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Review: Fujifilm F200 EXR

updated 07:40 pm EDT, Wed May 13, 2009

Fujifilm F200 EXR Review

For at least the past two years, point-and-shoot camera makers have been locked in a race to improve megapixel counts. While this was effective for awhile, they've quickly hit a wall as noise and other problems with image quality have prevented them from going much further. There are also few cameras that truly give experienced photographers the control they want without veering into large, semi-pro compacts or full-fledged digital SLRs. Fujifilm says its F200 EXR addresses both with a unique sensor, which reduces noise and improves dynamic range, as well as manual controls that are rarely seen in this class. We hope to find out in our full Fujifilm F200 EXR review whether this is more market posturing or a long overdue bridge between two different worlds.



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  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: Aug 2002

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    And still no mention...

    ...of the lens specs in the review - while I can applaud build quality improvements, I continue to ask why everyone except perhaps Panasonic seems to overlook this most basic component, including specifically focal length & f-stop range as most basic limitations...

    A 30" monitor is ~4 megapixels or twice a 1080p HDTV, so for 'most people' I suspect more than that is largely a waste of bandwidth...

  1. shawnde

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    re: Megapixels

    Right on brother ... the thing is, camera manufacturers, just like CPU and Computer manufacturers cannot SELL product based on intangible merits, such as focal length or f-stop ..... They need a hard quantifiable number, like "Megapixel", or "megahertz", even though in the case of cameras, the higher the megapixel, the crappier the image (in most compact cameras). there is also another motivation: selling SD cards. I have a 6MP camera, and I usually shoot at 3MP, and can fit 1500 images on a 2GB card. Memory card manufacturers hate that because they can't sell me the new 16GB SD card !!!

  1. JeffHarris

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    Lens AND Sensor Size

    It's both really.
    And shwnde you're right about featuritis and getting people to buy more and "upgrade" more often.

    It defeats the purpose of having a good lens if you have a high megapixel count sensor that generates a lot of noise. If you can only get decent images under "perfect" conditions, or have to spend lots of time tweaking in Photoshop, then what's the point?

    Yes, shooting at half the megapixel rate is a (not so great) solution. I'd rather have a better sensor.

    I have a 10 MP underwater Olympus Stylus 1030SW that shoots MUCH better pix at 5MP. Even under "perfect" conditions, the 10MP images are often fuzzy and noisy. Okay, it's not a great camera, it's main selling point being the underwater ability (nice!), but a better sensor would be a big improvement.

    I still use a 7 year old, 4MP Nikon CoolPix 4500 because the images, especially macro, are excellent.

    I wish Nikon would bring out a new semi-pro pivot body CoolPix again!

  1. Geobunny

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    Joined: Oct 2000

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    why's this here?

    Why is this posted on MacNN? I see no connection.

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