Fujifilm tweaks its 12X megazoom adding dual stabilization

Ideal for advanced amateur photographers who are looking for an affordable, SLR-styled digital camera, the 10-MegaPixel FinePix S1500 is wrapped with an eye-catching black casing and has a Fujinon 12x optical zoom (33mm-396mm equivalent).


It's hard to believe a manufacturer would release a megazoom camera without mechanical image stabilization, but Fujifilm did with the S1000fd. The 10-megapixel, 12X optical zoom camera gets it the second time around, though, with the FinePix S1500fd.

This refresh model does in fact have dual image stabilization to help control shake and movement of that long lens. It's also getting Fujifilm's automatic scene recognition.

Otherwise the camera is close to its predecessor featuring manual adjustment options for various camera settings including resolution, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed as well as face detection, high-speed, continuous shooting at reduced resolutions, and a panoramic shooting mode.

Look for it in March at the reasonable price of $249.95.

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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.


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