FinePix S8000fd digital Megazoom camera
The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd may be an enhanced digital camera with a megazoom onboard, but the competition is strong and cannot be ignored. And that’s the problem. Working with the Fujifilm S8000fd camera is pleasant in itself, although I cannot get used to the structure of the menu and I really suggest some innovation on this field. The camera has everything onboard that you may expect from a Megazoom camera as far as specifications are concerned. The combination of the 18x zoom and an optical image stabilizer ensure a pleasant way of photographing without having to worry about shutter speeds in relation to possible blur caused by jitter.
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd vs Panasonic FZ18
The Fujifilm S8000fd has some strong competitors however, like the Panasonic FZ18. And we noticed that the Panasonic FZ18, unlike the S8000fd, did succeed in shutting up the critics on some issues. In particular the quality of the lens or correcting lens deviations and such; issues the competitor has effectively dealt with, unlike Fujifilm. And this makes the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd somewhat less all-round than it could have been.
Fujifilm S8000fd - Optical zoom range
The optical range of the Fujifilm FinePix S8000 is a joy to work with. Certainly for those who like to capture landscapes and interiors of churches on their holiday. The captured pictures are stored in JPEG format. Unfortunately the RAW format is missing. You can argue about it, but it is a feature that the photographer would like to see on this camera something competitors understood and have applied in the configuration. An additional feature that needs improving is the overall speed. It is acceptable for carrying out standard work but the Fujifilm S8000fd is slower than wished for and that makes it hard to take high resolution action pictures.
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd digital camera
This conclusion might give you the impression that the FinePix S8000fd is not capable of doing anything right but that is not even nearly true. For someone looking for a comprehensively equipped digital Megazoom camera with not too many DSLR-like demands, and wanting to use the camera for straight shooting, the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd is definitely a good choice. The camera could also be a good entry level camera for those photographers currently using an entry level compact one wanting somewhat more without reaching for a system camera straight away. The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd is really recommendable for the group of advanced amateurs without photographic ambitions. If however you demand more from a camera and if you do have photographic ambitions, you will want to look again or directly make the step to an entry level DSLR.
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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.