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      24.01.2014 13:30
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      Better than a point and click!

      This camera falls neatly between two stools. It's better than a point and click camera, but not as complicated or hard to use than a true SLR. As such, it really fitted the bill for us when we bought it a number of years ago, and it has served us faithfully and well ever since.

      It is quite a large device, more akin to an old fashioned sort of camera than slim modern models. To my mind this is an advantage, as the physics of lenses means you are getting a better quality image ni the first place. No matter how many megapixels you have, I can't help feeling that a very short distance between lens and receiver will create distortion. It's size also makes it harder to lose, though more effort to carry around as you can't just stick it in a bag.

      I won't go into the technical details much, but it has 6.5 megapixels, more than plenty for viewing on screen or printing out as standard sized prints. It saves them as jpegs, though different options including raw data (which is completely uncompressed) are available.

      The controls are fairly straightforward. There is a dial which you rotate for different conditions such as sports, macro and distant, as well as options for manually setting aperture and/or f number. The auto setting actually works pretty well for most purposes, so I imagine that most people just use this, as do we. It's good to have other options available if you need them, which we sometimes do. Another dial switches it between off, on and replay mode (which is mainly used for downloading onto the computer, although you can also view photos on the camera.

      There is a decent size LCD screen (as well as an ordinary viewfinder which I only use when the batteries are running low and I need to conserve them by switching off the screen, which you can do by pressing a small button on the camera's back). The picture you see on the screen is good enough for most purposes, you see what you are getting and get what you see. A button to the right has a menu with other options on, from setting the date and time, to the type of save file and the more advanced options like a time delay. In a good piece of design, as this is the thing you are most likely to want to change, the flash setting (auto, suppressed, red-eye, always on) can be cycled through by pressing one edge of this dial.

      Taking a photo couldn't be easier: take the lens cap off, turn it on (wait for a second or so for it to warm up), press the button. A doddle! There is a 10.7 x optical zoom, which is a decent amount, and much better than a software zoom which basically just crops your picture on the camera; an optical zoom actually records more of the picture you want. The results are generally pretty good and I have no complaints about that at all. Sometimes it's necessary to experiment with having the flash on or off - it tends to be far too bright when close to the subject, and produce a lot of glare. Suppressing the flash or holding some transparent plastic (such as a ruler) in front of the flash can help. This camera responds reasonably quickly when you press the shutter button, but if you are taking a photo of something moving quite fast you may miss it. This is wear one of the modes, which takes pictures in rapid succession, can be handy.

      The autofocus works quite well, but both autofocus and manual settings go fuzzy when close up. This is the biggest disappointment to me, I specifically wanted a camera with a good macro mode, and this doesn't do a good job. It's ok when at least 12-18" away, but any closer and its hard to take a decent, focussed picture. This may just be our camera - you can hear the autofocus moving in and out in these circumstances as it tries to work out what to do, so it may be faulty rather than a generic problem (far too late to do anything about it now!).

      One of the problems with cameras is that they can burn through batteries at a huge rate. Surprisingly this is not the case with the Finepix 6500. It takes 4 AA batteries,will happily take rechargeables, and they last for hundreds of photos. I am really quite impressed with this as with the screen on all the time you might expect a greater drain. Even when going on holiday for a week and taking loads of pictures I've never had to swap them more than once.

      The camera comes with Finepix software, which I really quite like. To download your pictures, you just plug in a mini-USB cable and away it goes. It can be set to automatically put photos into a new (dated) folder which is handy for organising them. You can view folders of pictures, individual ones or have a slideshow. It still works even under Windows 7, though the auto startup no longer does.

      In summary, this camera is a great choice for those wanting more than a basic point and click without the hassle of an expensive SLR. It's so easy to use that 4 and 5 year olds can take good pictures, but is capable of taking respectably artistic shots too. It has many features, but good automatic settings too, so you get the best of both worlds.

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      01.07.2010 15:37
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      An extremely easy to use and versatile camera with a user friendly price!

      If you are new to digital photography and want a camera with the feel of an SLR, this is an excellent camera and the price of 88.89 GBP at amazon.co.uk is outstanding.
      Taking pictures on the move is easy with the 'auto' setting, all you need to do is point and click. Or, use one of the pre-sets that are designed for specific scenes . . . snow, beach, sport, sunset . . .
      If you would like to take control and produce that award winning shot, there are simple features to change every aspect of the shot you wish to take, just as you would expect with a good SLR.
      And to make life even more exciting, the super macro function enables shots from as close as 1cm. I have taken some stunning shots of bees collecting the pollen from inside flowers.
      There is a built-in flash, face detection technology to give your subjects a crisp appearance, no flimsy, last a month or two parts and still I haven't told you about all this versatile cameras exciting features.

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        15.01.2010 17:55

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        I wouldn't be without it.

        I bought this camera a couple of years ago now, and, as its only a 6.5 megapixel, I suppose that makes it a bit out of date. There are newer models on the market and the point and shoot variety of camera have way more megapixels. But this takes fantastic quality photos reguardless. It has loads of settings including manual if that's what you're after. There is a special programme function for settings like snow, sports, fireworks. It has Fuji's 'face detection' function which makes taking photos of people soooo much better. And the zoom on the front makes you feel like the paparazzi! The flash isn't great over large distances and close up it can white things out, but over the right distance you'll be fine. Another great little button is the F button on the back that allows you change your photo style from standard colour, to black and white, or chrome, which makes all the colours in your photos really vibrant. The screen is very large, and the eye piece has been designed so you don't bump your nose on the back of the camera when trying to look through it. I love my camera and hope it lasts forever!

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        25.05.2009 17:27
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        An excellent camera and 100% brilliance! Well worth the money!

        This camera has an excellent zooming lens, with an optical zoom of 10.7 x. I was initially attracted to this camera with its style, looking just like a really top-end sigital SLR. I have used this camera on many trips now and it has never failed me. The picture quality from this 6mp camera is outstanding and never fails to deliver.

        To many people this camera would be quite tricky to use because there is literally hundreds of available features that can be utilised. So I would not recommend it for the avergae camera user, it does come with a useful manual on how to use it to its full potential. The fact that you have to adjust the lens manually as apposed to electronically helps to preserve batetry and helps you to get a better feel for your photo's.

        The camera uses the XD memory card's which I was initially quite sceptical over. However I soon relised that the price of the cards is really quite cheap and it has workeed really well for me. The battery life is very good however, it does use four batteries a piece and so I would recommend buying rechargeable batteries to save you money in the long run. It does have an AC/DC adapter so that you can plug it into the mains.

        The flash is exceptional and I just cannot tell you how good the performance of this camera is, you must try it to believe it. All of the photo's that I have taken with this camera have been excellent, it is an ideal companion for travellers or if you are going on a holiday of some sort. Yes it is quite heavy but I think the advantages outweight this. Overall I think that this is an outstanding camera that represents excellent value for money and would highly recommend. I hope this was useful and thank you for reading. You should definately try it to see it for yourself. You can get it from various shops now for just £145!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        13.05.2009 16:56
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        A brilliant camera for somebody looking to go beyond point-and-shoot, even useful for semi-pros.

        The Fujifilm 6500fd (6000fd in the US) is a bridge camera - between point-and-shoot cameras (those small rectangular things) and proper dSLR cameras (those big, professional-looking ones!) and it serves this purpose brilliantly. I acquired mine when I realised that I'd outgrown my 2 megapixel point-and-shoot and needed something more. I don't regret it for an instant - it's been a fantastic tool in learning how to take better photographs. This camera is very versatile - I've taken fantastic slow-exposure waterscape shots with it, but I usually use it for high-speed dogs-in-motion photographs! It performs fantastically in either area, and I'm sure it does a brilliant job with portraits as well.

        I highly recommend this camera if you're new to digital photography as the 'auto' mode really does do everything for you. It has plenty of modes - my favourite is "program", which means that the camera decides on most of the settings (like in auto) but that I can override any of those, so I can really tweak the results!
        It also has a very good macro and super macro options - the super macro is for things very, very close to the lens (2cm or less), and I've gotten fantastically clear results even using the auto mode.

        As far as reliability goes, mine has worked perfectly for two years - and it's been thrown about, dropped and even drooled on (by a dog, not me!) - and it's stood up to the wear and tear of near-daily use very well.

        The only downside I can find is that it's not very good in low light, and photographs become grainy very easily once you go beyond ISO 400, but this is usually difficult to spot once you've printed your photos - and can actually enhance a black and white photograph.
        Also, it's worth mentioning that once you know what you're doing, you may find yourself outgrowing this camera and yearning for one with certain features missing here - like external flash and shutter buttons - or low-light capabilities! However, considering the price of this camera, it's very hard to fault it! Extremely good value.

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        22.08.2008 12:52
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        An amazing camera for any begginer or semi-pro wanting to learn more!

        The FujiFinePix S6500FD is a great semi-professional digital camera. The camera offers 6.3 MegaPixel image quality and the images you take on the camera look amazing even in low lighting conditions. The camera is aimed at begginers/semi-professionals who want to get more into photography but don't want to spend lots of money on lenses etc.
        The camera comes with a fixed lense which offers 10.7x optical zoom, this means the images will not be decreased in quality and also a 2x digital zoom, so all together the camera can zoom in up to 21.4x times, which comes in really useful if your shooting animals or things at a distance.
        Once you get to know the camera and you become more conformatble using it you can use it in manual mode which means you can set control over the settings which the camera normally does itself, along with the ability to shoot in the RAW format it gives a feel of a more professional SLR camera.
        The menus and interface on the camera are very easy to navigate and the camera comes with face detection which is great for when you need to take pictues of a group of people as it chages the settings according to give you the best results.
        Overall the camera is of great quality, the images are great and for the price you get it at you won't find a better camera.

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          27.05.2008 17:49
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          A good camera- check it out!

          The Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd is an excellent camera for just such a great price. I got mine a few months ago now from amazon for £149.99 and got an offer with a 2GB memory card for just £12. I was pretty impressed. But unfortunately, it isn't just about the price, it is about the quality too; but we won't have a problem with that because the photos it produces are amazing. I have to admit the photos aren't going to be as good as a camera that costs £1,000, but they are very good for a camera that cost that much!

          The camera is quite a complex camera I feel, but yet not to complex as I beleive it is designed for begginers to semi-proffesionals. The camera can be used for filming, of course it depends how much memory you have to have an approximate running time. The camera settings for still photographs are: AUTO; Picture stabilization; Natural light; portrait; Landscape; scene position; Programme AE; Shutter priority AE; Aperture Priority AE and Manual. You can playback things you have taken or filmed or even voice recorded.

          When you purchase the camera a 195 paged Owner's Manual comes with the package too. I found this very helpful and have learnt how to use the camera by this.

          I do recommend you check out this camera as I personally have taken some pretty good photos.

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            25.07.2007 20:17
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            A "baby SLR" for budding photographers and families alike!

            A fantastic camera for both beginners and semi-professionals. The Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd has features and options to fulfill all of your photographic needs - from variable aperture and shutter speed to manual focus.

            When looking to buy a new digital camera, I wanted something with manual capabilities yet that could also become 'point and shoot' when I needed it to. If that's the profile of the camera you want to buy, then the S6500fd is definitely for you. You can create artistic photos, perhaps for photography competitions, as well as taking all of your holiday pictures without messing around.

            I would definitely recommend the S6500fd to anyone wanting to buy a new digital camera, offering excellent picture quality, good battery life and all for a value-for-money price!

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              08.06.2007 13:33
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              overall good

              i think this is one of the good product.i am using it and its easy to handle and have more special features .worth to invest in it.
              i would suggest to buy this product because i havnt got any problem with this so far ,the picture quality are very good .i am really satisfied with this product. i adviced one of my friend to buy this and they also using it and happy with it.

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              03.04.2007 13:12
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              Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd

              Please note - This review is specifically intended to be technical. This is a semi pro camera and the review is based around the user having a knowledge of digital photography.

              Thanks for reading.....

              Fujifilm's high-spec semi-pro series, the Finepix S6500fd fits nicely in to Fujifilms range between the slightly higher spec S9500 and the lower spec S5600. It actually has many of the features of the S9500 including the f2.8-f4.9, 10.7x optical zoom lens and if truth be known, is not far off being the same price, the same size and the same weight as the S9500.
              The S6500 is supposed to be the lower-spec camera, so it lacks a few of the S9500's features. It only has a 6.3-megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor, compared to a 9.0-megapixel sensor. The 2.5in, 235,000 pixel LCD monitor is bigger and sharper, but lacks the S9500's fold-out ability. It has a more basic layout, which means that some useful features, like the self-timer, are relegated to the menu. It also lacks the cable release thread on the shutter button.

              The S6500 is in some ways better than the S9500. It offers a wider range of shutter speeds in program mode, a higher maximum ISO setting of 3200, improved high-ISO noise reduction, and Fuji's new hardware based face detection system. This is where the "fd" comes from. The camera will automatically recognise up to 10 faces in the frame, and adjust focus and exposure accordingly to ensure the best possible picture. It is very impressive but could take some of the skill away from photography and possibly some of the enjoyment too. The S6500 can record in RAW mode, this helps to avoid quality issues but take up about 13Mb per picture!

              Price? Well the S6500fd can be bought online for anywhere between £190 and £210 where the S9500 goes for about £250. It may be worth paying the extra but to be honest, I am happy with the 6.3 megapixel using RAW.

              The S9600 is due out soon so keep an eye open for it, it may be a stronger contender depending on it's price.

              The S6500fp had a tough poly-carb shell and well put together. It has a large and comfortable handgrip and ergonomically friendly controls. It takes less than 2 seconds to start up and has handy continuous shooting modes allowing pictured to be taken every 1.7 seconds, or 3 pictures per second but only 3 will be stored, either the first or last 3 taken.

              It runs on AA batteries (x4) so life depends on the type of battery you use. XD Picture cards are used in the SD6500fd. The pop-up flash is also very good, with an effective range at wide angle of an impressive 8.3m, or 4.6m at the telephoto end.

              With the sensor the S6500 also inherits the F30's amazing high-ISO performance. At 1600 ISO there is roughly as much image noise as the S9500 produced at 800 ISO, which is to say not much. At the maximum 3200 ISO the noise reduction system does sacrifice a lot of fine detail, but the exposure remains consistent and although there is some colour distortion in darker areas the images are usable. This gives the S6500 a big advantage over most other high-end super-zoom cameras. Despite its lack of image stabilisation it can be used hand-held in low light with a reduced risk of movement blur. Image stabilisation compensates for camera shake, but can't do anything about your subject moving, which can still ruin a picture at low shutter speeds. By providing usable images at shutter speeds at least three stops faster than most other cameras can manage, the S6500 avoids the problems of both camera shake and moving subjects, resulting in sharper pictures.

              Verdict

              The S6500fd is a very good camera for the price, with great handling, huge creative versatility and superior picture quality, but it suffers by comparison to the higher spec and similarly priced S9500 which is still available. The face-recognition technology is impressive, but really not all that useful.


              Technical Specification - Courtesy of Fujifilm

              Number of effective pixels 6.3 million pixels
              CCD sensor 1/ 1.7-inch Super CCD HR
              Number of recorded pixels Still image : 2,848x2,136 / 3,024 x 2,016(3:2 format) / 2,048 X 1,536 / 1,600x1,200 / 640 X 480 pixels
              Movie : 640 x 480 pixels ( 30 frames/sec.), 320 x 240 pixels ( 30frames/sec.)
              Storage media Internal memory (approx. 10MB)/ xD-Picture Card™ ( 16MB - 1 GB )
              File format Still image : JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 )
              CCD-RAW
              (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
              Movie : AVI (Motion JPEG )
              Lens Fujinon 10.7 X zoom lens , F 2.8 - 4.9
              Lens focal length f=6.2-66.7mm Equivalent to 28 - 300 mm on a 35 mm camera
              Focus Mode : Single-AF , Continuous AF, Manual Focus, One-touch AF(when using Manual focus)
              AF system : TTL contrast-type , AF-assist illuminator
              AF frame selection : AF(CENTER), AF(MULTI), AF(AREA)
              Focus distance Normal : approx. 40 cm / 1.6 ft. to infinity(W) approx. 2 m / 6.6 ft. to infinity(T)
              Macro : approx. 10 cm /4.0 in. to 3.0m / 9.8 ft.(W) approx. 90 cm /3.0 ft. to 3.0m / 9.8 ft.(T)
              Shutter speed 30 sec. to 1 / 4000 sec.
              Aperture F 2.8 F11Up to 13 steps in 1/3 EV increments Manual /Auto selectable
              Sensitivity AUTO / Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
              Exposure control 256-zone TTL metering Multi, Spot, Average
              Exposure modes Programmed AE(When using P mode : Program shift is enable), Shutter-priority AE,
              Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure
              White balance Automatic
              Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White) Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
              Viewfinder 0.33 inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT (approx. 115,000 pixels) , approx. 100 % coverage
              LCD monitor 2.5 inch Amorphous silicon TFT ( approx.235,000 pixels), approx. 100 % coverage
              Flash Auto
              Effective range (ISO 1600): Wide angle: Approx.0.6 m - 8.3 m / 2.0 ft.- 27.2 ft.
              Telephoto: Approx.2.0m - 4.6m / 6.6 ft - 15.1 ft.
              Flash mode : Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
              Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro.
              Self-timer Approx.10sec./ 2 sec. delay
              Video output NTSC / PAL selectable
              Digital Interface USB 2.0 High-Speed
              Power source 4 AA type alkaline batteries (included)/4 AA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or AC power adapter AC-5VX(optional)
              Dimensions 130.9 (W) X 97.5 (H) X 128.0 (D) mm / 5.2 (W) X 3.8 (H) X 5.0 (D) in.
              Weight Approx.600 g / 21.2 oz.(excluding batteries and xD-Picture Card )
              Digital zoom Approx 2x
              Shooting modes Normal : Auto, Anti-blur, Scene Position ,Macro, Movie, Continuous,
              SP: Natural Light, Natural & Flash, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Close-up, Text
              Continuous :
              1.Top-3 ( max.2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames)
              2.Final-3 ( max.2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames)
              3.Long-period (max.0.7frame/sec. Up to memory card size)
              Colour modes B&W / CHROME / STANDARD
              Movie recording 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
              320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
              With monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG)
              Voice Memo Up to 30 sec. WAV format
              Playback functions Single frame, 9 Multi-frame, Sorting by date, Image rotate, Post shot Assist window (3 frames), Voice Memo, Trimming, Automatic playback
              Accessories included • 4xAA type Alkaline batteries
              • Shoulder Strap
              • USB cable
              • A / V cable
              • Lens cap
              • Lens cap holder
              • Lens hood
              • CD-ROM
              o FinePixViewer RAW File converter included)
              o ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix
              o RAW FILE CONVERTER LE
              Optional accessories • xD-Picture Card™: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB
              • PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
              • CompactFlash™ CardAdapter DPC-CF
              • 4 x AA type Ni-MH 2700Ah batteries
              • Wide conversion lens WL-FXS6
              • Premium and mini multi-purpose leather cases
              • Worldwide Travel Charger (including 4x AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries)
              • Wide Conversion Lens WL-FXS6
              • DPC-AD PC Card Adatptor (xD Picture Card and Smart Media)
              • DPC-CF CompactFlash Adaptor for xD-Picture Card
              • DCR2-161 16 in 1 USB 2.0 multi-format Digital Card Reader and 3 portUSB 2.0 Hub
              • DCR2-xD USB 2.0 Memory Card Reader for xD-Picture Cards
              • AC-5V Car Adaptor
              Number of images / recording time on xD-Picture Card™:
              Number of images / recording time
              Modes S6000 fd Still image Movie
              Number of recorded pixels 2848 x 2136 6F 2848x 2136 6N 3024 x 2016 ( 3:2 format ) 2048 x 1536 1600 x 1200 640 x 480 640 x 480 320 x 240
              Internal Memory (approx.10MB) 3 6 6 12 15 77 Approx. 8 sec. Approx. 16 sec.
              DPC-16(16 MB) 5 10 10 19 25 122 Approx. 13 sec. Approx. 26 sec.
              DPC-32(32 MB) 10 20 20 40 50 247 Approx. 27 sec. Approx. 54 sec.
              DPC-64(64 MB) 21 42 42 81 101 497 Approx. 55 sec.. Approx. 109 sec.
              DPC-128(128 MB) 42 84 84 162 204 997 Approx. 111 sec. Approx. 219 sec.
              DPC-256(256 MB) 85 169 169 325 409 1,997 Approx. 223 sec. Approx. 7.3 min.
              DPC-512(512 MB) 170 339 339 651 818 3,993 Approx. 7.4 min. Approx. 14.6 min.
              DPC-M1GB(1 GB) 341 680 680 1,305 1,639 7,995 Approx. 14.9 min. Approx. 29.3 min.
              © 2007 , Fujifilm. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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              Fujifilm S6000fd digital still camera is the first Fujifilm FinePix product to feature Face Detection, a new technology designed to significantly improve your picture taking by identifying human subjects' faces in the frame (up to 10 faces) and in real time, determining the optimal focus and exposure settings for the absolute best results possible in any shooting conditions. Behind Fujifilm's Face Detection technology is a newly developed LSI chip combined with patented software that allows the FinePix S6000fd digital still camera to reach a level of performance in digital photography never before possible.

              Fast moving subject? No problem. Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization technology utilizes the heightened sensitivity of the FinePix S6000fd at ISO3200 and high-speed shutter settings to prevent camera shake or freeze subject movement, keeping blur to a minimum. This easy to access feature (selectable on the mode dial) lets the FinePix S6000fd choose the correct light sensitivity and best-matching shutter speed automatically, for the highest quality digital pictures.

              The FinePix S6000fd features the second generation of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology. Equipped with a new eye and brain, this next generation of RPT is comprised of the newly released 6th generation Super CCD and RP Processor II. Through the "eye" (or lens), you now can capture more light, more efficiently, with less light loss. And the "brain" (or RP Processor II), receives the images with less noise. Featuring enhanced double noise reduction; the RP Processor II lets users take full advantage of the FinePix S6000fd's ISO 3200 sensitivity.

              The FinePix S6000fd is equipped with a 28-300mm Fujinon 10.7X optical zoom lens with full manual control via the lens barrel. This high quality Fujinon lens configuration offers tremendous flexibility for either zoom or wide angle shots - almost like having two lenses in one, and without the risks of dust accumulation that come with having to change lenses.

              i-Flash fine-tunes flash output for shooting with high sensitivity settings. It recognizes scene conditions and determines the optimum flash output to ensure superb results. Subjects in the foreground appear natural, and background detail is bright and clear. The difference is especially noticeable in the natural facial tones of people in your pictures, in close-ups and group photos alike.

              Not sure whether to use your flash or not? Don't decide, let the Finepix S6000fd take both! Dual shot mode will take two pictures with one press of the S6000fd's shutter button; one with flash, to capture a bright, vivid image, and the other without flash, to capture the natural ambience of the shot's environment. Dual shot mode gives you more flexibility to assure a great picture.