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Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.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.Accepts xD memory.Accepts xD 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 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.

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 F100fd - Different sensor, 2.7" LCD, No manual controls
Fuji Finepix F60fd - Different sensor, 3X Zoom, Semi-automatic exposure modes
Previous Models
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 Finepix F200 EXR
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By Neocamera on 2009-04-23

Fujifilm F200 EXR Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm

1/1.6" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 100-3200
5X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
1.4 FPS Drive, 3 ImagesCustom white-balance
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
xD
Internal Memory
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