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Fujfilm FinePix F80 EXR - Performance and Results

By Matt Tuffin



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Fujifilm has clearly attempted to repeat the success of the F70 EXR without altering too many of the fundamentals and, in most places, they've been successful in doing so. There's certainly more features and better specs to entice the user but in the image quality section it falls critically short. The end quality isn't terrible by any standards but there are a few sections where the camera misses the mark. In what may be an effort to reduce the appearance of noise the pixel smoothing has been increased to try and provide better colour quality, but has only managed to make the images appear cartoonish in terms of contrast. Instead of having a healthy graduation between shades they tend to be more solid, reducing the amount of depth in the image.

As mentioned in the features section the focus also tends to be a touch sluggish, most likely down to the long zoom, making it tricky to catch sharp action shots. Couple this with the slow startup time, which is around five seconds, and it's not always possible to catch quick snaps. Between shots the F80 EXR doesn't delay too much, although after five or six in succession does start to slow, but even when employing the EXR mode there's not an unacceptable amount of time before another shot can be taken.

In low light, as can be expected with a camera that has up to 12800 ISO available, there doesn't seem to be too many issues with taking an image indoors under artificial lighting. In reality the 12800 setting isn't really usable, losing most of the contrast, detail and tone in the images, but the likes of ISO 6400 and 3200 are far better especially when using the EXR setting. Images are impressively sharp under trying conditions when EXR is on, and manages to successfully balance dynamic range without sacrificing too much detail. It's a shame that the pixel smoothing is so aggressive or the F80EXR would have surpassed it's predecessor.


There are parts of the F80EXR to be marvelled at, mostly down to the excellent EXR chip and feature set. It does perform well in low light, but there are some downsides such as sluggish focus and overly aggressive pixel smoothing. The F80 EXR is certainly decent, but not quite as good as it could have been.


June 11, 2010, 1:07 am


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 ?


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.


June 12, 2010, 4:49 am

sorry I meant video image stabilization !


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.


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.


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.


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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