Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd Review
In stark contrast to the SLR-like S6500fd and S9100, the S8000fd shows signs of having dipped its feet in a different gene pool, and it is obviously more closely related to the S5700 (S700) and its predecessors (the basic styling is very similar). Its frankly enormous zoom range means that there is a lot of lens to build the rest of the camera around. The result is that the form owes as much to its function as it does to any traditional SLR styling cues.
In your hand
The S8000fd is a very reasonably sized camera, considering the length of its zoom. The use of AA batteries adds both weight and size but they've been incorporated in such a way as to give the camera a large, comfortable grip, which it vital because a lens this long needs to be kept as steady as possible. It has a rubberized back with a lip at the top right corner to accommodate your thumb, though that does position you directly over the 'F ' button, making it easy to inadvertently bring menus up when you're trying to shoot. Generally it's all fairly well thought out, and handling surprisingly good; well balanced and stable.
Another thing that is immediately apparent is the similarity between the lens on the S8000fd and that on the Olympus SP560UZ (it has to be said the design of cameras themselves is also quite similar). Both have focal lengths of 4.7-84.3mm and maximum apertures of f/2.8-4.5. This, combined with the very obvious visual similarities makes us suspect they share a lens. There are other noticeable similarities in the two cameras' specifications, too, with both offering slightly unusual features such as a 15fps 2MP high-speed shooting rate.
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