The Good The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a quick-shooting bridge camera with a nice 50x zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi, and excellent build quality that's weather resistant. It has lots of shooting options and extras like a hot shoe, vari-angle LCD and EVF, raw capture, and manual controls.
The Bad Noisy, soft photos in low-light conditions/indoors, which might be hard to reconcile given its price. Mobile app could use some love.
The Bottom Line The only weather-resistant 50x megazoom camera around, the Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a fast, flexible camera that comes up a little short in low-light photo quality.
A 50x zoom for whatever weather you're in
Fujifilm has spent the past couple years filling its FinePix lineup with rugged compacts and megazoom bridge cameras because those are what still sells. With the Fujifilm FinePix S1, it combines those camera types into the world's first weather-resistant megazoom.
Like 2013's, the S1 features a 50x zoom lens going from 24mm to 1200mm (35mm equivalent), but with an improved f2.8-5.6 aperture range instead of f2.9-6.5. There's a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel CMOS sensor behind the lens and a vari-angle 3-inch LCD and 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder for framing your shots (both with resolutions of 920K dots). And it's weather-sealed.
Fujifilm says it has seals on approximately 70 areas on the body. Don't expect to go diving with it, but it will handle standing in the rain and snow, as well as dusty environments, without a problem. I wouldn't go jamming this into a sand dune or anything, but considering there is no other 50x camera out there that can handle that, some protection is better than nothing.
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