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Photos: Real sciencey words about Fujifilm's FinePix S8100fd

The 10-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd has an 18x superzoom and to massively overqualified scientists like ourselves, it represents a chance to show off just how smart we really are

We Cravers are qualified scientists. It's true. We went to university and everything -- well, when we say 'went', we mean 'sent off for a certificate off the Internet'. Who then could be better qualified to take a tour of all the clever camera-type stuff inside the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd? Don your white coat and join us.

The S8100 is a 10-megapixel superzoom with an 18x zoom lens -- more on that in a minute -- with image stabilisation and face detection. Pay attention -- here comes the science words: face detection works by triangularating a subject's eyes and mouth, using an algorithmic doohickey to optimalise focus, white balance and exposure for up to ten faces in a single frame. A movement tracking doodad keeps the camera locked on to its subjects as they movemulate around the frame.

Face detection also powers the automatic red-eye reducification system, which removifies red eye caused by light from the flash reflectoring in the pupils. Zoom bracketing performs a similar action using Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology to lock its zoom action on a subject's physiognomy automatically as they enter the shot.

Other features include a super macro mode that allows you to get as close as 1cm to your subject. We'll be testing these features out in our forthcoming review, using the most rigomorous scientifical protocols and also taking some pictures down the pub. The Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd is available now for around £220. Click through the photos to see more of the camera, including scientific proof that size doesn't matter. -Rich Trenholm

Update: Read our full Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd review

The S8100's 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD screen can display up to 100 micro-thumbnails in a grid. A viewfinder is always useful, although like most electronic viewfinders this one is grainy, with diagonal lines not rendering very well.

The S8100 gives you manual, program and aperture and shutter priority modes. Another interesting feature on the mode wheel is instant zoom, which takes three images near-simultaneously at different zoom levels.

Although we spend most of our time protesting that size doesn't matter, we're still a sucker for a lens that size. It has a focal length of 27-486 mm, equivalent to a 35mm camera, which is pleasingly wide.

The pop-up flash is used for natural light plus flash mode, which takes two pictures together, one with flash and without. Right, that's enough science for today. See you next week, Cravenauts!