The Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR is equipped with Super CCD EXR technology, which is like having three cameras in one. You can shoot at full resolution (12 megapixels), while a second mode improves low-light quality and reduces noise by lowering resolution to 6 megapixels, and a third boosts dynamic range by melding two 6-megapixel images shot at different exposures. The F80EXR has a 3-inch display that's viewable in sunlight and can shoot HD video (720p). It also comes in two new colors and has a pet-detection mode that automatically snaps a shot when your dog or cat faces the camera. Mike Perlman at InfoSyncWorld.com considers the F80EXR "one of the most advanced shooters in its class."
However, reviewers prefer the image quality of the older F70EXR. Mark Goldstein at PhotographyBlog.com says that "in a bid to keep up with market-leaders," Fujifilm upped the megapixels, but at the expense of fine details -- a sentiment shared by some users at Amazon.com. "It's a shame that the pixel smoothing is so aggressive or the F80EXR would have surpassed its predecessor," says Tuffin. HD video also suffers. Goh describes it as "point-and-shoot caliber," and says the F80EXR doesn't have an HDMI cable or manual exposure controls like some of the competition.
Detailed professional reviews from PhotographyBlog.com, CNET and SteveDigicams.com, to name a few, consistently compare the Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR to the older Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR. InfoSyncWorld.com and TrustedReviews.com also look at how the F80EXR compares to other rivals, while user reviews at Amazon.com reveal problems with daily wear and tear.
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1. CNET (Asia)
Leonard Goh likes some of the upgrades on the Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR, among them the higher-contrast LCD with improved viewing in sunlight and reduced start-up to first shot times. The camera "doesn't disappoint" in low-light shooting conditions, but the aggressive noise reduction erases fine detail in photos.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR, Leonard Goh, April 19, 2010
Even though the Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR produces high noise, and the EXR mode doesn't show a "prodigious difference" compared to auto or manual shooting, it still manages to beat out most competitors for image quality, says Mike Perlman. The camera also has a decent set of manual controls, and a quieter zoom motor than the Fujifilm FinePix S2550HD.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR Review, Mike Perlman, May 7, 2010
Editors at Steves-Digicams.com deem the Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR a "versatile compact camera with a multitude of cool features." However, image quality "has not improved" from its predecessor, the Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR, and video playback looks fine on the 3-inch LCD but isn't sharp when enlarged on a computer monitor.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR, Editors of Steves-Digicams.com, June 4, 2010
Mark Goldstein welcomes the increase in LCD real estate, but finds the 230,000-pixel resolution "disappointingly low." Likewise, the boost to 12 megapixels comes at the expense of fine detail compared to the older Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR. Nevertheless, he still considers the camera "one of the most capable mid-range compacts around."
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F80 EXR Review, Mark Goldstein, May 4, 2010
The Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR offers a wealth of features that edge out similarly priced digital cameras, says Matt Tuffin. However, while the F80EXR repeats the success of the F70EXR on most counts, it has sluggish autofocus and moreover falls "critically short" in image quality due to aggressive pixel smoothing.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F80 EXR Review, Matt Tuffin, June 10, 2010
Only about two dozen users weigh in on the Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR, and many are pleased with the camera's features and image quality. A few, however, say the increased megapixels degrade image quality, and one owner says there's little difference between photos taken with the F80EXR and those shot with his old 4-megapixel Canon PowerShot A80.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR 12 MP Super CCD Digital Camera, Contributors to Amazon.com