Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR 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...
Pros: Build quality; Design; Fast operational speed; RAW capture; Compact and stylish;, Great optics; Excellent new EXR II CMOS sensor; Image quality; Wi-fi transfer features
Cons: Some key Advanced features hidden in menus;, Battery life; Focusing (at longer zoom ratios); Panorama mode image issues; Video lacks detail and too “grainy”
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR is a lovely camera to use. It's easy to understand, the menus – while large and thorough – are simple to navigate, although are prone to a little jargon. The build quality of the camera is excellent. It's solid in the hands, but light enough for one hand shooting.
Excerpt: Fujifilm's F-series cameras used to be the darlings of our camera reviews section, but last year's F800EXR failed to make a dazzling impression. Rivals had closed the gap for low noise levels, it was falling behind for image detail and the controls were cumbersome and unresponsive.
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
Conclusion: It's the small things that can make a big difference. Despite the disappointing lack of optical image stabilisation, the F900EXR has fixed some of its predecessors' shortcomings. Autofocus - while not always super-fast - now doesn't "freeze" at longer focal lengths, close-up macro mode is impressive...
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
Excerpt: There's been no shortage of Fujifilm F-series cameras over the years and we've often been left wanting more from this travel zoom range. Having handled the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR at this year's Focus On Imaging show in Birmingham, it looks as though there are incremental improvements compared to...