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Back in October I reviewed the Fujifilm S8000fd, which at the time was the flagship of Fuji's extensive range of super-zoom cameras. That model is still available for around £160, although it has been superseded by the S8100fd, which I'm hoping to review very soon, and it has also been joined in Fuji's range by several other new super-zoom models, including the excellent S5800 and this, the new 10-megapixel, 12x zoom S1000fd.

Fuji is touting the S1000fd as "the world's smallest 12x optical zoom", and they're not kidding. The product shots shown here don't really convey just how tiny this camera is. It measures just 102.5 × 73 × 67.8mm and weighs 325g minus batteries. Compare this with the S8000fd at 111.3 x 78.2 x 78.9mm and 410g, or even the far from bulky S5800 at 106.1 x 75.7 x 80.7 mm and 307g and you'll see it is very small indeed for a genuine super-zoom camera.

The odd thing is though, that despite it being quite small, there's no way this could be considered a pocket camera. It follows the same SLR-like shape that Fujifilm has used for all its super-zoom models going back to the 4900 Zoom launched in 2000. It has a large rubberised handgrip containing four AA batteries, a pop-up flash inside a large viewfinder turret, and a relatively large protruding lens barrel. Compared to a real pocket super-zoom such as the Panasonic TZ4 it still looks a little over-sized.

The S1000fd is currently on sale for around £164, although some retailers have it priced significantly higher. There aren't too many other cameras that can be easily stand in direct comparison with the S1000fd's unusual specification. One is the forthcoming General Imaging X3 which I'm hoping to review as soon as it's available, but the price for that model has yet to be announced. The Panasonic TZ4 is another compact long-zoom camera, but it is very different in both style and specification, and costs considerably more at around £250. Perhaps the fairest comparison is with a camera that most potential buyers will also be considering, the 8-megapixel, 10x zoom FinePix S5800, which is currently selling for as little as £116.

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April 25, 2009, 6:36 pm

i purchased this little camera on a shopping outing.i had not read the reviews and now realize its a fairly new basic model. ive carried out varying tests and have to say the I.S is not really a problem .. but that damn focus is. ive been trying out the video feature. this would be handy as shooting direct to a SD card could be usefull. at the wide setting the focus isnt anything to worry about .. but when you zoom out things get tricky. in STILL mode its just the same.

the Q of the images are very good. ive tried a few digital cameras .. my previous is a olympus C700uz which was just amazing when it was 1st launched. theres no comparison even to the newer 5mpix phone cameras. { i have a Samsung G600 5mpix } .. the 2.1mpix C700 can still hold its ground .. { and you can lock the focus} although its getting on a bit now.

but its still slow even for a 2.1mpix camera. i bought a Pentax k100d on the strength of reviews .. and its very good .. but generally bulky! changing lenses is a pain.

this is what i like about the Ultra Zooms. they require less fuss { with lenses }.. and give adequate results for the weekend snapper. you can see a few of my humble photos here. plus they can be a lot smaller.

i will probably keep looking for a simular UZ camera but with the focus lock. i think the s1000fd is a brilliant little camera. ive moved the Olympus and Pentax into the cupboard .. although this Fuji wont replace the Pentax completely. with the movie mode it may even replace my Hitachi dvd camcorder.

Time exposures also work well .. with sufficient lighting and tripod. it lacks a filter thread and manual focus .. but makes up in portability.

John 36

June 24, 2009, 10:38 pm

I purchased my FinePix S1000fd 3 weeks ago and I am finding the results very impressive, so far I have not had one dud shot. If I were to be totally honest, the only aspect of the camera that I can find criticism with is the over saturation of some of the images that I have taken but of course, this can be corrected in most graphics editors to a smoe degree.

On the whole, I would recommed this camera to anyone looking for a neat compact camera. It caters for all aspects of photography at a very good price.


May 28, 2010, 3:19 am

This would make a nice camera, were it not for the fact that it breaks easily and the warranty sucks. This is the second and last time I'll ever buy a Fujifilm product again.

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