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Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd | Digital Camera Review | Control
You might see the Fujifilm S8000fd as an alternative for a digital SLR camera. The camera offers as many if not more settings as the entry level DSLR camera does. The operation of both types of cameras however may differ vastly. And that is also the case with the Fujifilm FinePix S80000fd. The camera is packed with stacks of different functions but what’s lacking here is some control dials or dedicated quick buttons to avoid having to dive into the menu for almost every setting. Especially the advanced user will feel the need to quickly change the exposure for example without having to go into the menu for it.
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Fujifilm S8000fd - 3 Auto ISO settings
It is a matter of getting used to I guess and if you don’t know any better you will take it the way it is and after some time you will navigate through the menu quicker than you did before but still... I do think that in particular the manual settings in the camera’s menu should be easier accessible and adjustable than what they are now. Still the Fujifilm S8000fd has various conveniences such as the Auto ISO mode. The new generation digital cameras are already familiar with this function but the S8000fd offers to choose from three Auto ISO settings. There is an Auto up to 400, Auto up to 800 and Auto up to 1600 ISO possibility. In practice it comes down to the first one being suitable for sunny and well-lit circumstances and the other two for badly lit circumstances. These may show traces of noise though, due to high ISO.

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Fujifilm Megazoom camera - Menu
If you have worked with a Fujifilm camera before, you will recognize a lot as to how the Fujifilm’s menu is structured. This consistency is naturally a plus for the faithful Fujifilm user, but there is always room for improvement. Besides the LCD monitor we also find the multi-functional button with the well-known Menu button in the centre of it. Top right we find another old acquaintance, the F-button. This button contains lots of useful setting possibilities that the advanced photographer will want to have at hand, for example ISO and image quality. It looks like a quick menu especially for photographic settings but I personally would prefer separate buttons for this.
Fujifilm S8000fd - Electronic viewfinder (EVF)
A Megazoom camera like the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd offers an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and an LCD monitor. The Fujifilm S8000fd camera switches off the monitor when you switch over to the viewfinder, also when reproducing pictures. You will directly see the captured pictures inside the small viewfinder. Reproduction is sharp thanks to the high resolution of 230,000 pixels but still I prefer to work with the monitor on the back of the camera. The electronic viewfinder is an excellent alternative for an optical viewfinder during shooting. Framing is easy and reproduction is the same as it is on the monitor.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd - Extreme zoom range
The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd is a fine camera. The competition, let’s say; Olympus and Panasonic, offer a similar camera that appeals to the advanced amateur. The extreme zoom range in combination with the many setting possibilities challenge the user to use the camera in auto mode or to really dive into the menu for creative photography on a higher level.

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