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FinePix puts up a decent performance but is not the best option for low-light photography

tech reviews Updated: Feb 24, 2009 16:28 IST
Nikhil Singh

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
After checking out Fujifilm’s latest offering in the ultra compact sector (the FinePix F60fd ), it’s time to look at their new addition to the S series of super zooms — the Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd.

Build and features
The S1000fd measures 102.5 x 73 x 67.8 mm, making it quite small and portable for a super zoom. It weighs 325 g though, but feels like a heavy little rock thanks to its high mass density. In spite of this, it feels reasonably comfortable. The body is made of tough plastic with a textured rubber grip running across the right side of the camera.

The button placement is quite convenient. The camera hosts a 2.7-inch LCD, with all the controls neatly laid out to the right of it.

It’s very portable but a slightly bigger body would have been more comfortable. The S1000fd supports resolutions up to 10 megapixels (3648 x 2736) and has a 12x optical zoom lens.

The camera includes the following modes — Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter Priority, Program, Auto, Natural light, two scene modes, Panorama and video recording.

Performance
While the macro mode was pretty decent, what really impressed me was the camera’s Super Macro setting that lets you focus on objects as close as 2 cm from the lens.

The colour reproduction was accurate and the auto white balance was spot on. Beyond 400 ISO though, the image quality began suffering considerably and the 3200 ISO setting was pretty much useless.

The image quality also suffered in low light conditions and the camera’s interface is cluttered.

Verdict
The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd is quite a performer in well-lit conditions but it’s not the best option for low light photography. It’s decently built and has a somewhat attractive price tag of Rs 11,999.

It’s a good option for those of you who’re interested in amateur photography.
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Specifications
Dimensions: 102.5 x 73 x 67.8 mm
Weight: 325 g
Type: Super Zoom
Connectivity: USB
Storage: xD
Picture card: SD/SDHC/MMC
Battery type: AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)
LCD type: 2.7 “, 230,000 pixels
View finder: Electronic
Effective pixels: 10 Megapixel
ISO sensitivity: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Optical zoom: 12x
Digital zoom: 5.7x
Shutter speed: 8sec - 1/2000 sec
Aperture: F2.8 - F5.0
Format: JPEG
White balance: 6 positions, plus manual
Flash: Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction
Sound: Yes
Street price: Rs 11,999