|Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review : One thing became very clear with Fujifilm, at the Photokina 2006: face detection is going to be it! And the technique is ready to be built in cameras standard. With this, Fujifilm can fall back on their extensive knowledge of minilabs. There, the technique has been used for years, among other things, to be able to tune colours perfectly. One of the first models with face detection is the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd. The indication fd stands for face detection, of course.
Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd - Large zoom range
Just like its predecessor, the Fujifilm S6500fd has a large zoom range. This would be 28 - 300mm, compared to a 35mm camera. A range starting with a 28mm wide angle is very good news. On the other hand we have the 300mm tele-range. Especially in tele, the chance of blurring increases rapidly. Therefore, the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd has been equipped with an image stabilizer. This is certainly no superfluous luxury. The lens is one part of the trinity (Real Photo Technology) that establishes the quality. The other parts are the processor and, of course, the image sensor. Thus, Fujifilm has chosen for a high-quality lens for the Fujifilm S6500fd. The camera may be intended for the ordinary consumer, for Fujifilm this does not mean that quality needs to decrease. Also praiseworthy is, that the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd is equipped with a lens hood; this offers extra protection and contributes to the quality of the recording.
Fujifilm FinePix S6500 - Super CCD sensor
The sensor is building another very important part of the Real Photo Technology, as Fujifilm calls the trinity. With 6.3 million pixels, it seems like the camera is behind on its competition, but this only appears that way. We have said this before; the amount of pixels only tells part of the story. Fujifilm has been using the Super CCD for a long time, and the Fujifilm FinePix has been equipped with the sixth generation already, the Super CCD VI HR. The pixels virtually lie diagonally, wherefore one can compare Fujifilm's amount of pixels more of less with a regular 9 - 12 Megapixels sensor. It is indicated that there are effectively 6.3 Megapixels present, but because of the Super CCD's sensor construction, comparison to a higher resolution is possible.
Fujifilm S6500fd - Real Photo Processor II
At least as important as the sensor and the lens, is the processor of the camera. The Real Photo Processor II has been built in the Fujifilm S6500fd. This processor not only makes it possible to quickly process data, it is also responsible for the noise. And this needs to be within boundaries, even with high sensitivity. The experience with other Fujifilm models definitely give hope, it is even a Fujifilm characteristic to see minimal noise with high sensitivity settings. It's possible to go to ISO 3200 with the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd. If this produces minimal noise images, this means that one can utilize that sensitivity to reduce blurring.
Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd Megazoom review
The Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd Megazoom camera is especially intended for the amateur and the hobbyist. However, the number of functions on the camera has been expanded and through the innovative techniques that have been applied, one can do a lot with the camera. That the Fujifilm S6500fd doesn't use the widely accepted Secure Digital or CompactFlash flash memory cards, but xD Picture cards, appears logically. Fujifilm, after all, is one of the founders of that standard. Although, with the new Fujifilm models, also Secure Digital appears to be supported. Fujifilm gave us the Fujifilm S6500fd to our disposition. Our experiences are to be read in the next Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review.
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