Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom

Perfect for advanced amateur photographers who want an affordable, step-up Digital Camera, the 10-megapixel FinePix S1000fd builds on the legacy of the FinePix S700 with the addition of a Fujinon 12x optical zoom lens (33mm-396mm equivalent) for greater range and flexibility, Fujifilm’s proprietary Face Detection technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal, and a brand New Panoramic shooting mode.

Finepix S1000fd Highlights

Face Detection with Automatic Red Eye Removal Face Detection operates by identifying and prioritizing up to 6 faces in a framed scene, and then adjusting the focus and exposure accordingly to ensure the sharpness and clarity of human subjects in the picture, regardless of background. After a shot is captured each detected face is instantly checked for red eye; if it is found, it is corrected automatically, saving the time-consuming process of fixing it later.

Fuji Finepix S1000fd Highlights
1) Face in sharp focus, 2) Optimized brightness

Panorama shooting mode For catching">beautiful scenery or very large groups, the New Panorama shooting mode makes it easy to create impressive panoramic photos. This mode captures and combines a maximum of three consecutive shots at 3 megapixel resolution each, which are saved to the memory card as a panoramic picture.
Fuji Finepix S1000fd Highlights
The New Panorama shooting mode makes it easy to create impressive panoramic photos

2.7-inch, high-resolution LCD Rounding out the FinePix S1000fd’s powerful feature set is a large, 2.7-inch high-resolution (230k pixel) LCD plus electronic viewfinder (EVF) and ISO levels of up to ISO 1600 at full resolution and ISO 3200 at 3-megapixel resolution.

Fuji Finepix S1000fd Highlights
picture Stabilization mode in action
picture Stabilization mode A selectable mode, picture Stabilization uses the heightened sensitivity of the FinePix S1000fd and high-speed shutter settings to reduce blur caused by hand-shake or subject movement. It allows the camera to automatically choose the correct light sensitivity and optimal shutter speed to produce clear, blur-free images.

Full manual photographic control Photo enthusiasts and advanced photographers have total control with manual adjustment options for various camera settings including resolution, ISO, aperture, shutter speed and more.

Fuji Finepix S1000fd Highlights
5x zoom vs. 12x zoom
12x optical zoom FinePix S1000fd's 12x optical zoom lens expands your shooting reach, covering a remarkable focal range of 33-396mm*, bringing you close enough to capture subtle expressions. And the single built-in lens means you're always ready to shoot, with no need for bulky extra lenses or time-consuming lens changes.

High-speed shooting Capture the action with the High Speed shooting mode: 7.5 fps at 2MP for 15 shots; 3.3 fps at 5MP for 6 shots; and 1.4 fps at 10MP for 3 shots.

Movie recording VGA quality at 30 frames per second with sound.

14 Pre-programmed Scene Modes The FinePix S1000fd features 14 pre-programmed scene modes that offer a one-touch setting for almost any situation, including: Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text.

xD/SD/SDHC-compatible slot The FinePix S1000fd features an xD/SD-compatible slot, which accepts not only Fujifilm’s traditional xD-picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity/SDHC cards too.

Operates on 4 AA batteries The ultimate in convenience and accessibility, using AA batteries means that, in a pinch, more batteries are just moments away.

Product Description
The S1000fd Finepix digital still camera features Face Detection to significantly improve your picture taking by identifying human subjects' faces in the frame and in real time, determining the optimal focus and exposure settings for the absolute best results possible in any shooting conditions. And the sophisticated, intelligent software algorithms detect red-eye and correct it in-camera. More than just red-eye reduction... this is red-eye elimination, after the image has been captured, to assure every picture looks its best.The Finepix S1000fd features a 12x Optical Zoom with a focal range equivalent of 33mm-396mm compared to 35mm. Bring your subject closer and clearer with high quality Fujinon lens technology, and leave the expensive, heavy, extra lenses to the other guy.The Finepix S1000fd features high sensitivity of up to 1600 ISO at full resolution. Combined with Fujfilm's advanced processor capabilities, shooting in low light environments with the S1000fd yeilds exceptional performance with less noise.Find your most commonly used adjustments and preset scene position modes quickly and easily with the convenient mode dial. Find the perfect camera setting in a snap for practically any shooting environment by choosing from the 13 different onboard preset scene positions like Natural Light Mode, Snow, Sports, Party, Museum, and many more.The Finepix S1000fd features an xD/SD/SD-HC compatible slot, allowing the use of either xD picture Card or SD/SD-HC media to store and transfer your photos. This New capability assures compatibility with a wider variety of applications than ever before, and allows users to choose the media technology that is right for them.

Canon EOS

J. P. Dodson's comments about the Canon EOS mount lenses not being usable on an older FD camera like an AE-1, or even a F-1 is, of course correct. However, precisely because the FD lenses won't work on a Canon DSLR, most are available for very, very low prices. Some of these lenses are excellent and some of them, debatably, have not been bettered, even by many current EOS designs.

I still have a working F-1 with a full complement of FD lenses, and I still have some 30 X 40 inch "razor sharp" monochrome landscape prints taken with that (tripod-mounted and mirror-locked) F1 using a Canon 24 mm F 2.8 FD and Pan-X film. I don't honestly think I can match the print quality with my 50D and 24mm f 1.4 "L" lens.

Aw, the good old days!

Sony DSC-P8

My wife and I recently upgraded from our Sony DSC-P8 to a Sony DSC-W130. So far we are extremely happy. We shopped around quite a bit before settling on the New cybershot, and spent a good deal of time trying out other brands. In the end, the smile shutter brought us back to Sony. It sounds like there is no way it would work, but it really does. We have two young children that are remarkably hard to catch smiling. With the New Sony, all we have to do is turn on the smile shutter and the camera does the rest. So far, we haven't missed a smile with the 3 year (with teeth) and have caught a few of the 4 month old (no teeth). It makes a difference.

The other feature that has been great so far is the burst mode. With my old camera, the missing time between shot resulted in a lot of blurring. The New camera manages to focus each shot much better. We played around with some moving targets, and the pictures came out great. One major drawback of burst mode, however, is that you can't use flash. I took a bunch of pictures indoors and the quality was ok, but not great. The flash just turns off when you switch to burst mode.

The video recording is great on this camera. Obviously not camcorder quality or anything, but very good for what you'd expect from a point and shoot. The sound quality still isn't that great, but much much better from my older camera. It seems like it balances the audio in the first few seconds. If the first few seconds are loud, the whole video will be softer. If you start out soft, however, you bury the needle when it gets lounder leading to some distortion. You also can't zoom while in video mode - something they don't tell you.

The flash recharges after about 1-2 seconds, which is great. It also is pretty effective for long distances.

I like the menu configurations, especially now that I've had some time to play with them.

picture quality is great, but I'm upgrading from a 2MP camera, so it probably wouldn't take too much to wow me. We took a ton of shots and were impressed at the level of detail when we zoomed in on our computer.

Overall, we are very happy with this camera. It has some limitations and problems, but for the money (and for being a point and shoot) it is great.