Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd Zoom Review

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Features & Controls

The S8000fd employs a powerful Fujinon f2.8-f4.5, 4.7-84.2mm 18x optical zoom lens, it's equivalent to 27-486mm on a 35mm camera! This is a very powerful unit, which offer a great deal of versatility from composing your shots. The lens is protected by the included lens cap. There's also a 5.1x digital zoom feature, however we recommend using it sparingly (if at all), as it can degrade image quality.

The TTL contrast-type auto focus system features Single AF, Continuous AF and Manual focus modes with your choice of AF frame selection: AF (Center), AF(Multi), or AF (Area). The focusing range in wide angle is from 2.3 ft. (70cm) to infinity, in telephoto from 4.9 ft. (1.5m) to infinity. The Macro mode covers from 3.9 in - 2.6 ft (10 - 80cm) in Wide and 3.9 in to 11.5 ft (1.2 - 3.5m) in Tele. Super macro mode allows you to focus from 0.4 in - 3.9 in (1cm - 10cm), at a Fixed Focal length of approx 60mm (35mm equivalent).

The aperture range is f/2.8-8.0 at wide angle and f/4.5-8.0 at telephoto, in 1/3 EV increments (Manual/Auto selectable).

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

The S8000fd is equipped with a low-light focus assist illuminator. This amber-red lamp will illuminate your subject when the ambient lighting gets too low, the effective range is up to 5.9 ft. (1.8m), depending on the subject.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

The automatic popup flash has an effective range at wide angle of 1.6 ft to 26.2 ft (50cm to 8.0m) and 1.0 ft to 9.8 ft (30cm to 3.0m) in Macro mode with ISO AUTO.

Flash modes available are: Auto, Forced flash, Suppressed flash, Slow Syncro
Red-eye Reduction On or Off.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

The eye-level finder is a tiny, high-resolution (230,000 pixels) 0.24-inch color LCD with a magnified eyepiece. It is called an Electronic ViewFinder or EVF for short. It has dioptric adjustment and displays all the same information and menus as the large color LCD display. The EVF/LCD button toggles between the two displays.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

On the back is a 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor for image preview, review and accessing the camera's menus. The Play button enters review or playback mode. The "F" (Photo Mode) button is for changing image size/quality, ISO speed and color mode. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images in playback mode. Press "Left" to toggles the Macro/Super Macro focus on and off and the Flash mode is controlled with the "Right" button. Press "Up" to increase the gamma (brightness) of the LCD or delete images in playback mode, "Down" enables the self-timer. In the center is the MENU/OK button which toggles the Menu on/off. While ON, the menu selections are navigated with the 4-way and the OK button makes selections. The DISP/BACK button is used to escape from menu operations, in Record it controls the amount of information displayed in the LCD monitor. The Exposure compensation button can also be used to enable Program Shift, and is used to select the Aperture and Shutter speed values in A/S/M modes.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

On top of the handgrip is the Power slide switch, and shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it. They also act as the index and magnify options in playback mode.

Next is the Face Detection button, which activates Face Detection AF (with or without Red-eye removal), and the Dual IS mode button. The Mode Dial with positions for: Auto, Movie, Manual, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Program AE, SP2, SP1, Natural Light, Natural Light + Flash and Anti- Blur.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

On the side is the speaker, DC INput jack for an optional AC power adapter, and the USB 2.0 (full-speed) /Audio-Video Out port. It handles both image/movie file transfer and video output for connection to a TV for playback (the signal format is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard).

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

The S8000fd features approx. 58MB of internal memory as is equipped with a xD-Picture Card/Secure Digital (SD) slot. It's compatible with any xD card from 16MB to 2GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and SDHC cards up to 8GB.

Approx. Storage Capacities

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Power is supplied by four standard AA type batteries, alkaline or NiMH. Using alkaline type Fuji claims you can capture 350 frames using either the LCD or EVF. Using 2500mAh NiMH type you can capture 500 frames with either viewfinder. CIPA standard testing.

We highly recommend the use of NiMH rechargeable batteries - they're reusable, more powerful, will save you money, and help keep old batteries out of your local landfill.

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