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Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 229
inc VAT

Another great EXR camera, but the new Wi-Fi function isn't the best, and we have concerns over quality control


1/2in 16.0-megapixel sensor, 20.0x zoom (25-500mm equivalent), 232g

Performance was generally excellent, with just 1.2 seconds between shots and a 6fps continuous mode. This slowed to 1fps after six shots, but dropping the resolution to 8 megapixels let us shoot at 8fps for 14 shots. However, there’s an on-going problem we’ve seen on numerous Fujifilm cameras whereby menu buttons are inactive while photos are being written to memory card.

Video quality wasn’t up to the standards of the best pocket ultra-zoom cameras. Its 1080p videos looked a little blocky on close inspection, autofocus was fidgety and the zoom motor spoiled the soundtrack.

The first F800EXR we received had some serious issues, with our test shots spoilt by extremely poor focus towards the edges of frames. They weren’t just a bit fuzzy – they looked like a syrupy sludge. We requested a second review sample, and this one was far better, about what we’d consider to be right for a camera like this one – see example below.

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR sample shot
The difference between our first and second samples was clear – or not in fact – click to enlarge

We checked the test shots of other reviews online and found further variations in corner sharpness, although none was as bad as our first sample. The original camera we received was a final, manufactured model – not a pre-production sample of any sort – and so we’re a little concerned about quality control at the factory. It’s not quite enough to put us off entirely, but we’d certainly check your model immediately for corner sharpness if you do decide to invest.

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR sample shot
We love the colours the camera plucked out of this scene, but fine details don’t live up to the 16-megapixel rating, even in the centre of the frame – click to enlarge

This aside, the F800EXR follows in the footsteps of the capable F770EXR, using the same sensor and lens. It’s a shame because everything else about the F800EXR’s image quality is excellent, from its rich, flattering colour output to its impressively low noise in dimly lit scenes.

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR sample shot
Image quality in low light remains excellent – click to enlarge

We’re still big fans of Fujifilm’s EXR cameras, and the Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR is currently incredibly good value at around £150. However, while the new Wi-Fi functions are welcome, it’s frustrating that Fujifilm hasn’t taken the opportunity to iron out a few kinks and – more importantly –isn’t keeping a closer eye on the quality control of its lenses.

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Basic Specifications

CCD effective megapixels16.0 megapixels
CCD size1/2in
Viewfinder magnification, coverageN/A
LCD screen size3.0in
LCD screen resolution460,000 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom20.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent25-500mm
Image stabilisationoptical, sensor shift
Maximum image resolution4,608×3,456
File formatsJPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slotSDXC
Mermory supplied30MB internal
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)300 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, mini HDMI, Wi-Fi
Body materialaluminium
Lens mountN/A
Focal length multiplierN/A
Kit lens model nameN/A
AccessoriesUSB cable

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed8 to 1/2,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/3.5-10 (wide), f/5.3-16 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 3200
Exposure compensation+/-2 EV
White balanceauto, 7 presets, manual
Additional image controlsdynamic range, film simulation
Manual focusNo
Closest macro focus5cm
Auto-focus modesmulti, centre, face detect, tracking
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, dynamic range bracket, film simulation bracket, panorama, 3D