|Upon arrival of a Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR test sample, it is tested in our DIWA Lab. The technical data of the rigorous tests are processed and translated into understandable data. Inside the lab, testing takes place in standardized circumstances. An environment in which cameras, both compact and system concepts can be compared without a problem. Besides that, the Fujifilm F200EXR camera is extensively used in practice and evaluated as for operation and shooting in practice. This combination of lab tests and the testing in practice, results in a final conclusion that is carefully reviewed.|
|Color reproduction & color saturation
The Fujifilm F200EXR tends to add some extra color saturation with emphasis on the blue and red channels. On the other hand; the yellow and green channels are less emphasized, which is generally considered more pleasant. The slight deviation is visible if we compare the color reproduction of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR to that of the Gretag Macbeth Color Checker. Over the entire ISO range from 100 - 1600 only a slight deviation, although somewhat stronger at 1600 to 12,800 ISO, is visible. A disadvantage of this type of color saturation is that it tends to reproduce the skin tones a little bit too rosy.
Color range & White balance
The color range of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is fine up to and including ISO 1600. With at least 20 bits (1600 ISO) to 22.88 bits out of 24, the camera is able to reproduce colors quite precisely. The auto white balance works fine in daylight situations; however, it does have some problems to filter color cast in excessive incandescent light situations indoors. Manual white balance obtains the best result, at which it is striking that the F200EXR performs best at high ISO values when it comes to white balance.
Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR - ISO values
The actual (ISO) sensitivity is strikingly accurate compared to the stated sensitivity in the Fujifilm F200EXR's specifications. With an average deviation of only 6% the Super CCD EXR image sensor is quite precise and shows equal values compared to the specifications. We often come across deviations of 20-25% in practice. When it comes to the signal/noise ratio, we can be brief; we don't see that much of a difference compared to the camera's predecessors. The Super CCD EXR may well be innovative as for its design, but it does not significantly improve the noise. We saw the camera perform neatly up to ISO 400; however, higher than 400, noise appears and is controlled and reduced by the noise reduction feature. This leads to loss of detail and even more so at higher ISO values. From 600 ISO color shifting becomes visible. And reaching the 6400 and 12,800 ISO (lower resolution), we found a result which makes using these values ineffectual. The special EXR program to emphasize the noise reduction does not improve this significantly.
|Super CCD EXR sensor & Dynamic range
Small image sensors, like the Super CCD EXR, receive more and more pixels with each generation. The reason for this is nearly always marketing strategy, while the image quality is hardly, to not at all, influenced. The dynamic range of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR remains fine consistently up to ISO 800, especially for a compact camera. With the special EXR program activated, we find a noticeably improved dynamic range with more detail in the light and dark areas in a picture. It remains very important to expose correctly and precisely and if possible, to apply exposure compensation. The Super CCD EXR image sensor undoubtedly proves its value here.
Sharpness of the zoom lens
The Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR features a 5x optical zoom lens. The 28 mm wide angle, still growing in popularity, is also present. The zoom lens performs well when it comes to sharpness; in the center as well as towards the edges. The entire aperture range provides an excellent to fine sharpness. A slight blur in the edges at telephoto is visible, but you really have to make an effort to see it and it is acceptable by all means. Distortion is clearly visible in wide angle, but not so extreme that it would be abnormal for a wide angle zoom lens.
A difficult issue is chromatic aberration, and it seems no different here. The ugly purple fringing around subjects with high contrast is not visible in every picture; some pictures turn out extremely well. It's also the zoom lens of the Fujifilm F200EXR that has something to do with it, and in particular the telephoto and wide angle mode. Both show visible chromatic aberration, although it is most present with telephoto. The other focal lengths also show some purple fringing, although only slightly and still acceptable.The wide angle suffers from some additional vignetting, not always too obvious, but most likely to occur in pictures of blue skies, where there is a risk of some dark colored corners. The remaining focal lengths do not suffer from vignetting, or only slightly.