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.