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Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd is quite similar to its smaller brother; the FinePix S5700 but putting the emphasis on the compact size rather than copying the design of a standard DSLR. The design looks like it is built around the enormous 18x optical zoom lens that the camera owns rather than the other way around. Besides the obvious zoom lens, the handgrip is quite remarkable offering a steady and comfortable grip. The fingers are automatically placed on the right spot thanks to the design of the handgrip.
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FinePix S8000fd - Built-in flash
In spite of the camera’s compact size, it is too big to carry it in your shirt or trouser pocket and you will find a case more convenient. The weight of the S8000fd is remarkably light; only 400 grams which allows talking about a light-weighted housing. The combination rests comfortably in your hand which adds to the required stability while shooting. The zoom lens carries a built-in flash that can be folded in by means of a switch on the side of the camera. The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd does not offer a hot shoe so it is not possible to attach a dedicated flash. The camera is equipped with Fujifilm’s intelligent flash system that has to ensure the correct dose of flash light is used to prevent bleaching of the object.

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Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd - AA batteries
The bottom of the Fujifilm S8000fd camera offers a compartment for four AA batteries. The cover covering the compartment seems rather loose and doesn’t look solid. The choice for AA batteries is money-saving for the consumer. One who wants to be on the safe side can just take a handful of batteries with him for a low price. A Li-Ion battery would have been much more expensive. The handgrip carries the memory card compartment at the bottom. Fujifilm seem to slowly say goodbye to the xD and make room for the SD and SDHC cards. The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd supports both platforms but I would not be surprised if the next generation or the generation after that does not allow xD size anymore.
Fujifilm S8000fd - Eletronic viewfinder (EVF)
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) delivered by Kopin should guarantee high resolution reproduction and fast refresh rate. Kopin has delivered a 230K EVF to Fujifilm earlier this year. The viewfinder has a rather small size but a beautiful bright and clear view. The viewfinder can be adjusted to the eye of the user through the dioptre setting on the side of the electronic viewfinder. Besides EVF the camera is naturally equipped with an LCD monitor. This time Fujifilm has chosen a 2.5 inch sized one. Just a small regret that Fujifilm did not equip the S8000fd with a flip out monitor, although it would have made the camera less compact.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd - Operating elements
The top side and the back of the camera offer room to the operating elements. A large dial for the main programs (the main mode dial) has been placed on the top side of the camera right next to the internal flash. A limited amount of buttons have been placed around the multifunctional button creating the control centre of the camera. Communication with a printer or computer takes place through the familiar USB interface, the fast Hi-Speed version on this camera. The compact size and light weighted housing are a fine combination to quickly take the camera with you. And the camera’s hand-fit is excellent and stable.

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