Wednesday, July 4, 2012

FujiFilm FinePix F770EXR Review

If you are looking for an premium travel camera, the tricked-out FujiFilm FinePix F770EXR warrants your attention. It has plenty of features, and then some. With 20x zoom, 16 megapixels, and several manual exposure modes, it should satisfy the intermediate photographer’s needs. Read on to find out how well it performs in the real world!

First, let’s take a look around the F770EXR. On the top of the camera, there is a pop-up flash, zoom control, power button, and programmable function button. You can set this button to bring up ISO, auto focus modes, RAW format, or whatever feature you’d like to have handy.

On the back, there is: a photo review button, video recording button, and back button. A F-mode button brings up six commonly used settings such as ISO, image size, GPS, etc. Still awake? Bear with me. The scroll wheel has buttons with macro mode, flash, delete/exposure compensation, and self timer buttons. These also double as navigation buttons. Now, on to more interesting things.

The screen on the camera is very detailed, bright, and colorful. In very bright light, the screen also makes a good mirror. :)

In hand, the F770EXR is comfortable to hold, due to the ergonomic rubber grip and curved styling. It’s a thin camera, too, considering the 20x zoom lens. My (albeit six year old) digital camera has only 5x zoom, and it has almost the same width.

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Of course, shoddy performance would make all that beautiful hardware for naught. Luckily, the F770EXR does not have that problem. It produces huge, detailed pictures with accurate color. Even in low light, it impressed me with its true-to-life hues. I recommend checking out my photo gallery of pictures taken with the F770EXR yourself.

First, the F770EXR is GPS enabled. With this handy feature, the user can record the latitude and longitude or place name. For the world traveler, this feature could really come in handy. If some photographers don’t need or want the GPS feature, they could save about $20 and opt for the FujiFilm FinePix F750EXR. Both cameras seem to be identical on paper, except the F750EXR doesn’t include GPS.

The F770EXR also has plenty of fun modes to play with. I won’t cover all of them, but here is a sampling: 360 degree panorama, multiple exposures, 3D still images, EXR auto mode, and standard scene modes like portrait, fireworks, landscape, etc. If you want some creative control, you can choose from manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority modes.

Ease of Use
In general, you can be as hands-on or as hands-off as you want to be while taking pictures with the F770EXR. Changing exposure, ISO, focus type, flash settings, self-timers, etc. are all easy to accomplish. That being said, parts of the menu system can be unwieldy at times. The best example of this is the scene modes system. To choose a new scene mode, you must have the dial set to SP, click the menu button, click the right side of the scroll wheel to access the modes, then scroll through the modes to find the one that you want and then hit the menu button again to select one. I think that process could have been simplified. Changing other settings isn’t nearly as difficult.

All in all, the FujiFilm FinePix F770EXR is a great premium travel (or everyday) camera for the intermediate user. It produces high quality pictures, performs well in low light, and has an abundance of fun features.

Product Info

    Beautiful screen, produces great pictures, GPS, lots of fun features  
  • Menus can be unwieldy

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