Fuji Finepix F80 EXR Review Summary
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.Neocamera detailed review
|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|
|Fast and responsive|
|Good LCD visibility|
|Good build quality|
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Fuji F80 EXR Facts
Ultra-Compact digital camera
|12 Megapixels Ultra Compact||ISO 100-1600|
|10X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-8s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls|
|1.6 FPS Drive, 5 Images||Custom white-balance|
|1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Lithium-Ion|
|Secure Digital High Capacity|
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