Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd Zoom Review

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Review posted 12/12/2007

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Fujifilm has joined the wide-angle, long zoom arena with the introduction of the FinePix S8000fd. The 8-MegaPixel, SLR-styled camera features one of the largest optical zooms on a fixed-lens camera in the industry, and introduces Fujifilm's latest 'Dual Image Stabilization,' plus ISO settings of up to ISO6400 (at 4MP resolution) - all features you would expect in a high-end digital camera, but at a price point consumers can afford.

The S8000fd comes equipped with Fujinon's 18x Wide Angle Optical Zoom lens, offering great flexibility in a compact SLR body style camera. With a 27mm-486mm equivalent, it's offers a great deal of versatility for composing shots. The fixed lens eliminates the need for additional zoom or wide angle lenses, and it's a sealed system, which prevents dust contamination - the #1 D-SLR repair complaint.

This model also features a full-resolution ISO equivalency of ISO 1600. The S8000fd can achieve ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 at 50% (4MP or lower) resolution. Such high light sensitivities allow for faster shutter speeds, which help reduce blurring caused by both camera shake and subject movement.

To offer the best of both worlds, the S8000fd uses "Dual Image Stabilization". This combination of mechanical sensor shift stabilization and Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization Technology helps utilize a combination of higher ISO levels and faster shutter speeds. Dual Image Stabilization steadies the photographer's hand, and protects against camera shake and subject movement for total anti-blur protection. As a result, an increase in clarity and sharpness is achieved, even in low light conditions or when shooting moving subjects.

The S8000fd features Fujifilm's Face Detection technology, identifying up to 10 faces in a framed scene. Once faces are identified and prioritized, the S8000fd adjusts its focus and exposure accordingly to ensure the sharpness and clarity of human subjects in the picture, regardless of background. Face Detection technology on the S8000fd also includes a new Automatic Red Eye Removal feature. Red eye is a common complaint given by 60% of digital camera users. In this mode, the camera instantly checks each detected face for red eye, and if it's found, corrects it automatically, saving the time consuming process of fixing it in your PC after the image is downloaded.

FujiFilm's i-Flash (Intelligent Flash) detects subtle lighting differences within a scene and then varies the flash intensity accordingly. It also leverages the high sensitivity of the FinePix S8000fd to enable the camera to use less flash, resulting in an image that displays pleasing, natural tones without a "washed-out" effect. And with an automatic pop-up flash, it's always ready when you need it.

Like many of Fuji's 2007 models, the FinePix S8000fd features an xD/SD Compatible memory card slot, which accepts not only Fujifilm's traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards.


FinePix S8000fd Zoom Features:

  • 8-Megapixel CCD imager for up to poster size prints
  • 18x "Wide" optical super-zoom (27-486mm equiv)
  • Dual Image Stabilization (Mechanical + High Sensitivity)
  • Single or Continuous AF and Manual focus
  • Focus assist illuminator for low-light
  • 0.24-inch EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) w/230K pixels
  • 2.5" LCD Color Monitor w/230K pixels
  • Standard JPEG image format (No RAW mode)
  • Movie Mode; 30fps @ 640x480 or 320x240 with audio
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Top-3 (max 1.3 frames/sec) and Long-period (max.0.5 frames/sec)
  • Top-15(High Speed: max 7 frames/sec, 4M pixels or lower, Ultra High speed: max 15 frames/sec, 2M pixels or lower)
  • Auto, Program AE, Shutter speed or Aperture priority and Manual
  • Scene modes: PS (Anti-blur), Portrait, Landscape, Natural Light, Natural Light + flash, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text, and Auction
  • ISO speeds: Auto (Auto 1600/800/400), 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (ISO3200/6400 @ 4M pixels or lower)
  • TTL 256-zone Metering: Multi, Spot, Average
  • Built-in manual popup multi-mode flash
  • 4 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds (depending on shooting mode)
  • 58MB of internal flash memory
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards as well as SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Lightweight at just 14.5 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by four AA type batteries
  • USB 2.0 (full speed) connectivity, PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible


The FujiFilm Finepix S8000fd is available now with an MSRP of $399.95, and ships with 4xAA type Alkaline batteries, Shoulder Strap, Lens cap & cord, USB cable, A/V cable, CD-ROM: FinePix Viewer, and Owner's Manual.


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Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd





Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

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FinePix S8000fd Zoom Specifications

CCD Sensor

1/2.35-inch CCD

Number of Effective Pixels

8.0 Million Pixels

Real Photo Technology

Yes

Image Stabilization

Yes, Dual Image Stabilization (Mechanical + High Sensitivity)

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still image: 3,264 x 2,448 / 3,264 x 2,176 (3:2 format) / 2,304 x 1,728 /1,600 x 1,200 / 640 X 480 pixels

 

Movie: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.), 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.) with monaural sound

File Formats

Still image : JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 ), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG ) with sound, Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound,(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)

Storage Media

Internal memory (approx. 58 MB)/xD-Picture CardTM (16 MB-2GB)
SD memory card/SDHC memory card

Recording Capacity with 256 xD-Picture Card (not included)

Still Image:
8MP(F) - 65
8MP(N)- 130
3:2 - 145
4MP - 325
2MP - 410
0.3MP - 1,999
Movie:
640x480 - Approx. 4.7 min.
320x240 - Approx. 7.3 min.

Lens

Fujinon 18x Optical zoom lens , F2.8 - F4.5

Lens Focal Length (Rated) / (35mm Equiv.)

f=4.7mm - 84.2 mm, Equivalent to 27- 486 mm on a 35mm camera

Aperture Range

F2.8- F8.0, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increment

Digital Zoom

5.1x

Focus - Auto / Manual / Macro

Auto Focus / Manual Focus

Focusing Range

 

Normal

Normal: Wide angle: Approx. 70cm/2.3 ft to infinity, Telephoto: Approx. 1.5 m/4.9 ft to infinity

Macro - Close-up

Macro: Wide angle: Approx. 10cm/0.3 ft to 80cm/2.6ft , Telephoto: Approx. 1.2m/3.9 ft to 3.2m/10.5ft; Super Macro: Approx 1cm /0.4 in. to 1m /3.3 ft.

Super Macro

Approx. 1cm/0.4 in. to 1m/3.3 ft.

Exposure Control

TTL 256-zones metering

Color Control Modes

B&W, Standard, Chrome

Sensitivity

Auto / Auto (1600)/ Auto(800)/ Auto(400)/ Equivalent to 64/100/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
* ISO3200/6400: 4M pixels or lower (Number of recorded pixels)

Shutter Speed

4sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depending on shooting mode).

White Balance

Automatic scene recognition
Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool white), Incandescent light, Custom

Flash

 Auto flash

Flash Mode

Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.

Effective Range (ISO Auto)

Wide angle, approx. 0.5 - 8.8m /1.6 - 28.9 ft
Telephoto angle, approx. 0.5 - 5.6m /1.6 - 18.4 ft
Macro: approx. 0.3 m - 3m/ 1.0 ft - 9.8 ft.

Electronic Viewfinder

0.24-inch, approx.230,000 pixels color LCD monitor, approx. 97% coverage, 60fps

LCD Monitor

2.5-inch , approx.230,000 pixels, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor(WV type), approx. 97% coverage, 60fps

Camera Terminals

USB 2.0 full speed, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)

Printing Interface

PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible

Power Source

4 AA type alkaline batteries (included), 4 AA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or AC power adapter AC-5VX (optional)

Dimensions

4.4(W)�3.1(H)�3.1(D) in. / 111.3 (W)x78.2(H)x79.3(D) mm

Weight

Approx. 14.5oz. / 410g (excluding batteries and attachments)

Shutter Lag Time

1/100 sec. (with AE/AF locked)

Shooting Modes

Mode dial: Auto, PS (Anti-blur), natural Light, natural Light with Flash, SP1, SP2, P, A, S, M, Movie
SP1/SP2: Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text, Auction

Continuous Shooting Modes

Top-3 (max 1.3 frames/sec),
Long-period (max.0.5 frames/sec)
Top-15, Hgh speed (max 7 frames/sec, 4M pixels or lower)
Top-15, Ultra High speed (max 15 frames/sec, 2M pixels or lower)

Movie Recording

640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
With monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG)

Video Out

NTSC/PAL

Photography Functions

Face Detection (with Red-eye Removal), High speed shooting, Best framing, Post shot assist windows, Frame no. memory, Automatic playback, Histograms

Playback

Face Detection, Slide show, Scrap book view slide show, Trimming, Single frame, Multi-frame playback (with Micro thumbnail), Sorting by date, Image rotate, Voice memo, Histograms (highlight warning)

Self-timer

Approx. 10 sec./ 2 sec. options

Optional Accessories

 

 

xD-Picture Card: 256MB,512MB,1GB,2GB
AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
CompactFlash TM Card Adapter DPC-CF

What's in the Box

4�AA type Alkaline batteries
Shoulder Strap
USB cable
A / V cable
Lens cap
Lens cap cord
Owner's manual
CD-ROM

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)






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