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.