written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 8/20/2009
Looking for an advanced point-and-shoot camera? Well, the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR comes packed with a lot more features than most traditional P&S cameras. But, is this the right one for you?
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Super CCD EXR Feature
The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR comes with a lot of bells and whistles, especially for a point-and-shoot camera right about the $400 price. Fuji recently introduced the Super CCD EXR sensor that greatly improves the dynamic range of this camera. The large 3 inch LCD screen is also a plus, and the camera can take up to 12 megapixel pictures. The camera measures 3.8x2.3x0.9 inches and only weighs 6.8 ounces.
To start off, the Super CCD EXR has to be mentioned first. The sensor comes in three different modes: the Fine Capture Mode, the Pixel Fusion Mode and the Dual Capture Mode. The Fine Capture Mode captures pictures using the full 12 megapixels. The Pixel Fusion Mode uses six megapixels by combining two adjacent pixels. The Dual Capture Mode also only uses six megapixels, but in this case the setting will combine two pictures taken simultaneously to create a more dynamic range.
The Fine Capture Mode will definitely give you really clear, crisp pictures. But, for the average point-and-shoot camera user, the smaller six megapixel modes would probably work best. And, then you will be able to take more pictures with the NP-50 Lithium Ion battery, which should be able to take up to 230 pictures per charge. Plus in the Pixel Fusion mode, you can take sharper pictures even at higher ISO.
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As mentioned above, pictures can be taken up 3200 ISO on the Fine Capture Mode. >But, there are two additional ISO modes from which you take pictures: ISO 6400 for smaller JPEGs (for uploading online) and ISO 12800 for extremely small JPEGs. These settings should be avoided at all possible. The pictures come out extremely grainy and noisy. But, overall, the camera works well in low-light and indoor settings.
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The F200EXR comes with a lot of additional features, including a more than adequate Face Detection 3.0 setting and manual shooting with a fast shutter speed and an aperture range of f/3.3-9.0. The Film Simulation mode is worth mentioning. It brings to memory the days of shooting with film and gives your pictures the classic Fujifilm look. The Intelligent Flash for automatic mode does the job so you pretty much can set it and leave it alone.
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Body and Lens
The body fits nicely in the hand and is quite solid. One minor drawback to it is that it feels rather plastic-like. But, you can get an adequate grip on it. The lens on this camera is quite nice. The wide angle lens at 28mm and 140mm telephoto range are pretty potent. The wide angle f-stop is f/3.3-9.0, and the telephoto is f/5.1-14. Overall, this is above average for a camera meant for the amateur or pre-professional photographer. One problem with taking pictures with the telephoto lens is that the CCD-shift Dual IS image stabilization technology is not adequate enough for the powerful lens. The pictures when zoomed all the way out without a tripod are definitely blurry.
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Quality for the Price
Overall, the camera has a lot of features for the price ($300-400 on Amazon.com), and they generally deliver above par quality.The amateur/pre-professional crowd should be well pleased with this camera.Perhaps, the only want that would have improved this camera’s appeal is that it can’t capture HD video.