Summary: combines a strong set of manual and automated shooting options, great new technology for mitigating image noise and addressing dynamic range, it has some superb sharing capabilities and connectivity (thanks to USB 2.0 and HDMI out as well as Wi-fi and GPS) and so it is sure to appeal to those wanting to move up from a more basic compact; have a more versatile snapping tool for holidays and travel, those wanting the sharing features and control offered with a simple Wi-fi...
Excerpt: and features the same 20x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen, built in Wi-Fi, but adds a new 16.1 megapixel backlit EXR II CMOS sensor with built in phase detection focus.
Pros: Compact metal body, Good front and rear grip, 20x optical zoom lens, RAW mode available, EXR D-Range Priority boosts dynamic range, EXR High ISO / Low noise reduces noise, Manual controls, Bright saturated colours
Cons: Slow video focus, Short battery life, White balance performance
Excerpt: The Fujifilm FinePix F900 puts the 'Lint in a state of deja vu. The Japanese company has been pushing out F-series refreshes every six months, with each release taking baby steps rather than leaps forward in terms of feature set. The F900EXR has all the familiar makings of a decent travel zoom compact - a significant 20x optical zoom lens offering a 25-500mm equivalent optic in a pocketable body size - among rarer features such as raw file capture that make it sound like...
Pros: 20x optical zoom, raw file shooting ability, the "freeze" issue with previous F-series models has finally been rectified, E-Fn menu, EXR mode works well in a variety of conditions
Cons: Still no lens-based image stabilisation, settings unavailable while raw files write, potential lens flare problems, no touchscreen, autofocus can be slow to hunt out subject at longer focal lengths, little is new, reflective LCD screen