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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 16, 2007 / 6 Kislev 5768

Fujifilm Finepix s8000fd a clear winner

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | AQABA, Jordan — It was somewhere in Wadi Rum, a Jordanian national park inhabited by Bedouins, that I figured out the incredible worth of the recently arrived Fujifilm FinePix (STET) S8000FD (STET) camera. List priced at just under $500, and selling at Amazon.com for $325, it's an excellent value. For the money, you get an 8-megapixel digital camera that delivers stunning images, more-than-adequate video recording, and not a lot to worry about.

You travel through Wadi Rum not on a paved highway, as in Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive in Virginia, but rather over the desert sands, in a Toyota pickup modified to carry tourists. The ride is bumpy, and going down a sand dune only adds to the excitement.

Getting pictures of the landscape - large, mountainous rocks of varying hues, some with ancient "graffiti" carved into them - can be a challenge. But the camera's "anti-shake" feature allowed me to (carefully) lean out of the vehicle and grab some wonderful shots.

But the FinePix S8000fd isn't only for still pictures. It'll shoot short, QuickTime-compatible movies; up to 8 minutes or so on a 512Mbyte flash memory card. This came in handy at Wadi Rum, where I shot some "B roll" footage to use in a possible presentation, as well as at the Hippodrome in Jerash, where I captured 30 seconds of Jordanian bagpipers playing "Scotland the Brave."

The S8000fd is notable for several things, not the least being that it is a fixed-lens digital camera, but one that thinks it's a single-lens reflex model, with interchangeable lenses. I say that because you can go from a 27mm wide-angle to 486mm super telephoto lens setting with the press of a lever. That level of versatility is quite stunning, and allowed me to get several shots I might have otherwise missed. Walking around the ancient Jordanian city of Petra before visiting Wadi Rum, I got several close-ups with the S8000fd I might have missed had I been fumbling in a camera bag for another SLR lens.

There are of course several modes in which the camera may be used, but I found myself happy with the automatic picture setting most of the time. A pop-up flash is a nice compliment; perhaps a drawback might be seen in the lack of a "hot shoe" to attach a different flash if desired. Fujifilm claims an autoflash range of up to 28.9 feet for wide angle and 18.4 feet for telephoto shots, however.

On the plus side, I do like the S8000fd's 2.5-inch LCD display, which can serve as a viewfinder and a nifty playback screen. A couple of buttons, easily discerned, handle these functions. In playback mode, you can zoom into a part of a photo and move around the image, again using various, easy-to-learn buttons and the telephoto toggle.

Mention of grasping brings up the fact that the camera itself, loaded with batteries and a media card, weighs just around one pound, meaning that it packs a lot of power into a relatively small and lightweight package. This is not a camera that'll slip into your pocket, but for its size and capabilities, it packs a lot of punch.

Both video and photos flowed into the Apple MacBook I'm using on this trip, thanks to the Mac's excellent IPhoto '08 software. Fujifilm also includes its own image handling software for PCs and Macs, if that's your preference. Four "AA" batteries lasted half of my trip, or about 600 photos and some video. Image quality is great.

Yes, I'm really impressed with this. It's not a camera for the pros at The Washington Times' photo department, but for the rest of us, it's an outstanding value. Details are at www.fujifilmusa.com.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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