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conclusion:We're mixed

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With the FinePix S1, Fuji built a weather-resistant camera that you can take anywhere. Unfortunately, its mediocre image quality means you probably won't want to.

While CNET says you shouldn't "expect to go diving with it," they also note that the S1 can "handle standing in the rain and snow, as well as dusty environments, without a problem," and Photography Blog notes it "should withstand most things that you subject it to." The S1's speed is also very promising, with Digital Versus finding it "surprisingly speedy" and Neocamera says it's "one of the fastest ultra-zooms to date."

Despite having all the ingredients for solid on-the-go performance, the FinePix S1 falters in the one area that matters most, with image quality that is "simply too noisy at ISO 800 and above," according to Photography Blog, and Macworld says it "falls short of DSLR quality." However, users willing to make the sacrifice will at least find the S1's price more agreeable than many weather-resistant DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens shooters.

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8.0
CNET Apr 23, 2014

The only weather-resistant 50x megazoom camera around, the Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a fast, flexible camera that comes up a little short in low-light photo quality.

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8.0
Macworld May 8, 2014

The equivalent focal reach with an actual DSLR would cost you a lot more for the lens alone than the FinePix S1’s $500 price, though you’ll make a small compromise with image quality.

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7.0
PC Mag May 30, 2014

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a solid 50x zooming camera thanks to quick autofocus and a weather-resistant design.

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6.0
Digital Versus Apr 22, 2014

Original features aren't enough to make up for various annoying design flaws, let alone the disappointing picture quality, which is no match for the best bridges of the moment.

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8.0
ePHOTOzine Mar 19, 2014

It is a touch on the expensive side, but if you're happy with the image quality on offer here, the rest of the camera features more than make up and therefore is a camera we're happy to recommend.

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7.0
Neocamera Apr 29, 2014

Combining below average image-quality with fast speed creates an unusual dilemma. For those who need travel memories and shoot in generally good light for web use or small prints, this ultra-zoom is worth considering.

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8.0
Photography Blog Feb 27, 2014

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is an impressive do-it-all camera that will satisfy a lot of people's needs, although the more discerning pixel-peepers may be disappointed by the high levels of noise at low ISO speeds.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 11, 2014

Fully featured is the word, and from what we've seen so far it's looking like a rather good superzoom with all encompassing lens.

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Imaging Resource Jan 6, 2014

So... weather sealing to keep your camera safe from dust and rain is the standout feature of the Fuji S1, but there are also quite a few other features that make this an interesting camera, and one that stands out from the bridge camera crowd.

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Reviewed.com Cameras Jan 15, 2014

The S1 will be going up against low-end mirrorless and DSLR cameras that will feel better and more "professional" to camera shoppers. And, if we're being brutally honest, just about any interchangeable camera at this price point is built way better than the S1 is.

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