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By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2014 at 08:00 GMT
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Amid a string of pre-CES compact announcements, Fujifilm unveils the FinePix S1, the 'world's first' weather-resistant superzoom. It offers a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and an F2.8-5.6, 24-1200mm equivalent zoom lens. With an articulating 3.0-inch LCD its specifications line up with the FinePix SL1000 in Fuji's current lineup, though with a slightly faster lens and the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity. Being weather-resistant the Fujifilm S1 is rugged enough to withstand exposure to dust and rain, though it's not fully ruggedized to be submersible in water. It'll be available in March for $499.95 / £399.99.

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Fujifilm Announces Sophisticated Line of Advanced FinePix Digital Cameras

New FinePix models give consumers the best digital camera choice for their picture-taking needs

Valhalla, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced its new line of powerful, feature-packed FinePix digital cameras, and will showcase them at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 7-10. Each new FinePix camera is specially designed to give consumers an enjoyable user experience that fits their lifestyle. The new FinePix cameras include: the FinePix S1, a "weather resistant" super zoom camera; the FinePix XP70 rugged, go-anywhere waterproof point and shoot; the super-zoom FinePix S9400W bridge camera, with advanced image stabilization and WiFi functions; and the pocket-friendly long-zoom FinePix S8600 with a versatile 36x zoom 25-900mm lens.

FinePix S1

The FinePix S1 is the world’s first "weather resistant" super zoom bridge camera and provides protection against rain and dust. The S1 features a 16MP CMOS sensor, and a bright 50x super zoom 24mmF2.8-1200mmF5.6*1 lens with ultra-fast zoom speed and 2x Intelligent Digital Zoom up to 100x. The high resolution and contrast Vari-Angle 3” LCD (920K dot) makes it easy to frame shots from any angle, and the 0.2” EVF (920K dot) is great for difficult shooting conditions. One-touch WiFi connectivity lets you easily share images to your smartphone or tablet – pictures that these devices cannot capture - and remote shooting via smartphone or tablet using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app for unique capture opportunities.

FinePix XP70

The latest addition to the best-selling FUJIFILM XP-series, the new FinePix XP70 rugged digital camera is waterproof to 33ft., shockproof from 5ft., freezeproof to 14°F and dustproof. It also features a 16MP CMOS high speed sensor with a 5x 28-140mm*2 optical zoom, WiFi connectivity for one touch transfers to smartphones and tablets, and captures full HD movies at 1080 even underwater.

FinePix S9400W (with WiFi) and FinePix S9200 (without WiFi)

The new FinePix S9400W (with WiFi) and FinePix S9200 (without WiFi) both feature a 16MP CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800, and deliver rapid focusing speeds and beautiful high resolution images. Both cameras also give users a bright F2.9-6.5 lens that offers an amazing 50x optical zoom 24-1200mm*3 optical range that can be boosted to an incredible 100x magnification with Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom technology and down to 1cm in Super Macro mode for extraordinary close up images.

The S9400W/S9200 both have a start-up time of just one second, autofocus in as little as 0.3 seconds and are ready to take another shot in just 0.5 seconds. Those wanting to capture a burst of full resolution images in quick succession can do so using the continuous shooting speed of 10 frames-per-second (maximum 10 frames).

Available exclusively on the S9400W, WiFi connectivity allows users to quickly share photos and movies with smartphones or tablets, without the need for an ID or password. Users simply download the free Fujifilm Camera Application to their device and then use wireless LAN to send images from the S9400W to their device.

FinePix S8600

The FinePix S8600 is the perfect combination of powerful long-zoom at 36x, fast autofocus and HD video with portability that makes it easy to carry anywhere. Featuring a 16MP sensor, the S8600 uses a newly developed three-step collapsible lens, which automatically retracts when not in use to leave a slim and stylish body that is extremely compact. The S8600 uses a highly versatile 25-900mm*4 lens to shoot sharp images of everything from wide-angle landscapes to detailed close up pictures with its Super Macro mode. The S8600 also includes Fujifilm’s lens-shift Optical Image Stabilization system to reduce blurry pictures.

FinePix S1 key features

  • Dust and weather-resistant bridge camera
  • 16.4MP 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 50x image stabilized optical zoom lens (24-1200mm)
  • Super Macro mode 1cm
  • 5-axial Image stabilization
  • AF speed of 0.14sec (*5)
  • Shooting interval of approximately 0.65 seconds
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 10.0fps (*6)
  • Start-up time of approximately 0.68 seconds(*7)
  • 920K dot EVF
  • Vari-angle LCD screen
  • Time Lapse Interval Shooting function (up to every 10 minutes for 6 hours maximum)
  • Full HD movie capture
  • 10 Artistic Advanced Filters
  • WiFi connectivity

FinePix XP70 key features

  • Waterproof to 33ft., Shockproof from 5ft., Freezeproof to 14°F and Dustproof
  • 16.4MP 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle setting
  • Wireless connectivity for instant image and movie sharing
  • Action Camera mode
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • Full HD movie capture
  • 10 Advanced Filters
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • Available in Blue, Orange, and Yellow

FinePix S9400W/S9200 key features

  • 50x optical zoom (24-1200mm)
  • 1/2.3” 16.2MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO sensitivity up to 12,800
  • Continuous shooting at up to 10fps
  • 5-axial Image Stabilization in movie shooting
  • Full HD movie capture • 200k dot electronic viewfinder
  • 10 Advanced Filter effects
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • High Dynamic Range capture
  • Wireless connectivity with smartphones and tablets (S9400W only)

FinePix S8600 key features

  • Compact design
  • FUJINON lens with 36x optical zoom (25-900mm equivalent)
  • 1/2.3” 16MP CCD sensor
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (Sensor Shift)
  • HD movies at 720p/30fps
  • 3” LCD monitor (460k dots)
  • Face Detection (up to 10 faces)
  • Mode Dial (P/S/M and Burst Shooting mode)
  • 10 Advanced filters for creative effects
  • Mini HDMI output
  • Uses 3 AA batteries with an approximately 250-shot battery life

The new FinePix cameras will be available in March 2014 with the following MSRPs: S1 for $499.95; XP70 for $229.95; S9400W \ S9200 for $349.95 and $329.95, respectively; and S8600 for $229.95.

For all Fujifilm CES 2014 press releases and downloadable hi-res images, go to:

*1,2,3,4 35mm format equivalent
*5,6 According to CIPA (Camera & map; Imaging Products Association) standards
*7 Quick Start made is set to ON. (24min./ 10min.)

Fujfilm FinePix S1 specifications

MSRP$499.95 / £399.99
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2432 x 2432, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100 - 12800
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)
  • RAW (RAF)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–1200 mm
Optical zoom50×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.6
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage97%
Viewfinder resolution920,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • SR Auto
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Panorama
  • Scene
Built-in flashYes
Flash range8.00 m
External flashYes (via hotshoe)
Flash modesAuto, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow sync
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Videography notesHigh speed movie: 120/240/480 fps
Storage typesSC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included25MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless notes802.11 b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes (Dust and weather-resistent)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-85 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)680 g (1.50 lb / 23.99 oz)
Dimensions133 x 91 x 110 mm (5.24 x 3.58 x 4.33)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (up to 6 hrs)
GPS notesvia smartphone
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Total comments: 61
artvarck hawaii
By artvarck hawaii (2 months ago)

Does the S1 have a manual zoom? It doesn't look like it. Can't stand a motorized zoom lens.

By gago (3 months ago)

DPreview, when are we going to see the first sample and test images?
By the way, Fuji SL1000 and HS50's are still missing.

It would be nice to compare image quality between these cameras and the S1 and the FZ72.

By bb42 (3 months ago)

One great and unique feature of the HS-xx series is the manual zoom, I used the HS-10 and HS-30. They allowed me to frame moving subjects by quickly flipping from wide to tele, thus getting shots I would have lost with either any motor zoom or a SLR with lower zoom range.

Now, judging by the zoom lever, it seems Fuji has abandoned the manual zoom.
That's really sad.

1 upvote
By Clint009 (3 months ago)

If I could get a very nice picture at +/- 800mm, for me it is a winner already.

1 upvote
By NowHearThis (3 months ago)

out of a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor and a F5.6 lens (on the long end)... you can probably expect "ok" images - and that's if the lens is stellar.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

Fuji seems to be forever stuck in the 1/2.3-inch imager world, whole Sony had moved up to 1-inch sensors with 3 of their digital cameras and 2 of their camcorders. Fuji's latest crop of lamentable superzooms in 2014 are definitely yesterday's news.

By DanK7 (3 months ago)

The S-X1, with it's slightly larger 2/3" sensor is a better camera although not weather sealed. It's a nice option as a travel camera instead of taking a DSLR with a load of lenses. I would have thought Fuji would seal and upgrade that model before introducing the Finepix S-1.

By DanK7 (3 months ago)

Meant to say its vice it's - too slow to edit...

By KZMike (3 months ago)

It is a 1/2.3" [6.17mmx4.55mm] not the 2/3" [8.8mmx6.6mm] as they had in the S100FS. If they had a the 2/3" or 1" sensor I'd be a buyer. Their 2/3" was/is far superior to their 1/2.3" sensor, which I've owned previously.

Mark B.
By Mark B. (3 months ago)

The EVF, at least on paper, seems to be a big improvement over the Canon SX50. Faster at the long end helps, and dust/weather resistance is a big plus. Should be interesting.

1 upvote
By pacnwhobbyist (3 months ago)

This is fine, but it would be nice to see an X Trans XS-1 successor which is also weather sealed.

By slncezgsi (3 months ago)

It that little voting thingy above I am missing at least one more choice ;)

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By Abaregi (3 months ago)

If that camera worked where the sun was not shining (indoors/evening and nights) it would be quite nice.

By Revenant (3 months ago)

You'd need a rectoscope for that! ;D

By kimchiflower (3 months ago)

Has anyone tried to shoot 1200mm at f/5.6 on a small sensor?

It cannot be pleasant.

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By jcmarfilph (3 months ago)

How about f/6.5 from SX50 or f/5.9 from FZ70 at 1200mm EFL?

four under
By four under (3 months ago)

Yep....I bet 1/3 of a stop makes a huge difference.

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By evogt500 (3 months ago)

After seeing Fuji's new line of bridge cameras, I'm happy to still have my S200EXR.

By expressivecanvas (3 months ago)

Agreed. I'm glad I never parted with my S100FS. This announcement is an amazingly huge disappointment... and amazingly underwhelming when compared to the rumors on the street. That kind of publicity only hurts a manufacturer.

By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

An F2.9-6.5 lens is not bright. Especially not with these tiny sensor cameras.

By jcmarfilph (3 months ago)

It is f/2.8 - f/5.6 and it is brighter than FZ70 or SX50 FWIW. Mid FL will go somewhere around f/4.x cross your fingers...

By peevee1 (3 months ago)

I bet it is f/5.6 on the f/2.9-6.5 lens very early, f/5 on f/2.8-5.6 lens (these are 2 different lenses on 2 different cameras).

By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

My telescope is only 800mm F4.0 and you aren't going to hand hold that thing even with IS. Good luck trying to keep this ultra super duper tele-zoom still.

By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

I can see a lot of novice users shooting in the rain with this and then calling up customer support to find out why the camera couldn't get rid of the water spots in their images.

No one needs a weather proof camera. You either need a water proof(Submersible) camera or you don't. There is no in-between. If you are worried about a camera get damaged in the rain then by a weather proof bag. You won't actually be using the camera in the rain if you want to take good photos and videos.

Nothing beats a GoPro in the water proof category for video.

By mpix345 (3 months ago)

YOU might not appreciate weather-proofness vs sumbermissible, but you hardly speak for everyone. Lots of people participate in lots of outdoor activities. Having a camera they don't need to worry about if it is wet or dusty or whatever would be a very convenient thing, even if it can't be used under water.

The bigger issue (in the US at least) is trying to get people to pay $500 for a camera they are likely to never see in a store.

By Revenant (3 months ago)

I have seen many great photos taken with weather-sealed cameras in rainy or snowy weather, or in extremely humid, dusty or sandy conditions, where a non-sealed camera likely would have been damaged.

By mickeysutube (3 months ago)

Do we really have to wait until March until it's available?:-(
Love this one, I know the sensor is not brilliant, but for a second camera where the zoom is important, it's just perfect.

1 upvote
By slncezgsi (3 months ago)

I want to see that IS system that will allow to handhold 1200/5.6 lens. Ster using 1/2.3" 1/7" and 1" (and bigger) sensors I can not help but think that there is little reason to go for anything smaller than 1".

But I do appreciate the weather proofing. Step in the right direction.

By orion1983 (3 months ago)

within physics and carry-able size, my dream-cam was a

2/3" sensor
F2.8 (to 4.0)
manual zoom or both types
good macro

all the rest as WiFi and GPS is crap for me, also need no video. let´s see how many years it will take to make such a monster. i would have no problem to spend 1,500$ for that if the quality was ok, i.e., just like a very good 2/3"-cam and not like a m4/3 or APS-C.....

By BarnET (3 months ago)

Orion Please send this spec sheet to fuji. Much better then what they come up with themselves

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By peevee1 (3 months ago)

DPR, you have a mistake in the specs, it is f/2.8-5.6 lens, not f/2.0-5.6.

By PicOne (3 months ago)

Not only that, but the lens is a 4.3-215mm zoom. Or at the very least indicate that the 24-1200mm you indicate is an "EQUIVALENT"

Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (3 months ago)

Fixed both of those issues, thanks.

1 upvote
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

Finally manufacturers start to acknowledge that the cameras are to be used outdoors and add some dust and rain protection, not just hope it breaks as soon as possible.

John Miles
By John Miles (3 months ago)

FZ50 rating (-2)

The new weatherproofing feature massively increases compositional scope in situations where conventional superzooms must be covered to protect them. The increase in photographic opportunity should not be underestimated. This could quite easily become the best family choice superzoom available.

Another superb offering from Fuji.

By Shamael (3 months ago)

Why this mini sensor? This is ridiculous, as if Fuji was not able to produce a 1" or put an apsc in such a box.

By Cameracist (3 months ago)

You have to choose between zoom and sensor size. Could not have both!

By iudex (3 months ago)

That´s why the RX10 looks like a great compromise.
APSC with longer than 5x zoom is nonsense, since it would be big just like DSLR with lens and who would buy a camera as big as a DSLR without the possibility of changing lenses?

Mark B.
By Mark B. (3 months ago)

It would be huge, heavy, and incredibly expensive.

1 upvote
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (3 months ago)

Finally I can replace my old SX-10 IS with a new weather sealed camera. Price seems pretty decent as well.

1 upvote
By JohnEwing (3 months ago)

Put a 1" sensor in it and I'll buy one.

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By Cameracist (3 months ago)

You would not like the 50x zoom lens in the size of small bazooka...

Mark B.
By Mark B. (3 months ago)

I doubt you could afford it or use it w/o a tripod.

Mister J
By Mister J (3 months ago)

Take note Pana - ruggedised FZ please, actually make that waterproof - enough at least to survive a dunking.

By racketman (3 months ago)

Can't help thinking there is a market for a 100D sized camera with a RX100 sized sensor and a fixed superzoom lens, just not sure how long that zoom could be, 24-600?

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By Eigenmeat (3 months ago)

been dreaming about that camera since 2 year ago =(. The RX10 came close though.

By orion1983 (3 months ago)

i just think that such a monster would destroy the SLR profits. in addition, as most companies are linked with each other for sensors and so on, maybe such a camera is also not "allowed".....just a risky speculation ;)

By Eigenmeat (3 months ago)

What you said is without reason. A 24-600mm with 1'' sensor is more than enough to satisfy the needs of 75%+ of the enthusiast sector as walk around cam. To complete mix, all you need is a cheap mirrorless with a portrait lens.

By SnowshoeLane (3 months ago)

Is there a camera with a 24-600mm zoom and a 1" sensor? That would be great if so. Can you tell me--I'd love to check it out. I look at so many camera specs before I buy, they tend to all blur together after awhile. Thanks.

I should add--a non-DSLR camera. Don't want a DSLR.

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new boyz
By new boyz (3 months ago)

Look like a Pentax.

By ConanFuji (3 months ago)

Oh yeah!!!
Too bad about the lack of touchscreen.
... and the pinhead sized sensor.
... and the slow lens.

By abortabort (3 months ago)

Well f2-5.6 isn't actually half bad considering the range. Yeah small sensor and all that, blah blah blah.

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By vesa1tahti (3 months ago)

Maybe 2.8-5.6 ?

By peevee1 (3 months ago)

It is 2.8-5.6. DPR made a mistake in the spec table.

By iudex (3 months ago)

After the Sony RX10 and Oly Stylus 1 all the 1/2,3" sensored ultrazooms seems like dinosaurs just before the meteorite fall. 1200mm, f5,6 and 1/2,3" sensor, how good can the picture be? The only thing that needs to be praised is the weather-proof build (and a decent EVF considering it´s class).

By Bjorn_L (3 months ago)

How is this the first weather resistant superzoom? The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 has been out for 4 months and is also sealed.

new boyz
By new boyz (3 months ago)

Maybe first for xx-1200mm category.

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By JadedGamer (3 months ago)

When did a mere 8x zoom become "superzoom" in this day and age?

By mickeysutube (3 months ago)

I wouldn't call 8.5 optical a superzoom!?!

Low Budget Dave
By Low Budget Dave (3 months ago)

I think Fuji has discovered over the years that it is better to make a marketing claim that is not technically true than to let others make the claim.

If you do a Google search for "world's fastest autoocus" (for example), it turns up a bunch of Fuji marketing claims. People who read the footnotes discover it is only for certain lighting conditions, with certain features turned off. But many people never read the footnotes.

Similarly, Fuji can make the claim that they made the first weatherproof superzoom, knowing that they can argue over the definition of "super" easier than they can admit that Sony beat them to the market. And if the customer ends up happy with the camera, then it won't matter.

Still, I wish DP Review would at least make an attempt to comment on press releases, rather than just running them word-for-word. If Fuji made a claim like "better picture quality than Canon", odds are that DP Review would not publish the press release.

If Fuji said "first APSC fixed lens compact", odds are that DP Review would correct the error.

It is unclear to me if this claim is technically true. It would be helpful if the experts would shed some light on it.

By NowHearThis (3 months ago)

Fuji's worlds first claim is bogus without an "*" pointing out that Sony beat them and that they're referring to >10x zoom lens cameras. Better yet, Fuji should have just said the XS-1 was weather resistant and left it at that. "Worlds first" isn't going to sell more cameras for them then just pointing out the feature itself. Instead it just makes them look like they're - at best, taking the superzoom category and defining it themselves for whatever suits them, or at worst, they're purposefully being dishonest in their marketing. If the latter is true then shame on them, they've had a good reputation up until now.

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