|Fujifilm used to stick with a memory card called SmartMedia for a long time. When the Megapixel race started the maximum storage capacity of this card, 128MB, was somewhat scarce and Fujifilm among others, looked for a new storage medium. When the xD Picture card was born, Fujifilm decided that this card held the future because it would be able to grow to a storage capacity of 8GB which was huge for that time. In 2007 8GB is still reasonable but the xD card has long been surpassed by another small format card: the Secure Digital and SDHC memory card. Small, fast and expected to be able to offer 32GB in 2008. The SD and SDHC cards have now become the world standard for storage medium and as a manufacturer you can’t get around them.|
|Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd - Dual card slot
This must have been undoubtedly one of the reasons Fujifilm has equipped their FinePix S8000fd with a dual card slot to support xD and SD/SDHC cards. The S8000fd is standard delivered with an internal memory of approximately 58MB. The highest quality picture results in a 3.9MB file, so you can store 14 pictures on the internal memory. Considering approximately 100 images in the highest resolution and quality, the card slot of the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd requires a minimum of 512MB memory. But thinking of holidays and other times like that, a 2GB memory card would do the job even better.
Considering 2GB storage capacity:
8 Megapixels - 3264x2448 pixels - Fine - JPEG - 3.9MB - 520 pictures
8 Megapixels - 3264x2448 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 2MB - 1031 pictures
7 Megapixels - 3264x2176 pixels - 3:2 - JPEG - 1.8MB - 1163 pictures
4 Megapixels - 2304x1728 pixels - JPEG - 980KB - 2063 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG - 630KB - 3199 pictures
VGA quality - 640x480 pixels - JPEG - 130KB - 15995 pictures
Video resolution 640x480 pixels - 30fps - 36.8 min
Video resolution 320x240 pixels - 30fps - 59.2 min
SanDisk Extreme III SD memory card
Besides storage capacity one should also keep the speed of a memory card in the back of his mind. The Fujifilm S8000fd will benefit from a faster card. The camera will not have to wait for the card while emptying the internal buffer for example. In practice it comes down to an xD Picture Card type H or an SD/SDHC card such as the SanDisk III SD memory card. In addition to emptying the buffer, things like sequential shooting will be influenced by the speed of the card.
|FinePix S8000fd - Fastness of the camera
The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd is not exactly a camera for action photography. The camera starts up somewhat slow, in approximately 4 seconds, but more importantly is the speed of focussing. And for this camera the focussing speed is rather average to slow. There is hardly any shutter lag so in order to gain time you might want to focus by pressing the release button halfway down, wait there until the moment that has to be captured occurs and next press the shutter release completely down. This is the fastest way of focussing.
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd - Action photography
Action photography requires a high continuous speed when capturing the action. But if you use high resolution, the maximum reachable is only 1 fps with a maximum of 3 sequential pictures. And that is just not fast enough to enable real action photography. The Fujifilm FinePix S8000 is a versatile camera but it had better stay away from capturing actions and fast moments.
Fujifilm S8000fd camera - Card reader
SD and xD memory cards are available with various speeds. A faster memory card has the advantage of transferring data with a faster speed, providing the computer and the device reading the card are equipped with a fast USB Hi-Speed connection. Or you could look for a card reader. A card reader is a handy device that needs connecting through a USB port and is then capable of reading a card fast and writing to it. The computer’s operating system will recognize the device as an external hard drive. An additional advantage is the energy that is saved this way.
Economical digital Megazoom camera
The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd works on two pairs of AA batteries. These batteries are available worldwide and relatively cheap. Standard Alkaline AA batteries will let you take approximately 350 pictures and rechargeable NiMH approximately 500. The figures are based on the CIPA standard and you will find you get fewer pictures in practice because the circumstances in which you take the pictures will differ from those of CIPA. Still the Fujifilm S8000fd is qualified as an economical digital camera, excellent!