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. At lower ISOs images are better, but I find the majority of images too digital-looking and images too often lack subtlety or finesse.
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
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. Yes, you do get the convenience of the mega zoom and this is nothing to dismiss—especially if you’re planning a vacation and don’t want to lug around a camera bag filled with lenses during your travels (not many people do).
Pros: Excellent photos in good light; very versatile; lots of features
Cons: A bit slow; noisy above 400 ISO; LCD display could be better
Conclusion: The Fuji Finepix S8100 is a bit cheaper than many of its competitors. Taking this into account when looking at the quality of the photos it produces means it offers decent value for money. There is not a great deal to choose between a lot of these super zoom cameras and I am sure this camera will sell well.
Pros: Close in macro focusing - feel of camera in the hand - value for money
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.
Excerpt: Fujifilm's S8000fd was a milestone for the company's ultra-zoom camera range, with its astonishing 18x zoom and optical image stabilisation. The latter is essential for an ultra-zoom camera, yet was missing from previous Fujifilm models. It wasn't the only 18x zoom camera, though. Panasonic, Olympus and Nikon all have similar cameras built around a 10-megapixel sensor.