Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd Megazoom camera Although the number of pixels still rises, it appears that, for a number of manufacturers, the real Megapixel race has ended. They seek to distinguish themselves through other affairs now. Instead of more pixels, digital cameras get new functionality to make photographing easier and also qualitatively better. The item of 2007 appears to be, among others, face detection.
Summary: The Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd is a rather strange beast which
ultimately doesn't beat either the ultra-zoom bridge-style
camera competition, or the entry-level DSLRs, but still manages
to be an enjoyable camera to use. Fujifilm are making a big
song and dance about the Face Detection feature, even appending
the acronym "fd" to the model name. It's an effective
addition, making it easier for the beginner to achieve better
Summary: It's difficult to imagine a way to spend £300 and get more for your money than you do with the S6500fd. It's simple to use, the manual lens is flexible and there are some useful features on board. It doesn't handle like a true bridge camera, but then it isn't priced like one either. I bought the S6500fd after my S5600 was stolen while on a trip to South Africa. All I can say is wow, it has served me very well.
Excerpt: Hugo Angel has submitted the following Reader Review of the new Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd / S6000fd – you can view sample photos on his blog and on his Flickr pool . The Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd / S6000fd features a 6 megapixel sensor with ISO upto 3200, a wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens, a 2.5″ screen, and face detection focus.
Pros: excellent image quality, nice zoom range 28-300 mm, no red eye, manual zoom, low noise even at higher iso, RAW, lack of optical image stabilisation, xD memory cards, Very Good
Cons: lack of optical image stabilisation, xD memory cards, Very Good
Summary: A competent and versatile camera for anyone who wants to learn the finer points of digital photography.Unveiled at Photokina in September, Fujifilm's latest enthusiast digicam, the FinePix S6500fd, is the first to include a new LSI-based 'Intelligent' Face Detection technology (hence the 'fd' in the model name).