Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR…
5 October 2011
Summary: At 60,000 Yen (€459), Fujifilm still has some work to do when it comes to the basic GUI, LCD resolution and construction. A Bridge is not my favorite kind of camera, however the addition of EXR Technology on the S200 really improves it… If you’re uncomfortable with using a DSLR, the S200EXR, thanks to Fujifilm EXR Technology, may gave you exactly what you’re looking for… Keep it on EXR Auto, play with one of its three settings, and you’ll be sure to get really nice...
Summary: The FinePix S200EXR has a practical design that’s closer to DSLR cameras than many of its rivals and it’s good fun to use for stills photography. Sadly, the underwhelming video performance renders this particular feature more of an intriguing novelty than a useful function, and overall it lets the camera down.
Summary: This Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR is the "almost DSLR" Super Zoom and is easily the best bridge DSLR-like digital camera. As if to make the point clear, the S200EXR looks like a DSLR, has the dimension and weight of one, and handles like one with its deep grip, manual zoom ring and lots of dedicated control buttons.
Excerpt: We’re big DSLR boosters because of their fast response and enhanced picture quality. Yet we’re the first to admit that carrying around a hefty DSLR all day with several lenses is a pain. That’s why compact point-and-shoots remain so popular (lower prices certainly help as well). The new FinePix S200EXR tries to carve a path in between the two types of cameras.
Pros: Manually operated 14.3x zoom; etensive manual settings; rapid response; some cool scene modes
Cons: Heavy, expensive; LCD doesn't handle direct sunlight well; EVF should be higher quality; no HD video; dumb auto power-off mode
Summary: When Fuji USA announced the S200EXR, they referred to the camera as a "bridge" unit offering a long zoom and excellent image quality without the bulk associated with the DSLR and its interchangeable lenses. They then went on to say users of the S200 would find their results "equal or superior to" DSLRs.
Pros: Very good image quality, Good shutter performance, Best in class ISO performance, RAW capability
Cons: Cost, Video trails competition, 30.5 to 436mm lens range exceeded greatly by some competitors