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I've had this camera since the start of my photography course in 2008, It's a great little piece of kit especially for the price!
It sells itself as a home use camera but it's got so much more potential to become a pro piece of equipment.
The first thing I noticed about this camera was the features, so many features! It literally has mode for everything, and situation you can think of, especially in darkness with the pop up flash which ceases to amuse me, These features can all be accessed with a flick of a switch or by pressing the menu button in shooting mode and selecting the shooting mode.
I think it's rather ergonomically designed too! with the comfy rubberised handle and smooth cylinder to hold for steady shooting especially when using its outstanding zoom capabilities!
Yes, for a camera of this size I was surprised at the ability of the zoom, which combined with macro settings produces great crisp shots in daylight.
My only complaint about this particular camera is that if there's no light its hopeless! unless you want every picture scolded with flash exposure. This has led me to failures in aquariums and in the evenings, even in some indoor spaces where flash ins't allowed.
But along as you have a good field of light this baby can give you lightening fast, and crystal clear photographs!
I bought my FinePix S8000fd camera a year ago and highly recommend it. The 18x optical zoom is brilliant and when the digital zoom is added the detail is unbelievable for this price of camera. A view out to sea can change from a dot in the water to full detail on a boat. As I have mobility problems the image stabilization is great and the shape of the grip means I can hold it safely with one hand to take my pictures. As the quality of the photos is so good I have had some published in a magazine. Two of my friends with similar disabilities have tried my camera and then purchased one for themselves. As I take hundreds of photos I particularly like being able to use rechargeable AA batteries so always have some spare and the SD cards are so easy to change and then put into a computer to edit. What more can I say - I love it.
This camera is great for any beginner of photography. I chose this camera because of the 18x optical zoom and the 8 mega pixel camera. 8mp is great for begginers because the cameras with 8mp are not too expensive and are sufficient for some good pictures. 18x optical zoom is amazing for a digital camera and is one of the highest available. The Macro & Super Macro mode are very good quality. The camera has lots of different modes and is a star buy. I got a refurbished S8000fd from FujifilmUK for only £100, whereas it is alot more at most other shops. It has face detecton and anti-blur included which helps alot. It comes with cables for the PC and the TV for viewing and editing your pics. Mine came with a CD for installing FinePix Viewer, a program which helps you edit the pictures you have taken. It has a suprisingly large LCD screen, and you can choose whether you want to view pictures through the Electronic View Finder or the LCD screen. Overall the camera is a brilliant buy, especially for only £100. Very recommended.
This is a good quality camera. It is reasonably priced, I paid about £150 for mine.
The camera is easy to use due to the rotating switch on the top for the modes. The zoom switch is in an easy to reach position. Due to the size and weight of the camera it is easy to carry with a strap and also a good shape so it's easy to hold.
The camera has lots of features including, an 18x zoom, a pop up flash, and many settings such as snow, party, landscape and sport. This camera is ideal for those looking for a bridge camera with a few extra features without breaking the bank.
The picture quality is very good. Even at full zoom the quality of the picture varies very little. I have also recently found that it is possible to zoom in further on a picture that you have already taken.
Would reccommend this camera as have had it for over 6 months, it has been reliable and the battery life is good. A set of batteries tend to last for between 300-400 photos on a standard mode without flash. Have used this camera extensively to capture wildlife photos as the quality is very good.
Also on Ciao by Princessbuttercup.
A really impressive camera for the price and size. I've had this a while now and it has been very reliable and has given no problems at all, unlike previous "big zoom" point and shoots I have had. When it was dropped - oops! - I sent it back to the manufacturers for a reasonably priced and rapid repair, too. The picture quality is splendid and the response time after pressing the button is much better than on other "big zoom" digital cameras I have owned. It is hapy with the newer 4GB SD cards to and I have never yet managed to run out of space for pictures. It also takes pretty good movie clips in the useful generic AVI format.
Of course it is a little heavier and bulkier than the average compact digi camera but the lovely 18x zoom more than makes up for this - I use it for birdwatching as well as everyday pictures of the family. It still fits in a pocket
of a fleece or raincoat. I do recommend keeping it in a well padded case to avoid the dropping problem! If I had had it in its case it would probably have been fine....
I have had this camera for about six months and love it! The most appealing things about this digital camera is that it so easy to use and it gives top quality results. The main reason I chose this camera is the fact that it has 18x optical zoom which is fantastic for the price plus its relatively compact. I would recommend a 4gb/+ memory card if taking a lot of pictures on the 8mp fine setting. The flower setting is particularly impressive. I'v tried taing photographs on the fireworks setting but i usually find the shutter speed to be a bit slow however this can be changed but you may need a little more experience to do this. I have only owned one other digital camera and that was also a fuji finepix they are just so easy to use. My dad has owned several digital cameras and after using mine he has decided to get one for himself!
For years I've always wanted an SLR, I do love taking pictures, however I have never gone to enough places to take gorgeous pictures before, so have always put off against buying it. However as some of you know, I'm going to University in September to study media production, which includes photography, and I realised that if I really wanted to do good within that particular module, maybe my little Kodak wouldn't be good enough, so I popped on down to my nearest Curry's. Other reasons for buying another camera was the fact that my nan has just got into photography and after borrowing my camera for a few weeks I could tell she was enthralled.
Please remember this review is going to be based at the everyday person who wants to buy a camera, I'm not doing photography properly yet, so all of the big terms are foreign to me at the moment, so be prepared for an un-techy review.
Buying the Camera
I went into buy the camera with a specification sheet I found on the net for an SLR camera. I knew that this SLR camera that I had the specifications for was way out of my price range, but I wanted to find a good enough camera, which was like and SLR that would do pretty much the same job, but would be within my price range.
The camera I ended up buying was called the Fujifilm S800fd, it is known as a bridge type camera and it allows you take brilliant quality photos which can be confused for professional photographs. I was told that this was probably the closest I was going to get to a DSLR, than actually paying the price for one of those, and I think I have brought something pretty good here.
Pixels: 8.3million pixels
Lens: 18x Optical Zoom Lens
Shutter Speed: 4 sec to 1/2000
Viewfinder: 0.24 inch
LCD Monitor: 2.5 inch
Power Source: 4x AA batteries
The Fun Stuff
The best stuff about the camera.
What's In the Box
In the box you will receive the following:
4 x AA Alkaline Batteries- These are pretty basic, but mine have lasted for two weeks now.
Shoulder Strap- Almost impossible to attach, took me a good 20 minutes or so.
Lens Cap and Cord- If you use the cord then if you turn the camera on with the lens cap still on, the cap gets pushed off but is still attached to the camera.
USB cable- A necessity with digital cameras now a days.
Weight & Size
The specifications say that this little man is 510 grams, which to some people will mean nothing. It's not a light thing I can tell you that, but I think when it comes to good quality cameras like this, you want to remember that you've got it in your hands and you have to think how much they have actually crammed into something the size of your entire palm. This is quite light compared to some cameras I have held in my lifetime, but if you're using the strap and carrying it around your neck, then you might have to be careful as it might pull on your neck a little bit. I haven't used the neck strap for a long period yet, however I can tell it might hurt a little bit if used for long periods.
Okay, it's not as 'pretty' or stylish as my previous Kodak camera or my JVC camcorder; however it looks pretty nice in my opinion. I had a small range of cameras like this one to choose from and this one was probably the most expensive, however it looked the most stylish and the least like a brick which some of the others did look like.
The lens when closed is probably about the size of the base of a coke can, when you use the zoom or even just turn the camera in, the lens pops out and becomes smaller and smaller as it zooms into what you want to take a picture of. Is it easy to hold the camera I hear you ask? Yes, there is a portion of the camera which you hold with your right hand, it allows you to snugly grip the camera, without touching the lens, and at the same time it allows you to touch all of the buttons with your thumb or to adjust the zoom with your index finger, whilst at the same time still holding the camera securely.
The LCD screen is smaller than the one on my Kodak camera which cost me under a £100 for the actual camera. This isn't a problem however; you still get to see the pictures you're taking brilliantly well. The viewfinder at the top is the size of my thumb nail, not very big at all, and when playing around with it, I really struggled to look through it without feeling dizzy almost.
There are not too many buttons on this camera at all, the shutter button is in the centre of a circle thing which is the device which allows you to zoom in and out. The shutter button is pretty easy to press. The power button confused me slightly at the start. With EVERY camera I have had, you press a button in to turn on the camera, however with this camera you have a slide button which you pull to the right and then the camera turns on. Carrying on with the top of the camera you have two buttons with pictures on them, the first one you come to is the face detection and then the anti blur button.
The little device in the middle is pretty much the same on all cameras I have used, it allows you to turn this little device until you get the scene you want, and for example you can choose auto and manual and many more.
On the left hand side of the camera is one button sitting on his lonesome; this button has a little lightning bolt which is widely used for flash on the cameras. Make sure you are not holding the top of the camera when you do this as the push of this button pops up this little flash thing which makes it look even more professional.
The buttons on the back of the camera all help you make sure that you get the best possible pictures, the first one you come to is the EVF/LCD monitor selector, this button allows you to change between looking through the view finder to looking at your picture through the LCD monitor screen. I have to say, I have attempted to look through the viewfinder and have no idea why someone chooses that over the LCD monitor, I'm sure there is a good reason, I myself can't understand why.
On the back you also get the Playback button which allows you to view the pictures you have taken, the F to the right of that is called the Photo Mode button, this buttons allows you to control the file quality setting, the ISO speed and the colour settings. The latter one allows you to change the colour to chrome or black and white, I myself have always taken pictures with the normal setting and then allowed the software I have at home to turn the picture into black and white if I wanted to. I do adore black and white pictures and I think that it is best to take the picture with the normal setting though.
I'll probably talk more about this at the end but at the moment I have to say I have found the camera incredibly easy to use, however if you are not a huge fan of taking pictures then I would recommend for going for something more basic, this camera is quite a bit of money, and it is a lot heavier to carry around compared to my other model that I have. If you like me, want a good camera which is not breaking the bank as much as a DSLR would, but a camera that still gives you the same quality then this camera is for you. I am very pleased with it so far.
The Camera's Features
When I went into buy the camera, I took in a print out sheet of another camera that had all of the things on it, I have to say I was cheated a little as the sales person told a few white lies however, they have not done me too much harm so I'm not going to bother to complain. The features of this camera are extensive, here is what the camera provides:
Macro: The macro is a mode which allows you to take close up shots. The only time I would really use this is if I was taking pictures for EBay or something like that, I'm more adapt at taking landscape shots or messing around taking pictures of my mates or something.
Flash: Considering that I have enjoyed photography for a number of years, I have never really understood the need for flash. It says that it's useful for taking pictures at night or indoor dark locations, the instruction booklet really goes into detail about this and allows you to learn when or how to use flash.
Intelligence Face Detection: This is a nice little extra on this camera, I'll go into how it works slightly, it works by triangulating the mouth, and eyes and using an algorithm to optomise focus, white balance, and exposure for up to ten faces in a single frame. Understand that? If you did good for you, I didn't, what it seems to do is make the faces stand out within the picture.
Dual IS mode: IS stands for Image Stabilisation and this little function allows you to stop the camera shake and ruining the picture.
White Balance: The white balance allows you to adjust the colour balance based on white to suit the colour of the ambient light around the subject. You can take a picture of a white piece of paper to suit the shooting conditions.
Shutter Speed: If you are using the high speed shooting then your batteries will run down more quickly. The shutter speed was something quite important to me and this is what I was lied about to, I asked if the camera had good shutter speed and he said it depended on the SD card you brought, so I asked for the best one they had to minimise shuttle lag, he said it wouldn't be noticeable now, but I have found the shutter lag to be the same on this as it is on my Kodak camera.
Self Timer: This allows you to set your camera to a 2 second delay or a 10 second delay, we used this with my previous camera to get a picture of the whole family. A good little addition.
Different Photography Functions
By using the mode dial you are able to choose what type of shooting you want to do, the main one is of course AUTO, which allows crisp and clear pictures for ordinary photography. The next one is picture stabilisation, this mode allows for a fast shutter speed that reduces camera shake and moving subject bluring. The next one is the Natural Light mode, this mode produces images which retain the nautral ambience when shots are taken in low light conditions. If you are unsure of what to choose, then the next mode is the Natural & Flash mode, this mode takes two pictures, a natural picture and a flash picture. This stops you missing a shot because you chose the wrong mode.
The next shooting modes are the SP1 and SP2 scene position. This allows you to choose between 13 types of scene. You can choose through the types of scenes you want and you get a lovely picture of the type of thing you can take and a description of what you want to take. Some of the best scene positions are the following:
These ones I've seen on my previous camera, however on this camera you get a few extra things, firstly you can choose Museum which allows you to take a picture in a museum, making it quiet and everything like that. My favourite mode is the auction mode, like I said earlier I use the macro to take auction pictures for EBay and have only just found this little addition, it allows you to take as many pictures as you want (up to four) and it'll put them in the same image. I can spend quite a lot of time doing this on Powerpoint but now this camera does it for me, I couldn't be happier.
In playback the camera allows you to do a lot of things that you'll find yourself doing on a computer on the actual camera itself. You can rotate the images every which way that you want by a push of a few buttons, you can also protect the images or copy the images from internal memory to the memory card. Something I haven't used yet is the voice memo section, this allows you to record over the picture, I'm sure I'll use this when I go on holiday in the summer, I'll be taking a lot of pictures and to be able to talk into the camera like a Dictaphone over a particular image will allow me to remember where I was on that day and what the picture is of. You can also trip the images, or crop them on the actual camera itself, I'm sure this will help a lot.
For our holiday in the summer, we are in the process of discussing whether to take the camcorder along with this still camera on holiday with us, this still camera does allow you to record movies, but I have yet to use this in a proper situation. It works pretty much the same way that it would with a video camera, so if you have used one of those before then you will be fine with this.
The camera has not been in my possession for a long time, I brought it at the start of the easter holidays and now it's coming up to the end, so it was a bit of a question if I was going to review the camera or not. I was talking to a few friends of mine who are also on the site about waiting until I've used the camera in better settings but I have used this camera none stop during the holidays and have got quite a good feel of the camera so far.
For the camera I was expecting to pay about £250 at most for everything, I went into Currys on the outskirts of where I live, and found this camera sitting there and fell in love. The camera was £149 which in my opinion was a fantastic price, however of course you have to think about all of the extra things that you have to buy with a camera of this kind.
When it came to paying for the camera I managed to get the price up to about £220, with the camera bag, which I'm now thinking of selling because of personal reasons (I hate the feel of it), the battery charger that I brought, the apparently brilliant SD card which stops shutter lag, and then the warranty on the camera, it was well within my price range and I got everything that I wanted.
If you are looking for a camera, then this might be out of some people's price range for the amount of pictures they might take. If you are not going to take many photos then please shop around for another camera, you can get decent cameras now for under £100. This camera is top of the range for its type and you are paying for it.
Ease Of Use
I have been using this camera none stop for the past few weeks and every day I learn something new about the camera, this means that it's not as easy as I would like. Yes it's nice to find something new about the camera, but it takes a lot of searching to find this little additions and I myself prefer simplicity to finding things weeks later.
If we are talking about taking pictures however though, it is one of the best cameras I have used in a long time. The weight of the camera makes it a lot more studier to hold and then the pixels and zoom on the camera are just fantastic and you do produce fantastic pictures.
The camera is pretty easy to pick up and point and shoot a picture, if you want to take a picture of something that is going on, like a bird in your garden or your child doing something funny, then picking up this camera and turning it on takes just under 5 seconds which is quite long in my opinion. One of the things I would have thought they would have sorted out is with a click of a button you are able to take pictures. This is a shame as I really wanted to get a picture of this car that went past the other day, okay, the guy driving the car, but by the time the camera was turned on, the car was gone and the lovely looking guy.
Without the instruction booklet you would in no certain terms, be screwed. I know I shouldn't use that language on a site like this however I have no other way of describing it, I'll talk more about the manuel in a minute but it seriously is a god send when it comes to this camera.
The camera would not really be good if you have never used a camera before, I'm sure you'd find it quite difficult to do things like playback your pictures, use the flash, and all of the little extras that this camera provides and expects you to use, however if you are a bit techy and know slightly how a camera works then you should be fine. In ease of use I would give it a 7/10, I think because of the fact that I am still finding things about it down the line and I didn't learn it all when I went through the instruction booklet the first time.
All in all it's a fantastic, simple ish camera that takes amazing pictures.
A god send I swear, when I brought my camcorder I found it very difficult to use because there was no instruction booklet or link to a website with an instruction booklet. When I posted the review of the camcorder a fantastic member gave me a link to the page which held the instruction manual and I have to say I HATE ELECTRONIC manuals. I couldn't afford to print out every page and put it together myself, and if I was going on holiday and needed to know how to do something, internet access is not always available. I have to say I was shocked that it didn't provide one on paper and I was expecting the same thing with this camera.
This camera however is provided with TWO instruction manuals. One is simply a piece of paper which tells you the basics, like uploading the computer, etc. The main booklet is 162 pages long, how many of these pages do you think is in English?
ALL OF THEM, I know I was shocked as well, I really expected to get about 5 pages in English, but the whole booklet is in English and describes everything in such detail that even the biggest technophobe could do what it tells you to do. This booklet is fantastic and has helped me out loads with the camera and the review.
Rating: 10/10 (Couldn't have been better)
My biggest gripe about this camera is the fact that you have to use Alkaline Batteries, 4 of them to be precise. With my nans old camera, we had to use 2 x batteries and we had so much damn trouble with it, I nearly considered not buying this camera because of this fact. I am much more used to Lithium batteries which you charge up on the camera, and I love these things. I did risk buying this camera, but made sure that I brought the best possible rechargeable batteries with it and best possible recharger and if I ever have any trouble I'm going back to the shop because I was promised that they'd work fine.
The camera is quite heavy but that is to be expected, it is so easy to hold this camera and with the shoulder strap you can hold it around your neck for extra support and then hold it with your right hand only. This is great and is so much easier than what I've used before.
It's so easy to upload to the computer it's ridiculous, you just plug in your USB to either end and then turn on the camera and you should be connected, it takes you a few seconds to see your pictures and you really do see the quality of the pictures more on your computer than you can ever dream of doing on the LCD screen.
The zoom on this camera is just amazing, it doesn't blur easily as well, I really will be able to tell more about the zoom when I use it in better settings but for now, I'm amazed at the quality of it.
Here is a list of the good things about the camera.
You really will take amazing pictures with this camera, I am not a natural photographer but I have taken some stunning shots with this camera, I am unable to show these as the person does not want to be shown but it really allows you to do amazing things this camera does. I really think this is the best camera I have owned and I will get some amazing results out of it when I need to.
No Red Eye
The camera takes away red-eye without even asking you, the camera uses the face detection to take away the red eye from every frame. This is fantastic, so many times have I come out looking like a devil in pictures because of the dreaded red eye.
Things To Do
I'm constantly learning with this camera, today I have found out so much more about the camera than I didn't know before, I'm sure later down the line I'll learn a lot more as well. I sat for a good hour the other day playing around with this camera and learning the ins and outs.
Here is a list of the bad things about the camera.
I was told with the SD card that I brought which cost me more than I expected, and the fact that it's a great camera the shutter lag was supposed to be minimal. It's exactly the same on this camera as it was on my Kodak one which had the smallest possible memory card available. I haven't had too many problems with the shutter lag, however if it becomes too bad I will have to take the camera back, because I was promised a camera with barely any shutter lag and this one is excessive.
LCD Screen Quality
This is not really a negative but it's worth mentioning, the quality of the pictures you see on the LCD are not brilliant, with my Kodak camera what you saw is what you got, however the quality on the LCD screen is nothing compared to what you get when you upload it onto the computer. I will never delete an image based on quality with this camera now.
1. Turn On Camera. 2. 3. 4. Lens pops out 5. The LCD screen comes to life, by the time that this has all been done I'm sure whatever I want to film would have disappeared by this time. Again I was told a little white lie as the guy said the load up time was good and it really is quite poor in my opinion.
Nothing has gone wrong yet, touch wood, but things like the mode dial and the flash bulb feel quite flimsy, and knowing how bloody clumsy I am, I have a distinct feeling that something is going to break from the camera pretty easily. I have good cover over the camera, but again, knowing my luck, it'll go when something important is happening.
The LCD screen and the lens is already smudged to death, it's kept in a good camera bag, but it is still smudged. I wouldn't have expected this to happen so quick and I'm constantly having to clean them.
Overall this is a fantastic camera; I couldn't have expected something better for the price I paid. It wasn't the camera that was expensive it was all of the little additions that I thought I'd need to get the best out of my camera. Yes some of them were a slight waste of money, however I think the camera was worth every penny.
I don't think it is aimed at people who don't know how to use a camera however if you are looking for a DSLR type camera, but don't want to pay all the money in the world then this is the camera that you should try this one. It looks like a DSLR, it acts like one and takes pictures of the same quality, it just doesn't have the price tag or the brilliant shutter. I think this camera is worth every penny and if you get a chance or need a new camera then please check out this one.
Ease of Use: 7/10
Instruction Manual: 10/10
Shutter Lag: 4/10
Picture Quality: 10/10
Anti Blur: 8/10
(C) Kirsty 2009
Well, what can I say about this camera, nothing bad and that's for starters!
My wife bought me one of these for Christmas as she complains about me lugging around my Nikon everywhere we go and I have to say I do agree with here - slightly!
I did some searching before xmas and planted the seed in her head that I might like one and it certainly worked. Since Christmas day I just haven't stopped using it, it has such a huge range of features and functions you quickly get to understand the reason why Fuji added the 18x zoom - icing on the cake.
As an entry level camera you will find it difficult to find another camera that beats it on functionality, quality and price as a mix. Except maybe for the S8100 Fd which is the next model up and offers a higher Megapixel. But this review is about the S8000FD and it's a challenge to find fault.
If I was going to criticise the camera I would say the noise at 18x is a little heavy and can produce quite poor images at different light levels. Some models suffer from purple banding on the LCD screen which is cause by light leakage, but mine didn't - I only know because a friends did! But this banding does not deteriorate the quality of image produced and only affects the screen.
The positives, loads of functionality, offers a point and click solution which after all is what it is but offers those with an inquisitive nature to explore with the settings in Manual mode if they choose. It's very forgiving, easy to use, compact, light and quick to get to grips with.
Imagery up to 10x and even 14 is fantastic, which is testament to Fuji's technology and hexagon pixel mapping. Night time shots and natural light photography is superb and the colour capture at the very least fights above its weight.
If your looking for a good quality camera, point and shoot for under £150 you can't get any better. I really like mine and enjoy shooting across the whole range photography with it whether its quick enviroment or atmosphere shots at weddings or finite macro shots of flowers - it's a real challenger and a joy to use.
i first brought one of these camera's when a friend asked me to do the photo shoot for a magazine on corse fishing,a trip to a well known high street catalogue out-let and a guick read of the user guide and down to the lake side, on first trying out the fs800sd i found that every man and his dog could now be an above average photographer, the camera do'es most of the work for you, using the rear viewer makes taking shots realy easy, on switching to through the lense the shot you see is just what you get but you can fine tune it for things like trees growing out of someones head, up close shots using macro or super macro make this camera the best i have ever used, i need this for up close marketing shots, all in all it worked, i got a four page spread in corse fisherman, try it, you'll never look back, and its just so easy for at home use as well, i used it for some portrate shots of my grandson dorian, people coming to the house now keep asking me where we went to have his portrate done, they look in awe when i tell them i did them with my fs800sd, now i dont go any where with out it, i also carry 4 extra memory cards 2 xd and 2sd,you never know what you'll see out there.
Are you at that stage where your point and shoot digital camera is not quite giving you the pictures that you require but you do not yet feel comfortable with moving on to a DSLR? Well here's the camera for you, known as a bridge type camera the Fujifilm S8000fd offers you the choice of taking brilliant photos on auto mode where the camera does all the adjustments for you or the chance to take control of aperatures, white balance and ISO`s to choose exactly the outcome you require for each photo you take.
The S8000fd really does produce top quality images that to the untrained eye could easily pass for professional. It can be used to take extreme close ups known as Macro shots to super zoom shots due to its amazing lens system which offers up to an 18x optical zoom the camera also comes with not one but two built in anti-shake systems to prevent blur from camera movement allowing you to take full advantage of the awesome zoom lens without using a tripod.
THE LENS SYSTEM
Type: Zoom lens - 4.7 mm - 84.2 mm - f/2.8-4.5
Focal Length: 4.7 mm - 84.2 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 27 - 486mm
Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection
Min Focus Range: 70 cm
Macro Focus Range: 1cm
Lens Aperture: F/2.8-4.5
Optical Zoom: 18 x
Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive
I have been trying out this camera for over a month as well as offering lessons on how to get the best out of it and I can honestly say I have been very surprised by just how good the camera really is. When shooting Macro a professional would use a specially designed Macro lens which this camera does not have but what this camera does have is a built in Macro setting which forces the lens to act as a Macro lens offering amazing results.
Before using this camera I would have been very sceptical as to the outcome of macro shots taken in this manor but the results were very impressive.
As well as being impressed by the Macro shots the shots at half zoom or above were also very impressive. Usually by the time a camera is at half zoom the photos are starting to show signs of blur especially those outdoor shots in tricky conditions but because of the anti-shake system in the S8000fd you really can go a step or two further before your images start to suffer. If you use a tripod you can use the full 18x optical zoom and even venture into the digital zoom whilst still producing very useable images.
Most cameras of this type although they may claim to offer the option of adjusting things like white balance, ISO settings, aperatures and even flash settings most are very limited in what they actually offer. The S8000fd however branches further into this than any other non DSLR camera and can even challenge some of the lower range DSLR`s. It offers a wide range of settings that would suit both the rank amateur and the serious photographer although if you were venturing into the professional photography market this camera would not be of high enough spec for most.
I used this camera to do a mock outdoor photo shoot (using members of my photography club rather than models) and I also used it do to some waterscape shots of local lakes and rivers. The fast shutter speeds offered by this camera allowed me to catch vibrant, clear and beautiful shots of the rolling water on rivers and the ability to use slower, longer shutter speeds meant that even as night was beginning to fall and the sun had gone the outdoor photo shoot was still in full flow either with or without the use of the flash.
The photos taken at night fall with no flash are still fairly clear due to the slow shutter speeds and the colour in them is still very crisp and clear which you would not get with an average camera without flash. Now you may be wondering why I would bother with shutter speeds and not just use the flash well the reason for it is simple, if you use the flash it just comes out as a brightly lit image as if taken in day light where as a slow shutter speed will allow you to catch the brightness and colour of the people in the photo but retain the atmospheric night background and really goes to offer much more to the photo than a flash would.
So with all these fancy settings at your finger tip how easy will they be to use? Well the answer is very in most cases, if you already have some experience of using these settings then you should breeze through using this camera, if you have no experience then a good read of the manual and plenty practice and you will be taking manual set photos as though you had been doing it all your life.
There is a built in histogram on the LCD display should you wish to use it as a guide for setting your camera up, the histogram shows how the 256 possible levels of brightness are distributed in an image. A histogram can show if there is enough detail in shadow, midtone and highlight areas of an image. An image that uses the entire dynamic range of the camera will have a reasonable number of pixels spread out over all levels of brightness. In short it will help you get the best possible image without over or under exposure often giving a much better result than letting the camera decide for you.
Another very clever pre set setting on this camera is the face detection mode, now in the past I have run down so called face detection setting in cameras because they just did not seem to do what they claimed but the one on this camera is very impressive and much faster than others. Face detection is used to pick out and focus in on faces in portrait shots allowing the true skin tone and colour to come through on the image even if you are not using the best lighting or flash equipment, it can also remove any red eye from the shot before storing the image to your memory card.
Now for me as well as having all the right settings and functions a camera must be reliable and robust and the build quality of this camera is as good as anything else about it. Despite its plastic body it feels very strong and solid and has a good weight about it without being considered too heavy. I like to feel a camera in my hands and with this one weighing in at a little over 500g with its batteries in place it feels very good to hold.
The S8000fd also has a very fast start up and shut down speed which is ideal for when you suddenly see something you just have to capture, in less than 3 seconds your camera can be switched on and ready to go and then with the touch of one sliding button put back to sleep in under 2 seconds.
So over all I would say that the S8000fd is a very smart, eye catching and extremely versatile camera which will produce very high quality images regardless of which type of photography it is used for. When you then consider that it can be found in some places for the ridiculously low price of £150 it is clearly a far better buy than some of the point and shoots in that price range. I am a very avid fan of the Sony cyber-shot range of point and shoots and what they can achieve but some of the better cyber-shots still retail over £200 so I would recommend this for value for money every time.
It is also worth noting that unlike DSLR cameras this camera also has the ability to capture video clips and does so very well at 30 frames per second. So it can be an all round family camera as well as a serious photographer's tool.
THE IMPORTANT SPECIFICATIONS
Number of Effective Pixels 8.0 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/ 2.35-inch CCD
Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 58MB) /xD-Picture CardTM ( 16MB - 2 GB ) SD memory card /SDHC memory card
Lens Fujinon 18X Optical zoom lens , F2.8 - F4.5
Lens Focal Length f=4.7mm - 84.2 mm, Equivalent to 27- 486 mm on a 35mm camera
Aperture F2.8- F8.0, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increment
Digital Zoom Approx 5.1X
Focus Distance Normal : Wide angle :Approx. 70cm/2.3 ft to infinity, Telephoto :Approx. 1.5 m/4.9 ft to infinity
Macro : Wide angle :Approx. 10cm/0.3 ft to 80cm/2.6ft Telephoto :Approx. 1.2m/3.9 ft to 3.2m/10.5ft
Super Macro : Approx 1cm /0.4 in. to 1m /3.3 ft.
Shooting Modes Mode dial : Auto, PS(Anti-Blur), Natural Light,Natural Light& with Flash, SP1, SP2, P, A, S, M, Movie SP1/SP2 : Portrait,Landscape,Sport,Night,Fireworks,Sunset,Snow,Beach,Museum,Party, Flower,Text, Auction
Image Stabilizer CCD-shift type
Shutter speed 4sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depend on Shooting mode)
Continuous shooting Top-3 ( max 1.3 frames/sec), Long-period ( max.0.5 frames/sec)
Top-15, Hgh speed (max 7 frames/sec, 4M pixels)
Top-15, Ultra High speed (max 15 frames/sec, 2M pixels)
Focus Auto focus (Area,Multi,Center)/Continuous AF/ Manual focus AF assist illuminator available
White balance Automatic scene recognition Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom
Self-timer Approx. 10 sec./2 sec.delay
Flash Auto flash
Effective range: (ISO AUTO(800)): Wide angle, approx. 0.5 - 8.8m /1.6 - 28.9 ft, Telephoto angle, approx. 0.5 - 5.6m /1.6 - 18.4 ft
Macro: approx. 0.3m - 3m / 1.0 ft - 9.8 ft
Flash mode : Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Electronic Viewfinder 0.24-inch, approx.230,000 pixels color LCD monitor, approx. 97% coverage, 60fps
LCD monitor 2.5-inch , approx.230,000 pixels, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor(WV type), approx. 97% coverage, 60fps
Movie Recording 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
With monaural sound, With Electronic Image Stabilization.
Sorry for the list but it does only contain vital information for anyone serious about spending their hard earned money on this camera. The final word from me will be to say that when you purchase this camera it comes with a Neck strap, wrist strap, AV and USB cables, CD ROM, PC and Mac software, manual but no camera case. It would be my recommendation that at the first available opportunity you purchase a case to look after your camera when you are on the move.
Thanks for reading!
I love taking photo's of everything and everyone in my life that means something to me whilst at the same time taking pictures of random images which stand out to me. I can be sat on a bus, walking in the park or merely out shopping and if I see something I like the look of that would take a good picture I take a snap.
My fascination for photography comes from my late Auntie who was forever taking pictures and entering them into endless competitions, where it was of the brightest flower you have ever seen or a seaside clip she would take the photograph. I used to spend weekends with her on the South Coast and we would walk for hours taking photographs and ever since then I have loved it.
The last camera that I had was rather dated so I decided to save up and buy one that I know she would be proud of and when I had enough money I opted for the Fujifilm FinePix S8000FD which I know is one of the best cameras there is to buy and it is 8 megapixels.
There are five main features to this camera and although i'm no expert at using all the specifications I have mastered the basics for now. The Fujifilm FinePix S8000FD has:
(1) 18x Optical Zoom - with this zoom I can zoom in 18x and take pictures of things which are quite close up or far away. What I really like to do is take a series of photos at different angles to make a collage.
(2) Face Detection - When aiming your camera at something to take a photograph this camera will automatically zoom into a face and focus on it whilst at the same removing red-eyes automatically.
(3) Dual IS (Image Stabilization) - I use this function if I am taking a shot of something moving, it allows the camera to capture the whole image and not leave a blurred image. For example if I am taking a picture of a bird flying through the air it will capture the bird is flight.
(4) Ultra High Sensitivity ISO6400 - With this feature you are able to take good photographs regardless of the light. One of the things which really annoyed me about my last camera was that if the light wasn't correct then taking a photograph could be ruined. With this camera limited light is not a problem, it automatically adjusts. If you are someone whom like me tends to over-use the flash and you turn your objects into ghosts when taking a photograph, again this camera will automatically adjust its sensitivity and flash output to give you a more accurately exposed photo with clear background detail and no bright light.
(5) Compact Body with Ergonomic Grip - This function on the camera is designed in a way to make it much easier to hold and keep steady when you are taking photographs through the rubber grips which you will find upon the camera.
This camera also has 2.5" LCD with Wide View Film a 2.5-inch anti-glare coated LCD screen which boasts up to 230,000 pixels of resolution. There are 13 different scene positions to choose from when taking your picture and although I haven't used them all there is the usual portrait and landscape options followed by Night, sport, fireworks, sunset, snow, beach, party, flower, auction and text. Not all of these functions take pictures of what they state. For example the text function is used to take pictures of documents and white boards. It is effective for taking clearer shots of letters whereas the beach option is used to provide crisp, clear shots, when shooting at the beach or somewhere similar under strong sunlight.
There is also the option to record videos with this camera and there is a speaker option on the side of the camera to pick up sound.
When I bought my camera within the box I was presented with:
4xAA type Alkaline batteries
Lens cap cord
A / V cable
I bought my camera just over 4 months ago from Amazon for the price of £240 including delivery and I am delighted with it and I am so glad I decided to save up and buy a decent camera. The photographs that I have taken with it, bearing in mind I am a novice have been developed and are really good, much better than my previous Kodak camera. It uses AA batteries which tend to last quite a long time, probably between 300-400 photographs at a time.
The user manuals are quite indepth but are quite easy to understand as long as you have got plenty of time to sit and go through them. Whenever I have taken a series of photographs I upload them onto my computer using the CD Rom which came with the camera and I can then play around with those images.
Whenever I have printed my photo's out using my colour printer at home I was very impressed with how they turned out especially knowing that I can use the facilities of the CD ROM to ensure my pictures are a good quality.
As I have said I am not a professional photographer and I am just getting to grips with how this camera works within its professional capacity but for those of you who are quite confident with newer technology this is definitely a camera that you should try.