From the ergonomic body with the luxury of lots of buttons to the long zoom with great macro performance to its extended dynamic range and high ISO shooting, the S100FS was a greater and greater pleasure the more I used it.
Pictures from the Fuji Finepix S100FS are amazing. This camera produces images with extremely low image noise. While this is normal among modern digital cameras at low ISO, this one keeps noise low up to ISO 800 while retaining a good amount of details.
The S100fs is better than other ultra zooms in most respects, save for purple fringing, RAW editing, and battery life. Is it $300 – $400 better? I’m not so sure of that. If you’re willing to part with nearly $700 on a fixed-lens camera, then the FinePix S100fs is absolutely worth a look.
The bridge-style Fujifilm FinePix S100FS compact camera seems to offer everything that you get in a DSLR camera, and more. There’s a 28-400mm lens which should cover most eventualities, 11 megapixel sensor, RAW mode, tilting LCD screen, and a full range of creative shooting modes. And that’s not even scratching the surface. Gavin Stoker got to grips with the Fujifilm S100FS to find out if it really is a DSLR in compact camera clothing…
The Fujifilm S100FS is a worthy successor to the S9600, and has superior handling, performance and image quality to any other super-zoom camera on the market, but comparing it to a real DSLR is a bit disingenuous. It is very expensive, more expensive even than an entry-level DSLR, and for all its qualities it doesn’t quite compete on the same level.
Photographs taken with the test camera in bright lighting were colour accurate with more restrained saturation than we’re accustomed to in digicams. They also showed a significantly wider-than-average dynamic range. In our shooting tests we found increasing the dynamic range expansion settings tended to reduce overall image contrast.
It represents an awful lot of camera for comparatively little money and one that is more flexible than a DSLR kit for the same outlay. Its feature set, including very respectable RAW performance and dynamic range optimization is impressive. It’s nice to see a flash hot shoe, even if it isn’t as sophisticated as the ones found on most DSLRs.