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Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 273
inc VAT

The controls and video mode could be better, but superb image quality and nippy performance make it a strong contender

Specifications

1/2in 16.0-megapixel sensor, 20.0x zoom (25-500mm equivalent), 234g

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The F770EXR is an extremely handsome camera. Its matt black rubber-like texture looks and feels luxurious, and with the help of its curved handgrip it sits comfortably in the hand. GPS is built in, as is a 20x zoom lens, 1080p video capture and full manual control, so it isn’t lacking in features.

The controls make a great first impression too, with a wheel to adjust settings and a mode dial that’s firmer than the one on the cheaper F660EXR. However, adjusting settings is harder than it should be. The camera’s quick to take photos, with just 1.2 seconds between shots, but the menus are inaccessible for around four seconds while a photo is saved to memory card.

Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR rear
A mode dial is well-placed, but it takes around four seconds to access menus while a photo is being saved.

It has a button labelled F that gives quick access to five key settings, but white balance isn’t among them. It’s available in the main menu, but first you have to navigate past a set of controls that largely duplicate the F button menu. Autofocus options are buried even deeper on the third page of the menu, and raw mode is so obscurely located that we suspect most people will never find it. It has another button labelled Fn that can be assigned to various tasks, including raw and autofocus options, but not white balance. Priority and manual exposure modes are included, but you can’t freely position the autofocus point in the frame.

The various EXR modes are another source of potential confusion, but it’s worth getting to grips with them or, at the very least, finding the mode that automatically switches between them. Resolution Priority mode takes a 16-megapixel photo in the normal fashion. High ISO mode drops the resolution to eight megapixels to reduce noise. Because of the unusual sensor design, this works much more effectively than on other cameras. D-Range Priority mode runs at eight megapixels too, and effectively captures two simultaneous frames at different exposures to extend the dynamic range.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
CCD effective megapixels 16.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 460,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 20.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 25-500mm
Image stabilisation optical, sensor shift
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
File formats JPEG, MPO; QuickTime (AVC)

Physical

Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 30MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 300 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, mini HDMI
Body material plastic (rubber texture)
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 234g
Size 64x105x36mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £273
Supplier http://www.amazon.co.uk
Details www.fujifilm.co.uk

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed 1/4 to 1/2,000 seconds
Aperture range f/3.5-10 (wide), f/5.3-16 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 7 presets, manual
Additional image controls dynamic range, film simulation, intelligent sharpness
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 5cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, panorama, 3D

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