Point & Shoot Cameras : Fujifilm Shows Long-Zoom S8200 and S8300 All-in-One Bridge CamerasJanuary 30, 2013
The two S-series FinePix models each boast fast apertures of f/2.9 to f/6.5 and enhanced optical image stabilization systems for blur reduction. The S8200 sports a genuine Fujinon long-zoom lens with 40x (24–960mm) optical zoom, while the S8300 offers a 42x (24–1,008mm) optical zoom lens.
“The new FinePix S-series long-zoom bridge cameras have an all-in-one compact design and deliver extraordinary performance and high resolution image quality that all photography enthusiasts and step-up consumers can appreciate,” said David Troy, director of Marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “These cameras strike the perfect balance between advanced performance, ease of use and the ability to capture remarkable images at amazing distances – perfect for every family event.”
The Fujinon lenses consist of 17 elements in 12 groups and combine aspherical and ED elements to help reduce aberrations and promote a superior level of image quality. Both new bridge cameras are also capable of a super macro mode for users to get as close as 0.39 inch from a subject.
The cameras also employ 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS (backside-illuminated) sensors built to capture low-noise shots at sensitivities as high as ISO 12,800. And specs state they have autofocus speeds of 0.3 second, start-up times of 1.0 second, a 0.5-second interval between shots and a continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per sec (10 frames at full resolution). With their ultra-high-speed shooting of 60 fps (image size 1,280×960) and up to 120 fps (max 60 frames, image size 640×480), these models can capture the action in slow motion.
Designed for easy operation, they provide a mode dial for shooting selection, dual zoom control for speed and zooming, and a 3.0-inch, 460k-dot LCD screen as well as a 200k-dot electronic viewfinder for viewing and framing.
Other features include a dedicated movie button to start recording 1080i movie capture at 60 fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480 fps. Users can even take still photos during video recording, and there are various in-camera movie-editing options, including movie trimming and movie join.
Creative features, such as artistic in-camera shooting effects, include pop color, toy camera, miniature effect, partial color to retain one selected original color and change the rest to black and white, cross screen to create starbursts, and soft focus.