|Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd digital Megazoom camera review : A number of manufacturers have dropped their Megazoom models to make room for the entry level digital SLR cameras. On the one hand that is very understandable since the prices of both models are almost alike, but on the other hand; a Megazoom camera is an entirely different concept than a system camera such as the DSLR. Fujifilm however has not much of a choice in this because they don’t have the entry level SLR camera in their assortment which leaves sufficient room to fill the gap to the S5 Pro DSLR with a Megazoom camera like the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd.
Fujifilm S8000fd - Optical image stabilizer
The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd is currently Fujifilm’s Megazoom top model that has to compete directly with cameras like the Olympus SP-560 UZ and the Panasonic Lumix FZ18. Fujifilm have waited a long time before applying an optical image stabilizer, the CCD-shift system in this case. And although the need for such a stabilizer was obvious before but Fujifilm never applied it, there was no escaping it any longer for the FinePix S8000fd. A camera with an 18x optical zoom is impossible to handle without an optical image stabilizer system.
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd - 8 Megapixel CCD sensor
The Fujifilm S8000fd camera has a compact form factor and offers many setting possibilities for the advanced photographer. The 8 Megapixel sensor is a standard CCD and not the famous Super CCD sensor this time. The 1/2.35 inch size of the sensor shows the difference with the sensor used for a level entry digital SLR camera. A DSLR carries a larger sized sensor and that will obviously offer some technical advantages. Naturally the compact size and the extremely extensive focus range speak in favour of the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd.
FinePix S8000fd - Image sensor shift technology
The most remarkable feature of Fujifilm’s new Megazoom camera is its dual stabilization technology; the image sensor shift technology combined with the use of high ISO settings. According to the specifications up to ISO 6400 (4 Megapixel resolution) belongs to the possibilities and up to 1600 ISO for those who want to use the full resolution. It remains difficult for a compact camera to deal with high ISO values especially compared to the new generation digital SLR cameras. Besides stabilization and high ISO possibilities the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd offers advanced face detection technology and Fujifilm has applied a dual card slot which not only supports the xD Picture Card but also the now standard SD and SDHC cards.
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd Megazoom review
The Fujifilm S8000fd is an advanced Megazoom camera trying to reach the advanced photographer. Well, the specifications look good; the camera offers numerous applications and setting possibilities to perform all-round photography. The zoom range of 27 - 486mm offers the landscape photographer the perfect focal length to create a wide effect. I have had the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd in the office for a while and by means of an extensive practice test I have come to a conclusion about this camera that can be read in the following Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd review.
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