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Old Oct 24, 2007, 6:53 PM   #11
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Sadly S8000fd doesn't take any UV filters.

It takes SD, SDHC and xD cards, and these cards are not all the same.
I found the old slow type M xD cards are plentyful and gave up looking for the others quickly.
So I looked for SDHC, I found many old and slow SD cards (2MB/s).
I would've purchased Sandisk Extreme 4, or Sandisk Ducati but they're not out yet.
I did find & purchased an Sandisk Extreme 3 SD card (20MB/s transfers).
I have noticed that this card is faster saving the images than the internal memory.

It has a great variety of burst modes.
I used the 15 pics burst mode inside, & noticed the indoor pictures are dark and lack detail. (shrug)
But the other burst modes work just fine, indoors and out.

I too wish that S8000fd had the S6000fd the zoom ring lens.
The zoom control is no different than the S3100, and its too bad they didn't build it with pressure sensitivity (the further you push the toggle the faster the zooming).
Once I set digital zoom on, I felt that I had a lot more zoom capablity than similar priced cameras.

But the end result images are better quality than the S6000fd.
And after bouncing through 4 stores with hands-on camera displays (and spent a few hours trying out various cameras) I was basically comparing the S8000fd to the Canon S5 1S in the end.
I find that the S800fd has better picture quality, more zoom, several Burst modes, Macro and Super Macro mode and the natural&flash setting.
While the S5 has a moveable LCD, easy access Macro switch, Hotshoe and I think it can take filters.
The decision maker for me was the fujifilm 3 year warranty.

I didn't see the Olympus SP-560 UZ or the SP-550 before purchasing the S8000fd.
So I can't say if they're the same, but after looking at the Olympus website it sure looks the same (except Olympus only takes xD memory cards)

I should mention that the lens cap just pops off (& no damage done) if you accidently power on the S8000fd.

I am happy with the 8000 so far too. :G

I like mine too JH, It just takes awhile to study all the settings and modes. I've had mine less than 3 weeks and I'm still learning. The sharpness at the full range of the 18X is amazing. It does everything but cook my dinner.


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Old Nov 10, 2007, 7:55 PM   #12
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Hey Barry in Dallas thats a nice pic.
I've had a solid 2 weeks with it now and I really like the Antishake and Dual IS systems, because with both enabled I can take pictures in moving cars and trucks.
Just blows me away.

Anyways I'd been reading what everyones dug up on filters for the S8000fd and I had to link to it.
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=16


BTW heres the basic differences between the S8000fd and SP-560 UZ.

Fujifilm S8000fd
+ 3 year warranty
+ Software support for Win98SE and newer Windows
- Timer up to 10 seconds
+ Memory cards xD and SD/SDHC up to at least 8GB
+ File formats Jpeg (Exif 2.2), AVI, Wave (memos)
+ Aperture range F2.8 to F8.0
- Shutter speed range 1/2000 to 4 seconds
+ Movie modes 320 x 240 @ 30 fps
+ Batteries AA Alkaline and Ni-Mh
Modes for SP1, SP2 and Natural+Flash (the 2 pics at once thing)

Olympus SP-560 UZ
- 1 year warranty (option to buy 2 addtional years)
- Software support for Win2000 and newer Windows
+ Timer up to 12 seconds
- Memory cards xD up to 2GB Max
- File formats Jpeg, AVI, Raw
- Aperture range F2.8 to F4.5
+ Shutter speed range 1/2000 to 4 seconds (up to 15 seconds in Manual?)
- Movie modes 320 x 240 @ 15 fps
- Batteries AA Alkaline (no mention of rechargables...)
Preset modes for underwater usage (see olympus accessories)


I'd really like to get a remote like like the Olympus has but for the Fujifilm.


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Old Nov 10, 2007, 8:08 PM   #13
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Hey JH and all other Fuji nuts,
I came across this link for a filter adapter, think it'll work on the S8000?
http://www.nextphoto.net/SP550.htm#

BTW, I have a small but active e-mail community for owners and those interested in the S8000 , it's getting a bad rap IMHO, write me at [email protected] if interesting in being a part of it


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BTW heres the basic differences between the S8000fd and SP-560 UZ.

Fujifilm S8000fd

+ Memory cards xD and SD/SDHC up to at least 8GB
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Modes for SP1, SP2 and Natural+Flash (the 2 pics at once thing)
I assume you reference 8gb as a limit because that what SDHC topped out at until recently. However, there is already a 16gb card on the market and rumor has it 32gb will be here around January. Do you have any info that these will be incompatible with the Fuji?


The 2 pics at once thing---this references bracketing only as I understood your comment (and from what I see on the Fuji). There is no mode (alas) that lets you take 2 pics with the same exposure, is there? I used to do this with film cameras.
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Old Nov 15, 2007, 12:35 PM   #15
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I referenced 8gb only because it's the largest listed in the manual (Page 154).
Since this Fujifilm uses FAT32 format, I can't see how 16GB, 32GB, or even 64GB cards would have compatiblity issues.
But I believe the current SDHC standard specifies for up to 32GB cards.


The 2 pics at once thing is a mode called:
Natural Light & with Flash
This mode shoots 2 images continuously, One without flash and one with flash.
Shooting with flash allows you to take a picture of a main subject brightly.
This mode is useful for shooting 2 different types of pictures at the same time.
http://www.fujifilm.com/products/dig...s/page_04.html


Hmmm, I can only see Bracketing & Top 3 taking 2 similar pics (depending on mode).


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Old Nov 15, 2007, 12:44 PM   #16
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Auction mode allows you to shoot up to 4 images on one frame but your limited to it's lowest quality setting of 03MP. Set camera knob to SP1 and you'll find it
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Old Nov 15, 2007, 6:24 PM   #17
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I just happened to googled 32GB SDHC

Back in August Toshiba announced 16GB & 32GB SDHC cards (Class 4 shown)
http://blog.scifi.com/tech/archives/...unleash_1.html

But I could buy ATP brand 16GB SDHC CLASS6 150X right now though.
http://www.henrys.com/webapp/wcs/sto...;itemID=228119

It sounds nice, but I'm not sure if I even want over 4000 pictures (taken at 8M Fine) all sitting on one 16GB SDHC card... :shock:
...On the other hand I'd only ever need the one card, while on vacation.

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Yes, I've often been afraid of too much data on one card too. When I travel, I usually bring my laptop and transfer off pix periodically (copy, not move) so I have an extra copy in two places.

Still, try using the movie video mode---it burns up space at a pretty fast clip.

I was able to get plenty of shots on a 2gb card, but my old 2gb is fairly slow and not Class 6. I really don't do continuous shooting, so it is not really a big deal, but who knows--the issue may one day arise. I may be wandering around Paris and see something that gives me some reason to do so.

Class 6 8gb and 16gb are already here. I think a reasonable choice for a camera given shutter speed delays and the size of files should be (a) class 6 is mandatory and (b) at least 4 gb SHDC, more if you are shooting video regularly.

I am using a class 6 8gb in my pDA now. When the 32gbs come out, I'm switching that to my PDA (which is also my Ipod-imitator), and putting the 8gb/class 6 in the camera. That oughta satisfy everything. And in a pinch, it also leaves me extra memory for other things besides the camera if an emergency occurs.
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Well the Olympus SP-550 and Fujifilm must have very similar main lens as they thread on the same.

Here's my post on the adapters that'll fit both the S8000 and SP-550.
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=16

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I recently purchased the S8000FD. Could you provide a little more detail regarding the Dual IS feature that you refer to? I'm familiar with the Anti shake mechanism but not sure what your referrring to here.
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