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Fuji FinePix S1500
Fuji FinePix S1500

Hey! You should know that Fuji has released a newer version of this product: the Fuji FinePix S1800.

Fuji FinePix S1500

We've given the S1500 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The S1500 features a 12x wide-angle optical zoom with dual image stabilization and 10.0-megapixel resolution, and lets you get close to the action from any angle without losing picture quality. Face Detection and Auto Red-eye Removal ensure that every picture comes out perfect. Finally, a 2.7-inch LCD screen with Micro Thumbnail View makes taking and reviewing pictures a breeze. You'd benefit from taking a look at the updated S1800 or S2500 models.


  • 10.0-megapixel resolution for large, photo quality prints
  • 12x wide-angle optical zoom
  • dual image stabilization
  • Face Detection with Auto Red-Eye Removal
  • ISO 6400
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen with Micro Thumbnail View
  • 23 MB built-in memory
  • capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • Part Number: F-FXS1500fdB-US-CD
  • UPC: 074101484144
  • Release Date: Apr 01, 2009

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Fuji FinePix S1500 Reviews

Fuji FinePix S1500 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great bang for the buck (D McGuire — 12/28/2009)

I bought this as a point n shoot moving to SLR for myself.
My son is always taking my Nikon CoolPix to school for yearbook photography, and being a seasoned 35mm hobby photographer, thought I would like something a little more then point n shoot. And wow, am I happy. It took me a few days playing with it and reading the (full digital) manual to learn the little tricks, but boy am I thrilled with the results. The quality with SRAuto is great, low lighting photos are really good as well.

I'm completely happy with my Christmas gift to myself.

But I do suggest reading the digital manual and playing with it for a day or two before you take it out for those images you really don't want to miss capturing.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not As Good As Previous Finepix Cameras (Max G — 12/19/2009)

I have owned Fuji FinePix S3000 and S2800. Both excellent cameras. This S1500 has a very hard time focusing on pictures in the Macro or extra macro mode. Virtually have to take 15-20 pictures of one subject to get one decent copy. Also takes pictures of 'dust' on items which show up little white pixels when printing or viewing. Pictures come out very saturated and darker than real life. Overall pictures are not true to life as the previous Finepix cameras were. A real disappointment.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good product for the price! (Karl Hisak — 12/10/2009)

I have recently bought this camera because it has a great price and I needed it for a small trip. I have found it good for the outdoors pictures but the indoors pictures taken with little lights or at night were not great.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A few glitches, but durable, great quality. (Zorina — 11/16/2009)

This is my second SLR.
It has a few glitches, but the quality is great and it is extremly durable:
I took it to the beach, I took great shots, but then I got it completely soaked and it works as it always does.
You just need to know how to use SLRs.
This camera was around one-hundred dollars at Brandsmart U.S.A.
I highly recommend this camera.

[Editor's note: This camera is generally not considered to be an SLR.]

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent camera for the price!! Only one downfall... (James — 10/22/2009)

Bought this camera last minute while visiting Washington DC. It took some great pictures and I love the look and feel of the camera. Didn't take long to learn how to use all the features without reading the manual. The only down fall I noticed is during playback of the videos I took. During playback you can hear the lens zooming in and out in the audio. This is due to the microphone being right above the lens. Not a big deal but kind of annoying when you hear it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pretty good, but (Neil — 10/18/2009)

I bought this camera about 2 months ago, overall I am very pleased with it, for the price, it takes very good photos. Unfortunately, I am now involved with a warranty claim with fuji as the the pictures developed a shadow in them. I am sure I just got a bad one, and if fuji handles the warranty well, I will come back and up my rating to the full 5 stars.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AWESOME!!! (marc selon — 09/19/2009)

...I have had a slew of image capturing devices....I just returned a Nikon today and found myself drawn to this camera....WOW!!!! This has to be the best buy for your money....I havent found anything to be unhappy about for its price leaves you with the feeling that you got WAY MORE than what you paid for. It also has a VERY solid feel and VERY classy touch:)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sharp images, excellent macro. (Don — 08/29/2009)

Just purchased it today for my daughter, who is taking criminal justice classes and needed a camera with macro and crisp images. I am not disappointed. Using a tripod to eliminate the human factor (my shaky hands...), the camera can easily resolve Pass and Stow, Forever, and the Proclaim Liberty... inscription, as well as the detail in the wood support beam on the Liberty Bell Forever U.S. postage stamp. It should easily handle fingerprints without spending a fortune. It doesn't have a hot shoe, the flash doesn't automatically pop up when needed, and it won't accept screw-on filters. So what. I knew that when I purchased it. Additionally, the camera displays an icon to indicate that the flash may be needed due to slow shutter speeds.
The light weight, image stabilization, face recognition, and movie mode are just a few of the many features this little powerhouse offers.
Perhaps I should give my daughter my much larger Sony A100 to use instead.... :)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Value and Quality! (Scott in the ATL — 08/24/2009)

I owned a 5000 Zoom until it was stolen. But, this S1500 obliterates it at every task. I shopped for weeks and feel that the nearest competing camera would cost 3 times as much.
It's hard to put into words how enjoyable the difference a 12x optical zoom makes! Incredible!
Yes, it produces stellar pictures, but the scope of features is so easy to learn and use.
I especially love the setting that allows me to take a photo at 3 inches, stand up and take a portrait then, swing around for a landscape all the while it is adjusting everything to produce wonderful photo's, automatically!
Naturally, a real photo enthusiast can manipulate the controls manually to produce a bevy of effects and expect it to perform wonderfully.
Thanks, Fuji...
An excellent value!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great camera but design flaw (Roy Baker — 08/11/2009)

I bought this camera with high hopes. The picture quality turned out great. I've owned a Fuji S5700 previously and this new Fuji S1500 camera was a big step up. But I was so disappointed with the need to activate the flash manually in the S1500. If you forget to activate the pop up flash first, you can easily ruin a picture. I wonder if Fuji overlooked this? I ended up disappointed and returned the camera to the dealer who was also unaware of this missing feature.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great (Rosen — 07/11/2009)

This is my 3rd week with this excellent camera ... I like it ...

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera! (shari — 07/06/2009)

I have taken some of the most awesome photo's with this camera. Close ups, serious zooms, even a picture of the moon...with detail! Last night (4th of July), I captured some incredible (and clear) fireworks displays. That was very exciting. When showing my photo's, I constantly hear, "Wow, that's a great camera". Great deal, for under $200.00. My only issue is that my camera did not come with a lens cover. Not sure if that's standard or not, but I'd feel better if I could protect the lens.

  • 4.0 out of 5
My Fuji S1500 (Steve Robson — 05/08/2009)

Nice little camera. Having a s1000fd as well, I like the overall design and feel of the camera. Once I got used to the extra features locations, the camera was nice to use. Thee is one weak spot on this camera to look out for. It is the battery/ memory card lock at the battery door. Watch out that you do not drop it in this area or the small pins that hold the door shut can break. On my S1000fd, I now use an elasic band to hold the door shut because of it dropping in that area. Other then that, it makes for a great camera for a person wanting a D-SLR type camera but at both a lower cost and lighter weight.

The added refinements on this model like the image stablizing is a nice up-grade from the older s1000fd.

Highly recommended!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great quality for the price (Jennifer — 04/13/2009)

I think this camera taked EXCELLENT pictures. I have only owned it for a week but I can say that ALL the pictures I have taken have been in excellent quality :)