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Fujifilm launches FinePix F600 EXR travel zoom

By dpreview staff on Aug 11, 2011 at 05:00 GMT

Fujifilm has announced the FinePix F600 EXR, an updated version of its F550 raw-capable compact superzoom. The F600 features the same back-illuminated 1/2" EXR CMOS sensor and 24-360mm equivalent zoom lens but gains a series of feature improvements, allowing users to make more of the camera's capabilities. The biggest advance is a motion detection mode that allows the camera to increase the ISO to better capture moving subjects. If motion isn't detected, the camera will use a lower ISO to maximise image quality. The camera's GPS is also better utilized, with the addition of a Landmark Navigator mode that informs you of nearby landmarks as well as tagging them in your photos. It also features an 'Intelligent Digital Zoom' context-sensitive sharpening feature when up-sizing the cropped images shot in digital zoom mode, to reduce the loss of image quality. The camera retains the F550's raw capability and 1080p30 HD movie shooting.

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FinePix F600 EXR – the ultimate travel companion

Fujifilm is proud to announce the launch of the FinePix F600 EXR - a model that defines new picture-taking possibilities for a compact camera. Despite being no bigger than the F550 EXR it supersedes, the FinePix F600 EXR boasts exciting new technologies that improve the user experience and make it the ideal camera for photographers who like to travel, as well as those who simply want high quality results from a camera that fits into a pocket.

The FinePix F600 EXR uses key aspects of the specification first seen on the F550 EXR, but adds extra functionality. The pioneering 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor now features new EXR Auto with a Motion Detection capability to virtually reduce subject blur in all lighting conditions. The built-in GPS functionality adds a Landmark Navigator feature to help photographers pin-point locations, and the 15x wide-angle optical zoom lens now doubles its telephoto power thanks to the new intelligent digital zoom mode. It all stacks up to make the FinePix F600 EXR a dynamic package and one that will set new standards in the premium compact camera market.  

Intelligent Digital Zoom pulls in the most distant details

The FinePix F600 EXR is no slouch when it comes to zoom capability. The camera features a wide-reaching 15x optical zoom, which offers the 35mm equivalent of a 24-360mm lens. This ensures that users can capture a wide range of images from landscapes through to tightly framed details.

Thanks to the new Intelligent Digital Zoom feature, however, the F600 EXR’s zoom range offers double the telephoto power. With its 30x Intelligent Digital Zoom, even the most distant objects can be turned into frame-filling close-ups, greatly extending the creative uses for the FinePix F600 EXR.

Intelligent Digital Zoom is an enhanced digital zoom function. Cameras featuring conventional digital zoom functionality boost sharpness during processing by enhancing the edges of all objects in the frame. However, this also increases noise in unwanted areas of the image, leading to lower quality results. Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom assesses areas of contrast within an image and applies selective processing to the sections of the image where sharpness can be boosted without lowering image quality. This ensures that digital noise is not increased uniformly across the frame so results are much improved. 

Improved sensor technology = improved low light pictures

The bespoke ½” 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor in the FinePix F600 EXR was first seen in the F550 EXR and combines Back Side Illuminated CMOS (BSI-CMOS) and EXR technologies to deliver superb results across a wide range of lighting conditions. This is thanks to the design of the sensor, which improves light transmission to boost performance, most notably in low light conditions. On the F600 EXR, however, low light results are further enhanced thanks to the improved EXR Auto mode that now offers Motion Detection plus a superior scene recognition range than previous models.
 
The new Motion Detection function enables the FinePix F600 EXR to tackle motion blur on three fronts with mechanical image stabilisation, high ISO sensitivity and the new Motion Detection capability working together. In low light conditions with EXR Auto mode selected, the FinePix F600 EXR will automatically identify if the subject is moving. If it is, the camera deploys Motion Detection and a higher ISO to ensure the subject is captured, blur free. If no subject movement is identified, the FinePix F600 EXR will automatically keep the ISO lower and use image stabilisation for blur free results.

This new functionality is in addition to the EXR sensor’s unique technology. Leave the FinePix F600 EXR in EXR Auto and it will select the best option to deliver a great result. But users who prefer to take more control themselves can choose from:

• EXR HR (High Resolution) priority mode is where the sensor utilises every one of its 16 megapixels for the highest quality results.

• EXR DR (Dynamic Range) priority mode where two images are captured and then merged together to produce superb results on high contrast scenes.

• EXR SN (Signal to Noise) priority mode in which pixels are doubled up to increase sensitivity and give better results in low light conditions.

Augmented Reality Landmark Navigator – the next level of GPS

GPS tagging is the latest must-have feature on compact cameras and after introducing the functionality on the FinePix F550 EXR, Fujifilm has taken the technology further with the introduction of a GPS Landmark Navigator on the FinePix F600 EXR.

Imagine you’re visiting a city that you’ve never been to before. You want to be sure you take in all the famous sites – or you simply want to know where they are in relation to your current location. GPS Landmark Navigator enables you to do just that. The FinePix F600 EXR automatically locates places of interest from its on-board database of around one million locations before displaying these points on the camera’s LCD, showing their relative position, distance from your current spot and type of location depending on a range of category icons. Users can also add and edit location names.

This exciting new feature is offered in addition to the GPS functionality introduced in the FinePix F550 EXR. This includes Photo Navigation to help users to find their way back to a previously-photographed location, and tracking data where users can create a route of their travels – along with pictures taken along that route – once they return home using Google Maps*.

Great panoramic shots – seamlessly!

A 360° panoramic image of a location makes for a great memory and the FinePix F600 EXR has an enhanced Motion Panorama mode that ensures those memories are even better preserved. With the camera’s 360° panorama functionality, each side of the panorama is connected so you get one – seamless – panoramic shot. No details are missed and you’re assured of recording every single aspect of a location.

Good panoramic shots also rely on a steady grip on the camera and the FinePix F600 EXR’s new rubber coating (only available on Black version) on the front plate will ensure a solid hold, as well as enhancing the overall feel of the camera. Coupled with the high resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen (460K dots), the FinePix F600 EXR all adds up to a fantastic handling experience.

Fantastic features for maximum versatility

In addition to all these exciting new features, the F600 EXR also offers a wide range of picture taking modes that make it the ideal model for almost every photographic occasion.

ISO sensitivity up to 12,800, a full complement of exposure modes including aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual for creative shooting, continuous frame capture of up to eight frames per second at full resolution, RAW file format, a selection of film simulation modes, and a full-featured integrated flash are just some of the multitude of options available.

And for users preferring to capture video footage, the FinePix F600 EXR offers full HD 1080p movie capture with stereo sound and a high speed movie option for freezing fast moving action at up to an incredible 320 frames per second.

Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR key features:

  • 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor with NEW EXR Auto mode and Motion Detection technology
  • 15x optical zoom covering 24-360mm (35mm equivalent) plus 2x Intelligent Digital zoom
  • GPS Landmark Navigator
  • Seamless Motion Panorama 360 mode
  • 3.0” LCD screen (high resolution 460K dots)
  • Rubberised body coating (Black model only)
  • P, A, S, M exposure modes for creativity plus Scene modes
  • Pro Low-Light and Pro Focus advanced shooting modes
  • Full HD (1080p) movie capture
  • Photobook Assist function
  • Film Simulation modes
  • RAW image capture (RAF file format)
  • SD, SDHC and SDXC card compatibility
  • 33MB internal memory
  • Available in the UK in Red, Black and White colour variations

*You need to install “MyFinePix Studio” on your PC to access to this function.

Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR specifications

Sensor • 1/2" EXR-CMOS
• 16.0 million effective pixels
Image size 4:3
• 4608 x 3456
• 3264 x 2448
• 2304 x 1728

3:2
• 4608 x 3072
• 3264 x 2176
• 2304 x 1536

16:9
• 4608 x 2592
• 3264 x 1840
• 1920 x 1080
Movie clips • 1920 x 1080pixels @ 30fps
• 1280 x 720pixels @ 60fps
• 640 x 480pixels @ 30fps
• with stereo sound
Movie mode functions • High Speed Movie(80/160/320 fps)
• Vertical movie shooting tagging
• Still Shooting during in Movie Recording
File formats • Still image : RAW, JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3 )
• Movie : H.264 (MOV)
Lens • Fujinon 15x Optical zoom lens
• F3.5 - F5.3
• f=4.4mm – 66mm
• 24 - 360mm equiv.
Image stabilization Yes, Sensor-shift
Metering TTL 256-zones metering
Aperture F3.5- F7.1 (Wide)
F5.3- F11.0 (Tele)
Modes • Program
• Shutter Priority
• Aperture Priority
• Manual
• Auto
• SP
• Movie
Scene EXR AUTO (27 scenes)
ISO • ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
• ISO 6400 (M mode or lower)
• ISO 12800 (S mode)
White balance • Automatic scene recognition
• Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Underwater, Custom
Self timer • Approx. 10 sec./ 2 sec. delay
• Auto release (dog/cat)
• Auto release
Continuous shooting • L:TOP- 4/8  (3/5/8 frames/sec.)
• M:TOP- 4/8/16   (3/5/8/11 frames/sec.)
• S:TOP- 4/8/16/32   (3/5/8/11 frames/sec.))
Flash • Auto flash (i-Flash)ß
LCD monitor • 3.0 inch
• approx. 460,0000 pixels
• TFT colors LCD monitor
Digital input/output • USB 2.0 High Speed
• HDMI Mini connector
Video output NTSC / PAL selectable
Storage • Internal memory (Approx. 33MB)
• SD  / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)  memory card
Power Li-ion battery NP-50
Number of frames 300 frames
Weight (no batt) Approx. 201g
Weight (inc. batt & card) Approx. 220g
Dimensions 104 (W) x 63 (H) x 33 (D) mm
GPS enabled Yes
Included accessories • Li-ion battery NP-50
• Battery charger BC-45W
• Hand strap
• USB cable
• A/V cable
• CD-ROM
• Owner's manual
Optional accessories • DC coupler CP-50
• AC power adapter AC-5VX
• Waterproof Case WP-FXF500

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Comments

Total comments: 25
clandestinebird
By clandestinebird (Nov 3, 2011)

Hi,

Owing to Canon don't release the S100, I am thinking to buy this fuji F600 exr to use in digiscoping technic, if somebody have a comment to me before I buy it, I really appreciate your help.

thanks

0 upvotes
snake_b
By snake_b (Oct 12, 2011)

too bad people are still reporting the lens is decentered and blurry on the left.

0 upvotes
jpv11
By jpv11 (Sep 28, 2011)

I got to try this camera yesterday! I loved it! the Zoom is amazingggggggggg I'm so tempted to get it!

0 upvotes
zoblVie
By zoblVie (Sep 8, 2011)

Why are all people complaining about the 16mpx? This camera actually has a 8mpx sensor (exr mode) that can be boosted to 16mpx. If you do so, you have to be aware of its limitations. For many people, however, 8mpx doesn't sound so sexy, so emphasizing the 16mpx is due to marketing.

0 upvotes
heckflosse230
By heckflosse230 (Aug 18, 2011)

Any hope of this camera being reviewed?!?!

0 upvotes
theranman
By theranman (Aug 21, 2011)

Fat chance, and if they do, it'll be a year from now.

1 upvote
ucdcrush
By ucdcrush (Aug 12, 2011)

When the F550 was introduced, and for months after, it claimed 720 60p, but never actually had it. Will this one REALLY have it, and will Fuji have fixed the horrible video focus problems of the F550?

0 upvotes
nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Aug 11, 2011)

"The biggest advance is a motion detection mode that allows the camera to increase the ISO to better capture moving subjects. If motion isn't detected, the camera will use a lower ISO to maximise image quality. The camera's GPS is also better utilized, with the addition of a Landmark Navigator mode that informs you of nearby landmarks as well as tagging them in your photos."

wow, that sounds great.

Canon, get your lazy asses in gear!. I want to see smart GPS in my next SLR.

1 upvote
CloudyBay43
By CloudyBay43 (Aug 11, 2011)

How can i disagree with everyone above, how .. i cannot and let me through my 2c in the pot here : How about 24-90 and f2.0 FUJY ?!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 11, 2011)

A 1/2" sensor straddles between the typical 1/2.3" P&S sensor and the 1/1.8" or 1/1.7" compact camera class sensor like the S95 or LX5. If back-lit, should it perform as well or better than the slightly larger sensors?

Vertical movie tagging? Is that to rotate video shot at 9:16 instead of 16:9? A thin bar of 9:16 video on an HDTV screen looks rather awkward, and the resolution is reduced, but travelers seem to shoot this way all the time. An ultra wide angle 16:9 mode might be more attractive.

The "Landmark Navegator" will be loaded, no doubt, with ads for local stores and eateries, but not tell where gas is cheapest or the bathrooms are clean. Every locale has monuments to fallen heroes, famous notables, or notorious events. Will people want to photograph them all?

2 upvotes
badvok
By badvok (Aug 11, 2011)

I hope the problems with decentred lenses has been fixed.

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spitsi
By spitsi (Aug 11, 2011)

ergo607 i am still using f-810, it's the only compact i ever bought and except the size i am very pleased for it's performance.
Now i am trying to pick up a travel zoom camera but i haven't decided yet.

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Ergo607
By Ergo607 (Aug 11, 2011)

One time Fujifilm had the best IQ to be found in any compact with the F10/11/20/30/31 and E-550/F-810 camera's. While these were recognised for their excellent quality (for a compact camera at the time), they were not very popular (probably due to the use of the exotic xD cards and for lack of wide angle. Also Fuji was blaimed for sticking to 6 megapixel (while other manufacturers offered 8, 9 and 10 Pix.

This is one mistake that Fuji wont be making again... It's only recently that the industry has slowed down the pace of the megapixelrace in their high ends (beginning with the LX-3 and later with G-12 and S-90.)

Having said all that: I would love to see an updated F-810. It's still one of the best compacts I ever owned...

6 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Aug 11, 2011)

Yep, that is the dilemma of modern time:
either you make crap and money, or you make good stuff, but no money.
Let us all stand up and say "Thank You Marketologists and Economy based on advertizement!".

2 upvotes
steve131
By steve131 (Aug 12, 2011)

My F30 outperforms many other latest cameras in terms of image quality.

I wish this is a 10MP.

Fujifilm people just refuse to listen to experienced users and dpreview.

Now we see the M43 growing and taking over the market from what fujifilm used to have an edge with the super CCD. The latest E-P3 is only 12MP. I bought it and I like it a lot.

You never get an edge if you sell people 16MP and yet the photos come out inferior.

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ppastoris
By ppastoris (Aug 11, 2011)

16MP ? Why?!

1 upvote
futile32
By futile32 (Aug 11, 2011)

no word on price?

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njkdo
By njkdo (Aug 11, 2011)

CMOS 1/2" and ONLY 16 mpx, sorry why not 35 mpx?

6 upvotes
AlvinLeyva
By AlvinLeyva (Aug 11, 2011)

Yeah im gonna skip on this one and wait for the 35MP version...

4 upvotes
drpankajshukla
By drpankajshukla (Aug 11, 2011)

there is probably an EXR and an reverse EXR mode hidden somewhere deep in the menus offering the 32 mpx adv/disadv.....not the 35mpx.though........

1 upvote
deleted13
By deleted13 (Aug 11, 2011)

Fuji is on the wrong way.

2 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Aug 11, 2011)

More likely its double 8 mpix EXR sensor. If it is, given size of sensor, it could actually work good.

1 upvote
Neoasphalt
By Neoasphalt (Aug 11, 2011)

For me 8MP on this sensor would be on the edge, 6 or 4 would be nice, 16MP on 1/2'' - never. Still, have to search second hand market for old models with better IQ.

3 upvotes
theranman
By theranman (Aug 11, 2011)

Can you imagine how the enthusiasts would snatch this camera up if it were truly only 8mp? One can dream, right? :D

1 upvote
theranman
By theranman (Aug 21, 2011)

Man, how cool would it be if Fuji went back to an 8Mp camera? For me, it would be AWESOME!

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