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The Fujifilm FinePix S8200 was announced in January 2013 and is a bridge camera which has 40x optical zoom, 10 fps continuous shooting and full manual controls. It is available for around £180.
There is an Auto mode and a number of scene modes to choose from as well as full manual controls. Other shooting modes include Motion Panorama, which shoots up to 360°, HDR mode and Advanced Filter which includes cross screen, miniature and toy camera.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p with stereo sound and optical zoom available. High speed movie mode allows you to record at 480 fps to really slow down the action. The camera can be connected to a HD TV via a HDMI cable.
- 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
- 40x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-960mm)
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 460k dot LCD screen
- Built-in electronic viewfinder
- Full manual controls
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 64-12800
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- Advanced filters
- HDR mode
- Motion panorama mode
- 10 fps continuous shooting
There are plenty of other buttons on the camera - on the top are buttons for exposure compensation and continuous shooting as well as the zoom rocker, on / off switch, shutter release and mode dial. On the rear are movie record, playback and display buttons as well as a rotating wheel which can also be used as a d-pad. It also gives access to flash, macro and self-timer and function. The function button is customisable - you can choose between ISO, image size, white balance , focus mode and more.
The LCD is a good size and has a decent 460k dot resolution. The S8200 has a clear menu system and is certainly an easy to use camera. Battery life is rated at very respectable 300 shots according to CIPA test results when using the supplied alkaline batteries. If you want more you can purchase Ni-MH rechargeable batteries which offer 500 shots or lithium batteries for 700 shots.
We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||1.0 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.4 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.1 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - SH1 1.2||62.5 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - SH2 VGA||180 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - L||3.0 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - M||4.8 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - H||9.6 fps|
Focusing is a little on the slow side when using the zoom at its longest. The continuous shooting L, M and H modes all record in full 16 megapixel resolution, with SH1 and SH2 modes both restricted to 1.2 megapixels and VGA size respectively.
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Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Sample Photos
Flash Portrait | 1/50 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 800
Landscape | 1/180 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Zoom Example | 1/350 sec | f/6.5 | 47.0 mm | ISO 200
Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/10.6 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - Colour reproduction is excellent and images are well exposed. Portrait shots have decent skin tones and are free of red-eye when using the flash.
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/180 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/450 sec | f/5.4 | 22.8 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/280 sec | f/6.5 | 172.2 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/160 sec | f/2.9 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Images have a reasonable amount of detail but are a little softer in the corners. Purple fringing is a slight issue in contrasting areas of the image. The lens has a 1cm minimum focusing distance of just 1cm in super macro mode which allows for a decent close-up shot.
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 ISO test images
1/9 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
1/18 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 200
1/38 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 400
1/75 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 800
1/150 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 1600
1/300 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 3200
1/105 sec | f/13.3 | 18.3 mm | ISO 6400
1/220 sec | f/13.3 | 18.3 mm | ISO 12800
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100, with the very slight appearance of noise visible at ISO 200 and 400. At ISO 800 images become a little softer. Noise becomes significant at ISO 1600, with colour reproduction suffering. Noise worsens a little at ISO 3200, and again so at ISO 6400, but image quality isn't too bad at these higher settings. ISO 12800 produces images of poor quality, with this best avoided when possible.
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/30 sec | f/4.1 | 7.7 mm | ISO 200
WB Tungsten | 1/30 sec | f/4.1 | 7.7 mm | ISO 200
AWB Fluorescent | 1/8 sec | f/4.1 | 7.7 mm | ISO 200
Fluorescent Preset 1 | 1/8 sec | f/4.1 | 7.7 mm | ISO 200
Fluorescent Preset 2 | 1/8 sec | f/4.1 | 7.7 mm | ISO 200
Fluorescent Preset 3 | 1/9 sec | f/4.1 | 7.7 mm | ISO 200
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well, although there is a slight colour cast. The incandescent preset takes a better picture. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB performs well - there are three different fluorescent presets, two of which take a good picture under the fluorescent lights.
Panorama 1 | 1/170 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Panorama 2 | 1/180 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panorama shots are easy to take and have a decent amount of detail as well as being stitched together really well. You're able to shot 120º, 180º and 360º panoramas.
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Digital filters
Colour - Standard | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Colour - Black And White | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Colour - Chrome | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter - Cross Screen | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Pop Colour | 1/58 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Pro Low Light | 1/110 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 3200
Advanced Filter - Soft | 1/58 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Toy Camera | 1/56 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Miniature | 1/85 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter - HDR | 1/56 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Blue | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Green | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Orange | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Purple | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Red | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Yellow | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 7.1 mm | ISO 1600
Digital Filters - When shooting in PSAM modes you can apply a colour filter to your image for an extra touch of creativity. There is also the Advanced Filter mode which has a lot of choice such as HDR, partial colour, toy camera modes and a lot more. We've included plenty of examples above.
Video - Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with optical zoom available. Quality is good although you can hear the zoom whilst shooting and the focusing can take a few seconds to catch up.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix S8200 is available for around £180. There are a number of cameras with 40x optical zoom and over. With 40x optical zoom are the Fujifilm FinePix S8200 at £189.00 and Olympus SP-820UZ at £187.49. The Nikon Coolpix P520 at £288.95 and Fujifilm FinePix HS50 at £389.00 both have 42x. With the highest amount of zoom currently available, 50x optical zoom, are the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS at £359.00 , Sony Cybershot HX300 at £339.00 and Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 at £279.00.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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|The Fujifilm FinePix S8200 is feature packed and decent value for money.|
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 ProsFeature packed
Good zoom range
Decent image quality
Has an electronic viewfinder
Advanced filter mode allows for creative shots
Good battery life
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 ConsFocusing is slow when zoomed in
Images are soft in the corners
Zoom noise is loud when used during video recording
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Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.9 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 960mm|
|CCD pixels||16.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||64 - 12800|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||4x AA batteries|
|Box Contents||4xAA type alkaline batteries, Shoulder strap, USB cable, Lens cap and Lens cap cord, CD-ROM Owner's manual|