Fri, 21 Jan 2011 FinePix Z800EXR review
The large number of playback options make this a good value camera
- Manufacturer: Fujifilm
- Pros: Simple design; fast autofocus; wide range of built-in playback and retouching options
- Cons: Images lack sharpness; poor video quality in low and bright light
- Min specs: 12.0 million pixels; 1/2-inch Super CCD EXR; Internal memory (Approx. 30MB) SD memory card SDHC memory card; Still image:JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2*3) Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG); 5x optical zoom lens; f=6.4 - 32mm, equivalent to 35-175mm on a 35mm camera; Single AF, Continuous AF (when scene recognition and Movie) Center fixed, Auto area, Place of touch (Touch & Shoot mode); Normal: Wide: Approx. 60cm/2.0ft. to infinity Telephoto: Approx. 100cm /3.3ft. to infinity Macro: Wide: Approx. 9cm - 80cm/3.5in.- 2.6ft. Telephoto: Approx. 40cm - 80cm/1.3ft. - 2.6ft.; Auto : 1/4sec. to 1/1000sec. All modes : 4sec. to 1/1000sec. with mechanical shutter; F3.9/F6.4(Wide) F4.7/F8.0(Telephoto); Auto/Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200* (Standard Output Sensitivity) * M mode or lower; Programmed AE; 3.5-inch Touch-Screen, TFT Colour LCD monitor, Approx. 460,000dots,(Approx. 100% coverage), Aspect ratio 16:9; Rechargeable battery NP-45A (Li-ion); 98.1x59x20.3mm; 141g
- Price: 199
- Star rating:
Fujifilm’s 12-megapixel touchscreen FinePix Z800EXR packs a 5x zoom within a simple design. The only hardware controls are a shoot/play mode toggle and a shutter button with a zoom ring.
The back is dominated by a 3.5in LCD touchscreen and operation is considerably smoother than similar touchscreen cameras. The onscreen buttons are easy to press.
The EXR moniker denotes Fujifilm’s Super CCD sensor, which gives the user increased manual control. You can optimise the sensor for high-resolution shots, high sensitivity in low light or wide dynamic range.
The FinePix Z800EXR’s real draw is its quick autofocus, coupled with good image stabilisation – Fujifilm touts it as the world’s fastest. The gyro sensor does a good job of blur-free photos, too.
The Manual mode overrides white balance, ISO, dynamic range, exposure and autofocus, while Auto modes give control only over ISO. The Z800 has 15 scene modes, including the interesting Dog and Cat, which can detect and optimise the settings for up to 10 dogs or cats in a photo. The Movie mode offers 720p HD recording at 24fps, while continuous shooting mode tops out at 1.6fps.
You can mark photos for upload; when you connect the camera to a computer they’re automatically uploaded to Facebook or YouTube. And this FinePix has the most built-in playback and retouching options we’ve seen at this price.
It lost some of its lustre when its photos were compared with those from other point-and-shoot cameras, though. Exposure quality, colour fidelity and the lack of distortion went in its favour, but the image sharpness was a major weakness. The photo quality looked decent, but colours tended to wash out.
The Z800EXR also falls short in video. In bright light, 720p clips were smooth and bright, but much less sharp than from similar compacts. In our low-light test, we couldn’t see any of the moving scene.