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Fuji FinePix S1800
Fuji FinePix S1800

Hey! You should know that Fuji has released a newer version of this product: the Fujifilm FinePix S2950.

Fuji FinePix S1800

We've given the S1800 a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

With the S1800, you get a big zoom for a low price -- an 18x zoom for a suggested price of $229, to be precise. You'll also get HD video and some speedy continuous shooting. It looks like a solid bridge/mini-dSLR/whatever-ya-call-it model, something that Fuji has been very good at over the years. In reality, it feels like a toy. It's a cheap camera with a huge lens. Image quality is average at best and performance is sluggish. It's a decent option if all you care about is an enormous lens, but on the whole, this is a mediocre superzoom. It's been replaced by the S2950, a very similar model in all respects.


  • 12 megapixels
  • 18x optical zoom
  • Dual image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 720p HD video
  • Continuous shooting up to 8 fps
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • 4x AA batteries
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2010

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Fuji FinePix S1800 Reviews

Fuji FinePix S1800 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
not fair (Ebony — 02/17/2011)
I just bought the Fuji s1800 today, was really excited about it too. I took about 8 photos on auto but went to press the playback button to see my pics and the screen is black, the button still makes a noise when i scroll across and i can still press the shoot button to return to capturing mode. I could press the button before to view some of the pictures and now it's blank. Please tell me it's easily fixed
  • 3.0 out of 5
Pretty alright ;) (ExperiencedLearner :D — 12/30/2010)
I have read sooo many reviews about this camera! Some say its complete shit, and others say its brilliant. I have only had this camera since Christmas, and so far, im slightly dissapointed. The pictures are not as clear as I would have thought, though I think I set my expectations far too high. For a $200 camera, this is pretty darn good. The macro is quite good, I can't fault the Zoom. While using video, you can hear the camera zooming, so set the zoom before you start recording. Its takes beautiful portraits, and takes ok pictures in low light. So far, this camera has failed epically at action shots. I still need to fiddle with it more to try and correct this, but I think it is just the camera. For Beginners, EXCELLENT. For sombody starting in photography, I would suggest a canon, much more reliable in my opinion and I wish I had purchased one myself. Next year im going for a SLR, as I am planning on taking a photography course in uni. This reveiw is probably the truest of the lot. The people who are saying it is amazing, obviously do not know much about cameras and photography. I'm hoping to get the most out of this camera that I can, It is doing quite well so far. Its my baby at the moment, pretty much adore it. :)
  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing quality (Kenny L. — 12/20/2010)
After hours of online comparison between the Nikon L110, the Fuji S2550 and this S1800 camera, I finally made the choice to purchase this camera instead. And I wasn't dissappointed. I purchased the S1800 because of the quality of the zoom, and speed of the camera compared to the Nikon. I also purchased the S1800 because of the ease of menu navigation I was used to with a previous Fujifilm F50fd. The shots compared with the S1800 and the F50fd were amazing, even though both cameras are at 12mp. The S1800 outshines in clarity, less noise and overall better picture, especially in low light photos. The only downside I have with this camera is that it takes 4 AA batteries, and is a bottom loading SD card. (Means I have to take off the tripod every time to get the SD card out) The main problem that people have against this camera is the SD card not being compatible, but I have not have that issue, my 16gb Kingston SDHC card has no issues at all. Even my other generic brand SD cards have no problem being read, including an imitation chinese brand SD cards has no problems at all. If you have problems with your SD card, you can format them from your camera.
  • 2.0 out of 5
This Fuji FinePix S1800 for videos is a disaster (Penny Miller — 11/17/2010)
My Canon PowershotA620 was perfect, but wanted a camera that had a video option. I only wanted one that had a viewfinder too and they are very hard to find unless you spend $$$ for an SLR. Last Saturday, I paid a video photographer to shoot at an Animal Adoption fundraiser. I wanted him to use my camera so I could edit it and not be charged over $300 for 8+ hours of editing a video that was only 3 minutes. I also volunteered to have my professional dog, Cookie Einstein, perform on stage so I could have a video with audience participation. Video looked great on the camera. When I went to download it to my computer, it said folder not found, etc. After researching for 2 days and bringing it into BestBuy(geek) I was told that Access is denied. There is a definate problem with compatibility with memory card(used a SanDisk 2GB) Now I have to spend over $75 for a Data Recovery tech. I was so upset when I called tech help at Fujifilm. What a joke!! They gave me phone #'s of 2 Data Recovery services. Would not pay for anything. I am sending this camera back ASAP. Has anyone had the same problem and if so, what was the solution to saving the data? Any suggestions for another camera with a viewfinder & great zoom for $150+? Now, I don't want one with a video.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera, but a few niggles (peter duncan — 11/11/2010)
I have had the camera only two months, but I have grown to like it very much. The pan. facility works a dream. My only problems are that: The lens mount is not threaded, so that you can add a UV filter, though I have found a way round that with a Chinese adaptor. There is not outlet to use remote flash. There is no remote control system, useful for wildlife work, Other than that, GREAT!
  • 1.0 out of 5
18X what for? (CamFan — 11/09/2010)
Hey, If pictures get blurry then what is 18X optical zoom for? Someone mentioned high zooming blurs the image so I'm little backing out to buy this cam. Can someone throw light on this?
  • 1.0 out of 5
D'ont buy Fuji camera (A. Nanook — 11/05/2010)
Very bad warranty your guaranty carefully .. The Fuji company does not back their products at all. Very bad choice for a camera company.....had a lot of trouble with tne Fuji company on warranty service.
  • 5.0 out of 5
$159.99 Camera. Worth much more in value. (Jake — 10/23/2010)
This camera does take some great photographs. You need to be patient and wait for the right one. I did not have a problem with my AData 8GB SDHC Class 10 Card. It worked as soon as I plugged it in. I am still learning the item but I hope to master it soon and update my review.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Never buy this cam (Jakson — 10/02/2010)
Being a beginner, I wanted to buy a digicam not SLR, having manual controls. Initially I had a tie between Canon SX120 and this piece, bcz of same range pf price. But due to its 18X zoom and SLR body type, I bought this. And....the very first day I got to know its poor performance. Picture quality is damn bad, video quality bad, cam is very slow, USB connections very slow. Transferring photos is a very bad experience because of slowness. LCD quality is worst like hell. Many times it hangs, so we need to restart it. Viewfinder is low quality. Colour capturing efficiency is bad. Zooming is not very fine. Now I regret that I should have bought Canon SX 120 IS, which is far far better than this one. So, whoever reading this...plzzz my unbiased request is not to choose this cam.
  • 2.0 out of 5
fugi cameras (Barb Krupp — 09/28/2010)
Our Family had bought a camera for my husband for Fathers Day he had it 3 months and it would hot work!!! I thought he would never use a camera but he was taking pictures of everybody and at Fire calls (he is the Asst Fire Chief) We took it back to Best Buy and they said Fugi is good and they will replace it Well, surprize they did nothing and I am upset and will never purchase another Fulgi camera we didn't think it was a disposably camera!!!! Thanks alot!!!!!!!
  • 4.0 out of 5
s1800 (Rudra — 09/24/2010)
After a long analysis I decided on finepix s1800. the camera is a good option as I personally felt, the images are good, specially with auto the over exposed subjects are fairly tackled. Next is, the macro is can take macro very well and at the same time the clarity is brilliant.Macro in manual is also good. so I can make experiments with shutter speed along with the macro. Further the in camera panorama stitching is good. I have tried taking picture of moon with aperture priority mode and has got unbelievable results..its great..only with low light the high zoom makes a bit distortion.but during day 18X zoom along with dual image stabilization is superb.. Overall i like the camera.. the colour of output images are natural and warm.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera ever (Olivia Knight — 08/30/2010)
I have had my fuji s1800 camera for just over three months now and it is the best Camera I have ever bought. I have had no trouble with it. The card works and it takes the most stunning photos even when the lighting is bad. It is a very good buy.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome and excellent and fun (Mallaz — 08/04/2010)
Awesome camera but needs a case. Does it come in an accessorie or with the package?
  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera for Your Buck! (Melissa Andrade — 07/10/2010)
just so you know, I am not PROFESSIONAL. I do however love taking pictures for the fun of it and for scrapbooking. I have upgraded from a CANON elph 6 megapixel (3 years old) it was broken and I needed something new. I bought the new samsung camera with the little screen on the front to take photos of yourself and friends. ITS CRAP so i brought it back. which leads me to my new FUGI I have to say, It was pretty easy to get the hang of the camera without reading the manual ( i did when i needed help) crisp and clean photos - better than i expected. easy to hold and handle (feel like a professional) lol the different modes are very handy for different settings. video is alright - but remember this camera is for taking pics not a video camera. i can't stop playing with this camera it is soo much fun - especially the PANORAMIC setting - its amazing - ive never had this feature before. overall - 10/10 I'll be using this camera for an upcoming wedding i cant wait!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Nice camera for a nice price (Barb — 07/02/2010)
I got my Fuji S1800 from for $179. Now it is $170.99 I am using SanDisk 8Gb memory card and have no trouble whatsoever. This is a nice compact camera, takes great pictures, nothing is blurry and the 18x optical zoom is wonderful. I considered spending more for a camera with a 26x optical zoom but this Fuji S1800 works out great without spending alot of money. I found that the controls were easy to use and the camera is very easy to hold in one hand. Battery life is great. I have been turning the camera on and off from playing around with it and they are still going strong after 3 weeks.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Too Good for a beginner (Anup — 06/30/2010)
Hi Guys, I've been using this cam frm last 1 mnth...its a great value for money..better then sx120...i dint find ny issues with memory card yet..m using 4GB sandisk card... Great manual features...super zoom...dual image stabilizer...takes clear pics even at night shoots... overall... Too Good!!!
  • 3.0 out of 5
Locks up in playback (Anthony — 06/12/2010)
Cam works great indoors and out, love the zoom and multishot capibility! Only thing is it will completly lock up in playback mode sometimes. I have a fuji class6 4gb, anyone have any idea why?
  • 4.0 out of 5
I enjoy the camera (Nikita — 06/07/2010)
I really enjoy this camera but when I was first getting used to it i was frustrated because the pictures were blurry. After playing a bit im used to the settings and which modes work best. I find depending on the settings you have it on will depend on if the image comes out blurry or not. In the 2 weeks ive had it i have probably taken over 200 pictures already, Ive taken pictures indoors and out with it and the outdoor ones come out much sharper and clearer but the indoor ones are still decent. I have a PNY 8GB card in it and no problems. I havent tested it with other cards.
  • 4.0 out of 5
A great buy!!!! (John Burt — 05/31/2010)
I have been using the s1800 for almost 3 months now and it was a great buy for the price. I have had no issues with various memory cards as others have mentioned. The indoor pic quality and focusing under subdued lighting leaves much to be desired, but thats ok with me as I bought this one for the 18X zoom(when will I use this indoors). Outdoor photography is amazing!!!!! The colors and zoom are incredible. Tested this against several diff equivalent cameras (Nikon/Canon etc) and this was the winner hands down. Great bang for the buck @ $200.00
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera for the money! (Kevin — 05/26/2010)
I bought this camera for my wife since she is a little intimidated by my Canon DSLR and all that goes into taking photos with it she wanted a high quality point and shoot with HD movie capability and she didn't want to spend DSLR money for it. This camera fits that niche beautifully; I have had great luck with this camera both indoors and outside. The high FPS rate is also handy as well as the super zoom of the 18x lens. I have had zero problems with the SD card issue mentioned in other reviews and have used reformatted ones that I had already used in my DSLR with no trouble. One of the features I really love is the in-camera panoramic assembly of photos; it makes that rather cumbersome process so quick and easy. I would only want to change one thing, add a mini HDMI plug to easily accommodate direct viewing of HD video on your HDTV. Is it a DSLR –No! But it takes photos within its preset capabilities that are arguably just as good for less than half the price, something that will be very hard for most cost conscious buyers to overlook. I have owned Fuji film cameras before the big switch to digital and this company always has had reliable high quality products, and I believe this is just another fine camera that will support that reputation. The 3 inch view screen is the same screen used on my $600.00 DSLR! Are their better ones available now? Yes, but then again at what cost at 230,000 dpi this monitor will satisfy 95% of the average enthusiast interested in this level of camera. In conclusion I think if you are a consumer looking for picture quality and camera capability that’s better than the typical point and shoot but are hesitant or unwilling to jump to the DSLR world then this is the camera you should thoroughly checkout its that good especially for under $200.00 retail!
  • 4.0 out of 5
Old Fuji better than new Fuji (Steve — 05/17/2010)
I am a 3rd time repeat buyer of Fuji in the last 15 years. The last one was 8 yrs old and still works well and I thought I’d try to purchase an upgrade. Cons: Unfortunately, the 8 year old camera takes better photos indoors and has a better body than this one. The outer shell of the S1800 is cheap and will probably not hold up. Also, it seems like a poor idea to put the sd card next to the batteries so you have to open and close a flimsy door. The S1800 photos taken indoors were very grainy but the photos I took outside were amazing. Pros: The stability feature seemed to work out really nicely and the objects were very crisp. I took photos of a lake and every wave was crisp and fantastic. I also liked the movie feature and the continuous shot option. I took photos of my active dog and it captured every step of his full run. Overall Impression: I will try to return this camera because the old Fuji takes better photos inside and that is unacceptable to me. As much as I love the photos taken outdoors it isn't worth the money to me so I think I'd like to try out the Fuji F80EXR for a little more money.
  • 2.0 out of 5
A BAD BUY (MIKE HIBBERT — 05/14/2010)
Not sharp on indoor photos or indoor video capture. Very noisy Zoom. Very dissapointed with this camera.
  • 3.0 out of 5
S1800 - Slow and not so steady, and quite noisy when taking video (Thomas ET — 04/19/2010)
Focusing takes longer than expected. Don't take good photos indoors with fluorescent lightings - need strong indoor lightings else photos turn out grainy. Tried using manual settings but can't seem to get significantly better results. Should work normally when outdoors in daytime. Image stabilization works for lower zoom range when using indoors. Video taking allows digital and optical zooming. But even when using digital zoom or no zoom at all, microphone records noisy irritating sounds - seems like zooming mechanism but I'm using digital zoom or no zoom at all. Taking HD video indoors: video appears grainy and not up to HD standard. have not tested outdoors yet. Lens cap is ok in the sense that it'll fall off without damaging zooming mechanism if you forget to remove the cap when zooming. perhaps this was the safety intention to prevent damage of lens zooming mechanism.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Bridge camera packed with useful features!! (Kevin — 02/24/2010)
First I want to address the SD card issue, I have not had any trouble with using PNY SD cards new or older ones I had already used in my Canon. The features like blink detection are very handy, the in camera panaramic stitching is so great, I love taking these types of pictures. I have noticed it can be finicky in the focusing but I think with more time I will learn to overcome it though it has my experience that most of the time this is not an issue. I would recommend this camera to friends and family.
  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't buy it (Rob — 02/18/2010)
I bought this camera from HSN which sold out of them and Fuji admiots that it let HSN sell them 2 weeks ahead of the actual release date. Since buying it, this camera hasn't worked right. The camera is a good size and weight to it. If you have any sd brand other than Fuji, SanDisk or Trascend. Forget on using this camera, Fuji doesn't tell you in any documentation on this which brands they recommend or works with this camera. It is after you call them up and complain that they will tell you. I have used Kingston and PNY in the 4, 8 and 16 gb card range. Even thier own card didn't work in the camera. Customer Service is something that needs to be worked on since I have tried to get a manager or the national manager Dan Scarola either by phone or email. The camera will not recognize the card's maximum frame capacity and formatting doesn't do any good . There are other sites that give this camera negative reviews based on the same things I have mentioned. Save your money and get something alot better.