Camera Features Continued
Fujifilm follows the trend and has added Face Detection (this explains the FD in its name) to this camera. A small microprocessor should be able to detect up to 10 faces and makes sure that focus and exposure are set correctly on these faces. The Face Detection technology can also be used in playback mode where it gives you a close-up of ever face so you can see if someone is smiling or not. I must add that face detection might not work when someone is wearing glasses or a hat or when the face of that person is turned or tilted.
(All 3 faces detected in playback mode)
Fujifilm had added a lot more features to this camera which I'll briefly describe:Picture Stabilization: this boosts the ISO value until the shutter speed is fast enough to prevent motion blur. This technique does work, but also results in more noise, a problem you don't have when you have an optical image stabilization.
Dual Shot Mode: if you use this mode, the camera will take two pictures, one with picture stabilization enabled and another with the flash enabled.
High Speed Shooting: when you enable this feature, the camera will limit the minimal focus distance to 1 meter resulting in a shorter focus time.
Continuous Shooting: 3 different modes are available, Top 3, Final 3, Long Period. The Top 3 modes takes 3 photos in a row at about 2,4fps, the Final 3 mode takes up to 40 photos at the same rate, but only saves the last 3. The Long Period mode is a bit disappointing, the camera can only shoot at about 0,5 frame per second, mainly because the camera does all the metering again for every new picture it's about to take.
RAW support: a bit hidden in the setup menu is the option to save your images in RAW format. This is a great way to avoid the over the top noise reduction the camera performs on every image. If you plan to shoot a lot of RAW images I suggest to get a big and fast memory card because every RAW image is 13MB in size.
Using the camera
As said before, the camera looks and feels a lot like a dSLR camera. The grip is large enough and is covered with a rubberish coating, making it possible to even use this camera with only one hand. The buttons are layed out well and are easy to operate, even when one's holding the camera with only one hand.
The 2,5” LCD screen at the back of the camera has about 235.000 pixels, the images show up nice and sharp on it. Above the LCD is an EVF (electronic viewfinder), it has the same purpose as an optical viewfinder but instead of looking through the camera, you'll be looking at a small LCD screen. The one in the S6500FD has only 130.000 pixels and you can clearly see this because the images are much less detailed when seen through the EVF. For people with a lesser sight, there's a diopter correction knob which helps you focusing on the small LCD.
(The LCD Screen)
(The EVF Viewfinder)