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Fujifilm S8500 Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 16.2MP 46x Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Easy to use
Good technical features
128 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The expert at review sites PhotographyBlog.com thought that concluded that they would recommend this medium megapixel digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This camera received a score of 80 out of 100 from expert review site PhotographyBlog.com.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, S8500 owners rated this camera 84%. 80 reviewers (79% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Fujifilm Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 8,047 owner and expert reviews (including 1,137 verified purchases), Fujifilm has good reviews for its digital cameras. Fujifilm also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 94% of those that bought a Fujifilm digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Fourteen owners who reviewed it thought it had good features. Four years ago Karen Ford scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and she wrote in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Awesome features!”. John W. Cecil said on expert review site Amazon “Camera handles well, has many features (many of which the average user may not use), images are superb”. Four years ago Imdanimal wrote in their review of this digital camera “The night shot and panorama features are also very impressive”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Twenty-one people wrote in their reviews that the Fujifilm S8500 was good value for money. Three years ago Julie Soto said on expert review site Amazon “Great camera for the price”. Four years ago Ken mentioned “What a bargain!” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Jorge wrote on expert review site Amazon “Amazingly great for it's price” in his review of this digital camera.

Four customers who reviewed it considered that it was expensive. Lucy said in her review of this digital camera “Couldn't afford an expensive one”. Cat Mom scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “You can use an expensive photo battery, 4 Lithium batteries or 4 Alkaline batteries in this camera”. Cat said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “It does all the work of a much more expensive camera”.

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Design

Easy to Use

Eighteen customers said in their reviews that the Fujifilm S8500 was easy to use. John W. Cecil gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert review site Amazon four years ago “The video is easy to use as well” in his review of this digital camera. Hillbilly John gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “Some of them could be a little easier to use or explained better.”. Jim wrote on expert review site Amazon four years ago “The camera is easy to use” however despite that he rated the product 60 out of 100.

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Karen Ford wrote on expert review site Amazon “The menu is easy to navigate”. Four years ago Jim mentioned “The different modes and settings are intuitive and easily accessed”. Grandpa rated this digital camera 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon three years ago “It was easy to change settings”.

Three people who bought it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Maciek Fulton scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote “It is impossible to hold the camera still for that long with out a tripod”. Thomas gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The locations of camera controls and design of the main cabinet frame enables a comfortable one hand operation”. Nlee the Engineer wrote “It helps to hold the camera steady when shooting at super zoom”.

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Robust

Three customers who reviewed the Fujifilm S8500 reckoned that it was well made. Maciek Fulton said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “The build quality is great”. Dockingdr mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Easy to use, brilliant zoom and macro, great colour tones, nice extra features and built in filters”.

Two customers who bought it said that it was strong and durable. Jac wrote “Never! Its just my opinion) - and a neck strap (this one is actually very sturdy) EXTERIOR” in their review of this digital camera. Adam J. Sacks said “Sturdy, durable design”.

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Nice Design

Three owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Imdanimal gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote on expert website Amazon “It's pretty impressive that it feels the same way that the old camera did” in their review of this digital camera. Pierre gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The photo quality is pretty decent”. Amazon Customer wrote on expert website Amazon three years ago “Takes beautiful pictures from the wide angle to the longest telephoto with it's impressive lens”.

Good Product Quality

Seventeen people agreed that this digital camera was good quality. Karen Ford said on expert review site Amazon “The picture quality is awesome” in her review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Ken mentioned on expert review site Amazon “To me the price is right, quality is good”. Lauren said on expert website Amazon three years ago “This camera is amazing, you get high quality for a heck of a price” and rated the Fujifilm S8500 5 stars out of 5.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Fujifilm released the S8500 in December 2014.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Four customers who purchased the product thought it was noisy. Four years ago D. Baxley wrote on expert review site Amazon “It is noisy and hard to ignore” in their review of this digital camera. Chuck mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Ok shots, lots of settings, TERRIBLE zoom noise on movies” although he scored the product 60 out of 100. Four years ago Graham W wrote “The zoom was very noisy in video mode which was very noticeable on playback”.

Two people who purchased this digital camera considered that it was quiet. Steve Sleightholm wrote in his review of this digital camera “In addition - the zoom feature is extremely fast and quiet”. Four years ago D. Baxley gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “It is quiet as can be”.

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Features Voice Recording

The Fujifilm S8500 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Fujifilm S8500 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Fujifilm S8500 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera do support Wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR, or the Samsung 150F.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Fujifilm S8500 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The average display diagonal of medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.9", and the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8".

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Sony SLT-A57Y which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Very Narrow Field of View

Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the field of views range from 95% to 100%. With a field of view of only 97 percent, the Fujifilm S8500 has one of the narrower field of views amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

Across all the medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. At 46 times zoom factor, the Fujifilm S8500 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE (50x and higher rated), the Fujifilm S1 (50x and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS (£229.99) (50x and higher rated).

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera is 1x and the biggest is 120x. The Fujifilm S8500 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 2 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 2x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the FinePix Z1000EXR, and the F800EXR both from Fujifilm are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony NEX-F3D (4x and higher rated), the Canon 150 (£4,665.84) (4x and higher rated), or the Nikon L820 (£143.99) (4x and higher rated).

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 350mm. At 1,104 millimeter, the Fujifilm S8500 has a very long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the Fujifilm S8500 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera is 4.5mm and the longest is 40mm.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Fujifilm S8500 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the Nikon L31, the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm, or the Fujifilm S1 which all of have better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Fujifilm S8500 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Fujifilm S8500 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Fujifilm S8500 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the DMC-GX7 + G VARIO 14-42mm, or the DMC-FT2 both from Panasonic or the Nikon L31.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Fujifilm S8500 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of this spec and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Fujifilm camera have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2304 x 1728, 3264 x 1840, 3264 x 2448, 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 3072, 11520 x 1088 and 5760 x 1088 and 3840 x 1088. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and spec ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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16.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.2 megapixels camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16.2MP cameras currently available including the Sony HX100V, or the Nikon Coolpix D7000 which both of have better reviews.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the K-01 (16.28MP and higher rated), or the K-5 II (£690) (16.3MP and higher rated) both from Pentax.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Fujifilm S8500 features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Fujifilm S8500 has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Fujifilm S8500 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Fujifilm S8500 has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Fujifilm S8500 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Fujifilm S8500 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Fujifilm camera also support video resolutions of 320 x 120 pixels and 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Fujifilm S8500 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Across similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that the Fujifilm S8500 had a good battery life. Four years ago Maciek Fulton mentioned on expert review site Amazon “You should really only use the view finder so that you can save some battery” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Guacor gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Battery life is good” in their review of this digital camera. Cat Mom mentioned on expert website Amazon four years ago “This camera has excellent reviews on battery life” in their review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The lightest camera of this type and age is 20g and the heaviest is 1.3kg. The Fujifilm S8500 is fairly heavy (577 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Good Size

Three customers who reviewed it considered that it was heavy and bulky. Alli D mentioned “Found it too heavy and bulky for me”. Daverz scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said “Used mostly for stills, so noisy Zoom motor not an issue, Can be a bit heavy on batteries”. Darren Hayes wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The only little issue with it is that it is a little heavy and slightly on the large side.”.

Two customers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six owners considered that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Lucy mentioned in her review of this digital camera “The viewfinder makes it easy to take photos even in very bright days”. Particular1 wrote on expert website Amazon “Best feature is a real viewfinder, not just the LED screens which go virtually BLACK on a sunny day” in their Fujifilm S8500 review. Amazon Customer said on expert website Amazon three years ago “The electronic viewfinder is great to use”.

Two people reckoned that it had a good screen. Grandpa wrote on expert review site Amazon “That will be a real asset when we are on travel, as a 10" tablet screen is much better than the camera's 3" display for reviewing the day's photos” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Walter mentioned two years ago “The camera works well, good pictures and screen” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Video Capture

Five owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Maciek Fulton said “Is to fast when taking videos”. Three years ago Cat wrote on expert review site Amazon “My Canon does great videos without the zoom motor sound” in their review of this digital camera. Brian Clark mentioned on expert website Amazon “You can take good quality video with this camera as well” in his Fujifilm S8500 review.

Good Quality Pictures

Fifty-three people who purchased the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. Kevinwi wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent photos and fairly easy to learn”. Jo Mo said on expert website Amazon “It takes crisp clear pictures with the option to crop or frame”. Maciek Fulton scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “This camera is great if you are taking pictures outside or in medium to high light”.

Two customers mentioned that the Fujifilm S8500 had a good picture resolution. Jac mentioned on expert website Amazon “The colors look ok and the resolution is decent”.

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Good Quality Lens

Twenty customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom. Lucy she wrote on expert website Amazon three years ago “The zoom is wow! Shoots fast” in her review of this digital camera. Grandpa gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in the same month “We took quite a few photos of nesting birds with it from a boat and many of the shots were at full zoom” in their review of this digital camera. James A. Moore rated it 5 stars out of 5 and he said on expert review site Amazon “This is one great zoom camera”.

Four owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus. Maciek Fulton mentioned on expert review site Amazon “And the auto focus is ok.” in their Fujifilm S8500 review and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. D. Baxley said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “It also seems to handle the fast movements and focusing better”. Chuck mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The focusing was ok.”.

Four customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good lens. Three years ago Hillbilly John gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “There are a couple of physical improvements that would be beneficial, first is the lens cap”. William Haas wrote also three years ago “A very small negative point (but interferes with the ease of use) is the lens cap placement” in his review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Pierre said in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The poor quality rubber used around the lens, gathering dust easily”.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Leslie Fisher wrote “Image stabilisation was good”. Grandpa scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “It is supposed to make image stabilization even better”. U2canwrite wrote in their review of this digital camera in the same month “Its image stabilization feature is helpful” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers fujifilm s8500black
Barcodes 00006517278407, 00006536175687, 00547410243161, 04547410243161

Fujifilm S8500 Review Sources

To prepare this Fujifilm S8500 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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