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Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd Gordon Laing, October 2007

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd gallery

The following images were taken with the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd. The S8000fd was set to 8MF mode with Auto White Balance, Multi metering, Standard Colour mode and the sharpness set to the default standard option.

The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset.

The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.

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Landscape: 2.93MB, Program, 1/420, f5.7, ISO 64, 4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  Our first sample image was taken on a very bright day with the S8000fd zoomed-out to wide angle and set to its lowest 64 ISO sensitivity. As such this represents perfect conditions.

The crops are detailed and only the most dedicated pixel peepers would find any noise to complain about.

There is however a little fringing visible at high contrast areas on the yacht's deck and a slightly electronic appearance to the image compared to the same shot taken with some other cameras.

Landscape: 3.26MB, Program, 1/900, f7.2, ISO 200, 4.7-84.2mm at 18mm (equivalent to 103mm)

    Here we've zoomed in to an equivalent of 103mm and increased the sensitivity to 200 ISO.

The overcast sky and bright boat have caused the camera to underexpose this shot.

The crops also reveal a significant increase in noise, especially in shadow areas.

Portrait: 3.34MB, Aperture Priority, 1/640, f4, ISO 200, 4.7-84.2mm at 21mm (equivalent to 121mm)

  For this portrait shot we zoomed-into an equivalent of 121mm and opened the aperture in Aperture Priority mode.

The S8000fd allows you to easily adjust the aperture - or shutter - if desired.

As before, there's quite visible noise on the 200 ISO image when viewed at 100%, but at least there's still plenty of detail.

Landscape: 3.21MB, Program, 1/640, f6.3, ISO 200, 4.7-84.2mm at 8
4.2mm (equivalent to 486mm)

  This photo was taken with the S8000fd fully zoomed-into it's maximum equivalent of 486mm.

This allows you to grab some really tight shots of subjects even from a large distance, but as the crops show, the S8000fd suffers from quite noticeable coloured fringing when zoomed-in.

There're also visible noise and smearing despite the relatively low 200 ISO sensitivity.

Macro: 3.17MB, Program, 1/500, f5, ISO 400, 4.7-84.2mm at 10mm (equivalent to 57mm)

  From its maximum zoom to the S8000fd's closest focusing distance of just 1cm in Super Macro mode.

It's possible to almost touch your subject with the S8000fd and still keep it in focus, and this allows for some dramatic macro shots.

We increased the sensitivity to 400 ISO here and noise is certainly visible, but it's not a big issue for this particular composition.

Indoor: 3.17MB, Program, 1/26, f2.8, ISO 400, 4.7-84.2mm at 4.6mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  The first of our higher-sensitivity indoor shots was taken at 400 ISO.

Unlike many cameras which underexpose this scene, the S8000fd has slightly gone the other way, although the main subject is exposed correctly as a result.

As before, there's visible noise at 400 ISO and also smearing on areas with little detail. But those portions containing detail still look acceptable.

Indoor: 2.87MB, Program, 1/18, f2.8, ISO 800, 4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm (equivalent to 27mm)


Our second high-sensitivity indoor shot was taken at 800 ISO. There's an increase in noise and smearing through noise reduction, but as the crops show, there's still some detail remaining.

Look closely though and there's some strange edge artefacts which may bother the pixel peepers among us. Certainly like most non-DSLRs these days, the higher sensitivity samples are best not scrutinised too closely.


Indoor: 3.17MB, Program, 1/150, f3.2, ISO 1600, 4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  Our final high sensitivity indoor shot was taken with the S8000fd set to 1600 ISO, and there's a significant increase in noise and undesirable image processing artefacts.

The S8000fd also offers higher sensitivities still, but at 3200 and 6400 ISO operates at a reduced resolution of 4 Megapixels, along with considerable image processing.

So like most non-DSLRs these days, you're best off using the S8000fd at sensitivities of 400 ISO and below.

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