- Editor's Rating
- 20x zoom
- RAW capture
- Compact size
- Attractive shape and size
- Slightly soft images
Quick TakeThe Fuji F800EXR is a nice point and shoot camera with a long 20x Fujinon zoom lens.
The Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is a point-and-shoot camera designed for travelers who want a long zoom in a compact camera and falls into a new genre of camera, the Travel Zoom digicam. DigitalCameraReview noted the FinePix F800EXR could become the poster child for this demographic with its 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, 20x zoom, 3-inch LCD screen and wireless image transfer system. The $300 price at the time of review is steep, but the camera provides a lot of usability.
The FinePix F800EXR is larger than a standard point-and-shoot and won’t fit in the pocket of a pair of jeans, but is still smaller and more portable than a DSLR. Its metal alloy frame with a polycarbonate shell makes it “tough enough for most travelers.” The device also features dust and moisture seals. DCR noted the camera is designed “by photographers for photographers” with a full complement of traditional dials, switches and buttons, a hand grip and an interface that is “logical and uncomplicated.” The Wireless Image System requires users to download the Fujifilm Photo Receiver app in order to download images to a smartphone or tablet and share the images to social networking sites. Shooting modes include fully automatic, scene, movie, full manual and panorama capture. There is no optical viewfinder on the FinePix F800EXR, but the 3-inch LCD screen with 460K resolution performs well. The screen has wide viewing angles and DCR found the anti-glare is “noticeably better than average.”
DCR found the FinePix F800EXR to produce images ranging from very good to excellent in a “remarkably broad range of shooting scenarios.” DCR noted good auto focus performance and found the camera to have “one of the best processing and exposure systems.” DCR found the camera was quick and accurate in decent lighting but had difficulties in low light. The camera’s zoom automatically extends and is smooth and quiet. DCR found the zoom to be “fairly sharp” but noted there is some minimal light fall off and visible corner softness. The camera has a slow maximum aperture, which DCR noted causes it to “stumble a bit” in poor lighting. The movie mode shots video in 1080p HD with up to 30 fps, and DCR noted the video quality to be impressive. DCR found the image quality to be “just below average,” but noted good color intensity settings.
Overall, DCR found the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR to be a competent travel-zoom-style point-and-shoot and called it a “winner” for users who can accept slightly soft images. DCR said the camera “will dependably produce very good to excellent images” and reviewers were impressed with the 20x zoom and compact size. DCR noted the price as a detractor from the camera and said avid and professional photographers should be aware of the soft images and may want to consider other cameras.