Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is one of two new cameras from Fujifilm to be announced today and it is one that breaks new ground for the manufacturer.

The F200EXR features a 12 megapixel image sensor, 5x optical zoom and 3.0 inch LCD screen and is the first camera to feature the new Super CCD EXR image sensor which looks very promising:

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

This new sensor allows users of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR to choose three different settings for the sensor to optimize the resolution in different ways depending upon the conditions (particularly lighting) when taking a shot:

  • Fine Capture Mode (High Resolution), which deploys all twelve million pixels, and is designed to offer the finest detail of intricate subjects when light is full and even;
  • Pixel Fusion Mode (High Sensitivity and Low Noise), which caps two adjacent pixels together to produce six million large photodiodes, which are big enough to absorb light in the darkest of conditions, to produce low-light shots of extraordinary quality with minimal noise and grain; and
  • Dual Capture (Wide Dynamic Range), which captures different exposures with two sets of six million pixels, which, when combined, gives an excellent level of detail in highlights and low lights that would otherwise be lost.

In EXR Auto mode you can allow the camera to choose the best of these modes for the circumstances or you may choose to override the camera and choose your own.

The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR has dual image stabilization, High Definition stills output, ISO of up to 12800, full manual controls (as well as Aperture and Shutter Priority) and a number of ‘film simulation’ modes.

As a previous user (and fan) of Fujifilm F series cameras I’m interested to see the reviews that the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is given – they’ve previously been well regarded as among the best low light point and shoot cameras going around and with this new image sensor this could well break new ground again.

The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR will hit stores in February 2009 with a recommended retail price of $399.95. It is available for order at Amazon for this price.


Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR News Release

Fujifilm Debuts Super CCD EXR Technology With Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

Top-of-the-Line Professional Features in a Compact Digital Camera

Following the long line of award-winning F-series models, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., today announced its latest and greatest, the FinePix F200EXR digital camera, introducing the world to Super CCD EXR technology. Combining the 12-MegaPixel, Super CCD EXR with a powerful Fujinon 5.0x wide angle optical zoom lens and a larger 3.0″ high-resolution LCD, the FinePix F200EXR is Fujifilm’s most advanced compact digital camera yet.

First announced in September 2008 on the tenth anniversary of Fujifilm’s FinePix cameras, Super CCD EXR is a revolutionary new sensor developed in the rigorous pursuit of high image quality.

“There is strong demand in the digital camera market to increase the number of pixels on a sensor, which, all too often, is used as a convenient yardstick for image quality,” said David Troy, marketing manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “Consumers have realized there’s more to a good picture than just the number of MegaPixels, and with our Super CCD EXR sensor we prove that true image quality is about a combination of many factors like tone, hue, color fidelity, dynamic range, sharpness, and resolution – all brought to life vividly in the FinePix F200EXR.”

As with previous award-winning F-series models such as the FinePix F10, F31fd, F50fd and F100fd, the F200EXR is a powerful, feature-packed compact digital camera aimed at consumers looking for the most sophisticated in feature-rich point and shoots.

The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR offers 3 selectable modes in one sensor:

Fine Capture Mode (High Resolution), which deploys all twelve million pixels, and is designed to offer the finest detail of intricate subjects when light is full and even;

Pixel Fusion Mode (High Sensitivity and Low Noise), which caps two adjacent pixels together to produce six million large photodiodes, which are big enough to absorb light in the darkest of conditions, to produce low-light shots of extraordinary quality with minimal noise and grain; and

Dual Capture (Wide Dynamic Range), which captures different exposures with two sets of six million pixels, which, when combined, gives an excellent level of detail in highlights and low lights that would otherwise be lost.

In addition to the new Super CCD EXR sensor, the F200EXR offers the most advanced technologies available, including Dynamic Range Bracketing, Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 3.0, and ISO settings of up to an unprecedented ISO 12800, allowing you to capture any shot, any place and at any time with the lowest noise signature to date.

EXR AUTO

With EXR AUTO, the F200EXR recognizes the subject and scene, and automatically decides the optimum EXR shooting mode. With three options of Fine Capture Technology with High Resolution, Pixel Fusion Technology for High Sensitivity and Low Noise, and Dual Capture Technology for Wide Dynamic Range – that users can also select manually – the camera combines the best of EXR selectable sensor modes with SR Auto Automatic Scene Recognition.

New to the F200EXR are an extra-large 3.0” LCD (the better to see all your great photos), HD Photo to capture still photos at 1920 x 1080, HD output (to view high image quality on your HDTV) and new film simulation modes (based on Fujifilm’s legendary Velvia, Provia and Soft lines), including Sepia and Black and White modes.

Wider Dynamic Range – Up to 800%

Dynamic Range, or the gradations of light that exist between bright and dark in any setting, can be easily detected by the human eye, but not by most cameras. Through a combination of advances in Fujifilm’s new Super CCD EXR and Real Photo Processor, this wide dynamic range dramatically broadens tonal capability and guarantees exceptional rendition of photos with both bright highlights and dark shadows. This expansion of sensitivity captures greater detail, and subtle nuances of brightness and tonality that bring the photo closer to what the human eye actually sees.

In addition to these advances, the FinePix F200EXRhas a number of other impressive features:

  • Super Intelligent Flash: The new “Super Intelligent Flash” is the flash control technology that lets you take flash-assisted macro shots without flash washout. Integrated in the AUTO mode, this next-generation flash system makes it easy to capture subjects and background in bright, clear and natural detail over the full flash range including ultra close-ups.
  • Face Detection 3.0: Featuring automatic red eye removal, it can detect up to 10 human faces in a scene with super fast speed, automatically correcting focus, exposure, and white balance, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame.
  • Dual Image Stabilization: Combines mechanical sensor shift image stabilization with the effects produced with higher ISO.
  • Continuous Shooting: Top 3 /Final 3 at 1.4 frames per second at full resolution and Top 12/ Final 5 frames per second at 3-MegaPixels.
  • High Speed Playback: No waiting for high resolution images to load during playback. The FinePix F200EXR can display images at full resolution at 10 frames per second.
  • Portrait Enhancer Mode: Mimicking a professional photo studio setting, by using Face Detection and preset camera settings, Portrait Enhancer minimizes fine lines and small skin blemishes for smooth, natural looking portraits.
  • Dual Shot Mode: In this selectable mode, the FinePix F200EXR quickly shoots two images in rapid succession – one with the flash and one without – and saves both. This convenient function lets users perform a comparison at their convenience and select the most pleasing image.
  • Special Scene: The FinePix F200EXR has 17 pre-programmed scenes, including a special underwater scene mode for use with a special underwater casing.
  • White Balance (Underwater): Adjusts color temperature for more beautiful blues; you are ready to dive into another world of photography.
  • Micro Thumbnail: A playback feature that allows for viewing an index-style print on the LCD. The FinePix F200EXRwill show up to 100 images in micro form, and the control buttons are used to select specific images. An innovative wheel navigation dial makes it easy to quickly find a single image by being able to jump to particular segments of images in the time sequence.
  • xD / SD / SD-HC Compatible slot: The FinePix F200 EXRfeatures a “xD/SD Compatible slot” which accepts not only Fujifilm’s traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity/SD-HC cards too.

The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR will debut in February 2009 at a retail price of $399.95.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • macsuperfly March 11, 2009 02:08 am

    The f200exr uses "pixel binning" to achieve lower noise high ISO pictures. Picture binning isn't new to pocket cameras. Fujifilm claims that its new exr sensor is optimized for pixel binning. DPReview discusses it here:

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0809/08092210fujifilmEXR.asp

    I'm not convinced that this optimized sensor will improve the f200exr enough to outperform the old fujifilm f20 or f30 series cameras. I'm not saying that it won't, I just have a "wait and see" attitude. The sample pictures look promising. You can see a list of sample pictures and other f200exr info at my website.

  • jo fletcher February 13, 2009 06:19 am

    Sounds a fabulous point n shoot! However can you really see the screen in ANY light; if not, now do you frame up when there is no eyepiece?

  • George Kravis February 13, 2009 05:36 am

    I'm impressed with all this camera has to offer but with one big exception - it does not have a view finder, which I consider essential to get sharp, well composed pictures. With so called "live view", what do you do in bright sunlight when the LCD image gets washed out no matter how you try to shade it? And how do you hold the camera steady when it is extended at arm's length if you're near sighted, even with glasses on, and with the image jouncing around ? Nothing beats the steadyness of when the camera is held firmly against your face, against your eye and cheek with elbows tucked in! Geo.Kravis

  • Daniel February 12, 2009 08:24 pm

    Hello, there is the first test photos (dynamic range) from digital camera FujiFilm FinePix F200EXR. They are pretty amazing! The camera has very huge dynamic range. The photos you can find on czech photo website:

    http://www.fotografovani.cz/art/forec_amater/Prvni-zkusenosti-Fuji-F200EXR.html

    Have a nice day and share this link to other FujiFilm fan´s :)
    Danny

  • Simple February 9, 2009 12:47 am

    Hi Darren,
    Personally i don't like fujifilm cameras, they are not so good as i used it. I don't know about this model but other models suck. I had nice reading on this post. Thx for sharing good tips.

    Regards,
    Simple

  • t_m February 8, 2009 02:03 pm

    This camera sounds cool. Its a clever way to get out of the (pointless) megapixel race, while still being able to put the big numbers on the box.

    Of the 3 modes, the 12mp one is the least interesting... the others are essentially going back to 6mp images (which is basically all people need) but with added benefits.
    I wonder if the new CCD arrangement will harm it's 12mp image quality though?

    This sounds like an awesome pocket camera... though I really wish it had more than a 5x zoom.
    But you can't have everything...

  • Farscape February 7, 2009 07:11 am

    Well I am in the market for a new pocket cam and I must the the specs of this little beast sure has me interested, particularly the non-auto mode options. I'll be keeping an eye out for serious reviews on this one

  • Slava33 February 7, 2009 06:50 am

    Great idea of using the sensor in these specialized ways. I wonder how well it is executed. It is a small sensor after all...