How to Connect a Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd in Windows Vista

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Fuji released the FinePix S8000fd in late 2007. The camera was part of Fuji's line of superzoom compact digitals, a kind of halfway point between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR. The built-in lens had massive zoom capabilities (up to 18X optical zoom) and the camera featured high ISO ranges for taking high-speed shots. Users had two options for connecting the FinePix S8000fd to a PC running Windows Vista.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB cable (included in original packaging)
  • Fuji FinePix Viewer software (optional)

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    Fuji Software

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    Insert the Fuji FinePix CD-ROM that was included with your camera into your computer's CD-ROM drive. If you bought the camera second-hand and didn't get the disc, you can download the software from the Fuji site. Alternatively, you can use Windows Vista's built-in software.

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    Follow the prompts on screen to install FinePix Viewer. After FinePix Viewer is installed, the computer will prompt you to install DirectX, unless the installation program detects a newer version on your system. Restart your PC when it prompts you.

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    Connect the included USB cable into the data panel on the left of the FinePix S8000fd and plug the other end of the cable into your computer. Turn the camera on. A window appears asking what you would like to do with the images. Click "Import pictures using FinePix Viewer." FinePix Viewer will read the photos on your memory card and present a wizard to walk you through transferring the images. Give the image set a name and choose a folder on your computer to save them. The images go on your hard drive, and then FinePix Viewer opens to allow you to edit and print the photos.

    Vista Camera Support

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    Connect the camera to your PC with the provided USB cable and turn the camera on. If you haven't installed the FinePix Viewer software, Windows Vista will assign a driver to your camera and treat the camera as a removable drive. The first time you plug the camera in, it may take a few minutes for Vista to set it up.

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    Click "Import pictures using Windows" to open the Microsoft Photo and Scanner Wizard. This wizard operates like the Fuji software, but without specific compatibility for the camera model. Still, Windows Vista can transfer all of your photos to your hard drive. The wizard lets you choose a destination folder and name your photos in a batch.

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    Remove the memory card from your camera and insert it directly into your computer's SD card reader. Not every computer has a card reader slot, but many newer notebook systems do. The card reader is a good substitute for a USB cable, especially if you bought the S8000fd used and without its Fuji-made USB cable. You can then use the Windows Photo and Scanner Wizard to transfer files directly from the card. If your system doesn't have a card reader and you don't have the USB cable, consider ordering a replacement cable from Fuji or purchasing a third-party, USB memory card reader.

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