Hey! You should know that Fuji has released a newer version of this product: the Fuji FinePix S1800.
Fuji FinePix S8100fd
Fuji now has several 18x models at lower prices than the S8100. Check out the S1800. Here's what we had to say about the S8100 when it was released in April 2008:
Those who want the flexibility and focal length of an SLR with the automatic convenience and budget of a point and shoot may want to look at the Fuji FinePix S8100fd. It comes with an 18x optical zoom with dual image stabilization, face detection and a wide variety of image storage options.
- 10 Megapixels
- 18x Optical Zoom / 5.7x Digital Zoom
- Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center) / Continuous AF / Manual focus
- Dual Image Stabilization
- AVI Movie Mode with mono sound
- 256-zone metering with Face Detection and
- ISO Levels 64-6400
- JPEG file format
- 2.7-inch LCD with 97% coverage, electronic viewfinder
- 58MB Internal memory, xD-Picture Card (up to 2GB), SD & SDHC memory card
- 4 AAs, Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
- Part Number: FinePix S8100 fd
- UPC: 4547410037296
- Release Date: Apr 01, 2008
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Fuji FinePix S8100fd Reviews
Fuji FinePix S8100fd Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users
- 5.0 out of 5
Best camera I have used, excellent photos until it died. Will not power up regardless of what batteries are used. Have returned it to Fuji awaiting reply.
- 1.0 out of 5
I hate this camera, I have owned lots of cameras, mostly canons or sony and this is by far the worst I have ever owned. I should have sent it back, did have to send it for repair after I got it and they replaced it with a new one which was just as bad. Low light pictures are terrible, the zoom feature is worthless, pictures are blurry. I love taking nature shots and it does ok on some, but for the most part I would NOT recommend this camera.
- 4.0 out of 5
The fuji s8100fd, considering the price, is a very good camera, loads of features and so far has never let me down. I would recomend it to any one. for examples of photo quality and programe settings, check out my photostream on Flickr, just search, 'people' then 'steve denny,' then make up your own mind.
- 2.0 out of 5
bought the camera on-line, tried several sets of fresh batteries, WILL NOT turn on.
Sent Fujifim tow e-mails, no response so far.
- 4.0 out of 5
The camera is actually not too bad if there is decent light and it is set correctly. Under low light conditions it performs about as well as I found other brands of superzoom cameras.
I bought it for its supermacro feature, that will still focus with the object just about touching the lens, and for photos in natural light. It performs both very well.
Very cool is the exposure bracketing and adjustable flash. The Auction mode that lets you combine shots is also cool.
Lots of very useful features, such as adjusting the flash, are available but you would have to dig through 294 pages of manual on your computer screen or run across them by accident- very not cool. Why Fuji choose to print a manual that doesn't explain much then make you search on your computer for the really useful features is beyond me .
The digital zoom , when enabled, actually goes to 5.7 X (on top of the 18 X optical zoom) and works in super macro mode. Expected distortion at the far end of the optical telephoto zoom range. The expected distortion is there when you do digital zoom also.
Playing with the settings to get it to take decent photos under low light is possible, but out of the box settings are not so good.
Was able to get very clear shots indoors at night with a single 60 watt compact fluorescent bulb as the source.
- 3.0 out of 5
I've owned the S8100 for a month and just sent it back this morning. The macro is absolutely incredible if you can get light conditions good. They don't have to be perfect, but the better the light, the better the results.
The zoom is disappointing for me. I take a lot of wildlife shots, bear, eagles, etc., and can't get that close often times for the shot. My previous 15X zoom Kodak got much more consistant and better results. Not to bad at 1/2 digital zoom, but at full zoom, even with tripod, pictures were blurry and lots of noise., pixelation seemed to suffer also.
My favorite part was definitely the macro. Most manual controls were not particularly user friendly to use.
All in all, I didn't mind spending the money, the camera felt good, but the expected results were a little disappointing... I am going to try the new Canon or the new Nikon P90, I still want the zoom, just want some quality zoom.
- 2.0 out of 5
Hi. I have owned the camera about 1 year and am sincerely disappointed with the camera in everything except perfect light conditions. The auto mode is pretty mych useless if you go over 50% zoom in anything but bright sunlight since every single picture I have taken in auto has noise to a some degree or another. Currently used in P mode since you can at least set the max ISO which cannot be done in Auto. Video quality is not great either. I have done side by side comparison with my 7 year old 3.1Mp 3x zoom Canon and the colour reproduction on the Canon is far superior to the Fuji. Currently considering trading the Fuji on the Canon sx10 IS.
- 4.0 out of 5
I am new to this camera and have yet to sit down and figure out all the settings. I could probablly give an more acurate review once I have had a little more time. So far thou the pictures I have taken are awesome.
- 4.0 out of 5
I"ve had several Fuji digital cameras and have to say my favorite was the 5200. This 8100 seems on a par with that one but low light results are disappointing, lots of noise. I can see the point being offered about high pixel count as the 5.2 pixel camera seems to hold it's own against the one. The 8100 has a lot of new features that are pretty neat but I'm not sure that it justified me making the decision to buy it. I thought I would have see a little more improvement than I have so far over the older camera in picture quality considering how much I had to spend. In that dept they seem to just be treading water, and by the way the older s5100 kicked both of the newer camera's out of the way with it's superior video quality. I might return this if I can't get better results than I've been able to obtain up to now.