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.
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.
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.
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.
|CCD effective megapixels
|Viewfinder magnification, coverage
|LCD screen size
|LCD screen resolution
|Zoom 35mm equivalent
|optical, sensor shift
|Maximum image resolution
|JPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)
|Battery Life (tested)
|USB, AV, mini HDMI, Wi-Fi
|Focal length multiplier
|Kit lens model name
|one year RTB
|program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
|8 to 1/2,000 seconds
|f/3.5-10 (wide), f/5.3-16 (tele)
|ISO range (at full resolution)
|100 to 3200
|auto, 7 presets, manual
|Additional image controls
|dynamic range, film simulation
|Closest macro focus
|multi, centre, face detect, tracking
|multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
|auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
|single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, dynamic range bracket, film simulation bracket, panorama, 3D