Fujifilm S1

Fujifilm FinePix S1 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 680g - 133 x 91 x 110mm
  • Announced January 2014
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Fujifilm S1 overview

Fujifilm S1 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first launched on January of 2014. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The Fujifilm S1 is ranked #18 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #381 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm S1 history

The Fujifilm S1 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can find all past and current models as well as important features.

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Fujifilm-S9800 front thumbnailFujifilm S9800
Fujifilm S1 vs Fujifilm S9800
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Fujifilm S1 vs Fujifilm S9900w
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S8600
Fujifilm S1 vs Fujifilm S8600
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S124-1200mm
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
Fujifilm S1 vs Fujifilm S9200
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W front thumbnailFujifilm S9400W
Fujifilm S1 vs Fujifilm S9400W
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8400W front thumbnailFujifilm S8400W
Fujifilm S1 vs Fujifilm S8400W

Fujifilm S1 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Fujifilm S1 based on things which are typically viewed as useful in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
environment proof
fully articulated screen
great battery (350 shots)
has face detect focus
has HDMI socket
has manual focus
has tracking focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
incredible zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
long zoom (1200mm)
MP count decent (16MP)
rather wide (24mm)
saves RAW files
screen has good resolution (920 thousand dots)
screen is selfie friendly
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have phase detect auto focus
heavier than others in class (680g)
no headphone socket
no mic socket
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.6)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Fujifilm S1 Sensor info

The size of the sensor in the Fujifilm S1 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. RAW photos are saved which means that you have wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the Fujifilm S1's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm S1 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Fujifilm FinePix S1 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm S1 dimensions

Fujifilm S1 weighs in at 1.50 lbs (680g / 23.99 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 133mm x 91mm x 110mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.3"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Fujifilm S1 is heavier in comparison with its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Fujifilm S1 beside a softdrink to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Fujifilm FinePix S1 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the Fujifilm S1.

Fujifilm FinePix S1 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm S1 Lens info

The Fujifilm S1 provides an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 24-1200mm giving it a 50.0 x zoom which is perfect and does let you zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 and that is fairly slow and not very good for low light situations and you will probably find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to increase the ISO setting which causes noisy photos. At the tele end, 1200mm is amazing zoom and comes with f5.6 making it fairly sluggish and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm S1 Connectivity

The Fujifilm S1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer images and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Fujifilm S1 Video info

The maximum video quality in the Fujifilm S1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in H.264 file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in video quality and file sizes but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got little control over the audio. It is probably best to get another model in case you want good audio for your videos.

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Fujifilm S1 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm S1 has got environment sealing which makes it a good pick for use in tricky locations. This is especially valuable in case you are not sure about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.

Fujifilm S1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm S1 has a 3 inch fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits and group shots when necessary. Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Fujifilm S1 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 920 thousand dots
  • Coverage 97%

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are particularly helpful.

Fujifilm S1 Shutter info

Fujifilm S1 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Fujifilm S1 Flash and Hot shoe info

Fujifilm S1 features both in-built flash as well as external flash ability.

Fujifilm S1 Autofocus info

Fujifilm S1 features just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which makes it useful for portraits.

It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Fujifilm S1 includes manual focus when needed in low light situations or you need more precise control on focus.

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Fujifilm S1 Battery life

The battery (NP-85) in the Fujifilm S1 is designed to last for 350 images based on the CIPA specifications which is higher than average for its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest possible (600) battery life in this class of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:

Fujifilm S1 for different forms of photography

The following chart presents a analysis of the Fujifilm S1 for different forms of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Fujifilm S1

The Fujifilm S1 receives a points total of 57 which is decent, and means the camera is relatively suited for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files plus the ability to use external lighting.

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has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
sensor is very small (1/2.3")

Fujifilm S1 as a Street photography camera

Getting a reasonable score of 58, the Fujifilm S1 is somewhat suitable for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
weather proof
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (680 grams)

Fujifilm S1 Sports photography information

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 58 indicates the Fujifilm S1 is fairly appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
weather proof
great battery power (350 CIPA)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus

Fujifilm S1 Travel photography information

Weight is extremely crucial when getting a camera for travel. Overall, the Fujifilm S1 gets a above average 63 as a travel camera which is a fine pick for your vacations.

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good battery life (350 CIPA)
environment proof
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (24mm)
very long zoom (1200mm)
heavier than competitors in class (680g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Fujifilm S1 Landscape photography features

When you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm S1 and it's moderate grade of 59 as a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable compared to it's competitors.

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has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
great battery pack (350 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")

Fujifilm S1 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Fujifilm S1 is relatively suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a average score of 57.

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relatively wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
no microphone jack
more heavy than average (680g)

Fujifilm S1 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the Fujifilm S1, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart here will give you a bird's eye view of the Fujifilm S1 compared to it's top rated rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might check out as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
920 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
8.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow sync
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
680g (1.50 lb)
133 x 91 x 110mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.3")
Battery life
350 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Launch cost