Originally Posted by Oakman
LOL! At my age Iím unsteady even without alcohol. That was another reason for the new camera, this one has a viewfinder. For me, holding a camera to my eye helps me to hold the camera steady when zoomed out.
Agree that a viewfinder really helps. I miss that on my point and shoot. I couldn't find a "cheap" compact camera with the stats that I wanted plus a view finder when shopping for my current pocket camera.
The stats on the S8200 are impressive...as well as the pictures. If I didn't already have a SLR and a compact camera, I would definitely consider the Fuji.
Seems like the big advantage of the S8200 over an SLR is that 1 lens does it all. It appears that the view finder is "thru the lens", but is electronically read off of the sensor ?? If I am interpreting that correctly, what you see is what you get just like an SLR.
My pocket camera (Canon SX 2600 HS) with the 20x zoom does a fairly decent job, but I can get some refraction discoloration around the edges when zoomed out.
At other times, you don't see that:
I think the back-lighting hurt with the bear picture.
With our current setup with photo ops, I will carry the SLR with a 18 to 55mm lens and the missus the point and shoot. Overall the SLR takes better pictures (but not by much), and if there is a photo op in the distance, then the missus takes care of that with the zoom on the point and shoot. The S8200 would negate us having to take 2 cameras.
I think the only downsize of the S8200 and a typical SLR is the size. A point and shoot camera can be put in a pocket, and forgotten about until needed. I carry it frequently in my bike pack, and was able to capture some bear pictures on a recent touring trip.