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Fujifilm FinePix 16.2MP Digital Camera with 42x Optical Zoom (S8300)
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- The Fujifilm S8200 is powered by four AA batteries. I prefer this design because I can use a set of Sanyo eneloop Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries in it, and keep another set as backup. In case of emergency, I can even use disposable alkaline batteries to power the camera. Early models in the Canon PowerShot Pro series (S1 to S10) were all powered by AA batteries. But latest models are using proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery packs. That means I have to buy another battery pack as backup, and also need to bring yet another dedicated battery charger for my trips.Read more ›
I am trying out a Fuji 8200 and a Nikon p520 -- the Nikon's nearest competitor would be the Canon SX50 and both of these cameras are twice the money of the Fuji S8200 -- And guess what? I think the Fuji S8200 can compete right along of them. I am not a pro, far from it, but I am a consumer, sometime beach visitor, family reunion, grandpa, etc. kind of guy using a camera for the occasional sunset and kids running around -- yeah, close up facials too. Anyway, in the hands of a novice like me the Fuji is the big winner. I know, I know, the true camera buffs will be throwing fruit at me, but it is the real world I live in and I do not have the fancy equipment to test these thing, only my own physical attributes, as weak as they are, help me make the choices I make. Look at it like this - how many times have you research, and research then bought the recommended product with Consumers Report's stamp of approval only to have the very same 5 star product fail you? Never? Then you are not a true consumer. The rest of you know of what I speak. Okay, so here are my reasons and my findings, minus the expert opinion - and often it is just an opinion.
The Bad (cons) first:
The Video Zoom can be tricky. The image will break up as it tries to keep up with you moving (me) the camera wildly around form one subject or animal to another. Stable shooting, leaning on top of a post, or car hood (how has time to set up a clunky tripod? The images once stable are great. Also, the zoom motor is recorded - definitely do not like that, it is noisy and hard to ignore. Solution - do your zooming before you record. I know it is fun to zoom in and out, but save your batteries. Guess what? The Nikon zoom is a wonder.Read more ›
I think you should know I wanted the Fujifilm to win, it's just so much more fun to use....it has a programmable mode dial, fast picture shooting is a little quicker than the Nikon's, easier to do 360 images, view finder (although a little cheap) is a nice plus, 40x zoom, feels better in your hand etc..
Image, Video- The Nikon was the clear winner for image and video quality no matter what the ISO/light, by leaps, pictures are clear, video quality and frame rate are excellent and on par with a dedicated video cam. In both comparisons the Fujifilm had more noise and colors were either washed out or too dark (I tried adjusting the settings and the gains were minimal).
Audio - Nikon wins. The audio from the Nikon is clear and audio capture/output is on par with a video cam.
Low light (no flash) - In low light there was no comparison, the Nikon's ability to brighten and color with significantly less noise than the Fujifilm is borderline amazing. I took a photo of my dog at the entrance of our apartment at night with only ambient light behind me, the Nikon produced detail I couldn't see with the naked eye and Fujifilm could even render the my dog.
Low Light (w flash) - The Nikon wins. Pictures are quick to take, the Flash is accurate, colors are rich. The Fujifilm does a good job but when compared to the Nikon, the images look washed out and grainy.
Image Stabilization - Nikon wins. Both set to 30x zoom and the Nikon made taking photos a breeze while the Fujifilm required significantly more concentration for a steady hand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second comment i make on this FujifilFinepix S8200, and, the lack of any reaction to my first negative review , i would say makes me think they were aware of the faulty... Read morePublished 1 month ago by victo13
Been using it over two years,would recommend
This camera to anyone that wants to step up their
Picture taking ability.
Have received many compliments on this camera. Perfect for non-professional compact travel.
Sturdy, durable design and the use of batteries simplifies operation. Read more
I love it, it is great for my use I love to photograph many things to do with nature .Published 3 months ago by John Aventi
I have taken thousands of photos with this camera, but it has a few things potential buyers should keep in mind. It does not come up with a lens cap. Read morePublished 5 months ago by munyani
After using this camera for two years, I decided to write a review. After have a professional check my camera I found that I am not to blame for fuzzy, blurry and distorted... Read morePublished 6 months ago by WV Ladyboz "Mary"