On August 11 2011, Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR
digital travelzoom camera, follow-up to the FinePix F550EXR camera. It comes with a 16 Megapixels EXR CMOS sensor, GPS Landmark Navigator, raw image capture and both automatic and manual exposure modes.
The FinePix F600 EXR features a 15x optical zoom, which offers the 35mm equivalent of a 24-360mm lens. With intelligent digital zoom, the F600 EXR's zoom range offers double the telephoto power. Cameras featuring a conventional digital zoom functionality boost sharpness during processing by enhancing the edges of all objects in the frame. However, this also increases noise in unwanted areas of the image, leading to lower quality results. Fujifilm's intelligent digital zoom assesses areas of contrast within an image and applies selective processing to the sections of the image where sharpness can be boosted without lowering image quality. This ensures that digital noise is not increased uniformly across the frame so results are much improved. The camera also features a new EXR Auto mode with a Motion Detection capability, making it better at deciding whether it needs to raise the ISO sensitivity to capture a blur-free shot in a low-light situation. The GPS Landmark Navigator helps you pin-point interesting landmarks around you and shows you where they are in relation to your current location. Additionally, the Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR offers an enhanced Motion Panorama mode for 360° panoramic images and a continuous shooting mode with frame rates up to 8fps at full resolution. For users preferring to capture video footage, the FinePix F600EXR offers full HD 1080p movie capture with stereo sound and a high speed movie option for freezing fast moving action at up to 320 fps. The F600EXR is listed with a retail price of $350, same as the previous F550EXR model. The FinePix F600EXR is currently selling at around $230. Here's the summary of review by DigitalCameraReview, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 5:
"On paper the F600EXR has an excellent movie mode, with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps (29 minute maximum recording time), stereo sound, optical zoom, auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance available while recording. While I was able to achieve some nice footage, I found that the camera consistently had problems maintaining focus. The F600EXR produced sharp, high quality images with pleasing, realistic colors. Its D-Range priority mode was able to keep overexposure from being a problem, as often occurs with Point and Shoot cameras that have small sensors. I mostly used the camera's auto white balance setting. White balance can be set to custom, auto, direct sunlight, shade, three types of fluorescent, incandescent and underwater. The camera's flash can be set to auto (with red-eye removal on or off), fill (with red-eye removal on or off), slow-synch (with red-eye removal on or off) and to off. Fuji's specifications state that the effective range of the flash, when on auto mode with ISO set to auto, is approximately 0.4 ft. to 10.4 feet (15cm to 3.2m) at wide angle and 2.9 feet to 6.2 feet (90cm to 1.9m) at telephoto. The flash performed well, without providing too much illumination.
The Fujifilm Finepix F600EXR is a solid entry in the compact ultrazoom class. It has many strengths, chief among them its EXR mode that significantly improves low light image quality compared to most Point and Shoot cameras. The F600EXR has solid build quality and good ergonomics. Its menu system takes some getting used to, mainly because of the many possible options offered. The camera is loaded with advanced features, including a RAW mode and a GPS for those who wish to geo-tag their photos. I especially appreciated the D-range priority mode, for limiting the effect of overexposure, and the enjoyable Motion Panorama 360. Performance is another strong point of the F600EXR, with quick shot-to-shot times and very little shooting delay due to shutter lag or auto focus acquisition. Image quality is also one of the camera's strengths. However movie quality was a disappointment, in that the otherwise good looking movies I was able to take were marred by the camera's problem keeping the subjects in focus. Overall I was very pleased with the F600EXR and have no problem recommending it as long as people are aware of the auto focus issues in the camera's movie mode."
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|CNET US - Jan 19 2012|
"As with most compact cameras, photo quality really comes down to expectations and what you plan to do with your photos. In general, the F600EXR's photos are very good and it is capable of taking some excellent shots. However, it may take a lot of adjusting of settings, shooting in raw, or experimenting with its EXR modes to get the best results. If that's n..." More »
|TechRadar - Dec 10 2011|
"In terms of build quality and feature set, the Fuji FinePix F600 EXR betters most propositions around the £250 mark. Design-wise too it makes the leader among travel zooms - the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 - look almost utilitarian. Ironically this led us to expect the camera to deliver perhaps more than it was capable of. What counts the most is image quali..." More »
|Pocket-lint - Dec 07 2011|
"We're not going to get too annoyed over a lack of major changes, however, as the F600's feature list in isolation makes it look like one smashing little camera. However the F600EXR's images are a mixed bag in many respects. While the 16-megapixel resolution captures reasonable levels of detail, shots aren't always quite up to scratch. There's some evid..." More »
|Photography BLOG - Dec 02 2011|
"The Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR is a very modest upgrade of its predecessor, improving the EXR Auto mode in low-light, expanding the GPS functionality, adding a rather superfluous intelligent digital zoom mode, and perhaps best of all not popping-up the flash automatically whenever the camera is turned on. Perhaps the best upgrade that the F600EXR has undergon..." More »
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