Timing & Performance

Overall performance is excellent for a camera in this class, particularly one at this price, and - aside from a little hunting slowing down the focus at the long end of the zoom - there really isn't much to complain about here.

Sure, the burst mode (never a strong point for Fuji) is a bit weak and playback could be a lot quicker, but shutter lag is very low, and focus at shorter focal lengths is as good as most competitors. The High Speed shooting mode helps here (it speeds up focus by a small, but noticeable amount), but there is a compromise; you can only focus down to as near as 2.0 m at the wide end and 4.0m at the long end of the zoom, so not much use for 'across the table' social shots.

Timing Notes

All times calculated as an average of three operations. Unless otherwise stated all timings were made on a 2846 x 2136 Fine JPEG image (approx. 3,100 KB per image). The media used for these tests was a 256MB Fuji XD-Picture Card (type H).

Action Details
Time, secs
Power: Off to Record Ready to take first picture 1.8
Power: Off to Play Image displayed 2.0 
Power: Record to Off All activity ceased 1.1
Power: Play to Off When buffer is empty ~0.2
Record Review Image displayed ~0.5
Mode: Record to Play   1.4
Mode: Play to Record   0.7
Play: Magnify To full magnification (4.5x) 6MP image 4.4
Play: Image to Image Time to display each saved image ~0.7
Play: Thumbnail view 3 x 3 thumbnails ~0.4

Action Details
Time, seconds
Half-press Lag (0->S1) Wide angle ~0.4
Half-press Lag (0->S1) Wide angle, High Speed mode *1 ~0.3
Half-press Lag (0->S1) Telephoto ~0.6-1.2 *2
Half-press Lag (0->S1) Telephoto, High Speed mode *1 ~0.5-1.0 *2
Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2) LCD live view ~0.03
Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2) LCD live view ~0.06
Full-press Lag (0->S2) LCD live view, wide angle ~0.45
Full-press Lag (0->S2) LCD live view, wide angle, High Speed mode *1 ~0.35
Off to Shot Taken LCD live view ~2.0
Shot to Shot Flash off ~2.0
Shot to Shot Flash on (with red eye reduction off) 2.7
Shot to Shot Flash on (with red eye reduction on) 3.6
*1 The FinePix S6000fd has a special 'high speed mode' that speeds up focus noticeably. The downside is a reduction in battery life and an increase in the minimum focus distance.
*2 The S6000fd tele focus speed varies widely, hence we're quoting a range rather than an average figure.

Lag Timing Definitions

Half-press Lag (0->S1)
Many digital camera users prime the AF and AE systems on their camera by half-pressing the shutter release. This is the amount of time between a half-press of the shutter release and the camera indicating an auto focus & auto exposure lock on the LCD monitor / viewfinder (ready to shoot).

(Prime AF/AE)
Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2)
The amount of time it takes from a full depression of the shutter release button (assuming you have already primed the camera with a half-press) to the image being taken.

(Take shot, AF/AE primed)
Full-press Lag (0->S2)
The amount of time it takes from a full depression of the shutter release button (without performing a half-press of the shutter release beforehand) to the image being taken. This is more representative of the use of the camera in a spur of the moment 'point and shoot' situation.

(Take shot, AF/AE not primed)

Continuous mode

The tables below show the results of our continuous shooting test, indicating the actual frame rate along with maximum number of frames and how long you would have to wait after taking the maximum number of frames before you could take another shot. The media used for these tests was a 256MB Fuji xD-Picture Card (Type H). Shutter speed was kept above 1/200 sec during these tests.

Continuous drive mode

The S6000fd has three continuous shooting modes; Continuous (Top 3), Continuous (Final 3) and Long Period Continuous. The 'Top 3' option is a standard burst mode - 2.3 frames per second for a maximum of three frames. The 'Final 3' option is interesting; hold down the shutter and the camera will take shots at around 2.2fps until you release the shutter. At this point the last three shots are saved to the card. In the unlimited 'Long Period' continuous mode the camera shows a preview image and refocuses between each shot, which really slows things down, but there appears to be no practical limit to how long you can keep shooting for.

Image Type
Avg. frames
per sec
Frames in a burst *1
6MP JPEG Fine Top 3 Continuous 2.2 fps 3 ~6.0s delay
6MP JPEG Normal Top 3 Continuous 2.2 fps 3 ~6.0s delay
All sizes Long period ~0.6 fps *3 no limit n/a

*1 In a single "burst" (finger held down on shutter release).
*2 Once the buffer is full the S6000fd stops for 4-6 seconds (dependant on the file size) as the images are saved to the XD Picture Card
*3 The S6000fd refocuses between each shot in 'Long Period' continuous shooting mode, so this figure in an average - the actual frame rate will depend on how fast the camera can focus.

Whilst the measured frame rate of 2.3 fps isn't too bad, the three frame limit (and fairly long buffer clear time) limits the usefulness of the S6000fd as an 'action camera'. The Long Period mode is also something of a compromise - at the best quality 6M/Fine setting you're only getting one shot every 1.6 seconds or so. In the Long Period mode the camera assesses exposure for each frame (and attempts to refocus) - in the Top 3 or Final 3 modes focus and exposure are fixed with the first shot.

File Write / Display and Sizes

Timings shown below are the time taken for the camera to process and "flush" the image out to the storage card, the timer was started as soon as the shutter release was pressed and stopped when the activity indicator went out. This means the timings also include the camera's processing time and as such are more representative of the actual time to "complete the task". The media used for these tests was a 512MB Olympus xD-Picture Card (Type H).

Image Type
Time to store

Time to display

File size *1
Images on a *2
512MB Card
6MP JPEG CCD-Raw ~3.7 ~0.3 13,350 KB 38
6MP JPEG Fine ~1.9 ~0.8 3,100 KB 170
6MP JPEG Normal ~1.5 ~0.5 1,450 KB 339
3MP JPEG ~1.5 ~0.3 800 KB 651
2MP JPEG ~1.4 ~0.3 630 KB 818
0.3MP JPEG ~1.4 ~0.2 115 KB 3,993

*1 All file sizes are an average of three files. As is the case with JPEG it's difficult to predict the size of an image because it will vary a fair amount depending on the content of the image (detail and noise).
*2 Camera estimation.

As we've seen with most xD cameras the S6000fd manages a respectable, but hardly class-leading write performance for JPEGs; somewhere around 1.6MB/s at best, which explains the long delay you get after a 3 shot burst. Raw write speed is actually a lot better, managing around 3.6 MB/s - which goes to show that at least some of the fault lies with the in-camera JPEG processing.