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King Mustard
08-12-09, 12:35 PM
Is there a better camera than the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR for 150?

Slightly off-topic, but it's a shame the videos it produces are 640x480 mono.

Mike Lowe
08-12-09, 02:09 PM
At that price point there are a couple of good buys to be had, notably the Canon IXUS 95 IS. This also has VGA movie capture - you won't find models at this price point that offer a greater resolution than that for the time being. HD will eventually filter into everything, but patience is certainly required whilst manufacturers slowly 'drip feed' advances into newer products. The market has to effectively keep turning.

King Mustard
08-12-09, 02:19 PM
At that price point there are a couple of good buys to be had, notably the Canon IXUS 95 IS. This also has VGA movie capture - you won't find models at this price point that offer a greater resolution than that for the time being. HD will eventually filter into everything, but patience is certainly required whilst manufacturers slowly 'drip feed' advances into newer products. The market has to effectively keep turning.
CNET weren't too keen on that model...

We like:
Design and finish; simple operation; inclusion of an optical viewfinder

We don't like:
Zoom range; mediocre lens quality; expensive compared to rivals

CNET UK judgement:
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the IXUS 95 IS is that it's a competent range-filler -- a routine but worthwhile update to a popular, lower-priced strand in the IXUS range. It's a lovely thing to look at and use, but despite the sheen of technology the results are average.
Whereas pretty much all reviews state the the F200EXR is an excellent camera.

readone
08-12-09, 04:06 PM
The Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR is the successor to the F100fd, replacing it as the top-of-the-range model in the popular F-Series compact camera range. The F200EXR offers a new 12 megapixel, 1/1.6-inch Super CCD EXR sensor, which promises to turn the world of pocket cameras on its head. The F200EXR is essentially three kinds of camera in one, offering three selectable modes in one sensor. One mode captures the highest resolution possible, another the lowest noise, and the third the most dynamic range.
Other standout features of the Finepix F200EXR include a 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) with a CCD-shift dual image stabilisation system, 3 inch LCD screen, Face Detection 3.0 technology, Super Intelligent Flash mode for flash-assisted macro shots, self-explanatory Portrait Enhancer mode, and ISO settings of up to ISO 12800. The F200EXR also reinstates creative exposure modes in the form of aperture-priority and full manual, making it more appealing to the keen shutterbug. With a launch price of $399.95 / 329.99, we find out if the Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR really is the revolutionary compact camera that Fujifilm is claiming it to be

King Mustard
08-12-09, 04:20 PM
The Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR is the successor to the F100fd, replacing it as the top-of-the-range model in the popular F-Series compact camera range. The F200EXR offers a new 12 megapixel, 1/1.6-inch Super CCD EXR sensor, which promises to turn the world of pocket cameras on its head. The F200EXR is essentially three kinds of camera in one, offering three selectable modes in one sensor. One mode captures the highest resolution possible, another the lowest noise, and the third the most dynamic range.
Other standout features of the Finepix F200EXR include a 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) with a CCD-shift dual image stabilisation system, 3 inch LCD screen, Face Detection 3.0 technology, Super Intelligent Flash mode for flash-assisted macro shots, self-explanatory Portrait Enhancer mode, and ISO settings of up to ISO 12800. The F200EXR also reinstates creative exposure modes in the form of aperture-priority and full manual, making it more appealing to the keen shutterbug. With a launch price of $399.95 / 329.99, we find out if the Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR really is the revolutionary compact camera that Fujifilm is claiming it to be
Sounds like I won't regret getting this camera, especially for 150 :)

Nigel Atherton
13-12-09, 12:07 AM
The Fuji is a good buy but then so is the Ixus 95 IS, despite what CNET say (what do they know!)