Fujifim FinePix S6500fd

The S6500fd has the same chunky design as other models in the FinePix range. It certainly couldn’t be described as pocket-sized, so it’s probably not the best choice if you just want a lightweight camera to take quick shots of your mates down the pub. However, it does feel nice and solid and the contoured handgrip feels very comfortable, making it easy to hold the camera steady so that you can move quickly from shot to shot.

The 6.3-megapixel resolution allows you to take pictures 2,848 x 2,136 pixels in size, or in a ‘widescreen’ 3:2 format measuring 3,024 x 2,016 pixels. It can also capture video clips at a resolution of 640 x 480. Another useful feature is the camera’s ‘high-speed shooting mode’, which reduces the shutter lag between shots to just a fraction of a second. This allows you to shoot non-stop without waiting for the shutter to reset itself. We also liked the focus and zoom features (10.7x optical zoom), which are manually controlled with adjustable rings on the lens mounting, making the S6500fd feel just like a conventional SLR camera.

However, the main feature that Fujifilm is boasting about with this model is its new ‘face-detection’ technology. This allows the camera to automatically lock on people’s faces within the frame and to adjust settings, such as focus and exposure, for best results.

It seems to work quite well and has the benefit of allowing you to quickly point and shoot and still get good shots without having to spend too much time adjusting the controls.

That’s the thing we like best about the S6500fd – its design and automatic features make it a very good option for the serious amateur photographer who likes to shoot quickly but still get good results. Fujifilm’s SRP of £349 is a bit steep, but there are several online suppliers selling it for a very reasonable £230.

OUR VERDICT

The comfortable design, fast shooting mode and automatic features will appeal to the hobbyist who is used to using a traditional SLR camera – but you’ll need to shop around online for a good price.

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