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Thursday, 04 September 2008


I assume that the Fuji RAW converter you used was for the Mac. (You should probably point that fact out in the review.) Do you know if the PC version is any better? After all, Mac versions are sometimes afterthoughts. I think they give a High School kid the PC source code and say "Get this working on OSX by next week."

"The image quality was simply fabulous... except for the ways it was completely unacceptable."

I would use that line to describe my G9's IQ at anything above base ISO. Based on my previous P&S digital experience I think I could use that line for all P&S cameras.

Ctein, I still was hoping you'd provide a soundtrack of the musical exhibition illustrated in part 2 of this review ... just kidding.
The Fuji S100FS has its evident shortcomings, eg battery power: I ordered two spare ones online at a reasonable price (35 Euro each) but had to waite 6 weeks (I live in Italy after all) for delivery. As for the major concern, the lens problems, my mileage surely differs from yours, as I rarely put some picture to print (maybe a dozen in a year) and surely not at the size you are used to. Generally I shoot jpg and my postprocessing procedure is rather simple: rotate and crop, adjust levels and/or curves, some colour tweaking, sharpen and downscale for use on computer display. Turning down sharpness and saturation in-camera gives a more satisfying leeway for postprocessing.
For my needs I wouldn't upgrade to a DSRL, the upcoming compact cameras with larger sensors (M43 or similar) are a more tempting perspective.

Whew! That was quite an extensive review series for such a modest camera, Ctein.

"Still, the photographs I'm making with it are giving me the kind of joy that I need from an all-in-one camera. Even if it makes me work a bit for that."

I suspect that this observation was the most significant statement for most potential buyers. Casual / amateur photography is all about personal enjoyment.

Thank you for your thoughtful review.
When this model first appeared, I downloaded full-size jpegs from independent sources and printed them out at my usual Epson R800 on 8 1/2x11 paper.

What I thought was CA, and the strange slight magenta/lavender "wash" across the high lights anywhere in the image scarred me off (though doing lots of PP, I fall in the life-is-too short crowd)getting one, and had just decided on a DSLR, anyway.

But I thought it was very unfortunate, and lense wise, a "bridge to far" by Fuji, so to speak. I still have a s6000fd and a s9100, and and an F20,that i still find useful. Back-in-the-day I used on occasion Fuji optics on 4x5, enlargers. Excellent. I had a sweet little folding Fuji 645 camera with a gem of a lense. So I am not bashing Fuji.

Thank you for someone finally actually explaining what the problm with that lense is.

"RAW/JPEG swap: Switching between RAW and JPEG mode involves running through a couple of layers of menu and 15 button clicks."

Not necessarily. Simple solution is to set RAW up in one of the Custom modes C1 or C2. Then it is simply a turn of the dial and just a second or two to get to RAW.

I've owned this camera since April. I won't be parting with it anytime soon. You are right, the image quality is "simply fabulous".

I haven't handled the S100FS, but it couldn't be much lighter or more compact than one of several currently available DSLRs + kit lens.

When I go out into the city with a camera but nothing specific to shoot, I throw a K20d and one pancake lens (for a normal FL) and a Pentax 50-200 (for telephoto perspectives) into my backpack. The 50-200 pocket zoom is kit-lens tiny, and all of it fits into whatever space happens to be in my backpack. Altogether, and all 3 dimensions considered, they're not much bulkier than a GA645.

The k200d is even smaller...

Ahhhhhh, thanks so much for clearly explaining the lens issues.
SO despite the really really good Jpeg engine, this camera must shot RAW to correct this?
Or do this issues show up in jpegs as well?
Just curious, since the engine has so obviously been so carfefully thought out...


When did you make it back to the Twin Cities to visit?

I immediately recognized the floor of the sunken garden in the Como Conservatory; did you enjoy the butterfly exhibit?

- Craig

Dear Keith,

Sorry for the omission; I should have indicated that the suckiness was platform-independent. Well, not quite platform-independent-- the Fuji software is only SIX times slower than ACR under Windows instead of 10 times slower.

Both the Mac and the Windows versions badly clip the highlight information, lack essential (for this camera) controls like color fringe correction, and only offer sRGB color space. Truly awful software.

Dear Tom,

Don't have much experience with digital P&S's; you could be right about this. I can say that the Fuji S6000 was a much more "balanced" camera; I'd weight the various image quality aspects between a B- and a B+ (scale is entirely arbitrary and unknowable [ grin ]). Whereas with the S100, it ranges from A to C-.

Dear Hugo,

If all you need is JPEG's at screen resolution, even a very high-quality screen resolution (which is circa 2 megapixels), I think the S100 is serious overkill and unnecessary expenditure of money. Unless one needs the specific features of this camera (like the burst mode), I think the S6000 would serve better and would cost half as much.

I know this is a little late to do you any good, but maybe it will prevent someone else from buying the camera who doesn't really need it.

Dear Jeff,

Hey, I didn't think of that! Good use for the custom settings, especially for me, since I can do 99% of my photography in Program mode (with manual adjustments). I can leave the default as RAW and set up a custom one for JPEG. Thanks!

Dear Lilianna,

Yes, the lens aberration problems will show up with both RAW and JPEG images, but Adobe Camera RAW can open up JPEG's as well as RAW files. So you can do the color fringe corrections and tweaks that I talk about on JPEG's.

~ pax \ Ctein
[ please excuse any word salad. MacSpeech in training! ]
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Dear Craig,

I was in Mppl for the second half of June. I'll be back for another visit for the second half of October.

Loved the butterfly tent! Went back for a second day's visit. (I seriously approve of public parks and zoos that are FREE, on philosophical principles. Naturally, I made a substantial donation.)

DD-B got some good Conservatory photos. He made an especially nice one in the sunken pool wing with his fisheye. Really, I'm not a fan of fisheyes; this is a seriously fine photo. He may be induced to post it.

Ctein, I ought to have realized that, sorry :(
I am still on the Post Process/RAW workflow learning curve using my S6000fd and Finepix Studio/S7RAW.
Even with such basic(by most standards) tools I am finding the results very satisfying. There are several examples on my flickr site.
I am going to wait and see what Photokina brings to the table before deciding if I am going to buy the Fuji or not.
That being said I really appreciate your in-depth appraisal of this most interesting camera.

I like the fact it is a larger size, looks more authentic. I am really wanting to get this camera. I like Fuji. I have a s700 which is your regular big zoom all in one. I have gotten some great pictures with it. The only problem is I cannot get the range with it I would like (I always use it in manual mode.) What is your opinion on the one I have compared to this. I am not ready for a SLR camera just yet, but I want something that will give me a little more then I have got.

Since the battery life is a problem with the s100fs I started using the DPS-9000 which has well over 2000 mAh rating..


It will function pretty much on any cam with 7-8 volt input...Adds some weight but also adds what amounts to two more batteries...The camera seems prone to using the DPS-9000 power first and the in cam battery last, which is preferrable to me..Plus the DPS-9000 has it's own depletion lights...And it costs less that a Fujifilm battery...These cells are high quality as my first unit is well over 4 years and still working great...The only negatives are the cord and you have to remove it to change the camera battery...Thought I would mention it just in case anyone is interested...

Also thanks for your ACR CA correction technique..Much less loss of detail over conventional PF type removal...


I am waiting delivery of a DPS-9000. I understand it comes with an adapter for 5V Fuji cameras. I assume there is an included cord that plugs straight into the s100fs for the 7.5V.

Thanks, Nick

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