This affordable 8-megapixel superzoom model packs a range of useful features and D-SLR-like capabilities, but it’s as easy to use as a point-and-shooter. Image quality is good but not top-notch.
The 18X Fujinon lens is the centerpiece of this well-designed digital camera, delivering a 4.7mm to 84.2mm range (equivalent to a 35mm lens with a27mm to 486mm zoom). The wide-angle lens performed beautifully for group shots and landscapes.
Fuji's face-detection technology, which worked well on my tests, offers automatic red-eye removal. The camera’s dual-image stabilization combines mechanical CCD stabilization with higher ISO levels and faster shutter speeds for advanced anti-blur protection. I found that it typically produced images that were noticeably sharper but sometimes with a hint more noise than I'd like to see.
In lab tests, I saw some barrel distortion at the left side of images, and photos were a bit soft but exhibited only a trace of purple fringing. Noise became visible at IS0400 and more noticeable at ISO 800 and higher. The camera averaged 1,450 lines on resolution tests, which is low for an 8MP superzoom.
All things considered, the Fuji FinePix: S8000fd is a viable option for photographers who want advanced features but also enjoy the simplicity of a one-lens-fits-all camera.Fuji FinePix S800fd ReviewPrice range: $399.95Check This Out:Casio Exilim EX-V7: Unique SensationNikon Coolpix L11: Compact and Easy for NewbiePowerShot G9: Pocket Camera Metamorphosis