Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR
Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
Conclusion: The FinePix F200 EXR is a nice change to the plain world of ever-increasing megapixels in compact cameras. It has a 5X optical zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen and a special Fujifilm image sensor that allows you to choose between image resolution, low noise or high dynamic range priority.
Pros: Good image quality with impressive noise levels for a compact camera (usable till ISO 1600 with the right conditions), EXR modes work well (the dynamic range and low noise priority modes are particularly useful), Supports the old xD-Picture card as well as the more common SD/SDHC format, 5X zoom lens with good edge sharpness and sensor-shift stabilization, Manual exposure and aperture priority modes, Large 3 inch display with decent to good visibility, Auto scene sele...
Cons: Image artifacts, especially noticeable at full 12 MP, No shutter priority mode, aperture priority gives only 2 choices at any zoom setting, Manual exposure/control unavailable when using any EXR mode, Tiny navigation pad and the scroll wheel is gone, making it clunky to adjust exposure in manual mode (among other things), Below average battery life, Unimpressive continuous shooting and processing times could have been faster, VGA movie mode is a bit â€˜lowlyâ€™ for a ...
Summary: At the time of righting, it Fuji Finepix F200 EXR produces the highest quality images of any ultra-compact and even ultra-zoom, regardless of resolution. At 6 megapixels, the F200 furthers its lead in terms of noise by a factor (in low-noise mode) and by a big lead in terms of dynamic-range (in high-dynamic-range mode). This is quite an achievement, so congratulations Fuji! There is a lot to like beside image quality here.
Pros: Best image quality in an ultra-compact, Low image noise up to ISO 800, Highest dynamic range outside of a DSLR, Great lens sharpness, Reliable exposure, Manual controls in an ultra-compact, Excellent stabilization, Fast and responsive, Good LCD visibility, Good build quality
Cons: Complex interaction of features, strange limits, Interface somewhat twisted, Useful but limited continuous drive modes, No physical aperture, Quite poor battery-life, Mode-dial easy to change accidentally
Conclusion: Followers of Fujifilm's compacts will see the F200 EXR as sitting in the shadow of the much sought-after F30 and F31fd, but for the wider market it's undoubtedly a much improved camera. It may not quite match the F31fd's noise performance at ISO 800 and upwards (or indeed its impressive battery life), but it's got a much nicer user interface, a considerably more flexible lens and accepts a wider range of memory cards.
Pros: Good all-round performance, Pleasant, unobtrusive user interface, EXR modes perform well (particularly the dynamic range mode), EXR Auto mode makes it easy to get the best out of the sensor, High ISO performance up with the better compacts on the market, Dynamic range amongst the best we've ever seen, Good build quality and handling, Fast, generally reliable focus, Reliable exposure / metering, Good flash performance, Large clear screen, Large variety of scene modes, ...
Cons: EXR performance doesn't justify a major price premium over more conventional rivals, Unpleasant noise reduction smearing, particularly in 12MP mode, Occasional unexpected artefacts, No histogram for assessing exposure, Limited aperture selection severely reduces usefulness of manual mode, No orientation sensor (All shots have to be manulaly rotated), Not the fastest camera out there, Burst mode limited to 3 shots, Unimpressive movie mode by contemporary standards, Aut...
Excerpt: The slick little ultra compact we got our hands on this time, is Fujifilm's first ultra compact to come equipped with their new Super CCD EXR sensor – the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. The F200EXR is a really handsome critter, with the mix of a shiny, smooth, black powder metal finish body with ample silver parts (some steel, some plastic), that play with contrasts in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The edges are curved out, giving it a sleek look.
Excerpt: The Good EXR helps dynamic range, less so noise. Large, good quality lens with 5X zoom. Presets skewed towards experienced users. Manual controls. Sturdy build quality. The Bad EXR aids aren't quite as good as marketed. Video mode underwhelming for the class. Expensive compared to most point-and-shoots. Proprietary data port. For at least the past two years, point-and-shoot camera makers have been locked in a race to improve megapixel counts.
Pros: EXR helps dynamic range, less so noise., Large, good quality lens with 5X zoom., Presets skewed towards experienced users., Manual controls., Sturdy build quality.
Cons: EXR aids aren't quite as good as marketed., Video mode underwhelming for the class., Expensive compared to most point-and-shoots., Proprietary data port.
Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR digital compact camera Fujifilm is still able to step into the spotlight. Of course, there are more branches in which Fujifilm is very active, however, solely looking at the camera industry, we have to conclude that Fujifilm is in some kind of a split. The expectations of the consumer and the specialist are high, and many are disappointed that Fujifilm is no longer active in the DSLR market.
Conclusion: Is the Super CCD EXR sensor heaven’s gift to photographers? Not really, but it is a nice step forward. The camera works well as a point-and-shoot, and adventurous shutterbugs will enjoy playing with the EXR’s individual options just to see what they can do. At around $350 or less, this is a solid digicam—just don’t expect any miracles from it.
Pros: 12MP EXR CCD, Dual IS, 5x wide-angle zoom
Cons: Relatively slow, Noise at ISO 1600 and up, No HD video, Limited aperture adjustments