Fuji FinePix SL1000 review

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We were genuinely impressed with the level of detail the Fuji SL1000 could resolve in the real world. However, softening of this detail starts to occur from around ISO 400.

Fuji FinePix SL1000 review

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Colours are strong and vibrant using the Fuji SL1000's standard colour setting, and we didn't have to make any edits post-capture to bring them out.

Fuji FinePix SL1000 review

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This street singer was unfortunately standing in front of a busy background, but shooting at a distance from the telephoto end of the 50x zoom provides nice compression, softening it nicely to help the subject to stand out.

Fuji FinePix SL1000 review

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Shooting inside under tungsten light, with strong natural light coming in from a window on the side, the Fuji SL1000's auto white balance does a pretty good job at keeping colours and tones natural. The off-white wall in the background of this shot is a little on the orange side, but this is nothing that couldn't be fixed in your raw editor.

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The tiltable LCD screen is easy to view in bright overhead sun, which we experienced when shooting this image. It's also perfect for street photographers who want to be a little more discreet.

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Not one of our best shots, but this image illustrates how well the Fuji SL1000's metering system handles difficult lighting conditions. The dark foreground subjects fill 40% of the frame, with bright sky across the rest. Yet the camera has managed to achieve a strong, natural-looking blue, as well as detail in the brick-work of the old church.

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For stationary subjects such as this statue of a Roman soldier, composing from the telephoto end of your 50x zoom isn't too bad. Stabilise the camera and you'll eventually get there. Moving subjects, however, are considerably more difficult.

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To give you a better idea of the zoom reach available, here you can see a view of a popular town centre square shot at the wide-angle end of the focal range.

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Zooming in to the telephoto end of the range we were able to pick out this man in the far distance having an animated conversation with someone over the phone. The picture is crisp, clear and noise-free, even when viewed at actual pixels.

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HDR mode worked well in shadowy areas such as this tunnel.

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Writing mode makes text stand out more clearly against backgrounds, although we think the improvement is fairly slight.