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Fujifilm F70EXR Review

Review Date: Oct 08, 2009

Category: Beginner Amateur

Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Compact Ultra Zoom
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Compact Ultra Zoom 

IMAGE QUALITY

The Fujifilm F70EXR is targeted to beginner amateur photographers and features 10 megapixel resolution on a 1/2.0-in. Super CCD EXR image sensor, a 10x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (27-270mm equiv.) lens, with a maximum aperture of F3.3(W)-F5.6(T).

We find the overall image quality of the Fujifilm F70EXR to be excellent at ISO 100 with low noise and good image detail. Image quality is good up to ISO 400; at higher ISOs, images suffer from noise and loss of detail.

10x Wide-angle Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 27mm Telephoto 270mm
Wide-angle 5.0mm
(27mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 50mm
(270mm, 35mm equivalent)

The Fujifilm F70EXR has a 10x ultra wide-angle optical zoom lens. In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 27mm and 270mm. We love the 27mm ultra wide-angle coverage that allows us to capture real wide landscapes! Sensor-shift image stabilization helps reduce camera shake at the long end of the telephoto and when using slow shutter speeds.

Macro
Macro
5.0mm, P, Multi-Pattern, 1/180 sec., F6.4, ISO 100. Macro ON

Macro can be as close as 5 cm (2 in.) at wide-angle.

AF is fast, works very well in good light and even in low-light, with the help of the AF-assist illuminator. There is only one metering mode: Multi-Pattern, which works very well in all lighting situations.

White Balance Indoors
AWB Custom WB
AWB Custom WB

As the above two pictures show, the Auto White Balance (AWB) is not quite accurate indoors under artificial lighting [I have two energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs on the ceiling]. Fortunately, the Fujifilm F70EXR allows WB to be easily set manually and this brings out the real colors. AWB works very 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 [5M] ISO 6400 [3M]
ISO 12800  
ISO 12800 [3M]  

You can set the ISO on the Fujifilm F70EXR from 100 to 1600, plus the ability to "boost" to higher ISO settings equivalent to ISO 3200 [5M], ISO 6400 [3M] and an incredible ISO 12800 [3M]. The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square) demonstrate that noise at ISO 100 and 200 is under control. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 400 but is still very usable, as is ISO 800. At ISO 1600 and above, the presence of noise is visible at full image size and with visible loss of detail, but usable in small prints and for Web display only. The pictures are taken in M mode with DR 100%.

ISO 12800 [3M]
ISO 12800

Here is how an image taken at ISO 12800 [3M] looks like for a small Web display. Not bad at all!

Aperture Priority F6.4 - ISO 100
ISO 100 - EXR 100%    

EXR 100%

 

Aperture Priority F6.4 - ISO 200
ISO 200 - EXR 100% ISO 200 - EXR 200%  

EXR 100%

EXR 200%

 

Aperture Priority F6.4 - ISO 400
ISO 400 - EXR 100% ISO 400 - EXR 200% ISO 400 - EXR 400%

EXR 100%

EXR 200%
EXR 400%

The EXR works well within reasonable limits. Note the percentage of EXR you can apply is dependent on the ISO you select.

EXR - RESOLUTION PRIORITY
EXR - HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE - ISO 400 EXR - HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE - ISO 800  
AUTO [400]
ISO 400 - DR 100%
AUTO [800]
ISO 800 - DR 100%

If you want to optimize your pictures for maximum detail [10M resolution], select EXR - RESOLUTION PRIORITY. You can also specify AUTO [400] or AUTO [800] as the maximum ISO that can be used. Even at these high ISOs, the amount of noise is not bad at all.

EXR - D-RANGE PRIORITY
EXR - D-RANGE PRIORITY - ISO 400 EXR - D-RANGE PRIORITY - ISO 800 EXR - D-RANGE PRIORITY - ISO 1600
AUTO [400]
ISO 400 - DR AUTO
AUTO [800]
ISO 800 - DR AUTO
AUTO [1600]
ISO 1600 - DR AUTO

If you want to optimize your pictures to enhance dynamic range (to keep details in highlights) [5M resolution], select EXR - D-RANGE PRIORITY. You can also specify AUTO [400], AUTO [800] or AUTO [1600] as the maximum ISO that can be used.

EXR - HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE
EXR - HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE - ISO 400 EXR - HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE - ISO 800 EXR - HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE - ISO 1600
AUTO [400]
ISO 400 - DR 100%
AUTO [800]
ISO 800 - DR 100%
AUTO [1600]
ISO 1600 - DR 100%

If you want to optimize your pictures to reduce noise at high ISOs [5M resolution], select EXR - HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE. You can also specify AUTO [400], AUTO [800] or AUTO [1600] as the maximum ISO that can be used.

Still consfused about which EXR mode to use in which situation? Then just leave it on EXR AUTO and the camera will select for you.

Scene Modes
NATURAL scene mode PRO LOW-LIGHT scene mode  
NATURAL [10M]
ISO 1600
PRO LOW-LIGHT [5M]
ISO 1600

NATURAL LIGHT scene mode captures images in 10M resolution without using the flash. PRO LOW-LIGHT scene mode [5M resolution] is interesting in that it will take up to 4 pictures and merges them together in an attempt to reduce blur. Use it in low-light and when using telephoto, when the risk of camera shake is greatest.

PRO FOCUS
without PRO FOCUS with PRO FOCUS
without PRO FOCUS with PRO FOCUS

PRO FOCUS scene mode is another interesting scene mode that takes up to 3 pictures at different focus points and merges them to create a picture with a clearly focused main subject and blurred background. It's for daylight use and it simulates the shallow depth of field effect of using a large aperture to isolate your main subject from its background.

Film Simulation
Standard (PROVIA) Vivid (VELVIA) Soft (ASTIA)
Standard (PROVIA)
Vivid (VELVIA)
Soft (ASTIA)
B&W Sepia  
B&W
Sepia

The Film Simulation feature is useful for those who take lots of nature and landscape shots. All you have to remember here is that Velvia produces more vivid colors, which is what you really want in nature and landscape pictures. Use Soft/ASTIA for more pleasing portraits.

Chromatic Aberrations
CA

CA is visible in very high contrast shots. In the above photo, the top right area delimited by the red square, and reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right, shows purple fringing.

Long Shutter Speed
Long Exposure
6.0mm, M, Multi-Pattern, 8 sec., F7.1, ISO 100,
Custom WB, Self-timer 2 sec., Tripod Used

The Fujifilm F70EXR allows the use of a long shutter speed of 8 sec. in M mode. This allows us to take some Night Shots. The Fujifilm F70EXR has noise reduction (NR) but you will not notice it working since there is no extra wait time.

There is no histogram either Live in Shooting Mode or in Playback mode.

Overall, excellent image quality and the various EXR and scene modes can prove useful in certain situations. The amount of choice can also prove confusing and intimidating to the Point-and-Shoot photographer but thankfully EXR AUTO mode works very well. Advanced photographers has Programmed AE, Aperture-Priority AE and full Manual for more control over their camera.

The pictures in the Fujifilm F70EXR 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 3616 x 2712 pixels [10M] or 2592 x 1944 [5M] original size (click on the image for the original version).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod (due to the effective image stabilization, the use of a tripod was restricted to the long shutter speeds). Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name (though the original sized image is, of course, not adjusted).

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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