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Fujfilm FinePix F80 EXR review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Excellent EXR chip
  • Good range of features

Cons

  • No exposure preview
  • Sluggish focus
  • Excessive pixel smoothing

Key Features

  • 3" LCD
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 12 megapixel
  • 27mm wide angle lens
  • 12800 ISO
  • Manufacturer: Fujifilm
  • Review Price: £124.99

Fujifilm has followed up the initial range of EXR cameras with a steadily improving series, culminating in the excellent F70 EXR model last year. The technology which makes the camera so impressive is centred around the EXR chip, which intelligently alters itself to cater best for the ambient situation. For example, taking a photo with an abundance of shadow and bright light would normally force a camera to favour one or the other, losing detail and contrast along the way. The EXR takes two images simultaneously, one favouring the light areas and the other favouring the dark, by separating the sensor into two halves then combines them into a hybrid shot.

The Fujifilm F80 EXR presents the next step in that process, offering 12MP stills and a 10x optical zoom, representing a significant improvement on the specs of the F70EXR by giving an extra 2MP of resolution as well as a 3” LCD screen and HD video mode. Being priced at £180 puts the F80 EXR near to the Panasonic TZ7 and Nikon S640 on street price, both of which are excellent cameras in their own right but neither quite offer a similar wealth of features. For the price, on the surface at least, the Fujifilm F80 EXR presents a fantastic opportunity for a beginner to expand their photographic knowledge without spending a packet.

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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