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Fuji Finepix F80 EXR Review Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Fuji Finepix F80 EXR Assessment

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.

Fuji's SuperCCD EXR is a different type of image sensor that can capture high-resolution images, low-noise ones or high-dynamic-range ones. The high-resolution mode produces class-leading 12 megapixels images. Both the low-noise and dynamic-range mode produce images of 6 megapixels with up to 800% more dynamic-range than normal. Although 6 megapixels is not much for a modern digital camera, it should be considered that all computer displays and common print sizes all require much less.

While most small-sensor cameras struggle in contrasty situations, the Fuji Finepix F80EXR can clearly handle a lot more dynamic range, even more so in EXR-DR mode. With the extra dynamic range, it is understandable that the F80EXR rarely meters incorrectly, producing images that are bright without clipping highlights much.

There is a lot to like beside image quality here. The F80 is fast and responsive, has a nice 10X wide-angle lens, very effective image stabilization and manual controls. It lacks a physical aperture, so depth-of-field is fixed by the focal-length and focus-distance, unlike manual controls of larger cameras. Nevertheless, most such cameras do not have any manual controls. The main downside of the Fuji F80EXR is increased complexity from its interface as well as complicated feature interactions. Battery is low even for such a small camera.

For owners of the Fuji Finepix F200EXR, the longer zoom reaches twice as long and the remaining differences are rather small. The F80 notably improves the anti-reflection coating on the LCD, making it much more usable under bright light. The display is less cluttered now, as several settings are no longer shown when set to their default. A minor interface change means that setting the self-timer and changing a single setting such as ISO or WB needs one extra button press. The last difference is that video is recorded in 720p HD rather than VGA.

See our full-length review for an in-depth look and images samples at all ISO sensitivities.

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PROS CONS
Best image quality in an ultra-compact Complex interaction of features, strange limits
Low image noise up to ISO 800 Interface somewhat twisted
Highest dynamic range outside of a DSLR Useful but limited continuous drive modes
Great lens sharpness No physical aperture
Reliable exposure Quite poor battery-life
Manual controls in an ultra-compact Mode-dial easy to change accidentally
Excellent stabilization
Fast and responsive
Good LCD visibility
Good build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Fuji Finepix F200 EXR
Fuji Finepix F200 EXR
Fuji Finepix F200EXR - 5X Optical zoom, VGA Movie Mode, 1/1500s Max, SDHC & xD
Fuji Finepix F70 EXR
Fuji Finepix F70 EXR
- 10 Megapixels, 2.7" LCD, VGA Movie Mode
Previous Models
Fuji Finepix F100fd
Fuji Finepix F100fd
- Different sensor, 2.7" LCD, No manual controls, VGA Movie Mode, SDHC & xD
Fuji Finepix F60fd - Different sensor, 3X Zoom, Semi-automatic exposure modes, VGA Movie Mode, SDHC & xD
Fuji Finepix F50
Fuji Finepix F50
- 3X Stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-1600, 15s Max shutter-speed, Semi-automatic exposure modes, 2.7" LCD, VGA Movie Mode, SDHC & xD
Fuji Finepix F40fd
Fuji Finepix F40fd
- 8 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-2000, 3s max shutter-speed, xD & SD, 2.5" LCD, No manual controls, VGA Movie Mode
Fuji Finepix F31fd - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, 15s Max shutter-speed, Semi-automatic exposure modes, 2.5" LCD, xD Only, VGA Movie Mode
Fuji Finepix F30
Fuji Finepix F30
- 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom,15s Max shutter-speed, 2.5" LCD, xD Only, No manual controls, VGA Movie Mode
Fuji Finepix F20 - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-2000, 4s Max shutter-speed, xD Only, 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, xD Only, No manual controls, VGA Movie Mode
Fuji Finepix F50
Fuji Finepix F50
- 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, ISO 80-1600, 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, 1/2000-15s Shutter-speeds, xD Only, No manual controls, VGA Movie Mode
Fuji Finepix F80 EXR
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Fuji F80 EXR Facts

Ultra-Compact digital camera
12 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 100-1600
10X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
1.6 FPS Drive, 5 ImagesCustom white-balance
1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion
Secure Digital High Capacity
Internal Memory
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