|The response of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR when activated is average. It takes around 2 seconds. The zoom lens itself is a lot faster, from wide angle to telephoto only takes a mere second. You can make a reasonably precise composition with the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR in 14 stops. The ring encircling the shutter release has a short rotation, which works pleasantly well in practice. The monitor on the back of the camera has nice large dimensions with a 3 inch diameter. The reproduction is fine and the 230,000 pixels serve well to be able to judge the quality of the pictures. Even in bright sunlight, for example on a sunny day in Death Valley where I took several sample pictures with the F200EXR, the monitor still provides a good view to work with. |
|Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR command dial
The command dial on the back of the camera offers direct access to the main programs. The importance of the EXR technology is emphasized by a red mark on the command dial. In fact, this red mark shows that the EXR mode actually replaces the green AUTO mode, as far as Fujifilm is concerned. And this is exactly what happened, seeing as the camera lacks a green mode, although there is still a P mode available. By activating the menu when the Fujifilm F200EXR is in the EXR mode, a menu appears, allowing you to select which way the image sensor has to do the job. Thankfully, Fujifilm has also applied an entirely automatic mode, so that you are not forced to try making the right choice every time.
Fujifilm F200EXR adjusting aperture
If you want to shoot in a more creative way, you can activate the M mode of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. This program enables manual setting of the shutter speed and aperture. Disappointing is the restricted possibility of the aperture priority: maximum aperture or minimum aperture; and that is it, nothing more, nothing less. This is where the shutter speed priority comes in to make up for it, which should not be a problem in itself. The pictures are stored in JPEG format. You'd expect the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR to also provide the RAW format, but it doesn't; the camera is a tad too 'automated' for that.
|Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR image stabilization
The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR features dual image stabilization: the first is a CCD stabilization system that corrects blur from the photographer's hand, and second are high ISO values providing sufficient shutter speeds that should prevent blur. In practice, it works effectively, however, not better or worse than similar optical stabilization techniques.
Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR image quality
The famous F button holds settings that are related to the image quality. For example: ISO, dynamic range, image format and quality, white balance and the so-called film simulation. The latter provides access to Fujifilm's so-called film DNA. Fujifilm has translated the features of ASTIA, Velvia and PROVIA films into a digital mode which enables the photographer to keep the nostalgia of analogue photography alive. The Fujifilm F200EXR allows for shooting in three image ratios: 4:3, 2:3 en 16:9.