Fujifilm Finepix S1500fd

Fujifilm Finepix S1500fd


The Fujifilm Finepix S1500fd replaces the popular S1000 from 2008 in the Fujifilm lineup. This solid camera has a10 megapixel sensor, 12x optical zoom (33mm at its widest) and a 2.7 inch LCD.

It has a maximum aperture range of f/2.8 to f/5.0 across its focal range and an ISO range up to 1600.

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The Fujifilm Finepix S1500fd has a wide array of shooting modes but can also be operated in full manual mode or aperture and shutter priority – giving a lot of control to its user. It is powered by four AA batterires.

Expect to see the Fujifilm Finepix S1500fd in stores in March for a retail price of $249.95 USD.

Fujifilm Finepix S1500fd News Release

Compact 12x Optical Zoom FinePix S1500 Extends Feature Set

D-SLR-Style Camera Sports Dual Image Stabilization and Automatic Scene Recognition

Valhalla, NY, February 17, 2009– FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc. today announced the successor to the wildly popular FinePix S1000 with the introduction of the FinePix S1500.

Ideal for advanced amateur photographers who are looking for an affordable, SLR-styled digital camera, the 10-MegaPixel FinePix S1500is wrapped with an eye-catching black casing and has a Fujinon 12x optical zoom (33mm-396mm equivalent) offering great range and flexibility. Building on the legacy of Fujifilm’s S-series digital cameras, the FinePix S1500 includes Fujifilm’s Dual Image Stabilization and SR Auto (Automatic Scene Recognition).

Automatic Scene Recognition

SR Auto (Automatic Scene Recognition) enables the FinePix S1500to intelligently recognize six types of scenes automatically. For each picture taken in this mode, the S1500 will optimize the ideal exposure, focus, white balance and ISO for the scene to ensure the best quality picture is captured with ease.

Dual Image Stabilization

Dual Image Stabilization is a marriage of mechanical sensor shift stabilization, to steady the photographer’s hand, and Fujifilm’s Picture Stabilization Technology, which uses fast shutter speeds with ISO high sensitivity, to prevent virtually all types of image blur. As a result, an increase in clarity and sharpness is achieved, even in low lighting conditions.

Rounding out the FinePix S1500 powerful feature set is a large 2.7″ high-resolution (230k dots) LCD, electronic viewfinder (EVF) and ISO levels of up to ISO 1600 at full resolution.

Fujifilm’s FinePix S1500 also offers the following useful features:

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.

Face Detection with Automatic Red Eye Removal: Face Detection operates by identifying and prioritizing 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.

Instant Zoom: Instant Zoom makes it easy to frame and compose shots with moving subjects at high zoom settings. A selectable frame on the LCD screen lets you bracket and track the subject in standard wide view. When the shutter is released, Instant Zoom boosts the zoom ratio and captures only the enlarged area as a full-sized image, keeping the subject in the frame.

Continuous High Speed Shooting mode: This mode allows moving subjects to be captured by shooting high-speed shots of up to 15 frames at 7.5 fps at 2MP and six frames at 3.3 fps at 5MP.

Panoramic Shooting mode: Users can capture, combine and save a maximum of three consecutive shots at 3MP resolution each as a panoramic picture.

Movie Recording: VGA quality at 30 frames per second with sound.

14 Pre-programmed Scene Modes: The FinePix S1500 features 14 pre-programmed scene modes that offer a one-touch setting for almost any situation.

SD / SD-HC Compatible slot: A single media slot that accepts SD/SD-HC media cards.

Operates on 4xAA Batteries: The ultimate in convenience and accessibility, using AA batteries means in a pinch, more batteries are just moments away. Four x AA alkaline battery power delivers 300 shots and up to 700 shots using lithium AA battery.

“Fujifilm’s FinePix S1500fd offers advanced amateur photographers an affordable, SLR-styled digital camera,” said David Troy, marketing manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “Sporting a Fujinon 12x Optical Zoom for greater range and flexibility and Automatic Scene Recognition, the FinePix S1500 offers its user an efficient, feature-rich digital camera making it easy to capture amazing images.”

The FinePix S1500fd will debut in March 2009 at a retail price of $249.95.

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Some Older Comments

  • Crystal Griffin February 17, 2010 05:58 am

    Beth, questions that help you learn a not silly! That actually is something you want to ask before purchasing a camera. And yeah this camera does have depth of field settings. You can either use it as a point and shoot in the automatic mode, or you can go into the aperture priority mode or the manual mode to change the settings. As you know aperture changed depth of field, so anytime you change this, you are changing what is in and out of focus. If you like, you can email me at crysgriffin@hotmail.com and I can help you with this camera. I just bought it last month and already have learned a bit about it! This is really an excellent camera if you don't intend on spending $800+ on equipment! Hope this helps!


  • Beth February 16, 2010 07:47 am

    Hi Im wondering will this camera focus in on a subject and be unfocused on the background? I think it's called depth of field, This may seem like a silly question but Im really new to taking anything more then quick poor-quility snapshots. Thanks

  • Crystal Griffin February 15, 2010 08:11 am

    I love this camera!!

  • Simon Ayres February 10, 2010 03:25 am

    Just a daft pointer as we've been asked it a number of times, the FD in S1500FD stands for 'face Detection', a graphic example is shown here: http://s1500fd.co.uk/2010/01/12/answered-what-does-the-fd-mean-in-s1500fd/

  • Crystal Griffin February 1, 2010 02:04 am

    First off, Fujifilm is adding Tracking Auto Focus to the Fujifilm FinePix S1500, a system that functions by pressing the shutter button halfway to lock a subject in target, following the movement of that subject throughout the entire frame.

    Hey how do you do this...can you explain?


  • George December 19, 2009 09:35 am

    Just purchased the Fujifilm S1500 about a week ago. Cost me $162.00 with shipping and so far I love it. Just so you know I do not think it is capable of taking pictures in RAW, and there are no threads on the lens so using filters is a bit challenging. I am looking at getting a Cokin A300 point and shoot adapter to see how that works. George.

  • sophie December 3, 2009 07:39 am

    Just Bought One =) Im A Beginner so the price was perfect for my frist camera .. very happy with it so far. Easy to use, good picture quality and the battery life is great

  • fas October 16, 2009 02:52 am

    How does it compare to the Sony H20?

  • Tom D July 12, 2009 12:13 pm

    I have one of these. I am having an issue where it takes 1.5 or 2 seconds (or a bit more) between the time I press the shutter release and the actuation takes place. I have missed a lot of 'moments' because of this. I have tried it in the different modes with the same results. Is there something in the settings I need to check/redo, etc.???

  • Canon FS22 Camcorder July 8, 2009 02:01 pm

    First off, Fujifilm is adding Tracking Auto Focus to the Fujifilm FinePix S1500, a system that functions by pressing the shutter button halfway to lock a subject in target, following the movement of that subject throughout the entire frame.

  • my nice June 5, 2009 01:47 pm

    12x optical zoom is nice of fujifilm s1500fd
    my image is big

  • Dana Ogglesby April 27, 2009 10:40 am

    Sam...you should have received a CD with the camera which has the full manual on it. Or you can get one online here....

  • Sam barrie April 27, 2009 07:40 am

    I have recently got the S1000fd, and although it does not have a lot of buttons and switches, there are so many functions which im dying to learn about, but dont have a manual........! dont suppose anyone knows where i can get one from please? I have the basic user manual, but think i need more of an advanced one. Any help or suggestions would be great!

  • Harry Hollis February 20, 2009 11:56 pm

    I have a Finepix S5500 for the past 4 years and have taken hundreds of photo's, am very happy with the results for a resonable priced camera, time to move on for a camera with a faster start and shutter operation, i shall be watching this.

  • Dana Ogglesby February 20, 2009 10:22 am

    I happen to own the S1000fd...and love it! (even though Rick labels it as a "cheap piece of crap". Sure it's not a DSLR but for an amateur starting out like myself it gives me the feel of a DSLR and I can learn to shoot better shots.
    BTW...amberskies...surprisingly the 4 AA batteries last quite a while! I use rechargable batteries and they hold up really well. They make the camera a little on the heavier side but still very reliable.

  • Darren Rowse February 18, 2009 08:34 am

    Rick, thanks for your feedback. I'd like to clarify a couple of things - this is the 'camera and gear' section of our site - a place where we review cameras, announce new ones (like this one) and generally talk cameras.

    This time of year is the time that manufacturers announce new cameras at trade shows (there's a new one called PMA about to happen which is why there are more 'announcement' posts than normal.

    To be clear - these are not ads, we're not paid to run them - but these are highlights of new cameras, something that many of our readers asked us for information on.

    If you don't want to read our camera section you can subscribe to either or both of our other sections (the general tips section and the post production section) and not get this information - there are RSS feeeds for each section in our sidebar.

  • Rick Landry February 18, 2009 01:45 am

    ENOUGH with the push-adverts appearing in the e-mailouts from the Digital Photography School. This may be how DPS pays the bills, but I am personally fed-up with receiving marketing promotions for all manner of photography gear and accessories. Todays Fujifilm Finepix S1500fd ad campaign is an excellent example: ask yourself, please, does the world really need another crappy $250 point-and-shoot 10MP low-end digital camera? Aren't there enough cameras of this range and price point already in existence? This model has absolutely ZERO qualities to distinguish it from the 'herd'. In short, it's another cheap piece of crap aimed at a tiny niche near the bottom of the camera market.

    Stop filling my e-mail box with advertisements of this ilk. I resent it.

  • Karen February 18, 2009 12:49 am

    I have the S1000 fd and overall I've been happy with it. Click on my name to see some photos. I'm still saving for a DSLR though. ;)

  • amberskies February 18, 2009 12:48 am

    powered by 4 AA batteries??? I can't imagine how quickly it would eat them. The batteries would cost more than buying a camera with a proper chargeable battery.

  • Smart Boy February 17, 2009 05:55 pm

    This bad boy looks sweet. Not at a bad price either.
    I'll definately have to keep my eye on this camera. Thanks for sharing its specs.