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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
Reasonably priced
Nice design
128 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this camera. PhotographyBlog.com gave this Fujifilm camera a "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This camera received a rating of 80 out of 100 from digital camera expert review website PhotographyBlog.com.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this medium megapixel camera rated this digital camera 84% on average. 80 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Fujifilm Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 8,671 owner and expert reviews (including 1,272 verified purchases), Fujifilm has good reviews for its cameras. Fujifilm also has good reviews specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 95% of those that bought a Fujifilm digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Fujifilm S8500 features smile detection, as do most of the other similar spec 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, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this type and age which support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Wi-Fi which you might also want to consider including the Samsung 200, the Panasonic DMC-GX7 + G VARIO 14-42mm, or the Fujifilm S1 ($535.91) which is also higher rated.

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Power

Good Battery Life

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


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Nine owners reckoned that this digital camera was compact. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The Fujifilm FinePix S8500 is an ultra-zoom digital compact camera with a huge 46x optical zoom lens that starts from 24mm” . Unhappy Snapper mentioned on Amazon “Bought as I wanted to capture more than my basic compact does” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Darren Hayes said on Amazon four years ago “With one great bonus and that is you get the quality of a DSLR with the ease of a compact point and shoot” in his review of this digital camera and scored the Fujifilm S8500 a maximum of 5 stars.

Six owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Michelle gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and she said on Amazon four years ago “* I got some nice shots with good color and detail! * The bigger size is not as awkward / heavy as I was afraid it would be”. In the same month Alli D said “Found it too heavy and bulky for me” nonetheless they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. C. Parks mentioned on Amazon “At set-up it is very noticeable that it is a much heavier camera than the two most recent Fujis I have owned”.

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Heavy

With a weight of 577 grams, the Fujifilm S8500 is one of the heavier medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The lightest digital camera that has been available for around the same time as this digital camera is 20g and the heaviest is 1.3kg.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm HS30 (637g).

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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 frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This digital 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 camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of 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 a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all cameras of this spec and age.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

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

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Fujifilm S8500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Six owners concluded that the Fujifilm S8500 was noisy. Chuck said in his review of this digital camera three years ago “Ok shots, lots of settings, TERRIBLE zoom noise on movies” . D. Baxley mentioned “It is noisy and hard to ignore” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Chuck also said “The motor noise/weak sound on movies(which I use on occasion)” in his review.

Three customers reckoned that the product was quiet. Ken mentioned on Amazon “Telephoto lens at 40X, silent operation option, continuos shooting”. Steve Sleightholm mentioned on Amazon “In addition - the zoom feature is extremely fast and quiet” in his review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. D. Baxley gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “It is quiet as can be” in their review of this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Fujifilm S8500 has a hand strap, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

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

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Fujifilm S8500 has an HDMI. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Fujifilm S8500 supports PictBridge. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support PictBridge.

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Support

Good Support

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance.


Design

Nice Design

Ten owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Imdanimal mentioned on Amazon “It's pretty impressive that it feels the same way that the old camera did” in their review of this digital camera. Yea I Bought it wrote “I will also add the High Resolution viewer is 3" and it is beautiful.”. Four years ago Paul Oman gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said “Zooms are pretty cool up to about 10 or 15X” in his review of this digital camera.

Two customers who purchased it thought it was well designed. Nlee the Engineer said “I prefer this design because I can use a set of in it” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. One owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was ugly. Jac wrote on Amazon “If you have used a sony camera the menus will look ugly, you can select some colors, i went with black.”.

One person who bought it considered that it was ergonomic. Four years ago Dragoslav T. Marcovich wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It is ergonomic, for super sharp pictures (maximum pixels) above X20 one needs a tripod or a 'bean bag”.

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Easy to Use

Twenty-seven people thought it was easy to use. Julie Soto scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and she said on Amazon “I love the ease of use of the camera phone.” in her review of the Fujifilm S8500. Hillbilly John gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Some of them could be a little easier to use or explained better.”. John W. Cecil said in his review of this digital camera “The video is easy to use as well”.

Ten customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Lauren mentioned “I have taken tons of amazing pictures with this camera and it is very easy to use since it has so many awesome settings”. Karen Ford scored it a maximum of 5 stars and she said on Amazon four years ago “The menu is easy to navigate” in her review of this digital camera. Michelle said on Amazon “The fast menu displays and easily pushed navigation are sure to be assets once I figure out the basic layout of my new camera.” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Five owners said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Maciek Fulton scored the product 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “It is impossible to hold the camera still for that long with out a tripod”. Four years ago Thomas wrote on Amazon “The locations of camera controls and design of the main cabinet frame enables a comfortable one hand operation” in his review of this digital camera. Three years ago U2canwrite mentioned in their review of this digital camera “There is a comfortable handgrip I can use to balance my pictures”.

One person who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to setup. D. Baxley wrote on Amazon “Stable shooting, leaning on top of a post, or car hood (how has time to set up a clunky tripod? The images once stable are great”.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-nine customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was good quality. Three years ago Linda K said “My first Fujifilm was the S8500 and I was very pleased with it and took some great photos of good quality”. Linda K also mentioned “To be honest not sure where to start - I want one with great picture quality” in her review. Leslie Fisher said in his review of the Fujifilm S8500 “The picture quality was immediately better” however he gave the product a score of 20 out of 100.

Robust

Eleven customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was well made. Maciek Fulton wrote on Amazon “The build quality is great” and scored the Fujifilm S8500 80 out of 100. Grandpa mentioned on Amazon “The camera is solidly built, perhaps even better than my old Fujifilm that I was so happy with” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Paul Oman gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote “It feels good and appears to be as well built as my s5100 which had a 10x zoom”.

Two customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Three years ago Jac gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Never! Its just my opinion) - and a neck strap (this one is actually very sturdy) EXTERIOR”. Adam J. Sacks wrote “Sturdy, durable design” in his review of this digital camera.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to damage or scratch. Linda K said in her review of this digital camera “I had a problem when the lens broke down and had to have it replaced under warranty” and scored it 80 out of 100.

One person who bought it thought it was reliable. P. J. Long mentioned “Trustworthy, company.” in their review of this digital camera and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

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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 medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at include the Nikon L31, or the Panasonic DMC-FT2 which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Fujifilm S8500 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Fujifilm S8500 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Fujifilm S8500 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

There are a number of other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon L31, or the Pentax K-01 ($511.92).

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Fujifilm S8500 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago 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 worst still image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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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 the most frequently found maximum image resolution on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

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

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE (50x), the Fujifilm S1 ($535.91) (50x), or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS ($233.63) (50x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,104 millimeter, the Fujifilm S8500 has one of the longest maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 18mm and 1,500mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera range from 4.5mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Fujifilm S8500 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 2 times zoom factor, the Fujifilm S8500 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera have digital zooms of between 1x and 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x.

We compared all the other 2x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this medium megapixel camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Sony NEX-F3D (4x), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 ($549.95) (4x) which is also higher rated.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera is 2", the largest is 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At 3 inches, the Fujifilm S8500 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-3NL ($374.91), and the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2"), the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2"), or the D4S ($4,200) (3.2") all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The field of views of cameras of a similar type and age to this camera range from 95% to 100%. The Fujifilm S8500 has a fairly narrow field of view (only 97 percent) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Twelve customers who purchased it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Lucy mentioned three years ago “The viewfinder makes it easy to take photos even in very bright days” and gave the Fujifilm S8500 a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Lucy also said “I better camera with powerful zoom and viewfinder.” in her review. Grm228 wrote “The one thing I really enjoy about this camera is the viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three people said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Walter mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera works well, good pictures and screen”. Amazon Customer said “The LCD display screen is bright and easy to read” in their review of this digital camera. Grandpa mentioned “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”.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product had an electronic viewfinder. Nlee the Engineer mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Canon SX50 has an EVF and offers a longer zoom range (50X vs”.

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Good Flash

One owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Amazon Customer wrote “The Macro and Flash settings are excellent”.

Good Quality Pictures

One hundred and twenty-one customers who purchased it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Leslie Fisher he mentioned on Amazon “Tried several setting to try to get photos sharper” in his review of this digital camera. Three years ago Julie Soto said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “I love the continuous picture option, especially when my kids are running around or moving, as I have a 2-year old” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Julie Soto also wrote “The pictures come out so clear everyone I have shown the camera to has loved it” in her review.

Ten people thought it had a good picture resolution. Jac said “It is still limited, that is when the EVF comes to live and you notice it has a very low resolution”. Jac also wrote “The colors look ok and the resolution is decent” in their review. Steve Sleightholm wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon four years ago “When combined with a 16.2 meg processor that provides tremendous resolution - I could not ask for more for the price”.

Five customers reckoned that it was good in low light. Maciek Fulton mentioned “The camera lacks good quality low light abilities”. Thomas mentioned in his review of this digital camera “I am very pleased at its flash-less low light results” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Nlee the Engineer wrote “For low-light situation, I prefer to fix the ISO at 1600”.

Two owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good image sensor. Photographyblog.com said on PhotographyBlog.com “It also has a 16 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, Full 1080p HD video at 60fps”. Four years ago John W. Cecil he wrote “The CMOS sensor allows very good sensitivity while color fringing” in his review of the Fujifilm S8500.

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Good Video Capture

Fifteen customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Maciek Fulton mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Great camera, amazing zoom, fair video capture (the high speed capture is useless since it records at 240p”. Maciek Fulton also said “Is to fast when taking videos” in their review. Jo Mo wrote “It has a dedicated button for easy HD videos also” in her review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

Sixty owners who reviewed the Fujifilm S8500 thought it had a good zoom. Leonel Morales rated it a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “The zoom is incredible, you can take pictures with an acceptably resolution to 46x” in his review of this digital camera. Karen Ford said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “I especially love the double zoom switch, one on top of the camera”. Lucy mentioned “The zoom is wow! Shoots fast” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Four years ago Kim rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Love it best camera I have ever owned! Love the way the photos turn out auto focus is perfect no other words except love it”. Michelle she wrote on Amazon “A bright autofocus light made it hard to sneak pictures of kids”. Four years ago Maciek Fulton wrote on Amazon “And the auto focus is ok.” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

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

Three customers considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Leslie Fisher said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Image stabilisation was good”. Grandpa said on Amazon “It is supposed to make image stabilization even better” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago U2canwrite said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Its image stabilization feature is helpful” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Twenty customers agreed that the product had good features. Karen Ford scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and she said four years ago “Awesome features!” in her review of the Fujifilm S8500. Karen Ford also said “This particular camera is loaded with lots of features, from special filters to a 40xzoom” in her review. Imdanimal said “The night shot and panorama features are also very impressive” in their review of this digital camera.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One owner who reviewed the product thought it had email functionality.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Fujifilm released the S8500.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers fujifilm s8500black
Barcodes 00547410243161, 04547410243161

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