Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd review: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Wide, sharp lens; high ISO performance; zoom lens ring.

The Bad Poor EVF; no optical image stabilisation.

The Bottom Line An excellent lens that's both wide and long, clean, sharp images, and impressive high ISO performance combine to make the Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd a very attractive package -- especially now the price has dropped so low. Top dSLR features balance out the usual horrible EVF, but optical image stabilisation is now sorely missed

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The 6-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd isn't the longest superzoom by any means. In fact, its 10x zoom only just qualifies it for the category. But size isn't everything, and with some excellent dSLR-like features, the S6500 is an attractive package -- especially now the the price has crept below £180 in some stores online. The question is whether this, the first camera to include face detection, has been left behind by newer models.

Design
The S6500fd's handgrip is chunky and easy to hold, even with one hand. The camera is lightweight at 700g, but with the sturdiness of an dSLR. Too many superzooms have above-average zoom performance hobbled by terrible zoom controls, but here zoom is controlled with the lens ring, for that dSLR experience.

The control layout is surprisingly sparse. The clickpad has a menu button in the middle, while shooting modes get their own button. Another button toggles between the 64mm (2.5-inch) live view screen and the electronic viewfinder. As with most EVFs, it's not much fun to use. The image is jerky and not fine enough for checking focus, with a meagre 115,000-pixel resolution. Still, it's acceptable for composition.

The mode dial gives access to Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes, as well as video and scene modes.

Features
The S6500fd was the first camera to feature the now ubiquitous face detection. It also boasts a f2.8-f4.9, 10x optical zoom. The 35mm film camera equivalent focal length is a pleasingly wide-angle 28mm lens. Unusually, the zoom works while filming video. It also shoots raw still images, although you do have to hunt through the menu somewhat to make the switch to raw.


The Fujifilm FinePix S6500 boasts full manual mode as well as apertue and shutter priority

We like the natural light and flash mode, which captures two images, with flash and without. Both are saved, so you can choose later which one is better.

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Where to Buy

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd

Part Number: CNETFujifilm FinePix S6500fd

Typical Price: £170.00

See manufacturer website for availability.