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Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Review

Review Date: Mar 28, 2009

Category: Beginner Amateur

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

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IMAGE QUALITY

The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is a digital camera targeted to point-and-shoot and beginner amateur photographers. It has 12MP resolution on a 1/1.6 in. Super CCD EXR image sensor, and a 28-140mm (35 mm equivalent) 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens. Image stabilization is sensor-shift.

We find the overall image quality of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR to be excellent, with low noise from ISO 100 to ISO 200, and usable at ISO 400 and even 800. Images retain most of the details though we can see noise reduction at work even at low ISOs. It is possible to capture images with wide dynamic range at 6MP resolution.

5.0x Wide-anle Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 28mm Telephoto 140mm
Wide-angle 6.4mm
(28mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 32mm
(140mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the pictures above, we show the coverage for 28mm (equiv.) and then 140mm (equiv). It takes about 1.5 sec. to zoom from wide-angle to telephoto (I counted 14 steps).

Besides Auto mode and easy-to-use Scene Modes, the Fujifilm F200EXR also has full Manual and a unique EXR mode that allows you to optimize the image capture depending on the scene.

The camera also provides exposure compensation (no Auto Bracketing) and Custom (Manual) White Balance. No Histogram is available.

Macro
Macro
Macro
6.4mm, Programmed Auto, Multi-Pattern, Custom WB
1/4 sec., F3.3, ISO 400
Self-timer 2 sec., Tripod used

The Fujifilm F200EXR lens allows you to focus as close as 5cm (2.4 in.) at wide-angle. AF locks precisely and fast, even in low-light thanks to an effective AF -assist Illuminator Lamp. However, there is no AF Area mode where you can manually move the AF Frame around on the screen to where you want it to focus. Face-Priority AF works well but in low light, it can hunt a while before locking focus on a face; as well, if you set the self-timer on, Face-Priority AF can sometimes be a hit and miss proposition.

White Balance Indoors
AWB Preset WB
AWB Preset WB

The picture on the left shows auto white balance (AWB) indoors under two artificial fluorescent energy-saving household bulbs. The Fujifilm F200EXR allows WB to be set manually via the Menu: Preset WB allows us to obtain accurate colors (picture on the right). AWB works well in natural light.

ISO Comparisons
ISO 100
ISO 100
 
ISO 200 ISO 400
ISO 200 ISO 400
 
ISO 800 ISO 1600
ISO 800 ISO 1600
 
ISO 3200 ISO 6400
ISO 3200 ISO 6400
ISO 12800  
ISO 12800  

You can set the ISO on the Fujifilm F200EXR from 100 to 12800. Images at ISO 100 to 200 are clean and virtually noise-free (though we can notice slight loss of detail). Noise starts to be noticeable at ISO 400 but is still usable up to ISO 800. I would suggest setting ISO Auto(800) for all shooting. ISO 1600 should be reserved for small prints and Web display. Higher ISOs produce high noise and loss of detail.

B&W ISO Comparisons
ISO 1600 ISO 3200
ISO 1600 ISO 3200
 
ISO 6400 ISO 12800
ISO 6400 ISO 12800

As our image samples show, the availability of high ISOs does not imply usable images. I wondered if B&W photos at the higher ISOs would be usable but, as the above samples show, it's still very noisy and not quite like the noise we get using film.

EXR HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE Comparisons
ISO 800 ISO 800
P, ISO 800 (12M) EXR HI&LN, ISO 800 (6M)
 
ISO 1600 ISO 1600
P, ISO 1600 (12M) EXR HI&LN, ISO 1600 (6M)

EXR High ISO & Low Noise applies only up to ISO 1600. In the shots above, we compare whether it makes a difference shooting in full 12M resolution or switching to EXR High ISO & Low Noise mode (6M resolution). There seems to be a slight advantage in using EXR High ISO & Low Noise, but I'll leave you the original images and let you be the judge.

Chromatic Aberrations
CA (Purple Fringing)

CA is minimal in everyday shots. In the high contrast shot above, the area delimited by the red square at top right, and reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right, shows minimal purple fringing, not enough to worry about.

EXR Comparisons
EXR AUTO EXR Resolution Priority
EXR AUTO
2816 x 2112
ISO 100
(DR Auto)
EXR Resolution Priority
4000 x 3000
ISO 100
(DR 100%)
 
EXR High ISO & Low Noise EXR D-Range Priority
EXR High ISO & Low Noise
2816 x 2112
ISO 100
(DR 100%)
EXR D-Range Priority
2816 x 2112
ISO 100
(DR Auto)

In the images above, it is obvious that I have chosen a scene where there are lots of shadows as well as a very bright sky. I would guess the camera set on EXR AUTO should automatically choose D-RANGE PRIORITY -- and it did!

D-RANGE PRIORITY Comparisons
EXR D-Range Priority (DR AUTO) EXR D-Range Priority (DR 100%)
EXR D-Range Priority
2816 x 2112
ISO 100
(DR Auto)

EXR D-Range Priority
2816 x 2112
ISO Auto(400) => 100
(DR 100%)

 
EXR D-Range Priority (DR 200%) EXR D-Range Priority (DR 400%)
EXR D-Range Priority
2816 x 2112
ISO Auto(400) => 100
(DR 200%)
EXR D-Range Priority
2816 x 2112
ISO Auto(400) => 100
(DR 400%)
 
EXR D-Range Priority (DR 800%)  
EXR D-Range Priority
2816 x 2112
ISO Auto(400) => 200
(DR 800%)
 

In the series of pictures above, we compare the Dynamic Range from 100% to 800%. Note that in this scene, DR AUTO produced the most balanced picture between shadows and highlights. Increasing the DR percentage gives more priority to preserving details in the highlights.

PROVIA/Standard
VELVIA/Vivid
ASTIA/Soft
PROVIA/Standard
VELVIA/Vivid
ASTIA/Soft
B&W
SEPIA
B&W
SEPIA

Film Simulation allows us to digitally simulate Fujifilm's popular 35mm films: PROVIA (Standard), Velvia (Vivid) and ASTIA (soft) modes. Two other modes are B&W and Sepia.

Long Shutter Speed
Long Exposure
6.4mm, Manual, Multi-Pattern, 8 sec., F9.0, ISO 200
Preset (manual) WB, Macro, Self-timer 2 sec., Tripod Used, 100% Crop

The Fujifilm F200EXR allows the use of a long shutter speed of up to 8 sec. but only in Manual mode. This allows us to take some very nice night shots.

I take an extreme low-light indoors shot. To obtain a long exposure, I place Bamm-Bamm under my desk in the shadows. I obtain focus lock with the help of the AF-assist Illuminator. Some experimenting and I eventually settle on 8 sec. at F9, and ISO to 200. The noise reduction works well.

Overall, the F200EXR produces excellent images up to ISO 200, with ISO 400 and 800 usable. The availability of wide Dynamic Range is an exciting development that is much welcomed and may put an end to blown highlights forever.

The pictures in the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the original 4000×3000 pixels version.

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

 

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