Fujifilm FinePix S8600 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 36x optical zoom
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3” LCD
  • Maximum aperture f2.9-5.6
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000
  • Shutter priority and full manual mode
  • 720p HD video
  • Requires three AA batteries
  • Battery life of 410 shots
  • Release Date: 2014-03-08
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm FinePix S8600
Fujifilm's S8600 is a budget-friendly zoom camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The least expensive zoom option introduced by Fujifilm at CES 2014; the FinePix S8600 still uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3” sensor, but switches to the CCD style, and doesn't have quite as much zoom with the 36x optical. But considering the $230 price, the S8600 isn't a bad option for those looking for zoom on a budget. The video isn't quite as good and it only includes half of the typical four manual modes, but the zoom for the price is quite good.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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