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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd Review

Review Date: Nov 14, 2006

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006 Award

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

This review has been submitted to DIWA Awards [Total: 78%].

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If you've ever wished for a "photographer's camera" with all the features you'll ever need to learn and grow, including long zoom, wide-angle coverage, full exposure flexibility, ... the Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd Zoom is probably the best there is currently. Sure, it is missing image stabilization, but many pros go through life without this feature, do not miss it, and manage to take beautiful pictures without it.

With a wide-angle 10.7x optical zoom and 6.3MP resolution, the Fujifilm S6000fd provides very good to excellent image quality. Imagine the FinePix F30 with a long zoom lens attached. Similar to the Fujifilm F30, noise is low at ISO 100, 200 and 400. ISO 800 is very usable, and a high ISO 1600-3200 allows you to get the shot where otherwise you may not be able to depending on the amount of light present.

The Fujifilm S6000fd now comes with a manual Zoom Ring and manual Focus Ring, two features usually present only in advanced and more expensive digital cameras. AF is fast and it has no practical shutter lag.

Easily one of the best looking long zoom digital camera around, the Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd looks very professional in its mostly black body with silver accents. It handles comfortably and, though it is full-featured and provides complete exposure flexibility, in use it is "so easy that even mom can use it."

What I like about the Fujifilm S6000fd:

  • Very good to excellent image quality.
  • Superb low-light capability: Low noise from ISO 100 to 400. ISO 800 is usable. ISO 1600-3200 is bonus.
  • Wide-angle 10.7x optical zoom lens (28-300mm, 35mm equivalent) with very good manual Zoom Ring.
  • Manual Focus Ring with One-Touch AF makes manual focusing a snap.
  • High resolution 2.5-in. LCD gains up very well in low-light.
  • Programmed AE mode with Program Shift.
  • Area AF with 49 positions for easy off-center focus.
  • Excellent handling and grip.
  • Intuitive controls and menus.
  • Full exposure flexibility makes this digital camera perfect for soemone who wants to learn and grow in digital photography.
  • Availability of optional Wide Conversion Lens WL-FXS6 (0.8x, 35mm equivalent 22mm). Lens is threaded to accept filters.
  • A photographer's digital camera, with all the features you need to learn and grow.

Improvements wishlist:

  • Image Stabilization.
  • Avalability of ISO AUTO 400 in PASM modes (like in the F30).
  • Exposure that meters at selected AF point.
  • A tilting LCD for close-to-the-ground shooting.

See if you fit the Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd User Profile below:

 
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
User Profile
Desire a quality 6.3MP resolution consumer digital camera with very good to excellent image quality.
Want improved low-light capability.
Want an easy true point-and-shoot camera with room to learn and grow.
Wants a camera with intuitive manual zoom and manual focus operations!
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use as well as serious photography.

 

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