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Compared to... F200 EXR

If you turn the F200 EXR's mode dial away from the EXR setting, it still offers the under-expose and pull-up dynamic range expansion modes and pixel-binned super-high ISO modes used to slightly underwhelming effect on the F100fd (and many other compact cameras).

Studio scene comparison (@ extended ISO)

  • Fuji FinePix F200 EXR: Program mode, ISO 3200, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation (12MP)

  • Fuji FinePix F200 EXR: Program mode, ISO 6400 Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation (6MP)
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR
Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR
ISO 3200, 1/300 sec, F12
ISO 6400, 1/600 sec, F12
3.9 MB JPEG
2.4 MB JPEG

Without the advantages brought by the EXR technology, the F200's performance is not exactly impressive. Inexplicably, the camera offers an ISO 6400 mode at reduced resolution that doesn't seem to make use of its pixel binning-friendly design. (There's also an ISO 12,800 mode at 3MP but it looks like it's been made using watercolors and a sponge, so we've not included it here). The results are as miserable as those of any other compact camera when you push the sensitivity up beyond about ISO 1600 and into the territory that could reasonably be described as somewhere near 'optimistic.' Or, perhaps, 'pointless.'

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