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ISO comparison

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 might look like a dSLR, but it is a small-sensor compact camera and while the pictures are certainly very good, they might disappoint some users expecting top-notch photo quality considering the camera's size and price.

As is the case with most cameras in its class, viewing the S1's shots at 100 percent on screen will show quite a bit of noise and artifacts and fine details even at its lowest ISOs aren't exactly clean and sharp.

Shooting out in the daylight, though, you can get very good results from the FinePix S1. If, however, your goal is to make poster-sized prints after enlarging and heavily cropping in, you won't like the results. Likewise, if you're a birder or stalker of some other wildlife who wants to view fine details of distant subjects, this might not be good enough for your needs.

It's also not particularly good at ISOs above 400 as noise reduction gets stronger and smears details making subjects look soft at small sizes. There can also be a significant amount of purple fringing in high contrast areas.

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Full-size samples

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Bird

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Moon

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Rabbit (ISO 320)

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Toy Camera

Toy Camera is one of 10 Advanced filters in the S1.

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Marbles in macro

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Goose

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Waterfall

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Gnome at 1200mm

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Rabbit (ISO 800)

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Flower in macro

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Flower in macro

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Flower at 1200mm

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