Is consumer photography ready for a dedicated infrared point-and-shoot? This factory-modified version of the FinePix S9100 EVF Superzoom camera answers that question. The modification: Fuji simply removes the customary infrared-blocking filter, which gives full license to the image sensor's inherent sensitivity to IR radiation.
The IS-1 kit comes with two screw-in filters. One is an infrared blocking filter, which allows you to take conventional photos by visible light, with auto-focus. (These look just like regular pictures.) Switch to the almost-opaque infrared filter, though, and you're shooting by infrared radiation, in color or B&W. The filter is so dark that manual focusing may be necessary, although our testers found that AF works fine in most cases. Either way, you can view the live image either on the LCD monitor or in the electronic viewfinder.
What happens if you don't use either filter? You'll be shooting both visible and IR wavelengths. (Think pink.) The camera behind all these effects is top-notch, with nine-megapixel capture, a 10.7X zoom that's equivalent to 28-300mm (f/2.8-4.9) in 35mm, slots for both CF and xD-Picture cards, video mode, and more.