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Fujifilm unveils SLR-like FinePix S1500

Fujifilm's new FinePix S1500
Fujifilm's new FinePix S1500

Fujifilm has just revealed its latest camera for those at the higher-end of the amateur photography scale – the FinePix S1500.

Described by the company as a "compact, extremely lightweight digital camera" the 10MP S1500 packs an impressive 12x optical zoom lens (33mm-396mm equivalent) and Dual Image Stabilisation.

ISO levels are decent too, up to ISO 6400 – great if you find yourself shooting in the gloomiest of situations.

SLR-like features

While the S1500 looks like an SLR, it's not one. It does house some SLR-like features, however, including a Quick Burst mode which shoots at 7.5 frames per second at 2MP.

There's a 2.7-inch LCD screen to view your images on and two handy options: High Speed Playback or Micro Thumbnail View.

The only thing that really lets the camera down is the fact that it is powered by AA batteries – surely a rechargeable lithium-ion would have been better?

Waterproof camera

Also announced are a slew of compact cameras by Fujifilm. The FinePix J20, Z30 and J250 all employ 10MP sensors, 3x and 5x zoom respectively and are aimed at "consumers who want a stylish camera that's fun and easy to use, but won't blow the budget."

The final camera is a waterproof one. The FinePix Z33WP is waterproof up to three metres, for a maximum of two hours and comes with a protective silicon jacket and wrist strap.

Release dates and prices are to be announced.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, Shortlist.com at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.