Summary: We can’t say we are a fan of this camera. I dislike the EVF intensely, and the handling in manual shooting modes is fiddly at best. Image quality is hit-and-miss, with poor high ISO images and some aggressive image sharpening.
Conclusion: There are those words again—trade-off. The FinePix S8100fd has a lot of things going for it including a price below $400 USD. However, it’s not a D-SLR in terms of response and image quality.
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.
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.