In reviews, Fujifilm F-series cameras have a track record of excelling in low-light conditions, but the 12-megapixel FinePix F200EXR takes the game to the next level with Fujifilm's Super CCD EXR technology. The EXR technology "changes the way the sensor's pixels work according to different lighting conditions," says Leonard Goh of CNET Asia, which allows for better low-light performance and a wider dynamic range than any other digital camera on the market. "It's literally three cameras in one sensor," says Mark Goldstein at PhotographyBlog.com, who calls the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR "a veritable breath of fresh air" that stands out among the competition. The Fujifilm Super CCD EXR sensor has three different modes: high resolution, high ISO/low noise and dynamic range, which shift priority to highest resolution, low light and exposure level, respectively.
Critics applaud the Auto EXR, which recognizes a scene and automatically selects the best shooting mode. "It's the first time we relied so much on an automatic mode because we trusted it," says Leonard Goh. The camera also has five film simulation options and 15 presets. Goh and his fellow testers are "astounded by the high dynamic range and low noise levels." Jeff Keller of DCResource.com found the ISO capabilities a full stop better than the competition. Despite the expert accolades, a noteworthy number of owners call the Auto EXR "hit or miss," adding that it doesn't always choose an appropriate mode and generates extra image noise. Cramped control buttons and insecure handling are also an issue.
The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR gets coverage from a wide range of sources including DCResource.com, PhotographyBlog.com and ConsumerReports.org. More than 30 users offer their opinions on Amazon.com.
Photo expert Jeff Keller puts the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR through rigorous testing, and while he finds it isn't perfect, it nevertheless takes "better high ISO photos than other cameras in its class." Drawbacks include soft images at full resolution, limited aperture priority settings and a lack of image stabilization in movie mode. Still, he considers the F200EXR worth the money, especially for anyone doing a lot of shooting in low-light conditions.
Review: Fuji FinePix F200EXR, Jeff Keller, May 31, 2009
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The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR earns accolades from Leonard Goh for its astounding high dynamic range and low noise levels. Although the camera doesn't win any fashion awards and lacks full manual functions, Goh and his fellow testers say it's "one of the best midrange compacts we've tested."
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR, Leonard Goh, March 9, 2009
"In a world of look-a-like digital cameras with ever-increasing megapixel counts, the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is a veritable breath of fresh air," says photo expert Mark Goldstein. Like other reviewers, he is impressed by Fujifilm's new sensor technology, which he says literally makes the F200EXR three cameras in one. However, the lack of a shutter priority mode and limited aperture settings "does leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth."
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Review, Mark Goldstein, March 18, 2009
ConsumerReports.org conducts rigorous testing of more than 60 compact and ultra-compact digital cameras, including the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. Cameras are rated for image quality, dynamic range, next-shot delay and more.
Review: Digital Cameras, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Cliff Smith expresses some concerns about the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR, such as the small, "fiddly" controls and a troublesome double-menu navigation system. Performance is also a mixed bag, with slow start-up to first shot times. The shortcomings are outweighed by the camera's low-light shooting and focusing abilities, as well as its superior image quality at higher ISO settings, which he rates as better than "any other compact on the market."
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR Review, Cliff Smith, April 28, 2009
"A potentially great camera marred with a lousy Auto mode," sums up one owner of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. It's a frequent complaint among the approximately 70 owner reviews at Amazon.com. Image noise and limited manual controls sprinkle the complaints, but in the end, most users recommend the camera as a class leader for shooting in low-light conditions.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR, Contributors to Amazon.com