Fujifilm FinePix S1800
The Fujifilm FinePix S1800 is based around a 12.2-megapixel sensor, with a Fujinon-branded 18x optical zoom lens. Maximum image resolution is 4,000 x 3,000 pixels in the camera’s native 4:3 aspect ratio, and both 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratio modes are also available. The Fujifilm S1800’s lens offers actual focal lengths ranging from 5.0 to 90.0mm, equivalent to 28 to 504mm on a 35mm camera — a useful wide-angle to a powerful telephoto. The Fuji S1800 has a two-step aperture, offering either f/3.1 or f/6.4 at wide-angle, and either f/5.6 or f/11 at telephoto, using an ND filter. Minimum focusing distance is ordinarily 16 inches, but drops to as little as 0.8 inches in Super Macro mode. There’s no true optical viewfinder on this model, but as you’d expect on a long-zoom digicam like this, there’s a 0.2-inch, 200,000 dot LCD electronic viewfinder which takes its place. There’s also a 3.0-inch high-contrast LCD monitor with 230,000 dot resolution.
The FinePix S1800 offers ISO-equivalent sensitivity ranging from 64 to 1,600 ordinarily, but can raise the maximum to 6,400 equivalent at a reduced resolution of three megapixels or below. Exposures are determined using 256-zone Multi, Average or Spot metering, and shooting modes include Auto, Program, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, and a generous sixteen scene modes that allow a modicum of control over the look of images. Importantly given the reach of its lens, the Fuji S1800 includes true mechanical (CCD shift-type) image stabilization to combat blur from camera shake. Shutter speeds range from 1/2,000 to eight seconds. Burst shooting is possible at full resolution with a rate of up to 1.3 frames per second, albeit with a burst depth of only three shots.
The Fujifilm S1800’s contrast detection autofocusing system offers a choice of single-point, multi-point or area focus focusing, and includes both a tracking function and AF assist illuminator. Eight white balance modes are available, including automatic, six presets, and manual. The Fuji S1800’s built-in seven-mode flash has a range of 1.3 to 26.2 feet at wide-angle, or 8.2 to 14.4 feet at telephoto (using Auto ISO), which can be reduced to a range of one to 9.8 feet in macro mode at wide-angle, or to 5.9 feet at telephoto. A two- or ten-second self timer is available to allow the photographer to get into the photo, or to reduce blur when shooting on a tripod.
As well as JPEG-format still images, the Fujifilm S1800 can capture Motion JPEG-compressed AVI video with monaural audio. Movie resolutions include high-definition 720p (1,280 x 720 pixels), VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) with a rate of 30 frames per second. The Fuji FinePix S1800 stores its data on Secure Digital cards, including the newer SDHC types, or in 23MB of built-in memory. Connectivity options include USB 2.0 High Speed data and NTSC / PAL standard definition video output. Power comes from four AA batteries, with alkaline disposables included in the product bundle.
The Fuji FinePix S1800 began shipping in the USA from February 2010, priced at around US$230.