Finally, the picture quality is adequate but no more. Even at low ISOs, there's some smudging of fine textures, and the definition, which isn't that great in the first place, drops off towards the maximum zoom setting.
The S1500 is up against a couple of strong rivals, too. The older but better FinePix S2000HD can currently be found at very similar prices, as can Canon's PowerShot SX110 IS, which is pretty good too and slightly more pocketable.
The Fujifilm FinePix S1500's excellent build and finish can kid you into expecting the same level of quality in the results, and you don't really get it. Never mind, though, because it's still good value and you get hands-on control for half the price of the cheapest dSLR. It would make a great first camera if you're just starting out and want to learn about photography.
Edited by Charles Kloet