Compact is not a word that comes to mind first when you hold the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs in your hands for the first time. It clearly is a large camera, similar to the size of an entry-level digital SLR with standard lens. The advantage of the Fujifilm S100fs is the fact that you own a strong telephoto lens at the same time, while they are often a lot bigger for a DSLR. The sensitivity of the lens is reasonable. Wide angle commences at f/2.8 and for maximum telephoto you have to settle for f/5.6, whilst you could do with a larger opening; however; this comes with the camera design.
Fujifilm FinePix S100fs lens & LCD
The Fujifilm FinePix S100fs appears to be a serious camera. The lens with the large zoom ring looks impressive. You'd almost think the lens is removable. Moreover, the rest of the camera also proves beautiful with a somewhat rough surface. The LCD monitor with a diameter of 2.5 inch is found on the back and can be folded out. It's quite a nice size for a monitor that is able to fold out.
Navigatie set-up of the Fujifilm camera
There are many buttons on the Fujifilm S100fs, an awful lot to be honest. And they seem to have been placed randomly on the camera. This does not add to the operating-ease and you will have to reckon with a certain learning period. It's typical of Fujifilm to give the four-way controller placed to the right on the back, some sharp corners. Although this enables you to find the button blind-folded, the feel of it isn’t all that nice.
Zoom ring on the Fujifilm S100fs
The hand-fit of the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs is excellent. The camera offers a nice and deep hand-grip providing a solid feeling even though a lot of plastic was used on it. The zoom ring works fine whilst the focus ring doesn't. I am happy with the camera featuring a real focus ring, however, just like is the case with other Fujifilm models; it turns too loosely and too lightly. As if something is not attached properly. A bit more resistance would be a lot more pleasant and the ring could be somewhat broader or placed on a larger distance from the camera body.