Our Review Of The Fujifilm S8650
The main USPs of bridge cameras revolve around their zoom lens and a compact DSLR like form. The Fujifilm S8650 does not belie that fact. It is a bridge camera, essentially a system that is built around a small 1/2.3” sensor and produces a total resolution of 16 megapixels. The other major USP of the Fujifilm S8650 is the 35x optical zooming capability of its fixed lens. Let’s take a closer look at the camera and whether it is a good buy.
- 1/2.3” CCD sensor with a resolution of 16 megapixels
- 35x optical zoom
- TTL contrast detect auto-focusing
- 720p HD video recording in multiple formats
- Built-in pop-up flash
Essentially the 1/2.3” sensor is a standard across all compact and compact bridge cameras. Also CCD seems the more dominant in this segment rather than the CMOS sensor. CCD sensors, started off as being the better performer in low light but they were also more power hungry. CMOS sensors have since caught up with CCD sensors in terms of low light shooting prowess.
The sensor on the Fujifilm S8650 is capable of churning out a meaty 16 effective megapixels. You can produce images of the size 4608 x 3456 pixels. At that size large canvas prints are definitely on as well as high resolution A4 and 4 x 6” prints.
Let’s take a look at the lens of the Fujifilm S8650. The lens is composed of a total of 14 elements and arrange in 10 groups. This includes XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass and aspherical elements. Aspherical elements take care of spherical aberrations. XLD elements take are of chromatic aberrations.
The maximum aperture of the lens ranges from f/2.9 to f/6.9. It has a 35x optical zoom range from 4.5mm to 162mm. That converts to a 35mm format equivalent of 25-900mm. The lens also has optical image stabilization that can stabilize a large amount of shake when making images. Besides auto-focusing which is powered by contrast detect technology you have the option to manually focus your lens.
The 3” built-in LCD screen at the back of the camera has a resolution of 460,000 dots. It is a fixed screen and gives a bright display of the scene that the sensor can see.
There are no optical viewfinders on the camera.
The Fujifilm S8650 has a sensitivity of 100 – 6400.
The Fujifilm S8650 has a built-in pop-up flash. The coverage of the flash is 1.6’ to 19.7’ at wide angle and 5’ to 12’ at tele mode. When shooting in macro mode the flash covers a range of 1’ to 10’. This is essentially a small flash and the amount of light thrown in is just enough as a fill-light when shooting in extremely bright conditions or for giving a decent exposure when shooting at night time with little ambient light to go around.
The Fujifilm S8650 shoots 720p HD (1280 x 720) videos.
This is an extremely great camera to work with. It shoots great stills, has a high enough resolution to print big, shoots videos and has most of the bells and whistles you need from your go to travel camera.