RSS Twitter YouTube

Fuji Finepix F80 EXR Review

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.

Usability - How easy is it to use?

What keeps this digital camera secure is the supplied wrist-strap which has a tightening element. The camera itself does not have a grip whatsoever. Due to the large rear LCD and mode-dial, the F80 leaves no room on the rear for the thumb which unfortunately must rest on the mode-dial itself. This occasionally causes it to rotate out of its intended position.

Fuji Finepix F80 EXR

The shutter-release and surrounding zoom controller are easy to use and very responsive. Photographs are taken nearly instantly and the lens zooms rapidly from one end of the zoom-range to the other. Also, all other buttons provide instant feedback, unless the camera is writing an image to memory which is indicated by an orange light.

Except for the power button, located near the combined shutter-release and zoom control, camera controls are located on the rear of the Fuji F80: a mode-dial, 4-way control and 4 buttons. Each of these controls is straight forward. Play enters Playback mode, F brings up the Finepix menu, Disp toggles the display mode and Face-toggles face-detection.

Fuji Finepix F80 EXRDirections on the 4-way controller are assigned a function: up for EC, right cycles through flash-modes, down cycles between self-timers (Off, 2s, 10s) and left toggles macro focusing. The central button is used to activate the menu system and to confirm menu-selection.

The Finepix menu has 3 options: ISO, image size and film-simulation. This is a smaller selection than the F200EXR has which unfortunately means the important white-balance, metering and dynamic-range options are slower to change as they require using the full-length menu system.

The mode-dial has 8 positions, choosing most modes therefore involves rotating the mode dial and selecting a specific mode using the menu system. The Fuji F80's headline mode, for example, EXR has 4 specific modes: Auto, HR, SN and DR. Auto selects both a scene-mode and a EXR-mode for each picture. The chosen mode is displayed when the shutter is pressed halfway.

The Fuji F80's capabilities are spread across various modes. This is where things get twisted, particularly in EXR mode. In non-EXR modes, the F80 normally uses its sensor's HR (high-resolution) mode, meaning that all photosites are read simultaneously and each one is turned into a pixel. In these modes, this Fuji can be set to output images at 12, 6 or 3 MP. The camera does not give any indication of which EXR mode is used below 12 megapixels. It does give some hints though by enabling a different set of dynamic-range options when the flash is off. It would be preferable if things were clearly shown.

P mode can be used as automatic or aperture priority. A menu option selects between the two. In both cases ISO can be set from 100 to 1600 at full-resolution and up to 12800 at lower-resolutions. Since the Fuji F80 does not actually have a physical aperture, it reduces light coming in by sliding a neutral-density filter. Therefore, changing aperture does not affect depth-of-field and that, only two aperture options exist. This is why there is an Aperture-priority mode but no Shutter-priority mode: there are too few aperture settings for the Fuji to allow the selection of arbitrary shutter-speeds. Because the Fuji Finepix F80 must expose for the brightest image area, all dynamic-range options are not always available. At ISO 100, only 100% dynamic-range can be used, at ISO 200 options for dynamic-range expand to 200%. Between ISO 400 and 3200, up to 400% dynamic range can be chosen. At ISO 6400 and 12800, only 100% dynamic range can be selected.

M mode, this time, is actually manual mode. This rare mode among ultra-compacts lets the photographer set aperture and shutter-speed independently, although the 2 aperture settings do not affect depth-of-field due to the lack of a physical aperture. Still, the Fuji F80EXR has an excellent exposure latitude considering ISO goes up to 12800 and shutter-speed up to 8s.

Auto, Natural Light and Natural Light & Flash are fully automatic modes that do not allow ISO, DR, WB or EC to be selected. Auto allows the ISO limit to be set between 400 and 1600. There are 18 scene modes available, all of them fully automatic as well. Movie-mode is straight-forwards, supporting 1280x720 30 30 FPS and 640x480 30 FPS.

Fuji Finepix F80EXR

There being only one EXR mode seems like Fuji made it an after-thought in this camera's design, rather than a fully-present feature. The EXR mode has 4 sub-modes: Auto, HR (Resolution Priority), SN (High-ISO and Low Noise) and DR (Dynamic Range). Auto-EXR mode is as close to magic as any camera technology ever was. It takes full-control of the camera, including activating continuous-autofocus, scene-mode recognition, auto image size selection, face-detection and disabling EC, WB and ISO settings. Not only that, Auto-EXR drains the battery at super-speed. Still, image aspect ratio can be selected between 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. Image quality, the self-timer and the flash-mode can be set.

HR mode is nearly identical to automatic P mode, the notable difference being that ISO is limited to 800 max. Resolution can be set to either 12, 6 or 3 megapixels with 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. It is not clear why 6MP HR mode would be any different than 6MP SN mode. SN mode limits resolution to 6 megapixels and ISO to 1600. It is still not clear why SN mode cannot use ISO 3200 to 12800, nor can dynamic-range be changed in HR and SN modes and it is fixed at 100% instead.

DR mode allows the selection of dynamic-range from 100% to 800%, which represents 3 extra stops beyond the F80's base dynamic-range. Resolution is limited to 6 megapixels and only automatic ISO settings (400 to 1600 max) can be selected. White-balance, exposure-compensation, macro mode and self-timers can be set as well. The Flash-mode is fixed to off though. Now, it is expected that expanded dynamic-range not be available at high-ISO due to high noise-levels, however it is too bad that DR mode is mutually exclusive with manual controls and that shutter-speeds slower than 1/4s are not achievable in this mode.

The full menu of the Fuji Finepix F80 is organized as a two menu systems, one for camera settings and one for setup options. The 3 ” LCD screen is excellent and the anti-reflective coating is among the best. Images on the screen are sharp and fluid.

Fuji Finepix F80 EXR

This camera is well constructed with a sturdy plastic body. Both battery and memory are found behind the compartment door. The battery is held in place with a latch so that it does not fall out while changing memory cards. Another nice touch is that the latch is colored yellow, as is one side of the battery to know which way to insert it. The Fuji Finepix F80 comes with a charger for its battery. This is better than in-camera charging which locks down the camera while a battery is being charged. The F80 drops support for xD cards and supports both SD and SDHC memory.

Fujifilm Finepix F80 EXR
Buy from these sellers:Buy From Amazon.com
By on 2010/04/28
3

Fujifilm 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 Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
Internal Memory
Buy from these sellers:Buy From Amazon.com

Camera Bag

Clear

Your camera bag is empty. To add a camera or lens click on the star next to its name.

Your camera bag is empty.

Add cameras or lenses by clicking on the star next to their name.

Updates

    2018.02.09

  • 2018.02.09

    The Best DSLR & Mirrorless Camera For Every Price

    The Best DSLR & Mirrorless Camera For Every Price

    Neocamera shows which interchangeable lens cameras offer the very best image quality for their price. From $396 to $6500, find out which DSLR and Mirrorless cameras deliver the top image-quality.

  • 2018.02.06

  • 2018.02.06

    The Best Compact Camera For Every Price

    The Best Compact Camera For Every Price

    Neocamera shows which compact digital cameras offer the very best image quality for their price. From $0 to $3300, find out which compact camera has the top image quality in its class.

  • 2018.01.15

  • 2018.01.15

    Nikon D850 Review

    Nikon D850 Review

    Nikon Full-Frame flagship DSLR. 46 Megapixels, ISO 32-102400, 7+ FPS 153-Point AF system and 4K Ultra-HD Video. Professional weatherproof DSLR with dual control-dials and a extra-large 0.75X magnification OVF with 100% coverage and a built-in shutter. Illuminated controls, 3.2" LCD, WiFi and Bluetooth.

  • 2018.01.11

  • 2018.01.11

    Lens Features for B&W Street Photography

    Lens Features for B&W Street Photography

    Important lens features for B&W street photographers.

  • 2017.12.19

  • 2017.12.19

    Key Tips On How To Take Amazing Model Shots For Publication

    Key Tips On How To Take Amazing Model Shots For Publication

    Essential tips for starting portrait photographers to make professional model shots.

  • 2017.12.18

  • 2017.12.18

    Nikon D7500 Review

    Nikon D7500 Review

    In-depth review of the Nikon D7500 professional-grade APS-C DSLR with ISO 50-1638400 range, 8 FPS and 4K Ultra-HD video. Dual control-dials in a weatherproof body. Large 0.94X magnification OVF with Eye-Start Sensor. WiFi and Bluetooth.

  • 2017.12.07

  • 2017.12.07

    Think Tank Photo Spectral 10 Review

    Think Tank Photo Spectral 10 Review

    Review of the Think Thank Photo Spectral 10 photography shoulder bag.

  • 2017.11.29

  • 2017.11.29

    Fujifilm X-T20 Review

    Fujifilm X-T20 Review

    Highly compact mirrorless built around a 24 MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor and X-Processor Pro capable of 14 FPS drive and 4K Ultlra-HD video. Features dual control-dials and a 2.4 MP 0.39" EVF with 0.62X magnification and an Eye-Start Sensor.

  • 2017.11.23

  • 2017.11.23

    Digital Camera Viewfinder Comparison

    Digital Camera Viewfinder Comparison

    Global comparison of viewfinders from all digital cameras. Optical viewfinders (OVF) and electronic viewfinders (EVF) all in one easy to compare table.

  • 2017.11.10

  • 2017.11.10

    Best Digital Cameras of 2017

    Best Digital Cameras of 2017

    The Best Cameras of 2017 awarded by Neocamera: Best Travel-Zoom, Best Premium Compact, Best Ultra-Zoom, Best Mirrorless (Beginner, Advanced and Professional) and Best DSLR (Entry, Enthusiast and Professional), now including budget choices.