Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Fuji S8100 superzooms but still no RAW

Fuji has introduced their episode II of their 18X superzooms. The S8100fd follows up on the heels of the Fuji S8000fd. Fuji's press release at the Imaging Insider.

The S81000fd uses a 10mp 1/2.3" sensor, joining the new ant-hill sensor parade. This is a "generic" CCD sensor, not a Fuji SuperCCD sensor. Just like the S8000fd.

The lens is a whooping 18x, ranging from 27mm to 486mm in 35mm equivalency. Included is sensor-shift stabilization, which is a must for such a lens!

ISO jumps to the moon at smaller resolutions, face detection is included, while the high speed mode is only a speed demon at lower resolutions. At 5mp you can 6.8 fps, while at 3mp you can vroom to 13.5 fps, up to 33 images per "vrooming". The full resolution burst mode is a blazing 1.1 fps for 3 images, or 0.5 fps continuously. Oh my!

The camera has a typical for this price range 2.5" LCD (230k), along with an EVF (230k) which refereshes at 60fps. AA battery fans will be thrilled since this uses 4 AA batteries. If you do not plan to drain the batteries on a daily basis, you may want to consider AA batteries that retain their charge over time.

On the photographic side of things, it does feature Tv, Av, and manual exposure, which we think is a must for every camera, especially those that are not the absolute entry-level! However there is no RAW. While we cannot expect RAW in a $100 entry-level camera, we strongly believe that every camera in the mid-range should have RAW!

The price will start at $400, which is $100 less than where the S8000fd started. As you may recall, Olympus, Fuji and Canon priced their superzooms at $500, but Panasonic came in at $400 with the FZ18, and forced the prices to crumble to $400 in a short period of time.

More coverage of this camera at dpreview, Let's Go D, DC Resource, and IR.


Anonymous said...

Can you zoom in and out when shooting a movie (like canon S5IS)?


1001 noisy cameras said...

According to this Fuji website which has the S8100fd specifications:

"Zoom function cannot be used during movie recording"