I was always suspect of buying something from the Home Shopping Network or QVC. Especially if it was electronic, because I used to see a lot of electronic brands I had never heard of on those networks and for prices that I felt were way, way too expensive. However, this digital camera is the best electronic purchase I've made in years and it came from HSN.
The Fuji Finepix S800 is an 8.0 camera that comes with a manual that resembles a miniaturized telephone book. The manual is THAT big. But that just means this camera can do many functions that you wouldn't expect from a digital camera sold to amateur photographers.
The selection of how you can take photos seems almost endless. You can take auto-focused pictures, manual focus pictures, natural light pictures, etc. My favorite selection is where you can take one photo in natural light and then one with a flash at the same time, that way you can choose later on which one looks best. Another great option are the "special" function buttons. You can program the camera to have a button saved so you can take night time pictures or party pictures. This saves a TON of time of continuously focusing and adjusting the light and grouping people together while trying to save memories from special functions. The photo of the Christmas lights was taken at night while in a moving vehicle.
The viewing screen is large enough on the S800, but why use that when the eye viewer is digital as well? Completely took me by surprise to see all these digital options in the eye lens. Talk about a battery saver!
And the clarity of zoom is unmatched. The photo of the seals was taken from at least 100 yards away and two floors up at pier 39 in San Francisco.
To completely understand all the functions of the Fuji FinePix S800 might take six months of reading, but at the same time this camera is ready to go from the start. What a bargain for $250!