Fujifilm FinePix S1500
Manufacturer: Fujifilm Part number: F-FXS1500fdB-US-CD
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CNET editors' review
price range: $179.95
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 08/19/2009
The good: Nice design; excellent feature set; reasonably simple to use.
The bad: Picture quality drops off above ISO 200; occasionally sluggish performance.
The bottom line: Even for a full-featured megazoom camera at a low price, the Fujifilm FinePix S1500 delivers average photo quality and mixed performance.
Great camera for aspiring photographers!
by kleigh91 on September 29, 2009
Pros: - Simple to use
- Many settings to choose from
- Weight (not extremely heavy, but feels like you're holding something sturdy)
- Good quality
Cons: - Weight (if you're looking for something extremely light weight, this is not the camera for you)
- While in video recording mode, the zoom makes a bit of sound that interrupts the audio quality
Summary: Overall, this is a wonderful camera for aspiring photographers looking to become familiar with professional equipment. This is not a professional camera, but it's a step towards it. Great ...
Summary: Overall, this is a wonderful camera for aspiring photographers looking to become familiar with professional equipment. This is not a professional camera, but it's a step towards it. Great camera if you're wanting a professional DSLR camera, but don't want to spend the money for one.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Decent camera for a beginner and intermediate level
by marinman on October 11, 2009
Pros: Zoom, Fair quailty pictures, Super Burst speed pictures. $ cost/ value
Cons: sometimes it is slow to auto focus or won't focus. slow trigger response. Zoom take getting used to, button speed timing is something you have to get used to.
Summary: Pros: Great zoom capabilities and burst speed shots. That is why I bought it. Had multiple settings for burst speed results, which is very good. I used it at a ...
Summary: Pros: Great zoom capabilities and burst speed shots. That is why I bought it. Had multiple settings for burst speed results, which is very good. I used it at a softball game and got decent acceptable results. Colors seem to be accurate and fair in low level lighting situations. Good in good light also. I took them early evening. Also, some from the big screen TV and looked decent. ALSO, the cost factor. This was the best for the bucks that I had researched out. I was swaying toward the Olympus Zoom models UZ series, but the cost factor was great with those and Nikon's which would have brought the cost closer to the digital SLR types so I choose this one and don't regret buying it so far. see below.
Cons: I had read in other reviews of the lack of focus, which I had a hard time believing, but I did a burst shoot, and none of the pictures were focused at all. I noticed it and tried again and got them focused. So, this camera does have an auto focus concern, which can be worked around. The button has a slower response than I am used to, I had to replace an Olympus C2100 Super Zoom Camera. So, getting used to this camera's personality so to speak will take getting used to and trying to anticipate shots is harder but once the shot is taken you will probably like the results. Take time to get used to the functions and I think you will get used to the results. As is with all zoom type camera's, you will need a tri-pod to stabilize when doing zoom shots. This is a new camera for me, so I am still getting used to it. I hope this info helps, but for the money, I think it is a great value for the $ I spent. Bought it off the web from a link here a CNET to JR Music/ JR.COM... which I have used them before and like them, but got one of the best prices from them on this deal.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Potentially a cult classic.
by zakstev on August 17, 2011
Pros: For those who, like myself, got a good one! Far as I know, this and the S1000 are the only S series Fuji built in the past four years that has any value.
The S1500 has endearing character, a great feature set for the money and is hugely entertaining to o
Cons: A bit clunky, heavy on such a small body. Will not match a modern travel-zoom in size and results. But it feels like a rugged, quality construction. Image quality is destroyed over 200 ISO. Slow but steady operation, a DSLR it is not!
Summary: The choice of numerous settings is interesting, useful and fun. Large, clear controls and on-screen choices are easy to read and to operate. Having a real electronic viewfinder is a ...
Summary: The choice of numerous settings is interesting, useful and fun. Large, clear controls and on-screen choices are easy to read and to operate. Having a real electronic viewfinder is a big plus for me, when the LCD is hard to read in really bright sunlight. Battery life is excellent as long as one sticks to using the best quality re-chargeables. I suspect that many owners of the S1500 didn't bother to learn properly, but those who tried, were hugely rewarded.
by missyhayli on August 5, 2011
Pros: Good Quality
Easy-ish to navigate
Lasted for 2 years
Cons: Half the settings only work when they want to
Constant "write errors"
Turn off, lens stays out, minor errors
Summary: This camera is capable of taking DSLR quality photos... when it wants. I've always had an issue with the zoom, it either doesn't keep a good zoom or ...
Summary: This camera is capable of taking DSLR quality photos... when it wants. I've always had an issue with the zoom, it either doesn't keep a good zoom or it blurs the object and clears the background at the last minute.
I'll turn it on and have all the settings its supposed to have like white balance and light effects, turn it back on later and those options will be gone.
I give this camera a 4 1/2 because it DOES take good quality photos, just not a 5 because of the minor flaws.
Poor picture quality on macro zoom & colors are off.
by nmchick52 on May 28, 2011
Pros: Works fine for outdoor shots
Cons: After owning for less than 3 months, started being fuzzy when using macro with zoom for shots 3-5' away. Sent it back; very slow service. After 4 weeks, they agreed to send me a replacement which had exactly same problem PLUS now the colors are off. Whe
Summary: I bought this after happily owning a Fuji Finepix for 6 years that finally started getting fuzzy on close-ups. Not only does the camera not live up to expectations but ...
Summary: I bought this after happily owning a Fuji Finepix for 6 years that finally started getting fuzzy on close-ups. Not only does the camera not live up to expectations but the service is horrible. By the way, when I purchased this last year, it had good ratings! Which is another reason I chose it, not just for features, price or because I had owned a Finepix I was happy with. Now all of a sudden the ratings are down. Why the change? Wasn't it tested enough before the ratings were posted?
Produced exceptabe photos, but wouln't recommend Mfgr.
by RustyShutter on March 26, 2011
Pros: Quite user friendly,good photo quality, light weight, many nice features, good zoom system.
Cons: Camera had intrenal short that depleated bateries when off. Didn't connect the dots on this problem until a month after one year warrenty expired. On advice of Mfgr. camear was returned. Fujifilm rep informed me that camera was beyond economical repair a
This is a solid camera, especially in well lit areas.
by caseyk55 on July 17, 2010
Pros: The zoom is a great feature and the pictures are generally very clear.
Cons: The flash could be better. Wen using the auto modes, the pictures usually don't turn out very good if the area is not well lit. However, this is easily fixed using the manual options.
Summary: Good mega-zoom camera that is well worth the price.
Summary: Good mega-zoom camera that is well worth the price.
by chaoscowgirl on May 22, 2010
Pros: nice looking camera that's about it
Cons: Well where do I start, it's slow..you click and it's delayed. Video..crap you hear the zoom and the camera in the video. The mode dial..after ONE month..is broken, it won't switch to different modes now.
Summary: I bought this on clearance sale at Walmart, I know why now because the camera is C-R-A-P. I wish I had used it more the first 30 days so I ...
Summary: I bought this on clearance sale at Walmart, I know why now because the camera is C-R-A-P. I wish I had used it more the first 30 days so I could find all this out and take it back to Walmart! The mode dial is broke. I turn it but it's stuck on manual. I have a graduation coming up and no money to buy a new one and stuck with a camera stuck on manual program mode and the shift I can't figure out to do it manually. I wouldn't recommend buying this camera unless you find it at a garage sale for $5!!!!
Fantastic Camera, Quality Photos a must have
by donvaneck on April 12, 2010
Pros: This Camera I purchaced a week ago, It takes professional quality photos, and is a breaze to use, in auto mode, for the price and quality it cant be beat!! It takes up to a 16 gb sd card and more
Cons: A little dificult to understand all the features, for a novice user like Me
Summary: The absolute best camera I have ever owned and is easy on the batterys, with the 120mm zoom, get those long distance pictures up close, I do not work for ...
Summary: The absolute best camera I have ever owned and is easy on the batterys, with the 120mm zoom, get those long distance pictures up close, I do not work for fuji or any sales company, and only say this because I am so impressed with this camera
I am rating the S1800 not on Cnet as this writing.
by robertaries on February 13, 2010
Pros: light weight - good photo quality - takes photo when you press shutter release, not seconds later like some cameras - many picture formats to choose from.
Cons: hand grip not large enough - controls get in the way of holding - very noisy ratcheting sound when zooming in/out while shooting in movie mode.
Summary: Overall the camera takes nice photos, zooms in fine but MUST use tripod or similar for digital zoom - too much camera shake. If they take the noise out of ...
Summary: Overall the camera takes nice photos, zooms in fine but MUST use tripod or similar for digital zoom - too much camera shake. If they take the noise out of the movie zoom and make the handle larger it would be a good thing. Great big view screen, but needs eye shroud when using eye view finder.