The Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd camera, styled like a digital SLR model, boasts such a complete suite of features that film buffs might be swayed to keep their rolls in the fridge — if only for a little while. The S8000fd dodges the usual groans about a fixed lens, traditionally weak on digital cameras, because of its powerful 18x optical zoom, wide-angle lens. The zoom's optical nature is important, as digital ones typically destroy your resolution. Another benefit of a fixed lens is that it's essentially hermetic. A big problem I had with one of my old digital cameras when I was always swapping lenses was the amount of dust that could become trapped between lens and camera, despite vigorous cleaning.
The FinePix S8000fd puts its 8-megapixel sensor to good use: You can take a high-resolution shot at full power, or sacrifice some resolution to enable various features, such as the ability to take 15 snaps in a single second at 2 MP. Family shutterbugs will also enjoy the S8000fd's ability to track 10 different faces at once, automatically adjusting so each will be as crisp as possible. And face recognition allows for the age-old picture plague — red-eye — to stay a thing of the past.
With so much packed behind the lens, you'd expect the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd to have a hefty price tag, but it's expected to debut at the consumer-friendly price of $400 when it comes out in September.