Excerpt: We've been on an ultrazoom kick lately at DCR, having hit just about everyone's latest model in rapid succession over the last month. Not to be left out of the mix is the continuation of Fujifilm's 18x zoom wonder, the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd .
Pros: Shooting speed and responsiveness generally excellent, Consistent auto focus across the lens range, Reasonably flexible auto white balance, Huge zoom range; fast apertures throughout
Cons: Slow flash recycle times, Continuous shooting speed not impressive, High-contrast shots can look compressed, Some lens faults to watch out for
Excerpt: There’s something nice about walking around with a big bankroll in your pocket or having high credit-card limits, knowing you can buy just about anything that comes your way. Nice. The same holds true when you’re packing digicams like the S8100fd, an 18x mega zoom camera with an attractive focal length of 27-486mm.
Pros: Excellent photos in good light; very versatile; lots of features
Cons: A bit slow; noisy above 400 ISO; LCD display could be better
Excerpt: The FujiFilm Finepix S8100fd is a 10 million pixel, 18x optical zoom camera with enough functionality to enthuse any keen photographer. The big grip makes it comfortable to hold and it takes two types of card. Breaking open the box late in the evening reveals that even in low light this camera will focus.
Pros: Dual card capability, Focuses in low light, Flash range keeps up with zoom
Excerpt: The Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd features a 10Mp sensor with a large 18x optical zoom lens that’s equivalent to 27-486mm on a 35mm camera. The 2.5in TFT LCD screen has a digital viewfinder - a useful feature that’s been lost on many smaller digital compacts. The back of the camera is laid out clearly and is easy to navigate, while the top-plate features the main mode dial and buttons for face detection and IS activation.
Summary: We're actually struggling to think of anything bad about the 10-megapixel zooming behemoth that is the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd. It's a versatile and reliable camera that gets looks, features, image quality and controls right.
Pros: Enormous zoom, Angular styling, Wealth of features