The Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR garners mixed ratings, with some reviewers highly recommending it and others expressing reservations about its performance. All agree, however, with CNET's Joshua Goldman, who says that the F600 EXR offers "fairly exhaustive shooting options for a point and shoot." There's a 15x zoom lens with excellent image stabilization, a roomy 3-inch LCD display, creative manual controls, RAW image format and a built-in GPS. Fujifilm's cutting-edge 16-megapixel EXR sensor works like three cameras in one: a mode for high-resolution photos, another at low resolution to improve low-light photos and reduce noise and a third to boost dynamic range. Reviewers like how the auto EXR recognizes a scene and selects the best shooting mode, which makes the camera easy to use for beginners.
However, the F600 EXR "has a few too many flaws and foibles to earn an unconditional recommendation," says Jim Fisher at PCMag.com. Noisy and inconsistent images rank as the top complaint from both critics and users. In addition, the average HD video (1080p) suffers from juddering, the sensitive mic picks up lens noise and the battery-draining GPS is slow to hone in on locations. While some testers are forgiving of the flaws and give the F600 EXR an enthusiastic thumbs-up, others suggest looking at other options. The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS offers a more reliable GPS and sharper images, while the Nikon Coolpix S9100 has a higher-resolution LCD, longer 18x zoom lens and better low-light shooting.
PCMag.com and CNET offer a detailed look at how the Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR stacks up next to rival ultrazoom cameras. ConsumerReports.org and Which? magazine offer product comparison charts and brief summaries based on rigorous lab test scores, while Steves-Digicams.com provides a stand-alone yet informative review. Many users at Amazon.com chime in with their opinions.
Digital camera analyst Jim Fisher says the well-designed Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR "shows a lot of promise on paper." However, the camera's flaws -- such as the finicky flash button, pokey GPS and poor low-light performance -- overshadow its impressive features. Other cameras, such as the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and the Editors' Choice Nikon Coolpix S9100, show more promise.
Review: Fujifilm Finepix F600EXR, Jim Fisher, Nov. 10, 2011
While the nicely designed Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR is loaded with shooting options, Joshua Goldman says "you'll need to be willing to really dig into its features and settings to get the best results." The camera also lags with slow shooting times, and the GPS quickly drains battery life. Otherwise, he says it's a nice compact ultrazoom.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR, Joshua Goldman, Jan. 18, 2012
ConsumerReports.org tests more than 160 point-and-shoot digital cameras. Each receives a ratings report card, and the newly expanded test results summarize key features and performance. The extensive comparison chart shows how the Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR stacks up next to many competitors.
Review: Point & Shoot Digital Camera Ratings & Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of Feb. 2012
4. Which? magazine
Which? magazine is the U.K.'s version of ConsumerReports.org. Editors test more than 250 digital cameras for 15 key features and performance areas. An overall score ranks the cameras among competitors, and the top-scoring models earn an editor-recommended Best Buy status.
Review: Digital Camera Reviews, Editors of Which?, As of Feb. 2011
Owners are divided about the Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR. While a narrow margin say it's an exceptional camera, nearly half give it only a 1- or 2-star rating because of inconsistent image quality, hit-or-miss video and hard-to-use features.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com