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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd Review

Review Date: Nov 14, 2006

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006 Award

Category: Beginner to Serious

The Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd (S6500fd in Europe) is the first Fujifilm FinePix product to feature Face Detection technology, which will quickly identify up to 10 human subjects' faces in real time.

It has 6.3 megapixels resolution using the 6th Generation Super CCD-HR Technology which is able to provide a high ISO 3200 for extended low-light capability [the Real Photo Technology features double noise reduction]. It puts this expanded low-light capability to good use in its Picture Stabilization Technology which will favour a high ISO so a fast enough shutter speed can be used to reduce or eliminate blur due to camera shake and subject motion.

Aperture ranges from F2.8 to F11, and shutter speed ranges from 30 sec. to a fast 1/4,000 sec. It has an extra large 2.5-in. LCD monitor with a high resolution of 235,000 pixels.

The Fujifilm S6000fd sports a 28-300mm 10.7x wide-angle optical zoom with manual control via a Zoom Ring around the lens barrel. It provides the most desirable focal lengths photographers desire: a 28mm wide-angle for large group shots and wide landscapes as well as a 300mm telephoto to bring far away subjects close.

The Fujifilm S6000fd continues to use popular (4) AA alkaline batteries as its power source. Movie recording with sound is at 640x480 30fps. 15 scene modes make picture-taking easy.

A new i-Flash Intelligent Flash works in tandem with high sensitivity settings to preserve natural skin tones. If you are not sure whether to use flash in a particular situation, an original Dual Shot Mode will take 2 pictures, one with flash and the other without.

The Fujifilm S6000fd is PictBridge-compatible for direct printing without a PC.

The Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd will appeal to beginner to serious (as well as point-and-shoot) photographers desiring an easy-to-use long zoom with Fujifilm's famous expanded low-light capability. Think of it as a F30 in the body of an ultra zoom.

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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
QuickFact™ Sheet
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fdUS | CAN | UK
Image Sensor 6.3 million pixels (2848x2136 pixels)
1 / 1.7-inch Super CCD HR
Real Photo Technology Yes
Picture Stabilization Yes, Mode Dial
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), CCD RAW
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Lens Fujinon 10.7x zoom lens, F2.8(W)-F4.9(T)
Focal Length f=6.2-66.7mm (Equivalent to 28 - 300mm on a 35mm camera)
Aperture Range F2.8~F11 up to 13 steps in 1/3EV increments Manual/Auto selectable
Optical Zoom 10.7X Wide (28- 300mm, 35mm equivalent)
Digital Zoom 2x
Auto Focus Auto Focus / Manual Focus; AF-assist illuminator; AF Area Frame
Focusing Range Normal: approx. 40 cm / 1.3 ft. to infinity (W) approx. 2 m / 6.6 ft. to infinity (T)
Macro: approx. 10 cm / 4.0 in. to 3.0m / 9.8 ft. (W) approx. 90 cm /3.0 ft. to 3.0m / 9.8 ft. (T)
Super Macro: approx. 1 cm / 0.4 in. to 1.0m / 3.3 ft. (W)
Intelligent Face Detection Up to 10 human subjects' faces in real time
Shutter Release Control Press half way to set focus, all the way to release the shutter.
Shutter Speed P, S, A: 4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
M: 30 sec. to 1 / 4000 sec.
Shutter Lag Time 1/100 sec. (with AE/AF locked)
Exposure Control Programmed AE w/Program Shift, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual
Shooting modes

Normal: Auto, Picture Stabilization, Scene Position, Macro, Movie, Continuous

Preprogrammed Scene Modes (SP): Natural Light, Natural Light & with Flash, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower Close-Up, Text

1.Top-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames)
2.Final-3 (max. 2.2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames )
3.Long-period (max. 0.6 frame/sec., up to memory card size)

Movie recording 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
With monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG)
Voice Memo Up to 30 sec. WAV format
Self-timer Approx. 10sec. / 2 sec. delay
Light Metering 256-zone TTL metering
Exposure Compensation -2EV - +2EV in 1/3EV-step increments (P, S, A); Auto Bracketing +/-1/3EV, +/-2/3EV, +/-1EV
White Balance Automatic
Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent Daylight, Fluorescent Warm White, Fluorescent Cool White, Incandescent)
Viewfinder 0.33-in. 115,000 pixels, approx. 100% coverage
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch Amorphous silicon TFT (approx. 235,000 pixels), approx. 100% coverage
ISO Sensitivity AUTO / Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Recording capacity with one 256MB xD-Picture Card (not included) Still image:
• Raw 19
• 6MP (F) 85
• 6MP (N) 169
• 3:2 169
• 3MP 325
• 2MP 409
• 0.3MP 1997

• 640x480 223 sec.
• 320x240 7.3min
Number of Recorded Pixels Still image: 2848 x 2136 / 3024 x 2016 (3:2 format) / 2048 x 1536 / 1600 x 1200 / 640 x 480 pixels
Movie: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.), 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Storage Media xD-Picture Card TM (16MB - 2 GB)
Internal Memory approx. 10MB
Power Supply 4 AA type alkaline batteries (included) / 4 AA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or AC power adapter AC-5VX (optional)
Flash Auto
Effective range (ISO AUTO):
Wide angle: Approx. 60 cm - 8.3 m / 2.0 ft. - 27.2 ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m - 4.6m / 6.6 ft - 15.1 ft.
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Playback Functions Single frame, 9 Multi-frame, Sorting by date, Image rotate, Post shot Assist window (3 frames), Voice Memo, Trimming, Automatic playback
Rotation Playback Mode Image Rotation mode available
Camera Terminals USB 1.1 & 2.0 compatible interface (2.0 Hi-speed), 5 volt power-input socket, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)
Printing interface PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible
Video Out NTSC / PAL selectable
Digital input/output USB 2.0 High-Speed
System requirements • Factory installed USB port
• IBM PC/AT compatible computer
• CPU Pentium, 200MHz or higher
• Window®98, 98SE, 2000Pro., Me, XP HE/Pro.
• RAM of 256MB or more
• 450MB of free hard disk space
• CD-ROM drive

• Macintosh computer
• CPU of Power PC
• Mac OS 10.3.9 to 10.4.6
• RAM of 256MB or more
• 400MB of free hard disk space
• CD-ROM drive

Included Accessories • 4 AA type Alkaline batteries
• Shoulder Strap
• USB 2.0 High Speed Cable
• A/V Cable
• Lens Cap
• Lens Cap Holder
• Lens Hood
• FinePix Viewer (Raw File converter included)
• Image Mixer VCD2 LE for FinePix
• Owner's Manual
Optional Accessories xD-Picture Card TM: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB
Soft Case SC-FXS6
Dimensions (WxHxD) 130.7 x 97.2 x 119.5mm /
5.1 x 3.8 x 4.7 in.
Weight Approx. 570g / 20.1 oz. (excluding batteries and xD-Picture Card);
Approx. 660g / 23.3 oz. (including batteries and xD-Picture Card)
MSRP US $499.95

* Specification subject to change.

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