Fujifilm FinePix S8500 Digital Camera 16MP, 46x Optical Zoom (Black)


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  1. Paul Oman says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    s8500 camera, April 30, 2013
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    Paul Oman (Pittsfield, NH United States) –

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    This camera replaces an old finePix s5100 I’ve had and enjoyed for years. I am very happy with this new camera. It feels good and appears to be as well built as my s5100 which had a 10x zoom.

    A bit disappointed in the 46X zoom, which was a main reason for the purchase. Zooms are pretty cool up to about 10 or 15X but then the image only seems to ‘enlarge’ a small amount for all that extra zoom. But is nice is the other end, without the zoom (equals a 24mm lens) which is sort of wide angle. I like that!

    There are 10 shooting modes with different options in each. The most simple is a easy point and shoot mode.
    There are 2 zoom buttons. You can set one to work faster or slower than the primary zoom. It is nice to slowly zoom in.
    What help convince to buy another finepix camera is that they use 4 AA batteries – easy and cheap to find and buy and carry a spare set. No need to recharge some funny battery that probably will not recharge in a few years – or might not even be available. Also I like looking through a view finder rather than a screen. Maybe I’m just old, or my vision isn’t that good, but having both options is a must have.

    For me the $300 cost was a lot of money, but I see similar cameras selling for $600 or $800 and I don;t really see what all that extra money buys – maybe just a classic camera brand name.

    After setting all my personal options etc. I found pictures turn out to be about 7.5 megs and that my 32g memory card can take about 2000-2500 pictures. Great numbers, especially since I use most of the pictures on a web site where I reduce the picture size to about 100 meg.

    good camera!

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  2. Dragoslav T. Marcovich says:
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I like it a lot……………………….., April 27, 2013
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    Dragoslav T. Marcovich (Pensacola FL) –
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    Bulkier than the s1000 and s1800 it is the equivalent of the s6800 but with a viewfinder as well as 3″ screen. There are 3 versions of this model; s8500 (Europe), s8200 (USA) and s8300 (the rest of the world??) with minor differences in zoom power. The camera feels very good in both hands, it is ergonomic, for super sharp pictures (maximum pixels) above X20 one needs a tripod or a ‘bean bag’ but there seems to be image stabilization in lesser pixel modes (sporting events) so that action shots are sharp. The macro feature is fantastic and the camera comes with several “artistic” modes [soft focus, vignette, diorama, etc.]. I believe it is well worth $310.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent alternative to a SLR, July 8, 2013
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    John W. Cecil (Magalia, CA) –
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    Camera handles well, has many features (many of which the average user may not use), images are superb. The supplied printed owner’s manual is minimal. Printing a complete manual from the included DVD takes care of that problem, however. The menus are a little confusing, but when all else fails, read the manual. The quality of the images and the associated image stabilazation make this a terrific instrument. The video is easy to use as well. The CMOS sensor allows very good sensitivity while color fringing, an artifact of CCD sensors, is essentially non-existant. My Nikon D 80 DSLR wil not need to be replaced with a later model any time soon

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  4. NCarmody says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty good camera, April 18, 2013
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    NCarmody (NY) –

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    This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR 16 MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)

    To be honest when I first got this camera I was ready to ship it back. I was looking for a camera with some manual options that was not as expensive as a dslr. It took me about two and a half hours to figure out why I could not get one decent picture. One thing I found out is that this cameras menu is a little more complex than some of the others I have. Also I realized that although you use AUTO, there are auto defaults that can be changed. In my case some needed to be changed out of the box. I had to change the anti-blur option, remove the toy effect from being the default (I don’t know why it would be), and change sharpness. Once that stuff was done I got some decent photos. Some can be viewed in the customer images section of this product page. Again I have only had the camera for 2 days and I am still learning the available options of this camera. I may increase or decrease the rating of this review once I use it a little more. Overall I am happy with this camera. And for those who are curious, this product is made in China.

    Update 4/20/13
    I have had this camera now for a few days. I have taken about 400+ photos. I own a variety of different cameras; but his is my first Fuji. I have taken inside, outside, low light, bright light, fast moving subjects, macro, landscapes, etc. and the pictures are beautiful. As I get use to this cameras menu and learn the options I am taking much better photos with it. The pictures even at the furthest end of the zoom are excellent! I would highly recommend this camera. The manual zoom, optional manual focus, and creative options makes this camera a lot of fun to use.

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  5. Malcolm "motorsports" says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Works Well for Auto Racing, June 24, 2013
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    Malcolm “motorsports” (California, USA) –

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    I was going to the stock car races and was looking for a good camera without going into the DSLR stratosphere. After reading the specs and reviews I settled on the Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR 16 MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black). To go along with it I bought the Case Logic SLRC-200 SLR Camera Holster (Black), 2 Pack Of NP-W126 Batteries for Fujifilm FinePix X-PRO1 X-PRO 1 X-E1 HS30EXR HS33EXR HS50EXR Digital Camera Includes NPW126 Battery + LCD Screen Protectors + Cleaning Cloth, and SanDisk Extreme 16 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s SDSDX-016G-AFFP. The camera comes with one battery and I had a 4GB SDLC card so I figure I’m covered for any long racing weekend.

    As with any camera, I got it almost a week in advance so I could get a few hundred shots under my belt before they counted. This included a couple sessions by the freeway to practice panning and photographing moving vehicles. My first session seemed fuzzy and I realized I’d been shooting with the wrong scene setting. The HS35EXR is complex enough that getting the setting right is important.

    Shutter action is good, but not SLR good. Continuous and multi-shot modes can make up for some of that, but I didn’t do any at the raceway. Focus at full zoom is better than I expected, with some shots nice-and-crisp and most with only minor issues. I was able to capture great action shots in the corners.

    The first battery lasted for 421 shots. Out of the 483 pictures, 361 made the first round cut, where I eliminate the nose, tail and blank road pictures. Having 75% pass the first round is great!

    The camera says the 16GB SD card holds over 2400 images at the highest detail. Everything I take is at the highest resolution and the 361 images have an average size on disk of 5.66MB. The new SD card is notably faster than my old 4GB card.

    The Case Logic SLRC-200 SLR Camera Holster (Black) is a little large for the camera, but it protects it well, is light and easy to carry. I like it.

    The batteries are working as expected so far…

    I am pleased with my purchase.

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  6. pen name: pen says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Rough Zoom, May 3, 2013
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    I wish this camera had worked out as I really like Fujifilm products. However, two factors figured in my decision to return the camera: 1) foremost, the zoom is very rough. It is impossible to keep the camera aimed at the subject as one rotates the zoom ring; very “notchy”. 2) The camera is just to small to work comfortably as a manual zoom. If only Fujifilm had increased the angle between the lens and the handgrip. As it is, the near right-angle between the zoom and grip would not accommodate my fingers. Just too small.

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