Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR
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Fuji Finepix F200 EXR
29 September 2011
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 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
Summary: If you haven't yet looked seriously at Fujifilm for your digital camera needs, you really should. The company is not the biggest player on the field (often overshadowed by Nikon and Canon ), but it is known for making stylish boxes that take good pictures. Fuji's new Super CCD EXR takes all the good from the company's earlier CCD technologies and puts them together, for an amazing jump in both detail and light sensitivity.
The FujiFilm FinePix F200EXR is a 12-megapixel compact camera with an innovative 3-in-1 sensor.
Good Gear Guide.au
3 January 2010
Summary: The FujiFilm FinePix F200EXR is a wonderfully versatile compact camera that’s capable of taking some great, hassle-free photos. While it’s not the sexiest looking model on the market, it remains an exceptional all-rounder that's well worth the asking price.
Pros: 3-in-1 sensor offers significant advantages over vanilla CCDs, superb image quality in most situations
Cons: Bland and bulky design, occasionally confusing interface