Summary: The Fuji Finepix F80EXR leaves a distinct feeling of deja-vu, following the F70EXR in series but being closer to the Fuji Finepix F200 EXR Fuji Finepix F200 EXR in performance. As such, the F80EXR matches the very best image quality among its peers and even in the broader group of fixed-lens digital cameras, except for the F200EXR which has a slight edge.
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: The pocket-size Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR gives you enough zoom to get close to the action, and it takes some pretty impressive photos, but the user interface on this camera needs a serious overhaul.
Pros: Great image quality. Little noise at low ISOs. Minimal shutter lag. HDMI out.
Cons: Antiquated user interface. Less zoom than some same-size competitors. HD video capture is 24fps, not 30fps. Proprietary USB port.
Summary: All in all, I think the F80EXR is a great little compact camera. If you are looking for a pocket camera with a competitive feature set, the F80EXR deserves a serious look. It offers a basic approach to snapshots for those who don’t take things too seriously, while offering a number of more advanced features for those who like to experiment a bit more. While not without its quirks, the F80EXR earns a high recommendation for the pocket camera that it is.
Excerpt: The Fuji Finepix F80EXR is one of the best compact cameras around. Picture quality is outstanding and there are a number of areas where this camera outperforms its rivals. Fuji has also packed an impressive range of features into the Finepix F80EXR. Among the features are 12 megapixels, a 10x wide angle lens, High Definition movies, image stabilisation, a pro focus mode and 5 film simulation modes.
Pros: Picture quality - Features - High Definition movies - Handy Size
Excerpt: The Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR is outwardly virtually identical to its predecessor, the F70EXR model. It's a fairly compact digital camera that just fits into the palm of your hand, with very similar subtle curves on the top, left and right of the metal camera body. With dimensions of 99.3(W)× 58.9(H)× 28.4(D) mm and weighing 183g, this is a camera that you can slip into a pocket or small bag and not notice until you need to use it.
Conclusion: Concluding scores hovering between four and five suggest the Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR delivers everything you might want from a compact and a little bit more. Not perfect, but comes enticingly close for its price.
Excerpt: Video quality proved to be good but not fantastic. Noise reduction suppressed fine details but still let some noise get through, even in sunlit shots. Still, detail levels were far better than in any VGA video mode – including the F70EXR’s – and automatic exposures were smooth. The M-JPEG compression produced huge files of around 3MB per second, although this helped keep the quality high.