Fujifilm. Fujifilm's face detection is one of the best and fastest systems available at this moment. Not only is focus is decided on the face; white balance, sharpness and exposure also get adjusted. And all of this in a fraction of a second. Fujifilm claim that moving faces are also recognized without a problem, and that red-eyes are corrected immediately upon appearing. All in all, an extremely intelligent system.
Fujifilm S100fs review - Test in practise & DIWA Lab test
In general, the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs is an interesting digital Megazoom camera both on paper and as far as specifications is concerned. It certainly stands out and is not one of many. We used the Fujifilm S100fs in the field for a while and in addition carried out extensive tests in the DIWA Lab. The results of this combined testing method can be read in the following Fujifilm FinePix S100fs review.
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