Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd Review

Review Date: August 1st 2008
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 10M (3648 x 2736) JPEG image size option., which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

Though a reasonable level of detail and depth of field is generally captured by the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd, there is some loss of sharpness towards the edges of the frame, most noticeable at maximum wide-angle setting, while highlight detail tends to suffer in bright sunshine. There's softness too at maximum telephoto, though this is slightly more to be expected, and can of course be given a helping hand courtesy of unsharp mask in Photoshop.

More positively, in general use colours really zing, especially if switching to chrome colour effect mode, which gives everything an added richness in the style of a 1950s colour postcard or Martin Parr perhaps, without making the picture appear too overtly tinkered with. Purple fringing too is largely absent between areas of high contrast.

As we expected, image noise is well controlled up to ISO 800, becoming readily apparent at ISO 1600. From then on in you're losing noise but successively detail with it at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, the latter looking more like a stills 'grab' from a video camera feed. White balance did however vary between our test shots, both in our ISO examples and when photographing the white wall, suggesting manual adjustment is the way forward if it's important to you consistency is maintained.

Still, this camera is really all about that 18x optical zoom range being perfect for just about every scenario and particularly candids meaning that we can live with the odd 'mistake' when more often than not you're onto a winner.

Noise

There are 8 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd. Noise is well controlled up to ISO 800, becoming readily apparent at ISO 1600. From then on in you're losing noise but successively detail with it at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, the latter looking more like a stills 'grab' from a video camera feed. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

ISO 64 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are perfectly fine at the default sharpening setting, and don't really benefit from any further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   
   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd dealt well with chromatic aberrations during the review, with limited purple and cyan fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, especially at the telephoto end of the 18x zoom.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)
Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)
   

Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd offers a Super-Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is just 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

   

Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd are Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (27mm)

Auto Flash - Wide Angle (27mm)

ISO 64
ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (486mm)

Auto Flash - Telephoto (486mm)
ISO 64
ISO 64
   

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, both the Forced Flash and Red-Eye Reduction options caused a very small amount of red-eye.

Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
   

Red-Eye Reduction

Red-Eye Reduction (100% Crop)
   

Night Shot

The Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1.9 seconds at ISO 400. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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