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Fujifilm introduces FinePix SL1000 50X superzoom

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:00 GMT

Fujifilm has announced the FinePix SL1000, a 50x superzoom camera. The 16MP SL1000 features a 24-1200mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens and a newly developed image stabilization system. In addition to the exceptionally wide focal length range, the lens can focus as close 1cm (.39 inches). A 3" articulated rear LCD complements the camera's built-in 920k dot electronic viewfinder. The camera is capable of burst rates of up to 10fps at full resolution. The SL1000 records 1080i60 video alongside stereo audio.

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FUJIFILM announces new 50x extreme long zoom FinePix SL1000 bridge camera

New SL1000 offers amazing 50x long zoom with Optical Image Stabilization, fast autofocus and response times for extraordinary flexibility and performance

Valhalla, N.Y., January 7, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation announces the amazing FinePix SL1000 bridge camera that features a 16MP 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor, a powerful processor and a bright FUJINON 50x zoom lens that gives consumers a digital camera that can capture a wide photographic range that fits their lifestyle.
“The new FinePix SL1000 is ideal for those looking for the widest range and flexibility of a fixed lens camera” said David Troy, director of marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “With its new 50x lens (24-1200mm) and super macro ability, the SL1000 has you covered from less than 1” to extreme telephoto shots without ever having to move, or change out any lenses like an interchangeable lens system camera.”

Extreme Long Zoom with Powerful Optical Image Stabilization
The FinePix SL1000 uses a newly-developed 50x optical FUJINON zoom lens (24-1200mm*1) with a fast aperture of F2.9-5.6 and a powerful new Optical Image Stabilization that reduces the effect of blurring at longer zoom lengths. And what’s more, the zoom doesn’t stop at a 1200mm*1– with Intelligent Digital Zoom – the focal length is effectively doubled to 2400mm or an incredible 100x with absolutely stunning results.
The SL1000’s FUJINON lens has 17 elements in 12 groups, and the lens combines aspherical and ED elements for reduced aberration and superior image quality. FUJINON’s unique Super EBC coating technology is employed to reduce ghosting and flare for sharp results in challenging low light shooting situations, and is capable of super macro photography as close as 0.39” for maximum flexibility.

Fast Autofocus and High Speed Response Times
The FinePix SL1000 uses a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor with the ability to shoot at sensitivities as high as ISO 12800*2, ensuring that users can capture high quality images even in low light conditions. The SL1000 also achieves autofocus speeds as fast as 0.2 seconds*3, a startup time of 0.9 seconds*3, and continuous shooting mode at 10fps at full resolution (max 9 frames)*3 for quick action and a better overall shooting experience.

Full HD movie 1080i/60fps with stereo sound
Using its 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, the SL1000 is capable of 1080i full HD movie capture at 60 fps with stereo sound. Users can activate movie mode with the dedicated movie button on the back of the camera, and also take advantage of a number of advanced movie-editing features, including “movie trimming” to cut unwanted footage from movies, and “movie join” to join multiple separate clips into a single movie.

Bright, Easy to Use Tilting LCD Screen
The FinePix SL1000 has a highly detailed (920k-dot) electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is perfect for helping frame shots in bright sunshine, and with its eye sensor, the SL1000 is able to switch automatically between the EVF and the 3.0” tilting LCD (920k-dot) screen.

Second Zoom Control
In addition to the standard zoom toggle controls on the top of the camera, a second zoom lever is placed on the side of the lens barrel, allowing you to adjust your zoom range with your left hand while your right index finger rests on the shutter button, ready to take the shot. Choose from three zoom speeds or use “auto return zoom” for long zoom photography. The mode dial makes choosing a shooting mode easy - P, S, A, and M modes can be selected at the twist of a dial for sophisticated photographic techniques using manual exposure control.

Artistic shooting effects
The FinePix SL1000 uses advanced in-camera filters that bring creative photography to life. The SL1000 artistic effects include:

  • Pop Color - Emphasizes contrast and color saturation
  • Toy Camera - Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
  • Miniature*3 - Adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
  • Partial Color – Retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white
  • High Key - Enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
  • Cross screen*5 creates starbursts around bright objects
  • Soft Focus – creates a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image

FinePix SL1000 Key features:

  • 50x optical zoom (F2.9-6.5,24-1200mm*1) with Optical Image Stabilization (Lens shift),

Intelligent Digital Zoom effectively doubles the focal length to 100x (2400mm*1)

  • 16MP 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor
  • Autofocus speed of 0.2seconds*3 in fastest conditions
  • Continuous shooting up to 10fps at full resolution (max 9 frames)
  • Start-up time of 0.9 seconds
  • Full HD movie 1080i/60fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480fps
  • Bright 3.0” Tilting LCD screen (920K-dot)
  • Electronic Viewfinder (920K-dot) with eye sensor
  • Super Macro to 0.39”
  • Manual exposure control (P/S/A/M modes)
  • RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG)
  • Hotshoe attachment for the use of external flash
  • Function (Fn) button which can be assigned to frequently used features
  • Advanced Filters, Instant zoom and Zoom Bracketing
  • Dual Zoom Control
  • Lithium Ion battery with 350 shots per charge

*1 35mm format equivalent
*2 ISO6400 is effective in image size M or S. 12800 is effective in image size S.
*3 FUJIFILM research based on CIPA guidelines and conducted in “High Performance” mode.
*4  High Speed Movie can be recorded at the following speeds and sizes:
480fps (240 x 180 pixels), 240fps (320 x 240 pixels), 120fps (640 x 480 pixels)
*5  Only in Post Shooting View

Pricing and Availability
The FinePix SL1000 will be available March 2013 at the price of $399.95.

Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 specifications

MSRPUS: $399.95
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ISOAuto, 64, 100, 200, 300, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 )
  • RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–1200 mm
Optical zoom50×
Maximum apertureF2.9 - F6.5
Digital zoomYes
Macro focus range0 cm (0.15)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder resolution920,000
Photography features
Exposure modes
  • Programmed AE
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
External flashYes (via hot-shoe)
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 320 x 120 (480 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Other features

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Total comments: 34
Phoebe Lee
By Phoebe Lee (5 months ago)

Does Fuji Finepix SL1000 compatible with a remote swtich, if so, what's the model. Many thanks.

By vtpeacenik (Mar 25, 2013)

Hi! I need to know what is the largest aperture available in manual mode
at full zoom.

By photonius (Feb 12, 2013)

hmm, always something missing. Either you get RAW, but no GPS, or you get GPS, but no raw (e.g. Sony). Can't we have both?

By Benarm (Jan 16, 2013)

I wonder how these superzooms with tiny sensors compare to a M43 camera with 100-300mm f/4-5.6 lens (200-600mm equivalent). If a M43 camera is 16MP too, then to match 1200mm, you'll need to digitally zoom by 2x, but realistically it should be much less if you don't plan to view either image at 100%. Even more interesting with a 24MP M43 camera.

tommy leong
By tommy leong (Jan 9, 2013)

would certainly love to see actual images of birds taken at the 1200mm and at high ISO

Giacomo Sardi
By Giacomo Sardi (Jan 15, 2013)

hihiihiiihihiii by night...

By MarioV (Jan 8, 2013)

A couple of very nice offerings from Fuji.

Shutterbug, with a 1" sensor, you'd probably have about a 24-300 zoom range. Wouldnt be a "superzoom" as such, though I'm sure many would be happy with that.
Otherwise, I imagine its possible to use the 1/1.7" sensor and have a 24-840 zoom (edit: or 24-720 maybe) That might possibly be the best compromise between IQ and reach.
The X-S1 had the 2/3" sensor and 24-624 zoom.

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By peevee1 (Jan 11, 2013)

"with a 1" sensor, you'd probably have about a 24-300 zoom range. Wouldnt be a "superzoom" as such, though I'm sure many would be happy with that."

And when you crop the 1" sensor to 1/2.33" sensor size, you get 600 mm, at the same light level. Best of both worlds.

By Shutterbug108 (Jan 8, 2013)

Longer and longer zoom but still the same small sensor. Still waiting for the first 1-inch sensor superzoom to be announced.

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By bobbarber (Jan 8, 2013)

The whole class of superzooms is predicated on having tiny sensors. With a 1" sensor, you would have a bigger camera, a heavier camera, a slower camera, or you would have to give up zoom, so that it is not this class of camera anymore.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2013)

A 1-inch sensor camera with a 10x to 14x range fixed zoom, say F3.5-5.6, would sell like hotcakes. Not holding my breath than anyone is going to make it, though.

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By bobbarber (Jan 10, 2013)

You're not going to get your 14x 1" sensor, although I would buy the camera too, but only if it offered enthusiast features, like raw.

You are describing a travel zoom, they make them already in compact sizes, and people are not going to buy a travel zoom the size of a superzoom.

Despite all the wailing and gnashing of teeth on these forums about IQ in small-sensor compacts, they make excellent prints at sizes up to 8x10, even larger in some cases, so there is no need for a 1" sensor travel zoom except to market to a very few specialist users, and even those users don't need a 1" sensor, they just think they do.

It would be cool, I agree.

By luxborealis (Jan 8, 2013)

We certainly live in an amazing era of technological wonder. I am constantly amazed at how far we have come in such a short time...

I started in digital 10 years ago with a Minolta similar to this camera but only 5mp and a 28-200 zoom. It made quite good raw images that I can still process today to surprisingly good quality. I'm now shooting with a D800e BUT this camera really has to turn a few heads: 1200mm at ƒ6.5 - and 60fps Full HD. Despite what jcmarfilph says, I'd like to take this on safari with me ;)

By Kokeen4231 (Jan 8, 2013)

Too true. But I hope that quality is not compromised too much for such great zooms.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2013)

I guess for you a 1/2.33-inch sensor mated to an F6.5 lens is progress in the right direction?

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By jcmarfilph (Jan 8, 2013)

A nice competition for sx50. Nice job Fuji. This will be good camera for backyard birder and zoo shooter. Slow for any action shot or dynamic critter on the wild.

By peevee1 (Jan 7, 2013)

Why both SL1000 and HS50? So close, yet very different inside...

By Kokeen4231 (Jan 8, 2013)

People would now have troubles deciding between these two. I predict this delimma. Soon there would be lots of sl1000 vs hs50 on the fuji forum.

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By rocklobster (Jan 7, 2013)

My first digital camera was the 6.3 Mp S6500 with the so called Super CCD which, in its day, was capable of really good photographs. It had a 10.7X zoom and a larger 1/1.7" CCD. However, subsequent models lost the plot when competition drove them to big zoom numbers (and smaller CCDs) and here we have the ultimate in the 'bigger is better' illusion.

Good thing that Fujifilm produce some really fine cameras in their mirrorless and premium compact ranges to compliment (for want of a better word) this folly.


By mpgxsvcd (Jan 7, 2013)

If you think a " 24 – 1200 mm" lens will make your pictures look better then you need to just smack yourself.

By bobbarber (Jan 7, 2013)

It will make some pictures better. Ever take pictures of birds? Even 1200mm equivalent is not enough in many cases, if you are 20' away from a small bird. Another example, there is a mountain across my valley that is too small to fill the frame of a standard zoom kit lens. The mountain looks great, though, captured at 300mm equivalent on my crappy travel zoom and printed at 4x6. Yes, the crappy travel zoom makes a better print than a standard kit lens on an expensive camera.

I see your point, but there are a lot of us out here, taking photos in all kinds of ways. Cheers.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2013)

Whatever happened to the glorious times of yesteryear when a photographer actually was not afraid to walk closer to his/her subjects to take a better frames shot?

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By bobbarber (Jan 10, 2013)

Didn't they make lenses with long focal lengths in the glorious times of yesteryear?

I'm trying to remember, and I think they did, so I can only conclude that either not everybody was walking to get closer to the subject of their photo, or it wasn't possible to walk closer in some cases, even way back when.

By Birdbitz (Feb 13, 2013)

@francis carver : sometimes when walking towards the bird, it flies away......

By mpgxsvcd (Jan 7, 2013)

That thing is BIGGER than a DSLR with a telephoto lens. Are these manufactures going backwards?

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By mpgxsvcd (Jan 7, 2013)

Since when is an "aperture of F2.9-5.6 " considered "Fast"? If it was F2.0 all the way through that would be fast.

By SirSeth (Jan 7, 2013)

1200mm at f2.0 would be hilariously huge. Not just a funny looking combination... it would be the type of lens that no one could steal without heavy equipment and a support team. (Oceans' 14?)
So basically, this lens is only possible because it's matched with a very small sensor. To put it in perspective, look up the Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 lens for DSLRs. Note it's size and weight and think it through.

By bobbarber (Jan 7, 2013)


Well said. I have a 120-600mm 35mm lens, a cheapie, that is f8 wide open at the long end. It weighs more than my entire m43 kit, including 5 lenses! A true monster. If that thing were f5.6... I don't even want to think about it at f2.

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By GoremanX (Jan 7, 2013)

Look at the lens barrel, it's F2.9-6.5, not 5.6!!!

That makes the 1200mm end almost useless...

By bobbarber (Jan 7, 2013)


You're right, but ALMOST useless is not TOTALLY useless.

In good light, and bumping the ISO up to 400 or even 800, you could take pictures. I've taken decent bird pictures at 1200mm equivalent, f11, ISO 800. No a camera like this would not replace a dedicated birding setup, but it should put out enough quality for a very good 4x6 print at 1200mm equivalent, maybe 8x10 with luck and really good light. You also wouldl get a lot of foreground-background compression for landscapes. I find that I print at 4x6 now more than any other size.

I see your guys' point. I'm like most people, I normally shoot wide to portrait tele range, because the pictures are better. But zoom lenses are made for a reason. They are irreplaceable in certain situations. I think that 1200mm is overreaching, but its there for emergencies, and certainly 600mm will be very useful.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 8, 2013)

This lens is slow. However, it is F6.5 and not F5.6 like the OP states, BTW. They should have made it F2.8-5.6, then it would be quite excellent for the range and mating to a minuscule 1/2.33-inch CMOS imager. But F6.5 only at the tele end? Forget it. For starters, you can kiss your low-light/ available light video shots goodbye at F6.5. Remember, in video you really cannot/should not have slower than 1/60th shutter speeds. Not that I expect you could adjust shutter speed manually with the SL1000.

I am checking out their other 2 new models next, hopefully at least one of them will have the XS-1's 2/3-inch sized sensor, but if they both should only have 1/2-inch sensor, I'll wait for something else "superzoom-ish" that mates a fixed zoom to a 2/3rd or 1-inch sensor camera.

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By areseeuu (Jan 9, 2013)

The difference between f/6.5 and f/5.6 is 26% less area - just a bit more than 1/3 of a stop (which would be 20%). The difference is also 14% less optical resolution, since any 16MP 1/2.3" sensor
will be diffraction limited with any lens slower than ~f/2.4 (source: the calculator at

By bobbarber (Jan 9, 2013)

Nobody will get 8x10 prints out of this camera at the tele end where people go, "Wow! What kind of camera do you have?" However, I would be surprised if this camera can''t produce decent looking, even excellent 4x6 prints at the tele end, especially in good light.

With a 2 megapixel Kodak Camera, I made excellent 8x10 prints. With as many megapixels as this camera has, you would almost have to be talking about missing focus on purpose to not be able to get a good 4x6 print at the (Oh, my God!) compromised tele end. There is so much resolution in today's cameras. We treat every camera on this site as if its only possible use is to produce meters-wide exhibition prints taken under the most demanding conditions.

This camera has a niche. No, professionals won't be running to buy it, but it has a niche. And yes, 1200mm is an unnecessary headline spec, the ~ 1000mm Fujis and the 600mm Panasonics will have better IQ, but this camera will work fine for the uses most buyers put it to.

By CyberAngel (Feb 24, 2013)

What if you use it up to 600mm (eq)?
Is it comparable to other superzooms?
If yes THEN the added range is a benefit to consider

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