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Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
Even though the experienced professional photographer is not the target group for the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, there are more than enough settings on the camera. A few functions have their own button or can be approached directly by using the F-button. But for a couple of important functions one needs to get into the menu; many non-Fujifilm users will probably need a little practice for this. The menu itself is well organized, but before finding certain important functions 'blindly', some time will pass.
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Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd - RAW format
A typical example of such an important function is RAW. The RAW format is hidden in the menu at the settings, instead of placing it under the F-button. I suspect that not many users will photograph in RAW. But especially the right RAW size can often be of value for the quality and is very meaningful because of that. You can get just a little more out of a photograph. Nevertheless the JPEG recordings are not bad, on the contrary. The pictures have a pleasant sharpness, an excellent color reproduction and a fine contrast. The typical JPEG compression, particularly the watercolor effect, which characterized previous Fujifilm models, has luckily disappeared. There is an abundance of detail and with that the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd reaches an excellent image quality.

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd - High ISO values
Naturally, part of the quality of the image depends on the chosen sensitivity. And with the Fujifilm S6500fd, Fujifilm once more builds up her reputation entirely. Thanks to the superior image sensor and the excellent processor, you can also use the high sensitivities excellently. Only, I wouldn't apply ISO 3200 enthusiastically (yet). There, the noise oppression is very strongly present, through which much detail goes lost. Yet such a high ISO could contribute to a successful recording, after all it otherwise would not be possible to make the recording. The high 3200 ISO recording is suitable for particular recordings and without a doubt many times better then what we experience with most competitors. At ISO 1600, the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd defeats every competitor. Noise is only perceptible with difficulty and detail is sufficiently present. In the case that you want more detail, you need to record in RAW. The difference is not very large anymore thanks to the excellent JPEG quality, but still visible. You must hold in account a noise increase. And even then the Fujifilm still performs better than the other cameras. It is really impressive!
Fujifilm S6500fd Megazoom camera - White balance
Because JPEG is used most for photography, it is important that you set the white balance well. In the most cases, you will have the white balance on automatic. With the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, this yields an excellent result with outside recordings. As soon as artificial light becomes the most influential light source, the automatic white balance will have a bit more difficulties. Colour cast becomes clearly visible and another setting would be wise. Fortunately, the Fujifilm S6500fd camera has a very simple manual setting for white balance and I advise to use this. The result is a perfect white balance.

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd - Preprogrammed scenes
Next to the known P, S, A and M setting, the Fujifilm also knows a few preprogrammed scenes. A number of those programs are a little concealed and I even needed the manual to find them. Once it's found, it is all very clear but a different placement seems a bit handier to me. One distinctive program is the "natural light & flash". Two consecutive recordings are made. One with and another without flash. This way you can see afterwards which manner of illumination yields the best result. Flash with the Fujifilm S6500fd camera stands on a high level anyhow. The intelligent flash raises the sensitivity and balances the flash in a way that a natural balance arises between front- and background. It works surprisingly well and brings high-minded flash photography.

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd Megazoom - Image quality
The standard sharpening is just a little too high to my taste. Through turning off the sharpening in the menu, you get a much more pleasant result. You will also have less chance to possible artifacts of the JPEG compression. The contrast is vibrant, but not too vibrant. The same goes for the colour saturation. However, if you want a little more vibrance in the photograph, then you can set the camera on Chrome by the F-button. The contrast and the saturation become a little higher, through which it resembles a slide. It has to be your thing. Moreover, you can also take a black and white picture; you can really choose a film.
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