Summary: Divide its price by its zoom and this Finepix is the cheapest digital camera in the world. But divide talent by ego and even Paris Hilton looks like a steal. A smart choice when flexibility is more important than the best possible picture quality.
Excerpt: WHAT'S HOT • Great handfeel and overall build quality • F-menu allows for "Fujichrome" image style for those who miss slide film • Accepts both xD and SDHC cards WHAT'S NOT • No RAW capture • Hi-speed lo-rez capture doesn't match Olympus's performance • Mediocre DxO 2.0 lens distortion tests at all tested focal lengths, from true wide angle to supertelephoto • Image quality nosedives significantly past ISO 200
Conclusion: Like the other 18x zoom / 8MP cameras on the market the FinePix S8000fd is a camera that tries to be all things to all men, and in some respects it succeeds, in others it shows the limitations of current compact camera technology in a very stark manner. This is because cramming an 18x (27-486mm equiv.
Pros: Phenomenal zoom range that includes real wide-angle to long telephoto capability, Versatile, fun and easy to use package, Good range of features, Bright, punchy 'consumer friendly' output, Good detail and color at lower ISO settings, Generally accurate and reliable focus and exposure, Well balanced handling, Effective image stabilization, Usable manual controls controls, AA battery convenience, AF illuminator, Excellent flash performance, Fast, effective face detectio...
Cons: Strong purple fringing and chromatic aberration and at long end of zoom, Slight corner softness at shorter focal lengths, JPEGs a little soft and slightly over-sharpened, can look a little 'over-processed', Shortest focus distance (without using macro mode) too long, High contrast tone curve tends to clip shadows or highlights, No contrast adjustment available, No RAW mode, 3-shot limit in continuous mode, Limited AA battery life, ISO 800 and above noisy and showing h...
Pros: Compact size, Large LCD, Comfortable, intuitive control layout, Multiple shooting modes, Dual IS image stabilization, High-speed shooting, Uses easy to find AA batteries, Compact size, Large LCD, Comfortable, intuitive control layout, Multiple shooting modes, Dual IS image stabilization, High-speed shooting, Uses easy to find AA batteries
Cons: Cumbersome shutter and aperture controls, Small memory card door, Noticeable shutter-lag, Small viewfinder, Lens cap falls off easily, Battery life is on the short side, Cumbersome shutter and aperture controls, Small memory card door, Noticeable shutter-lag, Small viewfinder, Lens cap falls off easily, Battery life is on the short side
Conclusion: FinePix S8000fd digital Megazoom camera The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd may be an enhanced digital camera with a megazoom onboard, but the competition is strong and cannot be ignored. And that’s the problem. Working with the Fujifilm S8000fd camera is pleasant in itself, although I cannot get used to the structure of the menu and I really suggest some innovation on this field.
Excerpt: The Fuji FinePix S8000fd ($399) is one of three "mega zoom" cameras
introduced in 2007 (the others being the Olympus SP-560 and the Panasonic DMC-FZ18).
While most ultra zooms were hanging around 12X, these three cameras jumped
all the way to 18X. The FinePix S8000fd offers that, plus image stabilization,
a 2.5" LCD display, full manual controls, VGA movie mode, face detection
with automatic redeye removal, and more.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Whopping 18X zoom with a great 27 - 486 mm range, Sensor-shift image stabilization, Well built for its price, Sharp 2.5" LCD has good outdoor/low light visibility, Full manual controls, Effective redeye reduction system, Dual xD/SD memory card slot, Can record over 35 mins of continuous VGA video (though see below), Battery life is above average; uses AA batteries, USB 2.0 High Speed support
Cons: Photos are on the soft side, especially fine details; moderate purple fringing, Disappointing continuous shooting modes, Poorly implemented manual focus feature, No RAW support, unlike the competition, "Real" image stabilization not available in movie mode, Completely useless ISO 3200 and 6400 settings, Too easy to accidentally hit F-mode button with your thumb, Plastic tripod mount, Weak Mac software
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls FinePix S8000fd Zoom Specifications CCD Sensor 1/2.35-inch CCD Number of Effective Pixels 8.0 Million Pixels Real Photo Technology Yes Image Stabilization Yes, Dual Image Stabilization (Mechanical + High Sensitivity) Number of Recorded Pixels Still image: 3,264 x 2,448 / 3,264 x 2,176 (3:2 format) / 2,304 x 1,728 /1,600 x 1,200 / 640 X 480 pixels Movie: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.), 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.
Excerpt: "Pro features and style in an easy to use camera" is how Fujifilm sees the Finepix S8000fd , but I've got to admit the 18x optical zoom was what got my attention. To quote Fujifilm again: "One of the largest zooms on a fixed-lens camera in the industry, the Fujinon 18x Optical Zoom provides unprecedented flexibility in a compact SLR body style camera.