FujiFilm FinePix F200 EXR Review

By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

fujifilm-finepix-f200exr-digital-cameraNo. FujiFilm FinePix isn’t just another typical point-shoot camera. It offers a new Super CCD Technology that gives out far more dynamic range than a standard digital camera with its latest technology of capturing the available light. This point and shoot camera is meant for those serious amateur photographers around us. But does it live up to the hype? We have made a review to find the answer. Let’s take a good look at some details of the camera.

Design

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The overall design is attractive with a less boxy construction with a nice little concave curve along the length of the camera. It measures 3.8 by 2.3 by 0.9 inches and weighs 6.8 ounces with the battery and memory card. The build quality is fairly good with a aluminum body enclosure. The large lens is retractable that makes it portable and compact.
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Interface

The camera interface is nothing new for a Fujifilm Camera. The shutter, zoom lever and the power button is common. You can navigate through menus using the selector, playback button and a few other buttons like red-eye removal button lets the camera focus better for the portrait mode. There is a F mode button that lets you control the ISO Speed, dynamic range settings, image size and aspect ratio, white balance mode and simulation modes. There is a menu button that lets you access other features like AF modes, image stabilization etc with intuitive navigating.

Lens

The device has a nice 5X Fujinon Lens with 35mm Equivalent focal length of 28-140mm. The range is better from average compact cameras ranging from a 28mm Wide angle to a decent 140mm telephoto. The barrel distortion was very less and the chromatic aberration is manageable.

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Image Stabilization

It uses CCD shift Dual Image Stabilization system. The system combines the shifting of the sensor and and a high ISO setting to achieve blur free images. The system does produce stabilized images most of the times but not 100% accurate all of the time. The images suffer from blurriness due to camera shake while using the telephoto range.

Flash

There are several flash options for the F200 EXR. It has an intelligent mode for automatic activation of flash. There is a option for natural light that shoots two images - one with flash and one without flash - and combines them to give a more natural like effect. There are also other options for forced flash, fill flash, suppressed flash and slow-synchro flash. The flash range seemed to be from 2-14 feet.

Sensor

The 12MP sensor promises to show more dynamic range and and low light sensitivity than others with its latest EXR Technology. The dynamic range is seriously improved by using a new technology of pixel binning mode or pixel fusion mode. Actually it takes two different pictures using two different exposure levels and combines them into one to retain the intricate details of the picture. Also it uses the same technology to create dramatically improved pictures in low light situations. In this case, two adjacent pixels act act as a single photodiode to capture more light, thus improving the details of the images.
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ISO Sensitivity

FujiFilm FinePix does manage to pack in high sensitivity ISO Ratings starting from 100 to 3200 at a full resolution of 12MP. The images at 100, 200 or 400 are noise free. Noise starts to show off from 800 and images at 1600 or 3200 ISO Setting are unusable. You can shoot at enhanced ISO of 6400 with reduced 6MP resolution and also an enhanced 12800 sensitivity at 3MP resolution. But believe me they doesn’t have any practical use. Better try to shoot between 100 to 800 with clear images which is better than any average camera of its class.

Battery

It uses a standard NP-50 Lithium Ion Battery which is sufficient for snapping 200 pictures per charge which is pretty standard for a compact digital camera.
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Pros

  • Dynamic Range of pictures are way better than any camera of its class
  • Hardly visible noise even at 800 ISO.
  • EXR Sensor Technology is really good.
  • Ease of use
  • Simulation Modes are fantastic

Cons

  • No HD Video Capability
  • Image Stabilization System below average
  • Telephoto Images show distortion
  • Noisy during operation

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Conclusion

The main selling point of the F200 EXR is its sensor technology. They have understood that people want better pictures not more and more megapixels crammed into the sensors. The technology used in the sensors are truly amazing to produce great dynamic range of the images which were never seen from a camera of its class. This latest camera from fujifilm is really an asset to those who want better quality pictures from their point-and-shoots.

Discussion

r4
September 23, 2009: 11:35 pm

Fantastic camera, The picture quality is really awesome, with a good dyanamic range. There is some problem in a aperture settings. But overall its very nice camera.

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