Hi there. I'm 16 and I'm really interested in photography (duh). I started off with a really basic Konica Minolta with 3x zoom and video recording with no sound (fat lot of help that is). My family thought my photo's were pretty good, and I did too (most of the time). I got more and more interested and decided to get a newer camera with more zoom. I saved for a year and got my baby. A Fujifilm s8000. I'm afraid to say I that I wouldn't recommend it. The multi-shot is extremely slow, and I find the settings complicated. On the plus side, it has 18x zoom (yes, I need 18x zoom!), and 8mp's. Useful. Unfortunately most of the photo's taken using the Minolta are better than the Fujifilm's But hey. I also have a good old fashioned Carl Zeiss. Yep, it weighs a ton and uses film. But you know what? The photo's are amazing. It's trickey at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's really rewarding. I'm still learning about aptature and shutter-speed etc. So any advice there would be greatly appreciated (advice like what settings to use when you're taking photo's of fast-moving people in a darkish room.) I like taking photo's of landscapes, aircraft, and animals. I also take loads of random photo's, and it's proving to be quite fun. Anyways, Sardine, out.