Fujifilm FinePix T200 review

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Fujifilm FinePix T200
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Packing in a 10x optical zoom lens and costing under £100, the Fujifilm FinePix T200 could be a tempting proposition. Let’s find out in the What Digital Camera Fujifilm FinePix T200 review…

Pros: 10x optical zoom hard to beat at the price, easy to use
Cons: AF can be slow in operation

Fujifilm FinePix T200 review - Features

The Fujifilm FinePix T200 is aimed at those looking for a well-specified compact at an affordable price. And as far a specification goes, it doesn't disappoint.

There's a 14MP sensor with an ISO range of 100-1600. This can be expanded to an ISO equivalent of 3200, though at a reduced resolution. For video capture, footage can be captured at 720p, with AVI file output.  

Unusually for a camera at this price point, the FinePix T200 has a 10x optical zoom range, running from 28-280mm. While the coverage at the wide-end might not look at impressive not to pricier competition, it's more than adequate for most scenes, while the long end will give you enough reach for most subjects. There's also a sensor-shift anti-shake mechanism.

There's a 2.7in screen at the rear with a resolution of 230k-dots, while there are a host of shooting modes. These include SR Auto for automated scene recognition, Auto mode, Program and a host of scene modes that include Panorama and Smile & Shoot (the camera detects when your subjects smiles before firing the shutter).

Fujifilm FinePix T200 review - Design

Available in 4 colours (black, gun-metal grey, red and blue), the T200 is very compact. It's actually only 28.1mm thick including the protrusion of the lens, and only 18.5mm for the body. This is even more impressive when you consider the 10x zoom that's stowed inside.

It's a nice looking camera that feels well put together, but while the finish might hint at a metal construction for the body, is cloaked in plastic.

Fujifilm FinePix T200 review - Performance

If you're just after a point and shoot camera, then this does the job perfectly. Its easy to use and navigate the menu, while images can be tagged in-camera for them to be uploaded to either your Facebook profile or YouTube account. AF can be a touch on the slow side in low contrast situations, but on the whole, it works well for a camera of this class.

Fujifilm FinePix T200 review - Image Quality

The T200 delivered some pleasing images. Good levels of detail are preserved at lower ISOs, and while noise is handled well at higher ISOs, the noise reduction applied does render images looking a touch waxy.

Metering was good, only struggling in high-contrast scenes, while the auto white balance did a solid job.

Fujifilm FinePix T200 review - Value

At under £100 on the high street, there's little the comes close to offering this zoom coverage - you'd have to pay quite a bit more to get something that extends the reach even further.

Fujifilm FinePix T200 review - Verdict

If you're looking for a very competitively priced compact camera, then the T200 is a very solid buy. While it may not have a load of headline grabbing features of more pricier models, there's enough here for those looking for a dependable compact camera that's easy to use and provides decent images.

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Design 18/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 18/20
Features 18/20
Overall Score 88%

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