Summary: One item in the package damaged, the lens cleaning fluid in the starter kit was damaged and needs to be replaced. All other items are fine and in working condition. The kit was not opened as it was obvious that there was some fault with it.
I wanted to love this camera but I compared to the Nikon Coolpix L820
Fdo Shopper, Amazon
11 September 2013
Summary: I bought the Nikon COOLPIX L820 16mp but wasn't happy that it didn't have a view finder. So, I purchased the Fujifilm Finepix S8200 and did side by side (picture/picture and video by video) comparisons. I think you should know I wanted the Fujifilm to win, it's just so much more fun to use...
Summary: I wanted a travel camera with a good zoom lens to replace my Nikon D300. After one trip I'm more than a little disappointed in the quality of the image that this camera produces. Downloading the images to either Photoshop or Piacsa, I'm only getting 6 or 7 MP in the JEPG format which isn't enough to do any croping or color processing. An even bigger problem is the panorama shots were less than 2 MP which makes them useless for printing.
Summary: It has a problem with focus when in the video mode and the zoom is used. I don't like the fact that it does not appear as a devise when plugged into a USB port. I would like the option to use software of my choice to down load mt photos and videos. Overall the 40:1 zoom is quite good although max. telephoto needs a tripod. I wish it had rechargeable batteries but overall I am happy that I bought this camera.
Summary: I bought this camera as a lighter alternative to my usual SLRs (Nikons). I was seduced by the spec and price. On the whole, the specs are accurate, and describes what the camera can do. The zoom in particular, is very long and live up to expectations. However, as a SLR user, I am looking for 2 things that are not mentioned in the specs:- 1. Picture quality - very noisy, even at the ISO 200 end, especially in under lit areas, even in bright sun light.