Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR Summary
Fuji Finepix F200 EXR Assessment
The Fuji Finepix F200 EXR is a different camera, its EXR sensor produces very high quality images for a non-SLR digital camera. The unique aspect of the F200's sensor is that it has three modes: a 12 megapixels mode which produces superb images for its class, a 6 megapixels mode for low-noise images and another 6 megapixels mode for high-dynamic-range images, with up to 800% (3 stops) more dynamic-range than normal. Although 6 megapixels seems little for a modern digital camera, it should be considered that all computer displays and all the most common print sizes require much less.
With its EXR sensor Fuji, which already holds the lead in terms of low-noise for ultra-compact cameras, takes on the dynamic-range problem which limits situation where a camera can capture images without any clipping. All cameras are limited in terms of dynamic range, which is one reason why the concept of exposure exists, but SLR cameras generally do better than smaller-sensor ones.
At the time of righting, it Fuji Finepix F200 EXR produces the highest quality images of any ultra-compact and even ultra-zoom, regardless of resolution. At 6 megapixels, the F200 furthers its lead in terms of noise by a factor (in low-noise mode) and by a big lead in terms of dynamic-range (in high-dynamic-range mode). This is quite an achievement, so congratulations Fuji!
There is a lot to like beside image quality here. The F200 is fast and responsive, has a nice 5X wide-angle lens, very effective image stabilization and manual controls. It does lack an aperture, so depth-of-field is fixed, unlike manual controls of larger cameras. Nevertheless, most ultra-compacts have no manual controls at all. The down sides include rather short battery-life, a rather complex interface and a rather complex set of feature interactions.
Options to weight against the F200 obviously include the Fuji Finepix F100fd which delivers second-best image quality, nearly the same low-noise performance without the high-dynamic-range performance or manual controls but a somewhat simpler interface. For a much easier ultra-compact to use, at the expense of image quality, a Canon SD-series model should be considered, either the wide-angle SD880 IS or the SD950 IS.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|
|Fuji Finepix F100fd - Different sensor, 2.7" LCD, No manual controls|
|Fuji Finepix F60fd - Different sensor, 3X Zoom, Semi-automatic exposure modes|
|Fuji Finepix F50 - 3X Stabilized optical zoom, ISO 100-1600, 15s Max shutter-speed, Semi-automatic exposure modes, 2.7" LCD|
|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|
|Fuji Finepix F31fd - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom, 15s Max shutter-speed, Semi-automatic exposure modes, 2.5" LCD, xD Only|
|Fuji Finepix F30 - 6 Megapixels, 3X Non-stabilized optical zoom,15s Max shutter-speed, 2.5" LCD, xD Only, No manual controls|
|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|
|Fuji Finepix F10 - 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|
Fujifilm F200 EXR Highlights
Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Ultra Compact||ISO 100-3200|
|5X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/1500-8s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls|
|1.4 FPS Drive, 3 Images||Custom white-balance|
|640x480 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital High Capacity|
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