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Brilliant compact travel-zoom camera!
on 13 October 2012
I did a lot of research before buying a new camera, and the Fuji F660EXR (16MP, 15x zoom) always seemed to come out on top. So I had decided to buy the F660 before I became aware that there were two 'newer' versions, the F770EXR and the F800EXR. These two versions are very similar, but the F800 was the one I decided to buy in the end, as it had a few more options than the F770 that I was hoping to find in a camera but didn't expect to, for example, 'Miniature', 'Pop Colour' and 'Partial Colour'.
The amount of features this little camera contains is phenomenal. EXR mode can decide exactly what mode and camera settings your photo will need (even being able to differentiate between portrait, landscape and macro), Auto mode, Toy Camera (shaded borders as taken by toycameras), Miniature, Pop Colour, High Key, Dynamic (fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tone reproduction), Partial Colour, Panorama (even the full 360 degrees), Pro Focus (makes the subject in pin sharp focus while the background is softened right back), Pro Low-Light (takes four photos in low light and combines them to make one noise-free photo), Multiple Exposure (take two photos and overlay one over the other), Individual Shutter 3D (take two images from two different angles to get a 3D image, viewable on 3D TVs and prints), Natural & Flash (takes two photos simultaneously, one with flash and one without, so you can choose the best one), Natural Light, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Dog, Cat, Landscape, Sport (or moving subjects), Night, Night Tripod, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater (for use with a waterproof camera casing), Party (for indoor events), Flower (macro and vivid colour), Text, Full Manual Mode, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Programmed Setting, and so much more!
The camera is capable of taking RAW images, or even RAW and JPEG together so you have a RAW image for later editing and a JPEG image for easy sharing.
The 16MP quality is superb, and the 20x optical and 40x intelligent digital zoom is also amazing. I used to think I'd need a special telephoto lens to get photos this close to the subject until now.
Video mode is taking a little getting used to because I've always used a camcorder before now, but the camera can take Full HD video, and also 'High-Speed' video (up to 320 frames per second) that when played at normal speed slows the action right down - this can be useful both in sport videos and nature videos. One thing you need to make sure of when shooting High Speed videos is to make sure you have a lot of good lighting, as in usual situations the video becomes very dark due to the shutter speed.
The camera itself is so easy to use, and the size is small enough to fit into your pocket. It has a nice weight, i.e. doesn't feel cheap and plastic-like. The body is rubberised for easier handling and no fear of dropping it, and there are places dedicated for your fingers and thumb for easy one-handed use.
A battery, wrist strap, USB cable, AV cable, software disc, wall adaptor and battery charger all come in the box. The battery had a small amount of charge right from the box, then when it had worn down completely it took about 3-4 hours to charge fully again.
I highly recommend the Fuji Finepix F800EXR, more for advanced amateurs than beginners (as the number of features might not be required for someone wanting a simple point-and-shoot), and for people who want a compact super travel-zoom camera to take wherever they go.
Thank you for reading my review, I really hope it's helped you decide whether this camera is for you or not. I found it a little hard to write a comprehensive review for this product because of the sheer number of features it has, but I hope I've helped you in what I've written.