Fujifilm FinePix S8600

January 6, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | Comment |

The Fujifilm FinePix S8600 is a small and powerful superzoom camera. The Fujifilm S8600 bridge camera featues a powerful 36x Fujinon zoom lens, a high-quality 1/2.3in 16MP CCD sensor, and a host of creative features, all wrapped up in a pocket-friendly body. The Fujifilm FinePix S8600 will be on sale from February 2014 for £149.99.

Fujifilm UK Press Release

Fujifilm launches the small and powerful FinePix S8600

FUJIFILM is proud to announce the FinePix S8600 bridge camera featuring a powerful 36x Fujinon zoom lens, a high-quality 1/2.3in 16MP CCD sensor, and a host of creative features, all wrapped up in a pocket-friendly body; it’s the all-rounder you can take anywhere.

Zoom to the heart of the action

So how do you squeeze such a powerful zoom into a camera that can fit in your coat pocket? It’s all thanks to the S8600’s newly developed three-step collapsible lens, which automatically retracts when not in use to leave a slim, stylish and, best of all, seriously compact body. In use, the huge zoom range offers a highly versatile 25-900mm equivalent meaning that users will be covered no matter whether it’s wide-angle landscapes or highly magnified action and wildlife shots they’re after. The S8600 even has a Super Macro mode that focuses down to just 1cm for detailed close-ups. And backing the lens up at every turn is Fujifilm’s sensor-shift Optical Image Stabilisation system to combat any trace of blur pictures. If 900mm still isn’t long enough, users can also employ Fujifilm's Intelligent Digital Zoom technology and increase the zoom to an incredible 72x (1800mm equivalent).

Speedy shooting

To match its reach, the S6800 also boasts autofocus times as fast as 0.4sec (Tentative), a start-up time of 1.7sec and a shooting interval of just 1.3sec (tbd) for rapid-fire, responsive, and hassle-free photography. What’s more, its Scene Recognition Auto (SR Auto) mode recognises the subject you’re shooting (Portrait, Landscape, Night, Macro, Night Portrait and Backlit Portrait), and decides the settings required for optimal results, so there’ll no longer be any excuses for missing a perfect moment. And for those all-important action shots there’s a dedicated Burst Shooting mode, directly from the main Mode dial and rattle off a series of shots at 8 frames per second at full resolution for up to 40 pictures.

Dedicated HD video function

Fans of shooting video, won’t disappointed by the S8600. HD movies can be recorded at 720p/30fps in cinematic widescreen 16:9 format, then shared with friends and family on the big screen using the camera’s built-in mini HDMI connector. What’s more, with a dedicated Video Recording button for faster shooting, users can leave the camcorder at home, and capture some great spur-of-the-moment footage wherever they are!

Creative effects made easy

Alongside its P, S, and M shooting modes for full manual control, the S8600’s Advanced Filter (Adv) function can be selected straight from the Mode dial, which gives access to gallery of 10 artistic effects, including High Key (which enhances brightness and reduces contrast for subtle and beautiful tones), Low Key (for dramatic dark tones with few areas of emphasized highlights) and Toy Camera (that creates strong vignetting for a supremely arty look). Added to this are Pop Color (to emphasise contrast and saturation), Miniature (for a blurred diorama effect), Partial Color (which retains a single colour and changes the rest of the photo to black and white), Soft Focus (for an even softness throughout the frame), Cross Screen (for a starburst effect), Dynamic Tone (to make a fantasy colour effect), and Fish Eye (which create a super-wide angle look). For the ultimate in control, all of these effects can be previewed on the LCD before the shot is taken.

Fujifilm S8600 key features:

Compact design
FUJINON lens with 36x optical zoom (25-900mm equivalent)
16MP 1/2.3in CCD sensor
Optical Image Stabilisation (Sensor Shift)
Autofocus in 0.4sec (Tentative)
HD movies at 720p/30fps
3in LCD monitor (460k dots)
Face Detection (up to 10 faces) 
Mode Dial (P/S/M and Burst Shooting mode)
10 Advanced filters for creative effects
Mini HDMI output
Powered by 3×AA alkaline batteries with an approx. 250-shot battery life
Available in Black, White, and Red

FinePix S8600 Specifications

Number of effective pixels

16.0million pixels

Image sensor

1/ 2.3-inch CCD with primary color filter
Total number of pixels: 16.44 million pixels

Storage media

Internal memory (none)
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card *1

File format  
                    (still image)

JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 *2)
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)


Movie File Format : AVI
Movie Video Compression:Motion JPEG
Audio : Linear PCM  Monaural

Number of recorded pixels

L: <4:3>4608 × 3456  <3:2>4608 ×3072 <16:9>4608×2592 <1:1> 3456 x3456
M:<4:3>3264 × 2448 <3:2>3264 × 2176 <16:9>3264×1840 <1:1> 2432 x2432
S:<4:3>2304× 1728 <3:2>2304 × 1536 <16:9>1920×1080 <1:1> 1728 x1728


Fujinon 36 x optical zoom lens

            focal length

f=4.5mm - 162mm,  equivalent to 25mm- 900mm  on a 35mm format


F2.9(Wide) - F6.9(Telephoto)


14 elements in 10 groups
(includes 2 aspherical  and 4 extra low dispersion elements)

Digital zoom

Intelligent digital zoom approx. 2.0 × (up to approx. 72 ×, with 36x optical zoom)


F 2.9/F 8.4 (Wide)
F 6.5/F 7.8/F 19.0(Telephoto)  with ND filter

Focus distance
(from lens surface)

Wide: Approx. 40 cm to infinity/1.3 ft  to infinity,
Telephoto: Approx. 3.5m to infinity/ 11.4 ft to infinity
Wide: Approx. 7cm - 3.0m /2.7 in.-9.8 ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 3.5m - 5 m/ 11.4 ft - 16.4 ft
Super Macro: Wide:
Approx. 1cm-  1.0m /0.3 in.- 3.2 ft.


ISO100/200/400/800/1600/3200*/6400* (Standard Output Sensitivity)
*ISO3200/6400 is effective in  image size S

Exposure control

TTL 256-zone metering ; Spot, Multi, Average

Exposure mode

Programmed AE,  Shutter Priority AE, Manual exposure

Shooting  modes
(Scene Position)

Portrait, Baby, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text


SR AUTO, AUTO, continuous shooting, Adv., SP1, SP2, P, S,  M, Panorama

Image Stabiliser

Lens shift type

Anti Blur mode

Face detection


Exposure compensation

-2.0EV-+2.0EV  1/3EV step

Shutter speed

(Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/1500 sec.
(All other modes) 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec.  with mechanical shutter

Continuous shooting       (TOP)
 *The frame rate and the recorded number of frames varies with shooting conditions .

H:approx. 8.0 fps (max. 40 frames)
M:approx. 3.3 fps (max. 20 frames)
L:approx. 1.2 fps  (max. 5 frames)
* Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher.


approx. 1.2 fps  (max. 5 frames)
* Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher.


Long period
 max. 1.2 fps
* Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher.

Auto bracketing

AE Bracketing ±1/3EV,±2/3EV,±1EV

Focus    (mode)

Single AF/Continuous AF


TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available

(AF frame selection)

Center, Multi, Area, Tracking

White balance

Automatic scene recognition
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom


 10 sec./2 sec. delay

Interval shooting



Manual pop-up flash (i-Flash)

Effective range: (ISO AUTO)
Wide: approx. 50 cm - 6.0 m/ 1.6 ft. - 19.7 ft.,
Telephoto: approx. 1.5 m - 3.6 m/ 4.9 ft. - 11.8 ft.
Wide: approx. 30 cm - 3.0 m/ 0.9 ft. - 9.8 ft.,
Telephoto: approx.2.0 m - 3.0 m/ 6.5 ft. - 9.8 ft.

Flash modes

Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.

Hot shoe


Electronic Viewfinder


LCD monitor

3.0-inch, approx. 460K-dot, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 97% coverage for shooting, 100% for playing back

Movie recording

HD 1280x 720 30p
640×480 30p
320x240 30p
with monaural sound. Wind filter
Optical or digital zoom function can be used.
* Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher.

Photography functions

SRAUTO, Ado. Mode (Advanced Filter for still image : Toy camera / Miniature/ Pop color / High-key / Low-key / Dynamic tone / Soft Focus/ Cross  Screen/ Fish-eye / Partial color, Natural Light & with Flash, Zoom Bracketing)Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Date stamp

Playback functions

Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, histogram display, exposure warning, Photobook assist, image search, Favorites, Mark for upload, Erase selected frames,

Other functions

PictBridge, Exif Print,
35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode, Discharge function

Wireless transmitter   
               ( standard)

               (access mode)

Wireless function

Terminal       (Video output)

       (Digital interface)

USB2.0(High-Speed), mini-B USB terminal

                         (HDMI output)

HDMI Mini connector (Type  C)

                         (Audio input)

Power supply

3xAA type alkaline batteries (included)
3xAA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (sold separately)
3xAA type lithium batteries (sold separately)


121.3 (W) × 80.8 (H) × 64.6(D) mm / 4.8(W)×3.2(H)×2.7(D)in.


Approx. 450 g /  15.9 oz. (including  batteries and memory card)                  

Approx. 380 g /  13.4 oz. (excluding , batteries and memory card)                  

Operating Temperature

0℃-40℃ (+32°F - +104°F)

Operating Humidity

10%-80% (no condensation)

Battery life for still images*3
(approximate number of frames that can be taken with a fully-charged battery)

Alkaline batteries:                  Approx. 250frames  (AUTO mode)
Ni-MH rechargeable batteries : Approx  410 frames  (AUTO mode)
Lithium batteries :                 Approx.  590 frames  (AUTO mode)

Accessories included

3xAA type alkaline batteries
Shoulder strap
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
Owner's manual

Optional accessories

AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
DC coupler CP-04

# *1 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.

# *2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

# *3 Approximate number of frames / period that can be taken with a fully-charged battery based on CIPA standard.

# *4 OS compatibility

    Viewer software: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP


The FinePix S8600 will be on sale from February 2014. Its UK SRP will be £149.99.

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