Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd Review

October 6, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 32 Comments |

Fujifilm Finepix S8000fdThe Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd is the fourth ultra-zoom camera of 2007 to offer an incredible 18x zoom lens, joining the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and Olympus SP-550 / SP-560 UZ. The S8000fd‘s lens starts at 27mm wide, just beating the 28mm lenses of the Panasonic and Olympus models, and ends at 486mm. There’s a new CCD-shift image stabilisation system to help ensure that your photos are sharp, an essential feature given the huge zoom range on offer, plus an 8 megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, 1cm macro mode and Face Detection. With a retail price of £299 / $399, and a street price of around £225 / $350, the Fujifilm S8000fd is also a little bit cheaper than its rivals. On paper at least the Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd has a feature list that should meet the needs of most photographers, but does it live up to its potential? Carry on reading the world’s first review to find out…

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#1 malcolm brown

I was looking for a replacement for my worn out S9500. judging from the review I think I will wait a little longer. I liked the format of the review. I disliked the download sample photos which came down on my screen as 24x30 but then reduced size was very good. This indicated to me that it wasn't going to be any good for anything over 8" x 12". For the price and comparison to all the other X18's it has a lot going for it. Especially the SD card slot.Compared to my k100 and K 10 pentax it is a only half as good but then it is only 1/2 to 1/3 the price. It is definately not an upgrade from a S9000/9100/9500/9600.

7:52 pm - Thursday, October 4, 2007

#2 lutz

Thanks, especially for the sample images.
The image quality seems decent; only the sky shows noise already at ISO 100.

3:22 am - Friday, October 5, 2007

#3 Kirk Merritt

The sample photos in the review are of poor quality when compared to others at sites on the Net, as an example those at http://caff.smugmug.com, the difference is striking. Any thoughts why as I am considering buying the S8000fd? Thanks

12:11 am - Saturday, October 6, 2007

#4 lutz

Hello Kirk,
I do not see the differences you are mentioning. As soon as I view the images in original size I can see all kinds of artifacts on images from both sources (even at ISO 64 on the Cafferty site; more compressed?). Definitely not a camera for pixel-peepers. The pics should still print fine.

12:34 am - Saturday, October 6, 2007

#5 Ken B

I recently bought a S8000fd after bringing a memory card with me to a store, taking some test shots, and checking them out first. I was very pleased with the results and now I see your excellent, in-depth review also agrees with my own opinion: that it's a fine camera for the money. I don't expect it to equal a DSLR but for its size, features, image quality and price, it's all I need.

5:08 am - Monday, October 8, 2007

#6 Geezer Mike

Very nice upgrade from the s600fd feature wise. I am puzzled why they downsized the sensor size when upgrading the megapixels. Also this is not a super CCD. They had such a noise busting winner with that technology.

12:40 am - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#7 Ken B

They probably had to go to a smaller sensor to accomodate the longer focal length lens and smaller body size. I really don't know why they did what they did but the bottom line is, it produces good images. I certainly didn't need a 486 mm tele but I love having 27 mm wide and a total package that fits in a "fanny pouch."

2:14 am - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#8 Geezer Mike

Thanks Ken...Have you printed any 11X14" or 13X19" photos with it? If so was there any noise or artifacts?

6:13 pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#9 Ken B

Hi, Geezer (or is it Mike?) I haven't got the capacity on my current printer to make anything larger than 8 1/2 x 11. However, I'm planning on taking some test shots under better conditions than my previous pix and will blow up some parts of photos on 8 x 10 to simulate a larger print. I'll post the results when I've completed the tests.

2:25 am - Wednesday, October 10, 2007

#10 Geezer Mike

Thanks again Ken, looking forward to the results of your test.

7:16 pm - Wednesday, October 10, 2007

#11 Bradly

Thanks for the review! Helped in my decision to get the camera. You stated that there was no blackout on the camera that you used.... what type of memory were you using? SDHC? I've tried 50x, 150x standard SD and then a type M XD and I get blackouts between images(with a lot shorter one with the 150x). The LCD blacks out the whole time the camera writes to card or internal memory on my s8000fd. Wondering if its possibly faulty or if I have to use SDHC to get around it. Thanks again!!

3:12 pm - Thursday, October 11, 2007

#12 Ken B

Regarding Bradly: I'm not sure if you're referring to my comments or the Photography Blog Review (which is not mine) but I've got a momentary blackout on my S8000 after snapping a shot (about a half second) and then the time that the image is on the screen (adjustable... I've got mine set for 3 seconds). I'm using a regular SanDisk SD 1 GB card.

10:49 pm - Thursday, October 11, 2007

#13 Ken B

Even though I haven't been able to shoot in nice weather, I've posted a dozen test shots I've made with the S8000fd on my KodakGallery website that anyone can access (you just have to open an account which is quick & free). Go to the URL I've included above or here: http://tinyurl.com/24bnds. I will add more shots as I take them and feel they're worth posting. So far, I'm amazed at how well the OIS works (even on a windy day, shaking while shooting at 18 x) and overall quality. Minor color fringing where dark objects meet light sky but the 12 MP Canon G9 I tested had same amount of fringing so I'm in good company, I think.

3:56 am - Friday, October 12, 2007

#14 Mark Goldstein

Bradly, we used a Panasonic Class 6 speed SD Card. You should try the fastest speed card available, regardless of whether it's an SD or SDHC card.

10:26 am - Friday, October 12, 2007

#15 Jim Riddell

Very thorough, helpful review.

I didn't find any reference to whether you can use a filter on this camera, or other, similar cameras. From my own practice, and what I read in the magazines, a polarizer and a split neutral density are required equipment for serious photography. If this is truly a substitute for a DSLR, it needs to take filters. Could you mention this in future reviews?

Also, a camera's ability to handle flash accessories on- and off-camera could similarly be important to some users.

- Jim

6:27 pm - Wednesday, October 24, 2007

#16 Ken B

Hi, Jim. So far, it appears that the lens does not support filters althought it is possible an adapter could be fitted on the inside (or slipped over the outside of the barrel) to improvise. If a filter were mounted on the inside, though, the lens cap would not fit after the camera was shut off; if a slip-on adapter was used on the outside of the barrel, it would keep the lens from retracting when the camera was turned off. I will tell you that I shot fall foliage pix in CT over this past weekend and the colors are nicely saturated (sky and foliage) so the lens appears to have as good color rendering as you would get with a skylight/UV filter but surely not as much as you would get with a polorizer or "warming" filter. Of course, the colors and contrast could always be punched up using software after the fact.

As for flash; I can tell you that the built-in flash is quite powerful on the S8000 and the camera handles low-light situations very well, due to the OIS. If more powerful flash is needed, you could always accesory mount a slave unit to fire with the existing flash on the camera.

2:55 am - Thursday, October 25, 2007

#17 Tim Mason

I bought an S8000fd, but returned it a week later. The image quality just wasn't good enough. Unless the photos were taken in bright sunlight, there was speckling and fringing throughout the ISO range. These defects weren't obvious unless I zoomed in, or printed on A4, but I'd say the effect was to reduce the viable resolution to that of a 4Mp camera.
That's a shame, because almost everything else about the S8000fd was perfect. I hope they produce a replacement soon that addresses the problems.

5:38 pm - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

#18 otto uberswengen

Seems like everyone expects a "bridge" to get closer to DSLR performace and gets disappointed when it doesn't happen after buying such a camera. Just remember, DSLR are also improving in every 6 months.
The "bidge" concept can be mis-leading becuase there are laws of physics involved. Perhaps the category ought to be called something like (DSLR versus)
light/compact/travel/multi-purpose zoom.
Such cameras simply cannot be expected to deliver close to DSLR IQ's. They can try, but the closer you get, the more the camera starts to look like a Sony R1!
I do think that this category is by far what people ought to be using for travel and general photography. Shooting "from the hip" is a world of fun of its own!
However when the party is over and serious picture-taking is required, leave the compact at home, take the DSLR and don't look back.
otto

1:43 am - Saturday, November 24, 2007

#19 Ken B

Well, said, Otto. I'm enjoying the S8000 for what it is... if I wanted to lug around a DSLR, I would have bought one.

1:14 am - Monday, November 26, 2007

#20 otto uberswengen

Thanks Ken,
I does seem to me that there are arguments for both sides, for example, if I was to scale Mt Blanc, the camera I would probably bring would be a "bridge" and to take pictures of my son's wedding, I would use my slr or dslr or both...
I really like the portability and easy handling of compacts too, and my E900 is something I consider to be rather fantastic...(a bit more tele-reach would be nice), so the S8000 sounds ideal for just about all occasions, but especially when you want to have it on your belt and "shoot from the hip"...on a busy day.
I also think there is "FUN" factor involved with using a "bridge/compact" which is slightly less flash when using an slr/dslr because by nature, they bring with them something "serious".
I say you can have BOTH right?
Therefore such cameras like the D200/A700 are highly attractive and one of them will have to put up with me come Dec 25...
otto

4:36 am - Monday, November 26, 2007

#21 otto uberswengen

maybe I've started something by calling for a new category,
light/compact/travel/multi-purpose zoom!
LCT-MPZ????
O.

4:40 am - Monday, November 26, 2007

#22 Fuji S8000 introduction

I was looking for a camera that will shoot good quality pics in Lowlight conditions and with wide Zoom range. I was eyeing to choose between Panasonic FZ18 and Fuji S8000 FD. I did not choose FZ18 because my FZ8 was very bad performer in Lowlight conditions. So I decided not to go for FZ18.

There were not much technical reviews available on S8000 FD but I want to give a chance. I am very pleased with the camera. I took good pics in all Lighting conditions.

The Auto and SP1, SP2 modes produced noise on pics shot in Indoor when viewed 100% in computer screen, but the quality was good enough to print 6x4/5x7 and 8x11 sizes.

I shot Pic in 'P' mode with variety of ISO settings it produced excellent results. Viewing 100% in computer was still pleasing with lesser noise for Indoor pics. It does produced some purple fringes on pics shot with bright day light. My suggestion will be to use a higher ISO setting under such conditions. If the View finder produce some violet shade while focusing scenes with bright sky as background then increase the ISO the purple fringe effects will be minimized.

The Macro feature, Face Detection, Optical Stabilizer worked very well. The Nature with Flash is a very useful setting to compare the pics shot in lowlight conditions.

WORTH THE MONEY. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

There is no RAW feature, it does not matter for me. I had this feature in my Canon G2, but I have never used it.

If you are looking for a Good Camera in $300 price range and you are not interested in RAW then S8000 FD is the best bet.

7:09 pm - Thursday, December 27, 2007

#23 Sue Drinkwater

Hello!

Great review. Very informative. One thing, though. I'm interested in the "click to capture" speed of cameras, but it's seldom mentioned in reviews. I have a Kodak Z612 camera that takes brilliant shots, but if the subject is moving, what I think I've "shot" isn't what comes up - it's always an instant later. (I'm not talking about shutter speed, which freezes a moving object, but that fraction of an instant between pressing the shutter and the camera capturing the photo.)

My old Kodak C360 and Canon Powershot A550 are both fine re the "click to capture" speed, but the photos aren't as good as I'd like. Aaugh.

Are you able to advise how the S8000fd stacks up in this regard?

(I'm afraid I have an expensive camera taste, but a "box brownie" pocket. . .)

Cheers

Sue

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7:12 am - Sunday, March 23, 2008

#24 Mark Goldstein

Sue, the S8000fd has virtually no shutter lag, so will enable you to capture the action as you see it.

10:46 am - Sunday, March 23, 2008

#25 Doug Ratcliffe

Great review, it has made my mind up for me. I have had Fuji camera's in the past and each one has never disappointed, and it looks like this one could be the same.

Thanks

Doug.

11:41 pm - Wednesday, June 4, 2008

#26 Maureen Stevens

I was quite happy with my S8000 until recently the dial became loose and didn't click into place, just loosely sliding and all of a sudden it has snapped off. I also find it difficult with close up shots.

Any idea where I can send it for repair and does this sort of thing come under warranty.

4:49 pm - Sunday, July 27, 2008

#27 Ken B

I haven't had any problems with anything breaking on my camera yet, Maureen, but what you describe should be covered under warranty (check your owner's manual for what to do with it).

I, also, am not happy with the close-up features; very hard to know when to use macro or super macro. And, although my exposures and focusing have been okay, I much prefer the focusing/exposure system on my old Canon S60 or even the 3.2 point & shoot I had before that. Sadly, Canon has not come out with a camera that compares to the S8000s as far as features/zoom range/AA batteries/flash distance.

I shot an entire week of photos (500 or so) while on vacation in Mexico (Feb. 2008) on one set of rechargable Duracells in the Fuji. They finally died as I was shooting out the plane window coming home. That's amazing battery life in my book!

9:27 pm - Monday, July 28, 2008

#28 debs

well i bought one about 6 months ago, at an excellent price from amazon. There was a couple of issues that was down to me not reading the manual and ssuming it was all the same old same old, however now i have had more time to work it all out, I am ever so pleased and happy with the results I am getting, using a tripod is essential especilaly when doing poor light shots, theres a whole heap of set ups that you can easily select. the one annoying thing about it is the focus assist, which was too bright and almost piercing, but easily turned off and now the problem isnt there. The one set of batteries (rechargeables) has done one wedding one hen night one night preparing the halls, and still ahve not run out and I reckon I took over 1000 shots, double that up with the capacity to use a 2gb memory card, its absolutely excellent value for money. Takes brilliant high contrast shots as well, and the water shots I have taken have been excellent. If you are using a macro then use a tripod is my suggestion.

10:44 pm - Monday, July 28, 2008

#29 debs

by the way , the click speed isnt really a problem, especially if u set it to the dual shot one with flash one with natural light, then you get double the image, another option is to set it off to take multiple shots, you can carry on til you run out of memory, theres just 101 options to use, something for every eventuality i suspect, a couple are not the most successful but otherwise truly brilliant piece of kit.

10:48 pm - Monday, July 28, 2008

#30 Mike S.

As comment No.26, I too was quite happy with my S8000 until this week, when I had the same problem with the Mode Dial not clicking into place, then suddenly snapping off. I would be interested to know if Maureen managed to get her camera repaired under the warranty. At the moment I am awaiting a reply to my e-mail, stating the problem, from Fuji.

9:30 pm - Thursday, September 11, 2008

#31 Dazz DeLaMorte

I bought this camera a while back, was not getting sharp photos and sometimes the photos ended up with some sort of line going through them. I returned it under warrenty and it was replaced. The replacement (same model) is not much better. The line problem is no more, but the quality of the photo is not good. I sell photos on Cutcaster (stock photo site) and need my photos to be crisp/sharp. This camera always (no matter what settings or lighting) produces alot of digital noise, and color fringing. It compresses the image way too much resulting in fringe/artificating and sometimes an over processed look. Not the clean crisp/sharp images I need. Looking back now, I wish I would have just spent a little more money and gotten a good DSLR. The camera is fine for someone just wanting 5x7 prints, but for those who want quality and/or proffessional photos.. this camera just doesnt do the job.

4:07 pm - Thursday, March 12, 2009

#32 Charles

I bought the Fuji S8000 and within a month the mode dial stuck and then just snapped off, i took it back to the shop i bought it from and they replaced it immediatly. Now a year and a half later it has done exactly the same. Tthe camera has been with me on travels without any problems, I take it out to take some local pics and snap it is off again. I have yet to take it into my local Jessops store but i can imagine that they will not be concerned. I know of one comment concerning this, is it design fault as it would appear this is a weak spot on the dial.

9:53 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2010