- Fujifilm Finepix S6500FD
- Lens hood, lens cap and neck strap
- 4 (non-rechargeable) AA batteries
- 256Mb XD Type H memory card
- Printed Manual
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- CD featuring Fujifilm software and drivers
I was quite surprised to find a 256Mb XD card in the box, Fujifilm normally only supplies you with the 10Mb of on-board memory which is hardly enough to store 3 photos in the highest quality. So when you buy the camera don't forget you'll have to buy an XD card too, they are a little bit more expensive compared to SD cards, but the difference is marginal.The Camera
The Fujifilm Finepix S6500FD (in some countries known as the S6000FD) is best described as a fixed lens camera in the body of a dSLR. The big lens with its manual zoom and focus ring only emphasize this feeling.
This 10,7x Fujinon Zoom Lens has a focal length of 28-300mm (35mm equiv.) and is operated using the big zoom ring. You can steplessly increase or decrease the focal length at any speed you wish, making it a lot more easy to frame your subject. With its maximum apertures of F2.8-F4.9 you'll also get a fast lens, making it a good camera for shooting in low light conditions.
A small switch on the left side of the camera selects the focus mode in which the camera should operate. If this switch is set to MF (Manual Focus), you can adjust the focus distance by turning the focusring clockwise (further) or counter-clockwise (closer). I did notice a delay while using it and this makes focusing a bit harder, especially because there is no focus distance indication on the screen. A one-time-focus button is available to help you in manual focus mode.
The two other focus modes are single (when you halfway press the shutter release button) and continuous.
Inside the camera you'll find a 6,3MP SuperCCD, what makes this CCD super is the fact that it has a very good SNR (signal-to-noise-ratio) resulting in less noise when you use a higher ISO value.
The S6500FD features Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, meaning that the camera has a 6th generation Super CCD and RP Processor II:
Through the "eye" (or lens), you now can capture more light, more efficiently, with less light loss. And the "brain" (or RP Processor II), receives the images with less noise. Featuring enhanced double noise reduction; the RP Processor II lets users take full advantage of the FinePix S6000fd's ISO 3200 sensitivity.
As you'll see later in this review, the double noise reduction isn't always as good as one might expect, because it causes a loss in detail, even at lower ISO settings.