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Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR Review

Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR Review - We test the new Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR to see if it really does have the World's fastest focus speeds.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR
Price : £170
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Performance
Verdict
Specification

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Red (2)

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is an update to the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR and features the same 20x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen, built in Wi-Fi, but adds a new 16.1 megapixel backlit EXR II CMOS sensor with built in phase detection focus.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Features


Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Red (3)

The biggest and most noticable feature of the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is the wide angle 20x optical zoom lens, this combined with sensor-shift image stabilisation and a high speed 16.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor gives high speed continuous shooting, as well as full HD video. The backlit CMOS sensor uses Fujifilm's unique EXR sensor, with an alternative colour filter on the sensor, this allows Fujifilm to combine neighbouring pixels for improved low light shots, or alternatively improved dynamic range - although due to the pixels being combined, the image size for these photos is limited to 8 megapixels.

The F900 now uses a new sensor with built in phase detection AF focus, which promises to deliver the World's fastest focus. Wi-Fi connectivity has also been enhanced to add a new back-up to PC feature.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Red (4)

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel ½-inch EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection & EXR Processor II
  • 20x optical zoom (25-500mm) with CMOS-shift Image Stabilisation
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen with wide viewing angle
  • EXR-Auto (with auto optimisation for 108 different scene permutations)
  • Full manual controls
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF (World’s Fastest AF of 0.05sec.)
  • Start-up time of 1.1sec.
  • Interval between shots of 0.5sec.
  • RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)
  • Wireless Image Transfer to PC, tablets and smartphones
  • 11 frames/sec. (max. 5 frames) continuous shooting (at full resolution)
  • Advanced Filter
  • Motion Panorama 360
  • Full HD 1080p Video (60fps)
  • Available in the UK in Black, Red and Navy Blue
  • 260 shots per battery charge

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Handling


Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Red (5)

Handling - The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR comes in a number of colours, this one in red, with a soft touch finish to the plastic top of the camera, and smooth red paint on the rest of the metal body. There is a good sized rubber grip at the front and an area of rubber dots on the back for your thumb, although use of the provided wrist strap is recommended. On top is a small Fn button in addition to the usual on/off button, shutter release and zoom control. The pop-up flash is released using the manual button on the left hand side of the camera, and to close is simply pushed down. On the back is the mode dial, and playback, video, disp and E-Fn button, as well as the 4-way controller with central menu/ok button and scroll wheel. The cameras feels quite well built, although the mix of different shades of red is interesting, and I'm not sure whether it's meant to be like this or if that's just the way it ended up. Steve Job (RIP), would be concerned if he was still here.

Fujifilm Finepix F900 Exr E Fn

Pressing the E-Fn button brings up a screen display giving each button a different function making it easy and quick to change additional settings without having to go into the menus.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Red (6)

Menus – The menus on the F900 are the new Fujifilm menus which makes it easy to navigate with the photo options clearly seperated from the setup options.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Red (7)

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 260 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, although extended use of the built in Wi-Fi is likely to reduce this.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

  Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
Shutter Response <0.05
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.2
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.1*
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.5
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.0
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
10fps (5 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 6fps (5 shots)

* Start up screen disabled. Focus is very fast, although occassionally at times the focus is much slower at the telephoto end when the camera can hunt. Continuous shooting is quick with the camera shooting at 10fps in JPEG mode, for up to 5 shots.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR Sample Photos


Sample Photos - The camera produces images with bright saturated, and some would say "rich", colours, and exposure is reliable. Dynamic range can be expanded using dynamic range option (up to 400% at full resolution), or the EXR DR mode (up to 1600%) although the EXR DR mode reduces the resolution to 8 megapixels. Red-eye is very low in our portrait flash photo.

Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR Lens test images


Lens Performance - Purple fringing wasn't noticed on the shot of the trees above, which is impressive for an ultra zoom camera, although some was noticeable near the edges in other shots and when using the optical zoom. Some chromatic aberation was noticed in areas of high contrast. Barrel and pincushion distortion was generally low, however vignetting was noticeable at times when using a lot of zoom.

Detail is reasonable for a 16 megapixel camera, although at times images can look a little over processed, and images appear softer as you use more of the telephoto zoom. The macro focus option lets you focus on objects 5cm away from the camera according to the specifications, although it's more like 1.5cm from the front of the lens, giving good macro performance.

Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - ISO100 and ISO200 shots show low noise, with more noise becoming noticeable at ISO400. At ISO800 noise becomes more noticeable again, and at ISO1600 detail suffers as noise reduction increases. When you get to ISO3200, you are better off using the EXR High ISO & Low Noise setting to get better results at the reduced resolution of 8 megapixels. At ISO6400 the camera automatically reduces the image size to 8 megapixels, and then at ISO12800 the image size is reduced again to 4 megapixels.

Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten light, and using the tungsten preset gives a more neutral result. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a colour cast.

Pano120 | 1/400 sec | f/7.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 200
Pano120 | 1/400 sec | f/7.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 200

Pano180 | 1/400 sec | f/7.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 200
Pano180 | 1/400 sec | f/7.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 200

Pano360 | 1/250 sec | f/10.0 | 5.4 mm | ISO 200
Pano360 | 1/250 sec | f/10.0 | 5.4 mm | ISO 200

Panorama mode - The camera has a number of different panoramic modes, from 120, 180 and 360 degrees, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other.

Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR Digital filters


Digital Filters - There are a number of scene modes and digital filters, as well as multiple exposure shooting. A number of these can be viewed above. In addition to these there are also film simulation modes including: Standard, Velvia, Soft/Astia, black and white, and sepia.

Video - The camera records full HD video at 60fps, with stereo sound and optical zoom. There are a number of high speed video modes available at reduced resolution, including 120fps VGA recording, 240fps at 320x240, and 480fps at 320x112 pixels. Focus appears to be very slow at times when using video, especially if you use the optical zoom while recording, as the video below shows. The image stabilisation also struggles to keep the video stable especially when using a lot of zoom.


Value For Money

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is available for £274 which makes it more expensive than a number of competitors, although we'd expect the price to drop over time. There are a number of other travel zoom cameras available:

Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR, 20x, GPS, £179
Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR, 20x, Wi-Fi, £235
Nikon Coolpix S9500, 22x, Wi-Fi, GPS, £240
Panasonic Lumix TZ40, 20x, Wi-Fi, GPS, £240
Canon Powershot SX280 HS, 20x, Wi-Fi, GPS, £250
Sony Cyber-shot HX50, 30x, Wi-Fi, £329

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Verdict

How does this product compare with main market rivals? The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR updates the F800EXR with a new sensor with built in phase detection focus, giving extremely quick focus and shutter reponse. The camera has built in Wi-Fi for easy transfer to smartphones, or alternatively backup to PC. With the Fujifilm EXR sensor you get the benefit of extended dynamic range, although at a reduced resolution of 8 megapixels, however we feel that the compromise is worth it. Particularly as the F900 delivers images with bright punchy colours, and decent levels of detail. Video performance is disappointing, and if you are keen to use your compact camera for video, then this may not be the camera for you. Overall, thanks to the vast number of features, high speed performance, and good image quality, the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is recommended.

 
  The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR delivers bright colourful images, and high speed focus.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Pros

Compact metal body
Good front and rear grip
20x optical zoom lens
RAW mode available
EXR D-Range Priority boosts dynamic range
EXR High ISO / Low noise reduces noise
Manual controls
Bright saturated colours

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Cons

Slow video focus
Short battery life
White balance performance

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Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR Specifications

ManufacturerFujifilm
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.5 - f/5.3
35mm equivalent25mm - 500mm
Optical Zoom20x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS EXR (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.4mm
Sensor Size (height)4.8mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest8sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Spot
  • M
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting11fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS60
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-50A Li-ion battery
CIPA Rating260
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery NP-50A, Battery charger BC-45W, Hand strap, USB cable, A/V cable, CD-ROM, Owner's manual.
Dimensions
Weight232g
Width105.1mm
Height61mm
Depth36mm

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