Another important new model is the FinePix S8000fd, an 8-megapixel super-zoom that fits into the S-series above the S5700 reviewed here last week. It bears some similarities to that camera, but has an even more impressive specification.
Its most obvious feature is a massive 18x optical zoom lens, with a focal length equivalent to 27- 486mm, giving it simultaneously a wider wide-angle end and a longer telephoto end than any other super-zoom digital camera on the market.
As well as this, the S8000fd also features the same new CCD-shift image stabilisation as the F50fd, an essential feature with such a long lens. The camera also claims Fuji’s traditional superior high-ISO performance, with maximum sensitivity of 3200 and 6400 ISO available at the 4MP resolution setting. However it seems that the camera does not use Fuji’s advanced SuperCCD technology, relying instead on a conventional CCD.
Other features include manual exposure options, a large 2.7-in 230Kp LCD monitor, 15fps continuous shooting mode, AA-battery power, a big 58MB internal memory and dual xD/SD card slot. The FinePix S8000fd will be available from September, with pricing to be announced closer to the launch date.