Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

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Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

The FinePix F70EXR gives three critical improvements on current models. First, image quality - the one drawback with long zoom cameras is that the sen...

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published 14/09/2009 | rabidbadger
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Pro Features, Low-light capability
Cons A little confusing to master and a little too expensive
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"Fuji FinePix F70EXR - slimline super-zoom"

The Fuji FinePix F70EXR is billed by the manufacturer as the slimmest 10x zoom camera on the market and, at less than 23mm in depth, it is certainly very easy and convenient to carry around. The zoom is great for magnification, being the equivalent of 27-270mm in 35mm terms, but I found it to be a little fuzzy at the long end. There is also a 4x digital zoom for anyone who wants it.

The FinePix F-series cameras are renowned for their low-light (high ISO) capabilities and the F70EXR should be no exception, sharing as it does the 1/2 inch sensor of the F200EXR but with 2 million fewer pixels crammed onto it. Also the EXR technology is great for combating noise on higher ISO shots.

Obviously the F70EXR is small, compact and lightweight and, in general, feels great to hold, with all the controls being conveniently placed – apart from the slim-line flash which I found was close enough to the shutter-release button to obscure with my fingers occasionally.

Picture quality is easily as good as other cameras in this price range – better then most for Dynamic Range - and there are a range of resolutions and aspect ratios to choose from, allowing for 3:2 and 16:9 formats as well as the standard 4:3 format.

The Mode Dial gives allows the user to shoot in EXR mode (with three enhanced filtering modes), Full Auto, Full Manual and SP, which gives 15 preset Scene modes including Pro Focus for optimum focussing and depth-of-field, and Pro Low-light, which takes up to 4 exposures and merges them to reduce blurring and noise.

The F70EXR also provides Dual Image Stabilisation, Continuous Shooting (up to 4.8fps depending on resolution) and a Super Intelligent Flash, and a range of Playback options that include Trimming, Rotating, Sorting, Red-eye Reduction and Voice Memos.

On the downside, there is no HD Video Capture (which many of its rivals have) and I found many of the functions unnecessary because they provide many different ways to achieve the same thing. This could be confusing for the beginner.

My verdict? A nice range of features but there are better options for the price.

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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

Manufacturer's product description

The FinePix F70EXR gives three critical improvements on current models. First, image quality - the one drawback with long zoom cameras is that the sensor has to be necessarily small, with less light reaching the CCD than would be the case with standard compacts. Fujifilm has introduced its award-winning EXR technology into the FinePix F70EXR, giving a significant improvement in image quality against other models. The second major benefit of the FinePix F70EXR is the neat compact design. Lastly, Fujinon 10x zoom lens, developed in conjunction with the super CCD EXR sensor, produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range, from 27mm wide-angle to 270mm telephoto.

Product Details

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR - digital camera

Weight: 180 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.9 cm x 2.3 cm x 5.9 cm

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Lens System: 10 x zoom lens - 5 - 50 mm - f/3.3-5.6

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Colour: Gun metal, Silver

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Min Focus Distance: 45 cm

General

Digital Video Format: AVI, MJPEG

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: Super CCD EXR

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Gun metal, Silver

Face Detection: Face zoom

Exposure & White Balance

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

White Balance Presets: Fine, incandescent, shade, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Soft, Black & White, Sepia, Vivid, Film Simulation

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night mode, text, party/indoor, fireworks, flower, sports mode, sunset, beach, night (tripod), natural light, snow, pro focus, pro low light, EXR mode, portrait enhancer

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority

Exposure Metering Zones: 256

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO 6400 (3Mpix), ISO 3200 (5Mpix), ISO 12800 (3Mpix)

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 180 g

Height: 5.9 cm

Depth: 2.3 cm

Width: 9.9 cm

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Fujifilm NP-50

Miscellaneous

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Included Accessories: Battery charger, hand strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, FinePix Viewer

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Display

Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Additional Features

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, AE lock, AF lock, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an image, face detection, dual image stabilization, Exif Print support, face zoom

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Lens System

Features: Built-in lens shield

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 5-200cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 27 - 270mm

Type: 10 x zoom lens - 5 - 50 mm - f/3.3-5.6

Min Focus Distance: 45 cm

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps

Image Storage: JPEG 3616 x 2712 ¦ JPEG 3616 x 2400 ¦ JPEG 3616 x 2048 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1440 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1360 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080

RAM Installed: 47 MB

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 4.2 m

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Features: AF illuminator

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