Summary: As with all cameras, there is a road to travel learning all of the features and tweeks needed. After two weeks, I have come so far from being a amateur photographer to taking long distance clear photos at concerts, etc. It's not a camera for someone not willing to take the time to experiment and try everything out. I love it. Can't wait to take it out everyday.
Summary: Fantastic camera for the money. I finally decided to replace my old FinePix S700 after 7 or 8 years. It still worked fine but only had 7 MP. This newer version does everything the old one did but better and with some new goodies. The auto focus system works very well and quickly too. I can't comment on battery life yet as I haven't had to replace them yet. However, my old Fuji camera sipped the power very slowly so i don't expect this one to be much different.
Tuff not to give this camera five stars when you factor in what it can be bought for against performance and features.
James E. Butler, Amazon
2 February 2015
Summary: I was puzzled by the occasional highly negative reviews on these cameras. I have a few observation. My example of this camera would fit in the "happy camper" crowed. First thing I learned about using this camera is if you want consistent sharp clean pictures as soon as the focus is achieved and the stabilization control activates you must immediately take the picture. The longer you wait the higher the possibility the you will get a substandard picture.
Summary: Bought the S8500 in October 2014, used the included cable to transfer to PC. Cable would not insert after five uses. Shoddy pos camera. I spent $12 of my money to Fujifilm,expecting it to be repaired under warranty, but they wanted $115 to fix camara I'd paid $120, plus postage. Shoddy company, Awful customer service.Luckily, had also done a 24 warranty with Squaretrade, which gave me a check for my price. Awful, pos camera, terrible customer service.