Fujifilm FinePix S1 is ‘world’s first’ weather-resistant superzoom

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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 a 24-1200mm (50x) F2.8-5.6 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: www.FujifilmUSA.com/CES2014.

*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 type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 4608 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:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100 – 12800
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 5-axis
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)
  • RAW (RAF)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–1200 mm
Optical zoom 50×
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (2)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Lens mount Unknown
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 97%
Viewfinder resolution 920,000
Photography features
Maximum aperture F2.0 – F5.6
Minimum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed 30 sec
Exposure modes
  • SR Auto
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Panorama
  • Scene
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 8.00 m
External flash Yes (via hotshoe)
Flash modes Auto, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow sync
Self-timer Yes (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 Bracketing No
Videography features
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Videography notes High speed movie: 120/240/480 fps
Storage types SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 25MB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Dust and weather-resistent)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-85 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 680 g (1.50 lb / 23.99 oz)
Dimensions 133 x 91 x 110 mm (5.24 x 3.58 x 4.33)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (up to 6 hrs)
GPS Optional
GPS notes via smartphone

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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.


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.


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…..


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


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

FZ50 rating (-2) http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52339583

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.


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.


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


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?

Chaitanya S

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


Put a 1″ sensor in it and I’ll buy one.


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

Mister J

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


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?


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


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 😉


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.

new boyz

Look like a Pentax.


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


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


Maybe 2.8-5.6 ?


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


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).


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

Maybe first for xx-1200mm category.


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


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

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