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.
Summary: 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 .
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.