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4.0 out of 5 stars Great camera for the price, especially in low light, 7 Oct 2012
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR Digital Camera - Black (16MP EXR-CMOS Sensor, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen (Electronics)
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This is tough. I've spent a LOT of time experimenting with this camera and also comparing it with other compacts at similar prices. No one camera is brilliant at everything, of course. This, like all the others I tried, has strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I'd have no hesitation in recommending it. It will satisfy most people looking for a sub-£200 pocket snapper.

Strengths:

* large lcd
* wider than usual wide-angle (equivalent to 24mm on 35mm cameras)
* 15x optical zoom
* accurate focussing on small subjects, e.g. a bird feeder in a big space outside
* effective stabilisation
* fast in use
* produces sharp, colourful shots in most conditions
* generally intuitive menus (contradicting some other reviewers - I found the camera easy to use)
* cleverly switches the sensor to 8 megapixels in low light where noise is often a problem
* surprisingly effective 360-degree panorama mode

Weaknesses

* no viewfinder, but that's a common issue - the display was generally usable in bright light (use `sunlight' mode)
* zooming is almost TOO fast, making it hard to get the zoom level you want
* tends to over-expose at times, especially in EXR mode
* EXR mode sometimes produces over-warm images
* doesn't have as many tricks up its sleeve as some cameras, panorama being an exception
* video quality compares unfavourably with some other cameras, despite its HD claims
* there's a printed basic manual but the full manual is on CD, again in common with many cameras, sadly
* it's very easy to turn the mode dial by accident, especially when slipping the camera in/out of a pocket or case.

My conclusions are that, if movie capability is important, this isn't the camera for you. If, on the other hand, you want mainly to take high-quality stills, especially indoors, and value the wide angle, the F660EXR is an excellent camera at the price - just be sure to check the mode dial before each use and only use EXR mode in low light without flash.
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2013 13:57:36 GMT
Ms. H. Burza says:
Thank you useful review :)

Posted on 30 Aug 2014 09:42:37 BDT
Not overlong but extremely well detailed and useful review. I'm trying to find a reliable good quality (but affordable) compact and this camera is currently high on my list. Many thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2014 12:38:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2014 12:38:50 BDT
Mr Gumby says:
Thank you! Keep in mind that the camera and review are almost two years old and there are probably better options now. Do you subscribe to Which? If not, I know the latest mag has a recommendation on a new camera but I'm not at home. Will update this later if you like.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2014 16:13:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2014 16:14:24 BDT
It's that phrase "...there are probably better options now..." which always worries me when manufacturers release new versions of almost anything. With cameras it often means swathes of new options, functions, menus and sub-menus etc. It's for that reason that these older cameras, which can often be bought unusued or 'used like new' are the ones I'm looking at. They're usually designed to do a job and haven't become as 'smart' or cluttered as newer versions. Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2014 21:44:30 BDT
Mr Gumby says:
I wouldn't suggest upgrading regularly just to get the latest whizzy features. Technology improves constantly and, if buying a new piece of technology, it's often worth buying something fairly recent (but tried & tested). Specifically, regarding cameras, sensors improve significantly with every generation, as does the software that drives them. That means sharper pictures with more accurate colours, among other things. If I were buying today for around £200, I'd be looking at the likes of Nikon S9700, Canon N100, Canon S200, Olympus SH50, depending on the features you value.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2014 09:08:44 BDT
I agree with all your points. Your list of cameras to consider looks to be well worth following-up. Thanks.
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