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Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR Review

April 2009 | By Richard Butler
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Fujifilm won a great many fans with its F30 and F31fd models, which combined slightly larger than average sensors containing fewer pixels than their competitors with some clever image processing, to produce some of the best high ISO images we'd ever seen from a compact camera. In fact, three years later, there are very few compacts we can think of that do a better job once the sun goes down.

While playing lip-service to the needs of low-light photography (and continuing to produce cameras whose processing give them a slight edge over their contemporaries), Fujifilm didn't appear to make further progress in the direction the F30 had pioneered. With the F200 EXR, Fujifilm seems to suggest that it wants to regain its low-light crown, based on a novel sensor technology it has developed (explained on the next page). In a time when compact cameras are becoming increasingly commoditized, it's interesting to see a company trying to use more than just marketing to differentiate its products.

And, even without its EXR cleverness, the F200 EXR is still a fairly well specified camera. It has one of the largest sensors used in any compact camera (it's a 1/1.6" type, which means it has a surface area of around 0.45cm2) combined with a lens that offers a very useful range, equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm film terms. To put this in perspective, most DSLRs are supplied with lenses covering a roughly 28-85mm range. It's not the fastest (brightest) lens in the world but it's not excessively slow compared to its peers.

The F200 also offers image stabilization, which is one of the best features for ensuring consistently sharp images, along with modes that allow a reasonable amount of control over the camera and ones that take care of everything for you.

  • 12MP Super CCD EXR sensor with 6MP dynamic range and high sensitivity modes
  • Dual Image Stabilization (High sensitivity + CCD shift)
  • 5.0x optical zoom (28-140mm equiv)
  • 3.0-inch TFT screen with 230.000 dots
  • ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution
  • IR Communication (IR simple™/IR SS™)
  • VGA movie capture of 25 frames per second with sound
  • Micro thumbnail view (up to 100 thumbnails visible)
  • 5fps continuous mode (3MP, 12 frames max)
  • Aperture priority modes

Changes over the F100fd

Looking at the differences between the F100fd and the F200 EXR (if you can find them), you very quickly come to the conclusion that the F200 EXR is essentially an F100fd with a clever new sensor inserted. This is no bad thing, since the F100fd was a pretty popular camera and change of sensor may well address the most discussed shortcoming (pink banding appearing in high-ISO shooting).

 

Fujifilm F200 EXR

Fujifilm F100fd
Sensor

• 1/1.6 Super CCD EXR
• 12 million effective pixels

• 1/1.6 Super CCD VIII HR
• 12 million effective pixels

Lens • 28-140 mm (35mm equiv)
• 5x optical zoom
• F3.3 - 5.1
• 28-140mm (35mm equiv)
• 5x optical zoom
• F3.3 - 5.1
Digital zoom Up to 4.4x Up to 8.2x
Maximum Image Size 4000 x 3000
4000 x 3000
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100-12800
• Up to ISO 3200 at full res
• Auto
• ISO 100-12800
• Up to ISO 3200 at full res
Continuous Shooting 1.4 fps max 3 images
5.0 fps max 12 images at 3MP
1.7 fps max 3 images
5.0 fps max 12 images at 3MP
Shutter speed 8 - 1/1500 sec 8 - 1/1500 sec
Flash range, Auto ISO Up to 4.3m (wide) Up to 4.3m (wide)
LCD screen • 3.0-inch TFT
• 230,000 pixels

• 3.0-inch TFT
• 230,000 pixels
Battery life (CIPA standard, using LCD) 230 230
Image stabilization Dual-IS (High ISO + CCD Shift) Dual-IS (High ISO + CCD Shift)
Face detection Version 3.0 Version 3.0
Movie mode 25fps 25fps
Dimensions 98 x 59 x 23mm
(3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9in)
98 x 59 x 23mm
(3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9in)
Other

EXR modes:
HR - Resolution priority
SN - High ISO and low noise
DR - D-Range priority

 

FinePix F200 EXR specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.6 " Super CCD EXR
• 12.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 4:3 : 4000 x 3000, 2816 x 2112, 2048 x 1536
• 3:2 : 4000 x 2664, 2816 x 1864, 2048 x 1360
• 16:9 : 4000 x 2248, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080

Movie clips • 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels @ 30 fps
• AVI (Motion JPEG )
File formats • JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2 )
• Movie : AVI (Motion JPEG ) with sound
• Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
Lens

• Fujinon 5x Optical zoom lens
• 28-140mm equiv.
• f=6.4-32.0mm

Image stabilization CCD-shift
Digital zoom Approx. 4.4x
Focus

Auto Focus

AF area modes

• Center
• Area
• Multi
• Continuous AF

AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: Wide angle: Approx. 45cm / 1.5 ft to infinity
Telephoto: Approx. 80cm / 2.6 ft. to infinity
• Macro: Wide angle: Approx. 5cm/ 0.2 ft. to 80cm / 2.6 ft
Telephoto: Approx. 50cm / 1.6 ft to 1m / 3.3 ft
ISO sensitivity

• Auto
• Auto (3200)
• Auto (1600)
• Auto (800)
• Auto (400)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
• ISO 6400 at 6M recorded pixels or lower
• ISO 12800 at 3M recorded pixels or lower

Metering TTL 256-zones metering
Exposure modes Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual
Shutter speed Auto : 1/4 sec to 1/1500 sec
All other modes : 8 sec to 1/1500 sec
Aperture Wide: F3.3 – F9.0
Tele: F5.1 - F14
Shooting modes • Mode dial: EXR, P (Program), M (Manual), Movie, SP (scene modes), Natural Light, Natural Light with Flash, Auto
• SP: Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Museum, Party, Flower, Text
White balance • Auto
• Presets: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater
• Custom
White balance fine tune No
Self timer Approx. 10 sec./ 2 sec. delay
Continuous shooting Modes • Top-3 (1.4 fps for 3 frames)
• High-speed Top-12 (5 fps for 12 frames, 3MP only)
• Final-3 (1.4 fps for 3 frames)
• High Speed FInal-12 (5 fps for 12 frames, 3MP only)
• Long-period 
Flash

• Auto flash Effective range: 4.3 m
• Flash modes : Red-eye removal on/off: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.

LCD monitor

• 3.0 inch
• approx. 230,000 pixels
• Amorphous Silicon TFT color LCD monitor
• approx. 100% coverage

Digital input/output • USB 2.0 High Speed
Video output NTSC / PAL selectable
HD OUT Analog component/HDC-1 component video cable for digital camera
Storage • Internal memory (Approx. 48 MB)
• xD-Picture card(16MB-2GB)
• SD/SDHC memory card
Power • Rechargeable NP-50 Li-ion battery (included)
Weight (no batt) Approx. 175 g
Dimensions 98 x 59 x 23mm
(3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9in)


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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