Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR
Review Date : Fri, 10 Apr 2009
Author : Matt Golowczynski
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How does the first camera to feature Fujifilmʼs exr technology fare?
|Pros:||Image quality, useful features, design, wide dynamic range|
|Cons:||Loose battery, start-up could be a little faster, edges around LCD can collect dust|
Announced towards the end of last year, Fujifilm's EXR sensor concept builds on the successes of its previous sensor technologies, with the F200 EXR being the company's first compact in which it has been incorporated.
The sensor itself holds 12MP over a relatively large 1/1.6in CCD, which allows it a sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200 as standard, with extensions to ISO 6400 and 12800 at reduced resolutions. As might be expected from a plastic-bodied compact there's no option for Raw shooting, with images stored solely as JPEGs.
Aside from the sensor the compact barely betrays its point-and-shoot status, with the usual scattering of features and technologies, such as Face Detection, red-eye removal and a VGA-resolution video mode, all present. Exposure control comes by Auto and Program settings, as well as the EXR mode and a handful of scene options, though those wishing for more control over their images will welcome the further options of Aperture Priority and Manual exposure. As with many similar compacts these latter two options are fairly limited, with only two selectable apertures at any given focal length. The optic does, however, provide a useful 5x focal range, beginning from an 35mm equivalent setting of 28mm and ending at 140mm, which should suit most subjects.
Capitalising on the company?s film heritage, the F200 offers its colour options as Film Simulation modes which emulate the characteristics of Fujifilm?s Provia, Velvia and Astia emulsions. These are set via the respective Standard, Vivid and Soft options, and are joined by further settings for black & white and sepia. Control over dynamic range may be selected over three levels from 100-400%, with a further 800% setting available when the camera is set to record in its EXR Dynamic Range mode.
In terms of recording and viewing images, the rear of the camera sports a 3in LCD screen with a 230,000-dot resolution, with an HD output and supplied cable further allowing it to be connected to external monitors.
With the F200 EXR Fujifilm has brought a new standard down to a wider market. Those not wishing to process Raw images but still wanting quality results will welcome the flexibility of the EXR sensor, as well as the results it produces. Detail at lower ISOs is stunning and the extended dynamic range is appreciated, though with little in the way of manual control and lack of functionality I doubt the camera will steal much thunder from the high-end, enthusiast compact market. Should Fujifilm use the sensor in a better-specified body, however, we may see an interesting turn of events. Ultimately, by straying from the herd and paying attention where it matters, Fujifilm has once again proved the benefits of its innovative sensor technology.