Fujifilm SL1000

Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 64 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 659g - 123 x 89 x 123mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Fujifilm SL1000 summary

Fujifilm SL1000 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on January of 2013. The camera has a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The Fujifilm SL1000 is placed #59 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #527 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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Fujifilm SL1000 family

The Fujifilm SL1000 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full range underneath.

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Fujifilm SL1000 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Fujifilm SL1000 based on things which are oftentimes regarded as essential in a camera.

better than average battery life (350 per charge)
comes with HDMI out
delivers RAW files
excellent zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (24mm)
flash built-in
great minimum ISO (64)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
screen size is good (3 inches)
screen tilts up and down
very good screen resolution (920 thousand dots)
very long zoom (1200mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
has no phase detect AF
heavier than competition (659g)
manual focus not available
no headphone support
no mic support
no Time Lapse mode
slow at full zoom (f6.5)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
Photography Glossary

Fujifilm SL1000 Sensor info

The spec of the sensor on the Fujifilm SL1000 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 64 to 12800. RAW files are saved so the user has wider margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the Fujifilm SL1000's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The Fujifilm SL1000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm SL1000 dimensions

Fujifilm SL1000 is 1.45 lbs (659 gr / 23.25 oz) and features outer proportions of 123mm x 89mm x 123mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 4.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Fujifilm SL1000 is weightier compared with other rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Fujifilm SL1000 besides a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the Fujifilm SL1000.

Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm SL1000 Lens info

The Fujifilm SL1000 comes with an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 24-1200mm making it a 50.0 x zoom which is huge and would make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f2.9 making it really slow and not good in low light events and you might find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also need to raise the ISO leading to noisy photographs. With the tele end, 1200mm is amazing zoom and comes at f6.5 which is very slow and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm SL1000 Connectivity

The Fujifilm SL1000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send photos and at times adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Fujifilm SL1000 Video info

The highest possible video quality on the Fujifilm SL1000 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in Motion JPEG format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance in quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you much room to crop. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket so you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at an alternative model should you require decent audio in your video clips.

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Fujifilm SL1000 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Fujifilm SL1000 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Fujifilm SL1000 Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm SL1000 has a 3 inch tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Fujifilm SL1000 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 920 thousand dots

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be very valuable.

Fujifilm SL1000 Shutter info

Fujifilm SL1000 can shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1700 sec.

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Fujifilm SL1000 Flash and Hot shoe info

Fujifilm SL1000 boasts both inbuilt flash and also external flash support.

Fujifilm SL1000 Autofocus info

Fujifilm SL1000 has no Auto focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

Fujifilm SL1000 has no manual focus. Manual focus can be useful in low light conditions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Fujifilm SL1000 Battery life

The battery life in the Fujifilm SL1000 is built to last for 350 pictures according to the CIPA measurements which is higher than the usual in comparison to its class. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the best (600) battery life in this category of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:

Fujifilm SL1000 for different types of photography

The following diagram gives a outline of the Fujifilm SL1000 for different types of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Fujifilm SL1000 Portrait photography information

The Fujifilm SL1000 has a points tally of 44 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos plus the capability to work with off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
resolution is good (16MP)
exports RAW formats
focusing manually not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")

Fujifilm SL1000 Street photography factors

Having a moderate points total of 56, the Fujifilm SL1000 is fairly acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (659 grams)

Sports photography with Fujifilm SL1000

A modest sports photography score of 53 means the Fujifilm SL1000 is relatively acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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long zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
better than average battery (350 CIPA)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Fujifilm SL1000 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very critical when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Fujifilm SL1000 gets a decent 54 as a travelling camera which is somewhat appropriate for your holidays.

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better than average battery pack (350 shots)
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (1200mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (659 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)

Fujifilm SL1000 Landscape photography details

If you're planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm SL1000 with it's decent score of 49 as a landscape camera is reasonably suited compared to its rivals.

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quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
saves RAW files
good battery (350 shots)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm SL1000 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Fujifilm SL1000 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy rating of 24.

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rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (659g)

Fujifilm SL1000 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the Fujifilm SL1000, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph listed below provides you a summary of the Fujifilm SL1000 vs it's top ranking rivals listed above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might take into account as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of display
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
920 thousand dots
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
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1700 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 320 x 120 (480 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
659 grams (1.45 lb)
123 x 89 x 123mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 4.8")
Battery life
350 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Retail pricing