Home New Models Cameras News Deals Video Reviews Firmware Manuals Free Software Rebates Shopping
 





Z-Cage

Digital Photography Reviews

View All Product Reviews Back to Referring Page

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.37 (out of 10)
Review (Updated 11/04/2006): "I know what you?re thinking: ?I just read this review a few weeks ago.? It?s true that we gave you our first impressions of the Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd from the show floor at Photokina 2006, but this article was written after spending more time with the camera and subjecting it to our thorough testing process. Rather than snapping photographs in the strangely lit overcrowded convention center, we?ve run the S6000fd through a battery of tests in and out of the studio and taken hundreds of pictures with it.

...There is plenty of manual control, albeit sometimes difficult to access. The i-Flash system keeps details in the background of pictures and doesn?t over-exposure faces. The combination of the i-Flash system and the face detection technology keeps portraits perfectly focused and exposed. The Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd is one of the best digital cameras out there for portrait photography, but it doesn?t do well in other areas. It lacks image stabilization and its zoom ring is difficult to smoothly control, so movies are jumpy. The zoom and focus rings are great to work with when shooting still images, but don?t function well at all while shooting video..."

After reading this FULL REVIEW
Let others know if it was informative
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Other Reviews For This Model

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
DPReview 9.14  12-07-06 Read Full Review
Review: "...the S6000fd is the latest in a long line of keenly-priced big zoom 'bridge cameras' from Fujifilm that can trace its roots back to 2001's FinePix 4900 Zoom. The new model has several key features of interest; top of the list being the 6.3MP, 1/1.7" Super CCD sensor used to wide acclaim in the F30 and F31fd and offering 'full resolution' shooting at up to ISO 3200. The S6000fd (known as the S6500fd in Europe) also has a different lens to its recent predecessors, sporting what appears to be the same 28-300mm equivalent 10.7x zoom as the S9100/9600. It's also the first camera to feature Fuji's hardware face detection - a feature so important that Fuji decided to append 'fd' to the camera's name.

...the resolution is excellent, and at lower ISO settings it puts many of the more popular 'super zoom' models to shame. At ISO 400 and 800 it is quite literally in a class of its own. The high ISO output might not worry the SLR manufacturers (the sheer scale of the difference in sensor sizes puts paid to that), but it is better than most competitors by a fairly wide margin. It's also actually a very nice camera to use, and comes about as near to SLR-handling as any fixed-lens camera ever has - though the user interface could do with a little more work."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
Photography Blog 8.86  01-22-07 Read Full Review
Review: "The Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd is an ultra-zoom digital camera with a 10.7x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to 28-300mm. The S6500fd features Face Detection, a new technology that automatically enables it to identify up to 10 faces in a frame, optimize settings and capture an image within just 0.05 seconds.

The Fujifilm Finepix S6500fd is a rather strange beast which ultimately doesn't beat either the ultra-zoom bridge-style camera competition, or the entry-level DSLRs, but still manages to be an enjoyable camera to use..."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
LetsGoDigital 8.72  04-02-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd Megazoom camera is especially intended for the amateur and the hobbyist. However, the number of functions on the camera has been expanded and through the innovative techniques that have been applied, one can do a lot with the camera.

After a long test period, my conclusion is therefore unambiguous; I am particularly satisfied about the qualities of the camera. The image quality of the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd is excellent and Fujifilm again shows its image. The Fujifilm S6500fd is an all-round digital Megazoom camera that offers a lot for its money, excellent!"

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
DCResource 8.40  11-06-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The FinePix S6000fd ($499) is really the combination of two of their most popular models. It takes the "guts" from the FinePix F30 and puts them into something resembling the FinePix S9000/S9100. The result is an ultra zoom camera with a 6.3 Megapixel SuperCCD sensor that produces less noise than regular CCDs, giving this camera that potential to be the low light king in its class.

Photo quality was very good for the most part. The S6000's photos were well-exposed, with accurate and saturated colors. Photos were tack sharp, perhaps a bit too much so. Purple fringing levels were a bit above average, a fairly common issue on ultra zoom cameras. Redeye was not a problem, which is always good news."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
PC Magazine 8.40  12-25-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The zoom range is another thing I love about this machine: It features a 10.7X optical zoom with a 6.2-to-66.7mm range (which is equivalent to a 35mm lens with a 28-to-300mm zoom) and corresponding maximum f-stops of f/2.8 to f/4.9. And although the zoom range didn't appear to affect the face-recognition technology, it does affect your composition. For me, a 28mm wide-angle view can give you some striking photographs, whether you're shooting portraits or landscapes.

Resolution averaged 1,650 lines, which is excellent for a 6.3MP camera. I also observed performance to be excellent, with the FinePix booting up in just 2.3 seconds and turning in a 2.3-second recycle time. Even better, there was absolutely no shutter lag. I think the camera's lens is fantastic for a zoom lens, too. It had just a bit of barrel distortion and no pincushion distortion whatsoever."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
Imaging-Resource 8.33  12-01-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Fujifilm has loaded just about all of its latest imaging technology into the Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd, an SLR-style camera that features an interesting new Face Detection function. Though you might do a double take, this camera is a digital SLR in style only. The camera's 10.71x (28 - 300mm) lens is not detachable, though with a rubberized ring-grip and full manual zoom control via the barrel, it looks and feels like a detachable lens.

Though the camera's 6.3 megapixel imaging chip might not impress when stacked up against the sensors from some competing models which boast up to 10 megapixels of resolution, images I got out of this camera were rich in color and impressively sharp, even in a range of difficult shooting conditions. Or in other words, I'd take the Fujifilm S6000fd over many higher-resolution competing superzoom models, and even over some digital SLRs...."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
Trusted Reviews 8.27  10-26-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The S6500 (s6000 in the U.S.) is supposed to be the lower-spec camera, so it lacks a few of the S9500's features. For starters it has a 6.3-megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor, compared to its older brother's 9.0-megapixel sensor. Its 2.5in, 235,000 pixel LCD monitor is bigger and sharper, but lacks the S9500's fold-out ability. It has a much simpler control layout, which unfortunately means that some useful features, such as the self-timer, are relegated to the menu. It also lacks the cable release thread on the shutter button.

Image quality is superb compared to most other 6MP cameras, thanks mainly to the quality of the lens. Despite its huge zoom range it manages to produce virtually no distortion at the wide angle end and is pin-sharp right across the frame. The 1/1.7in SuperCCD HR sensor appears to be that same one found in the FinePix F30, and has the same slight problem with purple fringes on high-contrast edges, but it is very minor and under normal conditions hardly shows up at all. Color rendition, contrast and dynamic range are all excellent."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
Photo-i 8.25  11-25-06 Read Full Review
Review: "I have been taking a look at the 6.3 megapixel Fuji FinePix S6500fd digital camera. This prosumer camera is aimed at people who want to move on from their compact digital camera, but who don't want or need the level of manual input that can be required by a Digital SLR.

I used the FujiFilm FinePix S6500fd for about three weeks. It was love at first sight, but the novelty wore thin when I started to use the camera on location. I didn't like the 1.5 seconds review time after every picture, when the "Live" picture came back either the camera or the subject had moved..."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
Imaging-Resource 7.71  02-06-07 Read Full Review
Review: "Fujifilm has loaded just about all of its latest imaging technology into the Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd, an SLR-style camera that features an interesting new Face Detection function. Though you might do a double take, this camera is a digital SLR in style only. The camera's 10.71x (28 - 300mm) lens is not detachable, though with a rubberized ring-grip and full manual zoom control via the barrel, it looks and feels like a detachable lens.

Though the camera's 6.3 megapixel imaging chip might not impress when stacked up against the sensors from some competing models which boast up to 10 megapixels of resolution, images I got out of this camera were rich in color and impressively sharp, even in a range of difficult shooting conditions. I'd take the Fujifilm S6000fd over many higher-resolution competing superzoom models, and even over some digital SLRs...."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
Megapixel 7.00  11-29-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd (designated FinePix S6500fd in Europe) is another member of that group of cameras that are commonly referred to as bridge cameras. Shaped like an SLR, it is just a bit smaller than some of the more compact dSLR, has a 6.3 megapixel resolution, and a 10.7X optical zoom.

The S6000fd is a camera that is comfortable in both the point-and-shoot world and in the world of the more advanced user. For point-and-shooters, features such as Face Detection, the various scene modes, and the Auto shooting mode will be appreciated. And for users that demand more control, the P, S, A, and M modes, as well as the RAW format and its image quality, should prove to be very satisfying. Yet, it is also likely that both types of users will miss a true optical stabilization system to go along with the long zoom of the S6000fd."

Web Site Review Score Date Added Go To Review
Digital Camera Review 2.00  10-30-06 Read Full Review
Hands-on Preview: "The Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd is Fujifilm's first camera with their new facial detection system. The 6.3 megapixel camera is loosely based on the previous S5200 model and includes a 10.7x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD. Until we publish a full review (coming soon), here are our first impressions.

So far, I'm really enjoying the camera. It has the flexibility to shoot in a very wide range of conditions once you figure out what settings you need for a particular shot. Battery life seems to be very good as well. Image quality is also very good - with good color, exposure, and detail. I also like having the manual zoom ring. While it may take some getting used to if you're used to a smaller point and shoot, it has the feel of a nice digital SLR lens..."

HOT DEALS
 
 
The owner of this website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program
designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but
not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com.

Copyright @2003-2015 Cameratown.com. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use
All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form or medium without the
express written permission of Cameratown.com is prohibited.
Please email me with your suggestions or comments.