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2009.04.23

Neocamera just published its full-review of the Fuji Finepix F200 EXR. This is the new flagship ultra-compact digital camera from Fuji and features their new – and absolutely unique – SuperCCD EXR sensor. This particular sensor provides 3 modes of operation: 12 megapixels high-resolution mode 6 megapixels low-noise mode and 6 megapixels high-dynamic-range mode. These modes are possible due to a special arrangement of pixels and other technical wonders. Read the full-review to find out if it lives to expectations.

The Fuji Finepix F200 EXR features an impressive feature-set for an ultra-compact, including a wide-ange 5X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, manual and aperture-priority exposure, adjustable dynamic-range and ISO sensitivities up to 3200 at full-resolution (12800 at lower resolutions).

Due to the various modes of the F200 EXR, this review contains more crops and samples than usual, most of them taken in one of the camera’s special modes. This review also contains an extra page comparing crops of the Fuji F200 with the Nikon D90. Though certainly not without contraversy, this is designed to illustrate the remaining image quality difference between a state-of-the-art ultra-compact and a modern DSLR.

Getting frequent feedback from digital camera owners it happens that the number one request this year has been for ultra-compact with excellent low-light performance. Many peope buy a DSLR because it has such high image quality but end up feeling that it is too cumbersome and finally buy an ultra-compact digital camera.

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2 responses to “Fuji Finepix F200 EXR Full-Review Published”

  1. Wolfgang Kronberg says:

    Thank you for your detailed review! Regarding the usage of the EXR modes, however, you stepped right into Fujifilm’s trap of lacking documentation. 🙂 The F200EXR does automatically use DR and SN modes even in modes P and M, if you let it (by setting the picture size to M or S, i.e. to 6MP or below). For DR, this is proven by the fact that you can choose the combination of ISO100 and DR400, which is not possible without the special DR mode of the EXR sensor (you must also switch off the flash for this, but that’s just another requirement of the DR EXR mode). Owners of the F200EXR have also shown, by detailed picture analysis, that by setting 6MP, DR100 and a high ISO mode, including ISO3200, you force the camera into SN mode (the SN pictures look different from scaled-down HR pictures, especially in terms of noise reduction artifacts and color details).

    Could you perhaps change the parts of your review which deal with those questions? You would be the first reviewer I know of who got it right! And you could give Fuji some well-earned gripe for not documenting this stuff. 🙂

  2. Itai says:

    Thank you for bringing this up. This part of the Fuji F200 EXR’s behavior is truly its biggest downside which is why the top entry on our list of cons for this camera is: “Complex interaction of features, strange limits”. The review text has been updated to reflect that the sensor mode depends on more factors than is documented in the manual provided with the camera. It is worth mentioning here that you noted that Fuji updated the manual for the F200 on its web-site with a list called “Restrictions on Camera settings”, which unfortunately does not include all possible interactions.

    Without knowing what all the technical issues are with when each mode can be used, I can only suggest an approach which would seem better from a usability perspective. Since the EXR-mode of the sensor affects resolution, I would prefer that the “Image Resolution” choices in the Finepix (F) menu would include the sensor mode there as in: 12 MP HR Fine, 12 MP HR Normal, 6 MP SN, 6 MP DR, 3 MP HR, 3 MP SN. Then, the camera EXR mode could serve only for accessing Auto-EXR and every mode, including P, A and M, would have all EXR modes accessible and it would be clearly visible to the user as to which mode it in use.

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