Fujifilm S8600

Fujifilm FinePix S8600 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-900mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 450g - 121 x 81 x 65mm
  • Launched January 2014
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Fujifilm S8600 overview

Fujifilm S8600 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first launched on January of 2014. The camera houses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The Fujifilm S8600 ranks at #126 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #695 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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Fujifilm S8600 family

The Fujifilm S8600 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can discover all older and the latest models alongside main specifications.

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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S860025-900mm
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S1
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
Fujifilm S8600 vs Fujifilm S9200
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Fujifilm S8600 vs Fujifilm S9400W
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Fujifilm S8600 vs Fujifilm S8400W

Fujifilm S8600 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Fujifilm S8600 based on things that are typically viewed as important in a camera.

built-in flash
good battery (410 shots)
good megapixels (16MP)
great reach (900mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes HDMI port
incredible zoom range (25-900mm 36.0 x zoom)
provides face detect focusing
provides tracking focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
very good min ISO (100)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW format
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
no aperture priority
no headphone port
no mic port
no moving screen
no Time Lapse function
sluggish at long end (f6.5)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Fujifilm S8600 Sensor features

The dimension of the sensor on the Fujifilm S8600 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the Fujifilm S8600's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The Fujifilm S8600 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Fujifilm FinePix S8600 sensor size Sora from OpenAI releases its first ever music video

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm S8600 dimensions

Fujifilm S8600 weighs around 0.99 pounds (450 gr or 15.87 oz) and features outer dimensions of 121mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.8" x 3.2" x 2.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Fujifilm S8600 is heavier as compared with other competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Fujifilm S8600 alongside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Fujifilm FinePix S8600 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the Fujifilm S8600.

Fujifilm FinePix S8600 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm S8600 Lens features

The Fujifilm S8600 provides a built in lens having a focal range of 25-900mm making it a 36.0 x zoom which is very good and could enable you to zoom right in.

At it's widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.9 which will be pretty sluggish and not very good in low light circumstances and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to raise your ISO setting leading to noisy files. At the long end, 900mm is terrific zoom and comes at f6.5 which is very slow and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm S8600 Connectivity

The Fujifilm S8600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send pictures and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Fujifilm S8600 Video features

The maximum video quality on the Fujifilm S8600 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should really try to get at least FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone socket which means that you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order a different camera in case you need good sound in your video clips.

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Fujifilm S8600 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Fujifilm S8600 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Fujifilm S8600 Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm S8600 is equipped with a 3" fixed display having a resolution of 460k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Fujifilm S8600 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy during bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Fujifilm S8600 Shutter features

Fujifilm S8600 continuous shooting speed is 8.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Fujifilm S8600 Flash and Hot shoe features

Fujifilm S8600 includes just inbuilt flash without external flash ability.

Fujifilm S8600 Autofocus features

Fujifilm S8600 includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it valuable for portraits.

It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for subjects on the move. Fujifilm S8600 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good during low light occasions or you need to have more exact focusing control.

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Fujifilm S8600 Battery life

The battery (3 x AA) in the Fujifilm S8600 is built to last for 410 images as per the CIPA specifications which is above average when compared to its category. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest possible (600) battery life within this category of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the best battery life:

Fujifilm S8600 for different forms of photography

The following graph shows a summation of the Fujifilm S8600 for different forms of photography. To view more, check out the specific section below.

Fujifilm S8600 as a Portrait photography camera

The Fujifilm S8600 gets a score of 37 which is terrible, meaning that it is not very good for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support & capability to work with external flash.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Fujifilm S8600 Street photography advice

Coming in at a reasonable rating of 49, the Fujifilm S8600 is fairly appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Fujifilm S8600 Sports photography information

A decent sports photography points tally of 55 indicates the Fujifilm S8600 is somewhat suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (25-900mm 36.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery pack (410 per charge)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Fujifilm S8600 Travel photography highlights

Weight is super critical when choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Fujifilm S8600 gets a above average 63 as a travelling camera which is a very decent pick for your vacations.

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good battery pack (410 shots)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (900mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)

Landscape photography with Fujifilm S8600

For anyone who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm S8600 and it's moderate score of 46 for a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate amongst its competitors.

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pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
good battery (410 per charge)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Fujifilm S8600 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Fujifilm S8600 is not very good for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 27.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focusing
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone port

Fujifilm S8600 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the Fujifilm S8600, here is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart underneath provides you an overview of the Fujifilm S8600 versus it's top ranked competitors shown previously.

There are more cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix S8600
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-900mm (36.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Display resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow synchro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
450 grams (0.99 pounds)
Physical dimensions
121 x 81 x 65mm (4.8" x 3.2" x 2.6")
Battery life
410 photos
Battery form
Battery ID
3 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Retail price