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Fujifilm continue the range of innovative compacts with the sexy FinePix F70 EXR.
I bought this one cheap. Nostalgic memories of my early Fujifilm cameras and sheer curiosity of CCD EXR implementation made me pay a little to an online retailer and soon I received the brand new camera in mail.
First impression was positive - sleek solid design, not an eye catcher - but says quality. Further try-outs made me a little more realistic. The camera was introduced in 2009, at the beginning of "small sensor revolution" and features Fuji's famous SuperCCD sensor with EXR technology. EXR technology is in it's early stage with this camera though ( it is a second generation of EXR cameras if I am not mistaken) and is far from perfect yet. However, the colours of SuperCCD are traditionally good.
Main impression from the camera - it's slow by modern (2013) criteria. It starts slowly, focuses slowly, and needs careful thinking to get any more than simply decent image from it. As I have said - EXR technology is not at it's best with the camera and the difference between EXR and non-EXR modes is subtle. Camera is difficult to use in low light ( although considered good at it's time). Exposure metering is uncertain and high contrast may be a killer. Use of exposure compensation allows to change the image to better.
Flash is weak and will not illuminate even a small room background. Does not drown human faces in a flood of white glare though - but automatic red eye removal is not a default feature.
What is my verdict on the camera? For an 80 pound worth camera it as good as it gets - with 10Mp SuperCCD sensor, 10X optical zoom and basic CCD image stabilization. Worth noticing that it did cost around $300US in 2009.
- Compact design 10X zoom camera;
- Good lens and great colours;
- Pleasant appearance ans solid feel;
- Japan made quality;
- Reasonably large 2.7" screen
- Great value for money;
- Slow operation;
- Unreliable exposure metering in difficult light situations;
- Weak flash.
Recommended use: Holiday camera for an undemanding, value conscious amateur.
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