How does the first camera to feature Fujifilmʼs exr technology fare?
Design And Performance
With a 5x zoom lens and a 3in LCD screen the camera is understandably a little large, though not as weighty as might be expected. The zoom rocker and shutter release button are both comfortable to operate, and while larger LCD screens usually have a knock-on effect on handling, the camera still offers enough space to rest your thumb on the back, along with an adequately proportioned set of controls. The LCD is a little recessed into the body, though, allowing dust to collect around the edges where itʼs not always easy to remove.
Navigating the menus is fairly straightforward, thanks to their basic structure and graphic display. At 230,000 dots the screenʼs resolution is fairly unremarkable, and thereʼs some slight lagging as you move around a scene, but it still performs well when compared with its peers. Focusing, even in darker conditions, is carried out fairly briskly and this is mirrored by the speed and accuracy of the Intelligent Face Detection system, which quickly recognises faces even when theyʼre side-on to the camera. The zoom shares this trait, travelling through its range at a good pace.
The only downsides regarding performance are minor at best. The battery is quite loose in its compartment, and on a number of occasions ejecting the memory card resulted in the battery following it out of the camera. Also, the cameraʼs start-up time is hardly quick, although powering down is fortunately a little quicker.