FujiFilm S1600

 
FujiFilm FinePix S1600 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-420mm (F4.0-4.8) lens
  • 337g - 110 x 73 x 81mm
  • Announced February 2010
  • Alternate Name is FinePix S1770
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
78
Imaging
36
Features
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Overall
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FujiFilm S1600 summary

FujiFilm S1600 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first launched on February of 2010. The camera comes with a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is referred to as "FinePix S1770" in certain countries.

The S1600 is rated #235 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #1033 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personal criteria.

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Below is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

FujiFilm S1600 family

The FujiFilm S1600 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can see all past and current models along with key specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
FujiFilm-FinePix-S2950 front thumbnailFujiFilm S2950
S1600 vs S2950
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2011
FujiFilm-FinePix-S3200 front thumbnailFujiFilm S3200
S1600 vs S3200
24-576mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
FujiFilm-FinePix-S4000 front thumbnailFujiFilm S4000
S1600 vs S4000
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
FujiFilm-FinePix-S2500HD front thumbnailFujiFilm S2500HD
S1600 vs S2500HD
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S1600 front thumbnailFujiFilm S160028-420mm
F4.0-4.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S1800 front thumbnailFujiFilm S1800
S1600 vs S1800
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
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FujiFilm-FinePix-S2800HD front thumbnailFujiFilm S2800HD
S1600 vs S2800HD
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010

FujiFilm S1600 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of positives and negatives of the FujiFilm S1600 based on factors which are generally considered essential in a camera.

flash built-in
great zoom (420mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
incredible zoom range (28-420mm 15.0 x zoom)
quite wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
very good minimum ISO (100)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW support
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (12MP)
no external flash support
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no mic port
no moving screen
no Time Lapse recording
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
sluggish at long end (f4.8)
sluggish maximum aperture (f4.0)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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FujiFilm S1600 Sensor features

The size of the sensor in the FujiFilm S1600 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the S1600's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The S1600 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

FujiFilm S1600 dimensions

FujiFilm S1600 weighs about 0.74 lbs (337g / 11.89 oz) & has outer dimensions of 110mm x 73mm x 81mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.2"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the FujiFilm S1600 is less heavy as compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the FujiFilm S1600 next to a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

FujiFilm FinePix S1600 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button design on the S1600.

FujiFilm FinePix S1600 topview buttons dials

FujiFilm S1600 Lens features

The S1600 provides a built in lens having a focal range of 28-420mm making it a 15.0 x zoom which is amazing and will let you zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f4.0 which will be fairly sluggish and not very good for low light conditions and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to raise your ISO resulting in noisy photographs. At the long end, 420mm is phenomenal zoom and comes at f4.8 which is fairly slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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FujiFilm S1600 Connectivity

The S1600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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FujiFilm S1600 Video features

The max video quality in the FujiFilm S1600 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should shoot for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not have a microphone or headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look at another model if you want better audio for your video clips.

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FujiFilm S1600 Weather Sealing

FujiFilm S1600 does not have environment sealing so wet conditions can easily damage the camera.

FujiFilm S1600 Display and Viewfinder

The FujiFilm S1600 comes with a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for FujiFilm S1600 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Coverage 99%

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

FujiFilm S1600 Shutter features

FujiFilm S1600 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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FujiFilm S1600 Flash and Hot shoe features

FujiFilm S1600 comes with just built in flash without external flash support.

FujiFilm S1600 Autofocus features

FujiFilm S1600 comes with only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & precise as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

FujiFilm S1600 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode is good in low light scenarios or you want to have more accurate focusing control.

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FujiFilm S1600 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life in this category of cameras.

Below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:

FujiFilm S1600 for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration gives a outline of the FujiFilm S1600 for specific kinds of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

FujiFilm S1600 Portrait photography factors

The FujiFilm S1600 has a points total of 21 which is bad, and means the camera is just not very good for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos & capability to use external flash.

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lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

FujiFilm S1600 Street photography highlights

Getting a reasonable rating of 49, the FujiFilm S1600 is reasonably appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Sports photography with FujiFilm S1600

A bad sports photography rating of 34 suggests the FujiFilm S1600 is just not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (28-420mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
low frames per second (1.0 fps)
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with FujiFilm S1600

Portability is super critical in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the FujiFilm S1600 gets a average 55 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably suited to buy for your travels.

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has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
great reach (420mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f4.0)

FujiFilm S1600 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The FujiFilm S1600 with it's bad rating of 37 for a landscape camera is just not very good among it's rivals.

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fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f4.0)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode

FujiFilm S1600 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the FujiFilm S1600 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a bad score of 25.

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fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f4.0)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone port

FujiFilm S1600 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the S1600, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart just below shows you a summary of the S1600 versus it's highest rated rivals listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
FujiFilm
Model
FujiFilm FinePix S1600
Also Known as
FinePix S1770
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2010-02-02
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Highest native ISO
1600
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-420mm (15.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/4.0-4.8
Macro focus distance
2cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
99%
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
8 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
4.40 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
337g (0.74 lb)
Physical dimensions
110 x 73 x 81mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.2")
Other
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC
Storage slots
1
Retail cost
$130