Summary: Great camera for school and personal use. it allows me to do almost everything I need to do when taking pictures. the only thing, i was under the impression that the zoom could be manually moved, but i realized that it is not. Other than that, I still love the product and everything that came with it.
Summary: We purchased this camera as a replacement for an aging Canon point and shoot. Overall, it's very nice. Zoom is very good and takes surprisingly good photos at 40x. The night shot and panorama features are also very impressive. We have a very similar Fujifilm camera that we bought several years ago. Can't remember the model number, but it had about one quarter of the pixel capacity and zoom capacity of this model.
Summary: Took this camera to the Badlands and Devils Tower to see how it does with landscapes. Controls and many features were similar to my Nikon Coolpix. One big plus is the zoom. Incredible smooth zoom action that gives much more control than Nikon, plus the 40x is worth the purchase. Most landscape and wildlife shots were taken either at dawn or late morning, and majority are excellent.
Summary: Good camera for the average user. Still learning how to best use it. I really like the zoom lens, but mot important feature I wanted was a viewfinder as I often take action pictures in bright light.
Summary: This camera replaced a Canon PowerShot A560 Point and Shoot which had develolped some issues. The Fujifilm FinePix has lots of neat features, but the documentation that comes with the camera doesn't begin to address them all in any detail. That's why it's titled "Basic Manual" and is only 28 pages long. The bundle includes a CD-ROM which has the owner's manual which you can save as a PDF. This manual is 140 pages and covers everything you might need to know.
Pros: good pictures with very little effort.
Cons: only playing movies in a quicktime program. can't really stick it in my pocket as before.
Summary: July 31, 2013 I am trying out a Fuji 8200 and a Nikon p520 -- the Nikon's nearest competitor would be the Canon SX50 and both of these cameras are twice the money of the Fuji S8200 -- And guess what? I think the Fuji S8200 can compete right along of them. I am not a pro, far from it, but I am a consumer, sometime beach visitor, family reunion, grandpa, etc. kind of guy using a camera for the occasional sunset and kids running around -- yeah, close up facials too.
Summary: This is my first digital camera. I also use a Pentax K-1000 film camera. I purchased this camera for the zoom,view finder, and other dslr like features. It uses 4 AA batteries. Battery life has been better as I learn to use the camera. I shoot on manual settings most of the time. You may need a tripod for long zoom and high iso settings. Auto settings seem to work fine for the few photos I've taken on auto. Flash works fine.