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5.0 out of 5 stars Fuji do it again, 15 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR Digital Camera - Black (12MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
This is the camera that the vast majority of us have been waiting for, in a sensible package it crams a high resolution advanced sensor with some extra tricks up its sleeve, a respectable 5x zoom lens, a shorter than average wide angle start point and last but not least a fully automatic mode that seems to do what it should........take the best possible picture in the circumstances.

It is the Extended Range Function that makes this camera what it is.

In normal to good lighting conditions it functions as a conventional 12mp camera.

However should the lighting conditions have a large difference between light and dark, then the camera shifts into the Extended range function. The 12mp sensor is now split into two 6mp sensors, one taking a slighty overexposed image and the other to take a slighty underexposed image. These are then combined to make one 6mp picture but with all the detail in both the dark and light sections of the image (and by god it works).

Should the lighting conditions be very poor and/or there is a risk of picture shake. It will shift to its high ISO - Low noise mode. Again it splits the sensor into two 6mp sensors and takes identical exposures and then combines the two images, cancelling out the majority of noise artifacts from such a high ISO setting. The high ISO also allows for a faster shutter speed and therefor less shake. This function can also allow you to take pictures without flash for a more natural balance or where flash is prohibited.

A small point to note that these last two functions result in 6mp image output from the camera, so excessive cropping/zooming/large print size could result in a slightly lower picture quality than expected.

The camera can be forced into using either of the two functions described above or can be switched off to function as a normal 12mp camera all the time (plus all the other usual modes).

Also to note is that battery life is awful in the EXR mode, as all the processing functions are fully active all the time including constant focusing

The 28mm start point on the lens helps, you know when your stood in the corner of a room trying to get as much in as you can. This camera (like any other with a similar start point) just gets so much more in the frame than those with the classic 35mm start point.

The zoom is also a revelation, whilst limited to a 5x limit it has lots of steps (15!) through its range. So its never a case of to close or not close enough.

Could go on for ages its brill....

Remeber plenty of memory (especially if you are going to use fujis amazing video mode, so much better than the rest at 30fps). A spare battery or two...... they dont last long. Watch out on the replacement front have seen some very low capacity batteries marked as high capacity (look for at least 900 - 1000 mha, have seen one as high as 1200mha which should help). The battery is not unique to fuji, i have a Kodak Klic 7004 battery (equivalent by Uniross 1000mha £11) that works fine.

Any niggles ..well yes i find that i keep jogging the function dial, but thats probably me just being clumsy when i get it out the case.

Buy and enjoy... you never knew you where that good at taking pictures!

N.B. I have noticed alot of people complaining about noisy pictures at iso 1600 setting. This (and iso 3200) is available at full 12mp resolution and will be noisy. Switch to EXR High/Low noise mode - problem solved.
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Initial post: 15 Jun 2009 20:22:01 BDT
Hi are you allowed to say where you get the High Capacity Batteries & SDHC Cards from?
Cheers

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2009 23:47:54 BDT
D. KNIGHT says:
Its more a case where can you not buy them. Amazon are quite reasonable on the whole but good old ebay has few interesting things. Always remember Caveat emptor.

Posted on 8 Oct 2009 17:23:52 BDT
C. J. Davis says:
Great review. I'm thinking of buying this camera, but would like to know about the flash. Many of the photos I take will be in dimly lit rooms, with a person as the subject about 12 - 15 feet away. Is the flash adequate for this?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2009 17:51:02 BDT
D. KNIGHT says:
The Flash is certainly better than average, in that it does not suffer from white outs. However whether it is powerful enough for this range I do not know. Switch the face recognition on and it will optimise exposure Also just how dimly lit and how good a result are you expecting. Remember that the camera as a higher iso range than most and although you would not want to explore its highest settings, it can turn in good results without a flash at all. If using a tripod then why not just go for a good old fashioned long exposure. The permutaions are endless and all there for the trying. Good luck

Posted on 11 Apr 2010 14:32:29 BDT
Phone buyer says:
Sounds great. So how long do the batteries last, hours-wise please?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2010 01:00:51 BDT
P. Kennedy says:
You say you've even seen one 1200mah battery. Well, theres 1400mah at the moment on ebay
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