Fujifilm S1500

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-396mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 345g - 103 x 73 x 68mm
  • Announced February 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Fujifilm S1500 overview

Fujifilm S1500 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first announced on February of 2009. The camera has got a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The Fujifilm S1500 is placed #244 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #1203 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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

Fujifilm S1500 history

The Fujifilm S1500 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can check out all older and the latest models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-S9800 front thumbnailFujifilm S9800
Fujifilm S1500 vs Fujifilm S9800
Fujifilm-S9900w front thumbnailFujifilm S9900w
Fujifilm S1500 vs Fujifilm S9900w
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S8600
Fujifilm S1500 vs Fujifilm S8600
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S1
Fujifilm S1500 vs Fujifilm S1
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
Fujifilm S1500 vs Fujifilm S9200
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W front thumbnailFujifilm S9400W
Fujifilm S1500 vs Fujifilm S9400W
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8400W front thumbnailFujifilm S8400W
Fujifilm S1500 vs Fujifilm S8400W

Fujifilm S1500 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Fujifilm S1500 based on factors that are typically seen as important in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
flash built-in
good min ISO (64)
good zoom range (33-396mm 12.0 x zoom)
very long reach (396mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have HDMI support
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have mic jack
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (10MP)
no manual focus
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
sluggish at long end (f5.0)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
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Fujifilm S1500 Sensor information

The sensor measurement on the Fujifilm S1500 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and provides a standard ISO range of 64 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the Fujifilm S1500's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm S1500 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm S1500 dimensions

Fujifilm S1500 weighs in at 0.76 pounds (345 grams / 12.17 ounces) & the size of the camera is 103mm x 73mm x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Fujifilm S1500 is lighter compared to various competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Fujifilm S1500 with a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button design on the Fujifilm S1500.

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm S1500 Lens information

The Fujifilm S1500 has an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 33-396mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which is definitely not huge nevertheless it could be handy in some scenarios.

At it's widest 33mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.8 and that's pretty sluggish and not good for low light events and you may struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to raise your ISO setting causing noisy images. Towards the long end, 396mm is brilliant zoom and comes at f5.0 which is fairly slow and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm S1500 Connectivity

The Fujifilm S1500 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send images and usually adjust settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Fujifilm S1500 Video information

The highest video quality on the Fujifilm S1500 is 640 x 480 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low for today's standards. You really should target at least FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone port which means you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to shop for an alternative camera should you want good sound for your videos.

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Fujifilm S1500 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm S1500 doesn't have weather sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.

Fujifilm S1500 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm S1500 has got a 2.7 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Fujifilm S1500 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be particularly useful.

Fujifilm S1500 Shutter information

Fujifilm S1500 can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Fujifilm S1500 Flash and Hot shoe information

Fujifilm S1500 comes with just built in flash without external flash ability.

Fujifilm S1500 Autofocus information

Fujifilm S1500 comes with only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & precise compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Fujifilm S1500 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good for low light conditions or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Fujifilm S1500 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the highest (600) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:

Fujifilm S1500 for different forms of photography

The following chart provides a summation of the Fujifilm S1500 for different forms of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Fujifilm S1500 Portrait photography information

The Fujifilm S1500 has a points tally of 19 which is terrible, and means the camera is simply not appropriate for portraits. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files plus the capability to utilize external lighting.

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focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Fujifilm S1500 as a Street photography camera

Having a reasonable points tally of 51, the Fujifilm S1500 is fairly suited to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Sports photography with Fujifilm S1500

A terrible sports photography points total of 26 indicates the Fujifilm S1500 is simply not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Fujifilm S1500 Travel photography information

Size is super critical when selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Fujifilm S1500 gets a average 50 as a travel camera which is somewhat adequate to take on your journeys.

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flash built-in
long reach (396mm)
no Time Lapse function
low MP (10MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Fujifilm S1500 Landscape photography advice

For those who are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm S1500 and it's terrible grade of 26 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate among it's competition.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Timelapse function

Fujifilm S1500 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Fujifilm S1500 is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a terrible score of 23.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have mic support

Fujifilm S1500 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the Fujifilm S1500, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph listed below gives you an overview of the Fujifilm S1500 vs it's highest ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

Following are several cameras you may look into as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix S1500
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
33-396mm (12.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
8.70 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
345 gr (0.76 lb)
Physical dimensions
103 x 73 x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7")
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage slots
Pricing at launch