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First Look: Fujifilm's 50x zoom FinePix S1 is ready to shoot, rain or shine
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First Look: Fujifilm's 50x zoom FinePix S1 is ready to shoot, rain or shine

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Need a high-end bridge camera that can be used in any weather? The S1 is that camera.

[MUSIC] As far as point and shoot cameras go, super zooms and rugged models continue to sell. Because they offer things you can't get with the camera on one of these. So, why not give people both? Which is what Fujifilm does with this, the FinePix S1. It's the worlds first camera with a 50x zoom lens and a weather resistant body. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET. And while the S1 isn't waterproof or shockproof, you can stand out in the rain or snow or on the beach. And not worry about damaging the camera under normal use. The camera body is covered in a nice rubberized texture. Giving you a little more secure grip. And it helps that it has the nice big grip on front and a large lens barrel to hold onto. On the barrel you get a zoom control and a re-framing button. And the lens moves quickly, so no worries there. It's controls are all well-placed for good access to important settings. And you get things like an accessory shue for external flash. The flip-out rotating LCD is nice to have, too. As is the electronic viewfinder. Shooting in auto-focus performance can be slow on long zoom cameras. But the S1 is nice and quick. Which is important if you're trying to shoot birds or anything else before it leaves the frame. Photo quality is a bit of a mixed bag, though. If you're looking for great detail while pixel peeping, this isn't the camera for you. For getting nice shots in the daylight. For 8 by 10 prints or slightly larger. Or sharing online with minimal cropping, it does the trick. And again, since it's weather resistant, you don't have to worry about your conditions. Just about what you want to shoot. And when you're done, there is built in WiFi. And while the user experience could be better, it does let you get your shots to your phone, tablet, or computer for faster sharing. You can read the full review on cnet.com. But it's a very good choice for those who don't wanna worry about the weather when they go out shooting. [MUSIC] I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Fujifilm FinePix S1. [MUSIC]

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