Ilse Jurriën : July 23th 2009 - 15:09 CET
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR digital camera : The Fujifilm 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 Fujifilm F70EXR is the neat compact design. At only 22.7mm thick and crafted into a beautiful sculpted shell with a double -coated lacquer finish. Lastly, Fujinon 10x Zoom lens, developed in conjunction with the Super CCD EXR sensor, produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range.|
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR long zoom compact camera
Long zoom compacts depend heavily on the quality of the optics, so no expense has been spared to provide the FinePix F70EXR with the sharpest, clearest Fujinon 10x zoom lens. The lens of Fujifilm F70EXR features Super Electronic Beam Coating (EBC). The original coating system of Fujinon that keeps ghosting and flare to minimum to promise optimal picture quality. Enabled by making the reflection to low level even under extensive wavelength with special coating structure. At the same time, newly designed complex aspheric lens and original lens driving unit promises minimum color aberration all in a slim body.
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR incorporates a Super CCD EXR sensor
Introduced earlier this year with the Fujiiflm FinePix F200EXR, this radical new approach to sensor technology has paid handsome dividends with a stream of positive reviews. Modelling the EXR sensor on the human eye, for the first time the user can 'flex' the behaviour of the sensor according to the scene to the photographed. When the light is strong and even, the Fujifilm F70 EXR camera can be switched to HR (High Resolution) mode to ensure every small detail is recorded. When light is strong but contrasty, the sensor can switch to DR (Wide Dynamic Range) mode to get the optimal balance between highlight and shadows. Lastly, in low light the sensor will switch to SN (High Sensitivity and Low Noise) mode, to ensure clean noise-free pictures even in the darkest conditions. Fujiiflm EXR was invented to maximise quality when the size of the sensor is necessarily constrained. So EXR is a perfect sensor for a long zoom compact, delivering extraordinary results even in the most challenging conditions.
Fujifilm F70EXR camera offers EXR modes
The Fujiiflm FinePix F70EXR is fitted with the same EXR Priority modes as its more premium F and S sister cameras (F200EXR and S200EXR). Users can choose to default to HR 'Resolution Priority', SN 'High ISO & Low Noise Priority' or DR 'D-Range Priority' for consistent shooting using one sensor setting (for instance, always choosing 'best dynamic range' whatever the lighting conditions).
EXR Auto on the Fujifilm FinePix F70 EXR
A fantastic addition to the FinePix F70EXR, EXR Auto takes the guesswork out of setting the camera by doing everything for you. EXR Auto is essentially a very sophisticated set of program modes. The long zoom digital compact camera can automatically detect six different types of scenes - Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Backlit Portrait, Night, and Night Portrait. The new Fuji FinePix F70EXR camera will recognize the scene and not only will optimise focus, colour balance, exposure, flash and sensitivity, but will also automatically switch the sensor to HR, SN or DR mode depending on the lighting conditions of the scene. Users of the Fujifilm FinePix F70 EXR will rely heavily on EXR Auto for their general photography, as for many, letting the camera 'do all the hard work' leaves the photographer free to concentrate on getting the best shot possible. And a digital camera like the Fujifilm F70EXR, taking demanding shots in challenging conditions from macro to full telephoto, needs a sophisticated sensor and control algorithms to ensure every shot looks the very best.
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR LCD monitor
The Fuji FinePix F70EXR is fitted with an improved high contrast 230k dot 2.7" LCD. The high contrast LCD is a considerable benefit in bright light. The Wide View Filter on the LCD means that the camera can be pitched at various shooting angles to enable framing of awkward shots. Viewable at 160 degrees in both vertically and horizontally, the LCD is bright and clear for beautiful rendition of shots in playback.
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR camera design
Most long-zoom compacts are hybrid models between bigger bridge equivalents and smaller 5x compacts. They are often bulky and not designed to be pocketable. After much market testing Fujifilm opted for a sleek, thin design, almost the same thickness as current x5 models. The Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR is not only perfect for general family use but also for 'enthusiast' photography and will be a perfect digital camera for both men and women alike. The 22.7mm-thick metal chassis oozes quality while the double-coated varnishing not only protects the camera from accidental knocks, but provides a jewellery-like finish.
DSLR photography with the Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR
Typically, one of the ways to distinguish 'DSLR' photography from 'compact' photography has been the use of 'wide aperture' to create mood and depth in a picture. These 'professional' shots are now possible on the FinePix F70EXR, uses Pro Focus Mode to combine 2 or 3 burst shots together. Through complex digital imaging technology, a crisp shot of the subject is created against a defocused background and foreground. Ideal for portraiture, nature photography or any subject which needs 'lifting' from its background, the Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR Pro Focus Mode provides satisfying professional results at the touch of a button.
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR features a Pro Lowlight Mode
The Pro Low-light Mode is applied to solving the problems of noisy low light shots. With current cameras, it is possible to achieve relatively blur-free low light shots using high ISO and CCD shift (or optical image) stabilization. But this comes at a cost, as the ISO 1600 setting will invariably produce distracting and ugly noise. Once switched to Pro Lowlight Mode, the camera will take burst of 4 high sensitivity images using Pixel Fusion Technology in quick succession. By Multi Frame Technology, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th images are overlapped to create one image with extremely low noise.
Fujifilm FinePix F70 EXR film modes
Similar to other high-end FinePix models, the Fujifilm F70EXR offers 5 different film 'modes' to allow the photographer full creative expression to explore a variety of pre-set colour and contrast modes designed around Fujifilm's most famous film emulsions. The modes are: Velvia/Vivid (for dramatic full saturation colour), PROVIA/Standard (for classic 'neutral' photography), ASTIA/Soft (for gentle, low contrast portraiture and soft, fine, smooth tonality), Sepia (for antique, warms tones) and Black & White (for dramatic monotones). In the Velvia and Astia modes, the dynamic range can now be set to 800% to improve highlight detail yet further.
Super Intelligent Flash incorporated in the Fujifilm F70EXR
The Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR offers a radically improved flash control system which efficiently controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce beautifully balanced flash illumination across the foreground and background. Gone are the ugly washout shots where the subject is blasted with light and the background dark and unexposed. Super Intelligent Flash is most useful in macro photography where the contrast between subject and background can be especially challenging, but is also effective for night and backlit photography.
Dual Image Stabilization on the Fujifilm F70EXR
Long zoom cameras need stabilization more than any other compact, with handshake and subject movement a particular problem in low light at telephoto range. The Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR digital compact camera reduces blur to a minimum by deploying Picture Stabilization to automatically increase shutter speeds to freeze action, and CCD Image Stabilization to counteract the problems of handshake. By cleverly combining these two, blur is reduced to an absolute minimum.
Face Detection and Automatic Red-Eye Removal
To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the FinePix F70EXR is fitted with Fujifilm's latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 10 faces simultaneously, at almost any angle to the camera. The system instantly corrects red-eye, as fast as 0.1 second, and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR specifications
• Super CCD EXR 1/2" 10 Megapixel switchable sensor
• EXR Priority Modes and EXR Auto Modes
• Fujinon 10x optical zoom (27mm - 270mm)
• 2.7", 230k dot High Contrast LCD Monitor
• Ultra High sensitivity (up to ISO 12800 at 3 MP Resolution)
• Pro Focus Mode / Pro Low light Mode
• Dual Image Stabilization (ISO and CCD Shift)
• 5 Film Simulation Modes
• Up to 800% Wide Dynamic Range up to 800%
• Face Detection 3.0 with Automatic Red-eye Removal
• Super Intelligent Flash
• Movie Mode with sound (640 x 480, 30 fps)
• High Speed Continuous Shooting of 5 fps up to 12 frames (3 megapixel)
• 230 shot battery life (with included NP-50 Li battery) (TBD)
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR Price & Availability
The Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR digital camera will be available end of August 2009. The suggested retail price will be announced nearer to the date of the launch.
Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR review
As soon as we receive a full production Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR review.