Fujifilm S8500

Fujifilm FinePix S8500 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/7000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1104mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 670g - 123 x 87 x 116mm
  • Launched January 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Fujifilm S8500 summary

Fujifilm S8500 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally launched on January of 2013. The camera includes a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The Fujifilm S8500 is positioned #130 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #701 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your customized factors.

Snapchat Adds Watermarks to AI-Created Images

Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm S8500 history

The Fujifilm S8500 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-S9800 front thumbnailFujifilm S9800
Fujifilm S8500 vs Fujifilm S9800
Fujifilm-S9900w front thumbnailFujifilm S9900w
Fujifilm S8500 vs Fujifilm S9900w
Meta to Introduce 'AI-Generated' Labels for Media starting next month
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S8600
Fujifilm S8500 vs Fujifilm S8600
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S1
Fujifilm S8500 vs Fujifilm S1
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
Fujifilm S8500 vs Fujifilm S9200
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W front thumbnailFujifilm S9400W
Fujifilm S8500 vs Fujifilm S9400W
Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8400W front thumbnailFujifilm S8400W
Fujifilm S8500 vs Fujifilm S8400W

Fujifilm S8500 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Fujifilm S8500 based on criterias which are oftentimes regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (64)
amazing zoom range (24-1104mm 46.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI socket
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
max shutter speed is good (1/7,000s)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
very long zoom (1104mm)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have mic socket
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly screen
heavier than average (670 grams)
lack of manual focus
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW support
no external flash support
pixelated screen (460 k dots)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f6.5)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
Apple Innovates by Creating Next-Level Optical Stabilization for iPhone

Fujifilm S8500 Sensor details

The size of the sensor on the Fujifilm S8500 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

Photobucket discusses licensing 13 billion images with AI firms

The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 64 to 12800. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the Fujifilm S8500's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm S8500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Fujifilm FinePix S8500 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm S8500 dimensions

Fujifilm S8500 weighs in at 1.48 pounds (670 grams or 23.63 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 123mm x 87mm x 116mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 4.6"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Fujifilm S8500 is heavier in comparison with its rivals.

President Biden pushes bill mandating TikTok sale or ban

Here is a picture of the Fujifilm S8500 beside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Fujifilm FinePix S8500 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button design on the Fujifilm S8500.

Fujifilm FinePix S8500 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm S8500 Lens specs

The Fujifilm S8500 houses an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 24-1104mm giving it a 46.0 x zoom which is very good and does allow you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f2.9 and that is fairly slow and not the best in low light conditions and you may find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to increase the ISO producing noisy shots. On the tele end, 1104mm is incredible zoom and comes to f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

Samsung Releases Faster Versions of EVO MicroSD Cards

Fujifilm S8500 Connectivity

The Fujifilm S8500 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes change settings without connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

Photobucket discusses licensing 13 billion images with AI firms

Fujifilm S8500 Video specs

The highest possible video quality on the Fujifilm S8500 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance in video quality and file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to crop. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket which means that you have little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to get a different model should you need good audio in your videos.

Snapchat Adds Watermarks to AI-Created Images

Fujifilm S8500 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Fujifilm S8500 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Fujifilm S8500 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm S8500 includes a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

Fujifilm FinePix S8500 screen and viewfinder Meta to Introduce 'AI-Generated' Labels for Media starting next month

The ViewFinder details regarding Fujifilm S8500 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 200k dots

Viewfinders can be rather helpful in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Fujifilm S8500 Shutter specs

Fujifilm S8500 can shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/7000 seconds.

Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes

Fujifilm S8500 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Fujifilm S8500 boasts only inbuilt flash without external flash support.

Fujifilm S8500 Autofocus specs

Fujifilm S8500 lacks Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Fujifilm S8500 lacks manual focus. Manual focus ability can be useful in low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

Sora from OpenAI releases its first ever music video

Fujifilm S8500 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the best (600) battery life in this group of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:

Fujifilm S8500 for different forms of photography

The following bar chart presents a rundown of the Fujifilm S8500 for different forms of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Fujifilm S8500

The Fujifilm S8500 receives a rating of 32 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos & flexibility to use external flash.

Apple Innovates by Creating Next-Level Optical Stabilization for iPhone
good megapixels (16MP)
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Fujifilm S8500 Street photography features

Having a really bad rating of 41, the Fujifilm S8500 is not really acceptable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
more heavy than competitors in class (670g)

Sports photography with Fujifilm S8500

A moderate sports photography points tally of 53 indicates the Fujifilm S8500 is reasonably adequate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

President Biden pushes bill mandating TikTok sale or ban
incredible zoom range (24-1104mm 46.0 x zoom)
max shutter speed is good (1/7,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Fujifilm S8500 Travel photography highlights

Portability is pretty crucial in buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Fujifilm S8500 gets a average 52 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat appropriate for your vacations.

Samsung Releases Faster Versions of EVO MicroSD Cards
MP count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (1104mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (670g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)

Fujifilm S8500 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm S8500 at it's really bad rating of 42 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable amongst its rivals.

Photobucket discusses licensing 13 billion images with AI firms
really wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm S8500 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging should have a moving screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Fujifilm S8500 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it receives a really bad rating of 24.

Snapchat Adds Watermarks to AI-Created Images
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
does not have selfie friendly screen
no external microphone port
more heavy than competition (670 grams)

Fujifilm S8500 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the Fujifilm S8500, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph underneath offers you a summary of the Fujifilm S8500 versus it's top rated rivals suggested above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may consider as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

Meta to Introduce 'AI-Generated' Labels for Media starting next month


General Information
Brand Name
Fujifilm FinePix S8500
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-1104mm (46.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
200k dots
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/7000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 320 x 120 (480 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
670 gr (1.48 lbs)
Physical dimensions
123 x 87 x 116mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 4.6")
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at release