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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Fujifilm FinePix S8400W
Price: £159.98
Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W, a bridge camera with 44x optical zoom and built-in Wi-Fi.

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Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W (9)

The Fujifilm FinePix S8400W was announced in March 2013 and is a bridge camera that has 44x optical zoom and built-in Wi-Fi allowing for easy image sharing to computers, tablets and smartphones. The S8400W is exclusively available from Currys and is currently priced at £239.99.

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Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Features

The Fujifilm FinePix S8400W has a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 44x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-1056mm, with optical image stabilisation to help keep images as sharp as possible. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, great for macro photography, and there is also an electronic viewfinder to help keep the camera steady when shooting.

A feature which makes the camera stand out from other bridge models is the built-in Wi-Fi so you can transfer images quickly to your PC, smartphone or tablet. You can also set up the Autosave mode, which works when your PC is on and the camera is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

When shooting there is the scene recognition auto mode which automatically adjusts the camera settings, selecting from portrait, landscape, night, macro, night portrait and backlit portrait. Those with more photographic knowledge can capture shots using full PSAM manual controls. There are also 6 special filters (toy camera, miniature, pop colour, soft focus, cross screen and partial colour), 360° panoramas and a HDR mode which combines three shots at different exposures. For capturing fast moving subjects the S8400W can capture at 10fps, for a maximum of 10 frames.

Videos can be recorded in Full HD with stereo sound (1080i / 60 fps) as well as slow-motion videos at 480 fps (320 x 120 pixels). The S8400W can be connected to a HD TV via a HDMI cable for playback.

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Key Features

  • 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 44x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-1056mm)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3.0 inch 460k dot LCD screen
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Full manual controls
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • ISO 100-12800
  • 1cm minimum focusing distance
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • Motion panorama 360 mode
  • HDR mode
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Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Handling

The Fujifilm FinePix S8400W has the look and feel of a small DSLR, it has a lens cap and a rubberised hand grip. There is a rubberised patch for your thumb on the rear and the lens barrel is also rubberised. It has a pop-up flash which is activated by a button on the side. The zoom can be controlled in two ways - there is the usual zoom rocker but there is also a zoom lever on the side of the lens barrel.

The camera has a mode dial on top offering access to the wide range of modes available. Also on the top is the on / off slide, zoom rocker, shutter release, exposure compensation of continuous shooting. Just below the mode dial is a button which switches between the LCD screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF). On the rear are movie record, playback and display / back buttons as well as a rotating wheel which also acts as a d-pad. The d-pad gives access to macro mode, flash, self-timer and function. The function button can be set to ISO, image size, image quality, white balance and more.

The LCD screen is a good size and has a decent 460k dot resolution. The EVF is very bright and makes shooting easier in low light, in bright light when outdoors and when using the zoom. The menu system is well laid out and easy to navigate.

To use the Wi-Fi on your mobile device you need the Fujfilm Camera app available on Android and iOS. You can send images, view the images on your camera and geotag. The connection process is simple, as is using the app.

Fujifilm Finepix S8400w App Screenshot 1 Fujifilm Finepix S8400w App Screenshot 7 Fujifilm Finepix S8400w App Screenshot 8

Battery life is rated at 300 shots according to CIPA test results, extensive use of the Wi-Fi will reduce this though. 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   0.5 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   1.6 secs
Shot to Shot without Flash   0.8 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   1.7 secs
Continuous Shooting - SH1   61 fps
Continuous Shooting - SH2   118 fps
Continuous Shooting - L   2.9 fps
Continuous Shooting - M   4.9 fps
Continuous Shooting - H   9.6 fps

The continuous shooting L, M & H modes all shoot at full resolution, with SH1 limited to 1280 x 960 pixels and SH2 limited to 640 x 480 pixels.

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Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Sample Photos

Portrait | 1/42 sec | f/4.3 | 8.9 mm | ISO 800

Portrait | 1/42 sec | f/4.3 | 8.9 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Landscape | 1/240 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Landscape | 1/240 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Low Light | 1/28 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 1600

Low Light | 1/28 sec | f/4.8 | 13.7 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 200

Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

HDR | 1/250 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

HDR | 1/250 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Zoom Example | 1/350 sec | f/6.5 | 120.4 mm | ISO 200

Zoom Example | 1/350 sec | f/6.5 | 120.4 mm | ISO 200
High-Res


Sample Photos - Images are well exposed and have good colour reproduction. Portraits are free of red-eye but skin tones aren't particularly good. There is a HDR mode, some people might like the images created but they aren't as good manually created HDR images using Photoshop.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Lens test images

Wide Angle | 1/250 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Wide Angle | 1/250 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Some Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.3 | 21.2 mm | ISO 100

Some Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.3 | 21.2 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Full Optical Zoom | 1/220 sec | f/6.5 | 189.4 mm | ISO 100

Full Optical Zoom | 1/220 sec | f/6.5 | 189.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Macro | 0.3 sec | f/2.9 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Macro | 0.3 sec | f/2.9 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


Lens Performance - Image detail is decent at both ends of the lens, they're a little softer in the corners and there is some purple fringing, although it's generally not too bad. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 1cm, this allows for good macro shots to be taken.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W ISO test images

1/18 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

1/18 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

1/38 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 200

1/38 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

1/80 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 400

1/80 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

1/150 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 800

1/150 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

1/300 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 1600

1/300 sec | f/4.7 | 11.9 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

1/110 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 3200

1/110 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res

1/220 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 6400

1/220 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 6400
High-Res

1/420 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 12800

1/420 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 12800
High-Res


ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100, 200 and 400, but images become softer at ISO 800. Images are even softer at ISO 1600. Significant detail is lost at ISO 3200 which leads to poor image quality. At ISO 6400 and 12800 image quality is dreadful, these two settings are best avoided.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W White-balance test images

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/28 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/28 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/28 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/28 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) really struggles, taking an image with a strong colour cast. The incandescent preset takes a better picture. The AWB fares better under the fluorescent lights. There are three fluorescent presets available, 1 and 3 both have colour casts, but preset 2 performs well.

360 Panorama | 1/170 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
360 Panorama | 1/170 sec | f/8.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - Panoramas have a decent amount of detail and are reasonably well stitched together.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Digital filters

Colour - Standard | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 100

Colour - Standard | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Colour - Chrome | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 100

Colour - Chrome | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Colour - Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 100

Colour - Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Cross Screen | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Cross Screen | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Blue | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Blue | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Green | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Green | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Orange | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Orange | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Purple | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Purple | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Red | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Red | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Yellow | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Yellow | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Pop Colour | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Pop Colour | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Soft | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Soft | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Toy Camera | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600

Advanced Filter - Toy Camera | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Advanced Filter - Miniature | 1/110 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Advanced Filter - Miniature | 1/110 sec | f/12.1 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


Digital Filters - The S8400W has a few colour modes which can be applied while shooting. There is also the Advanced Filter mode - we've included a number of examples above.

Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good, you can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. Focusing is good, but to ensure videos are as steady as possible, a tripod is recommended when zooming.



Value For Money

By searching the internet you can find the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W for £239.99. 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.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Verdict

Cameras with Wi-Fi tend to be significantly more expensive than those with similar specs and no Wi-Fi, given the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W has a 44x optical zoom lens, the £239.99 price tag looks extremely fair. There are loads of other features for the aspiring photographer to enjoy, it's ideal for someone who wants to step up their photography but doesn't want the burden of an expensive DSLR and a kit bag of lenses. As we usually find with these feature packed and low priced bridge cameras image quality isn't the best, but it's not bad, particularly if you tend to share on the web.

   
  The Fujifilm FinePix is featured packed with Wi-Fi and plenty of optical zoom, all for a decent price.    

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Pros

Lots of optical zoom
Built-in Wi-Fi
Good value for money
Electronic viewfinder
Full manual controls
Advanced filters
10 fps continuous shooting
Decent value for money
1cm minimum focusing distance
Decent panoramas
Good battery life

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Cons

HDR mode doesn't take particularly good pictures
Portraits aren't overly impressive
Terrible image quality at the higher ISO settings
AWB struggles under our studio lighting

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Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Specifications

ManufacturerFujifilm
Lens
Max Aperture f/2.9 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent 24mm - 1056mm
Optical Zoom 44x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 460k dot
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/1700sec
Shutter speeds longest 8sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity 100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 3fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 60
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type 4xAA type alkaline batteries
CIPA Rating 300
Box Contents
Box Contents 4xAA type alkaline batteries, Shoulder strap, USB cable, Lens cap and Lens cap cord, CD-ROM, Owner's manual
Dimensions
Weight 670g
Width 122.6mm
Height 86.9mm
Depth 116.2mm

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