Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd
18x ultra-zoom camera with image stabilisation
- 18x zoom, image stabilisation, fast shutter speed
- Some noise issues, colours a little too vivid
A solid advanced ultra-zoom camera, FujiFilm's FinePix S8100fd offers an 18x zoom lens with sensor shift stabilisation and captures good but not outstanding photographs.
Price$ 549.00 (AUD)
A slightly upgraded version of the FinePix S1000fd, the FujiFilm FinePix S8100fd features several key improvements over its sibling. This time around sensor shift stabilisation is included and several of the speed issues have been rectified. While you will pay more for this unit, it is definitely worth it if you're after an advanced camera with a large zoom.
With an 18x lens, the S8100fd offers one of the biggest zooms in the business. Furthermore, unlike the FinePix S1000fd, it is supported by dual image stabilisation (both ISO adjustment and sensor shift) which is a huge boon. It's almost impossible to take handheld shots at any kind of large zoom level without stabilisation, as even the most minute hand shake is enough to blur the image.
On the whole we were impressed with the S8100fd's shots, although there were a few niggling issues. The 10-megapixel sensor captures fairly sharp snaps with no prominent over- or under-sharpening. It didn't capture quite as much detail as some competing units, but it certainly produced shots that will be fine for most print sizes. Chromatic aberration was well controlled despite the large lens, with only slight haloing on high-contrast edges, minimal purple fringing, and no detail loss towards the edges of the frame.
Colour balance wasn't all that accurate, with a bright, over-saturated tone. While this may be suitable for an entry-level unit, on an ultra-zoom that is clearly targeted at more experienced users we'd have preferred a softer, more natural look. As with past FujiFilm models, there are no onboard colour calibration options, so if you do want to tweak the balance you'll need to do it in post processing.
The biggest issue with the S8100fd's shots is noise. Even at ISO 100 our shots were quite grainy and by ISO 400 there was some detail loss creeping in. Once we hit ISO 800 our shots lost significant clarity; we wouldn't recommend pushing above this limit unless you absolutely have to.
In our speed tests this unit did much better than many other ultra-zooms. It took 2.5 seconds to fire up, which is speedy considering the large lens, exhibited an extremely quick 0.05 seconds of shutter lag, and took 2.2 seconds between shots. The burst mode was a little sluggish at two frames per second at full resolution, but there are several faster options if you're happy with less detailed shots.
The unit has a relatively robust set of features, with full manual shooting modes for more creative photography. There is also Face Detect as well as the aforementioned dual stabilisation. A handful of scene modes are also present, along with a bracketing option and sharpness controls.
The design is chunky; this is unavoidable in a camera housing a lens of this size. It is quite comfortable to hold thanks to the rubber grips, but it certainly is a hefty device weighing in at 410g (almost as much as a low-end SLR). One feature we loved was the 2.5in screen, which was colourful, detailed and had an excellent refresh rate. It responded perfectly to fast movement and made framing our shots a joy.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
- 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review
- 3 Portable power: Venom Blackbook 13 Zero review
- 4 Alcatel Idol 4S review: King of the mid-range?
- 5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCContract Systems Analyst (IT Security) 160928/JP/653Asia
- FTSenior Project Manager | TelecommunicationVIC
- CCSolutions ArchitectACT
- CCLAN ConsultantWA
- FTCertification and Accreditation Security ConsultantACT
- FTDesktop/Application SupportVIC
- CCFull Stack Application Developer - IoT projectsVIC
- CCTest Manager (HP Quality Centre / Kronos)NSW
- CCE-Commerce - Senior Web DeveloperNSW
- CCNetwork and Security EngineerNSW
- FTLinux Systems AdministratorNZ
- FTBusiness Development Manager | ICT intelligent systems integrationVIC
- FTTeam Leader Full Stack, Python, FinanceNSW
- CCInfrastructure Project Manager - DCR ProjectNSW
- CCSolution ArchitectQLD
- FTPositive Vetted ICT positions - Defence intelligence and information securityACT
- CCIT Security ArchitectACT
- FTBackup ConsultantWA
- CCSenior Project ManagerACT
- FTTest SpecialistSA
- FTJava DeveloperNSW
- FTMDM EngineerNSW
- CCVideo Conference Support Officer- VoIP, LAN, WAN, RemedyNSW
- FTSenior Front End DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior .NET DeveloperVIC