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Fujfilm FinePix F80 EXR - Design and Features

By Matt Tuffin

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Our Score:

8

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There’s not a massive amount to differentiate the F80 EXR from it’s predecessor, but that isn’t to say there’s anything wrong with sticking to an established formula. With plenty of curved edges the F80 EXR is certainly stylish at first glance, offering the occasional touch of silver over a single colour frame (red, black and silver can be chosen from). On closer inspection the body is a touch plasticy, with more of a sheen to the surface than is first apparent. A press on some parts of the casing reveals an amount of give, letting the shell flex slightly on particular sections.

The lens is the only real protrusion of note, with most of the buttons and dials sitting flush against the casing. The 3” LCD dominates the rear portion of the F80 EXR, with the Mode dial and D-pad parallel on the right side. A dimpled area, which acts as a grip of sorts, sits in between the two, and four buttons are dotted in the available spaces surrounding the controls. This gives the rear of the camera a slightly busy appearance, with few areas unoccupied by a button or dial of some description. The top panel is unfussy by comparison, holding only the shutter release, zoom and power button and only one side panel is occupied by the tiny USB and HDMI ports behind a substantial-feeling flap.

Overall the Fuji looks extremely stylish, concealing the impressive array of features housed within. The most significant is the EXR chip, which intelligently alters to cater for differing subjects. This allows for far less involvement from the user to take a decent shot, and alters how a shot is taken in lower light conditions. For example, the F80 EXR can take four images in rapid succession in a high sensitivity setting then combine them to form a single shot, reducing the amount of noise. Although the end result isn't perfect by any means it allows the camera to be far more versatile in the majority of conditions.

For those willing to go off the beaten track slightly a Manual mode is available, giving the user a chaperoned version of the aperture and shutter speed controls. This tempers the amount of leeway available dependent on the focal length, so by being at full zoom a different set of values is available to when being at the widest angle. Although this doesn't make for a DSLR-style experience it at least aids the user towards taking completely black images, although the lack of exposure preview when altering these settings makes the end result something of a mystery until the shot is taken.

The light meter along the base of the display does help matters somewhat, giving an indication of how well exposed the end result will be. The zoom itself is a feature of sorts, giving 10x magnification from a 27mm wide angle lens. This does put more impetus on the image stabilisation, which is a combination of mechanical and ISO-based. The results aren't entirely successful, as the focus is still quite sluggish and images occasionally soft. One of the major additions the F80EXR offers over it's predecessor is 720p HD video, which allows both the zoom and auto focus to operate when recording. Unfortunately this does lead to the lens movement being clearly audible on the recordings, virtually muting any live audio.

cliche

June 11, 2010, 1:07 am

Hi,


I am still using a Fuji F31 FD. I spent months reading about it's low light performance before purchasing. Was great when travelling over the world and taking night shots. How does this one fare compared to the F31FD on that aspect ?


Also I take it most of these cameras don't have any image stabilisation ?

Keithe6e

June 11, 2010, 2:51 pm

@cliche: Also I take it most of these cameras don't have any image stabilisation ?





They have, Matt even mentions it on page 2.


I have the F70 EXR, and I'm very impressed with the stabilisation. During holidays I used the F70 at full zoom, hand held, taking pictures of our little lad playing, and they were crystal clear, better than my old camera on a tripod. :)

alen bih

June 11, 2010, 11:22 pm

I also have the F70 EXR, and at first the pictures didn't came out that good, but when I took the time and learned about different settings, the pictures were really awesome.


The only downside is the battery, it runs out fairly quickly, but I ordered 2 more on e-bay and they cost only about 10 dollars, whit shipment and everything.


All in all,great camera.

cliche

June 12, 2010, 4:49 am

sorry I meant video image stabilization !

Money

June 12, 2010, 8:27 am

Great review Matt.


I think Fuji really packed too many pixels in that same 1/2" SuperCCD EXR sensor, they should've increased the sensor size to at lease 1/1.7"(That's what Canon use for thier G9 and A650IS cameras).


Without any significant improvements, I dont expect the Fujfilm FinePix F80 EXR will be selling to well.


After all we are smart consumers.

Fiqqer

June 24, 2010, 6:46 pm

The review rating for image quality is most definitely incorrect. The Fuji F80 to me, and most other revewers, produce consistently the best images of any camera I have seen. Certainly significantly and noticably better than the TZ10 - not as good as the Ricoh CX3 in normal daylight but easily much better in very bright and dim lighting conditions. Yet the CX3 is in a much higher price bracket. I have easily produced much better photos than review photos. It needs a bit of basic photography knowledge though because there are different options to achieve similar results.

Santosh

September 20, 2010, 7:22 pm

Hi Fiqqer,I want to add some more to your comments.When F70 was reviewed by cliff he gave 9 rating.when Matt review F80,he gave the image quality only 7.How it can happen F80 is a predecessor of F70 .so It must be better.Again when I read about EXR technology it quite different and unique technology,i am really fascinated about the technology.so i can't agree the review rating.





What we can do ,let ask Cliff Smith about the review.Again In market F300 EXR also launched,any body got chance to handle that?I request editor to publish the review of F300 soon.That will be more help full.

Bertie

November 14, 2012, 4:56 pm

I now own the F80 EXR, along with the F70 EXR which I bought on special offer from the Fuji online shop and can find little difference between them.

Perhaps the rabid pixel-peepers may find a tad more noise and a gnat's less detail in the F80 EXR depending on sample variation but as I only view my pictures on-screen can't detect any difference.

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