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3.0 out of 5 stars Still an underdog against Sony/Canon..., October 17, 2012
This review is from: Fujifilm F800EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch TFT LCD, Black (Electronics)
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Well, considering I own a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V and Canon PowerShot S100 also, it's hard for me to get overly excited about this Fuji camera - being spoiled with higher standards. Sony/Canon pretty much wins in all aspects. If this was my first digital camera, I'm sure I'd give it a 4 stars... the reason for the 3 stars is that this camera is "OK" and for the price, there are better options as well. This camera does have a lot of features, but it also needs a lot of polishing.

First of all, I don't know why Fuji has two apps that pretty much does the same thing. For you to download pictures wirelessly to your phone or tablet, you have to download their app. They have two of them called
"FUJIFILM Photo Receiver" and "FUJIFILM Camera Application". The latter is updated more recently and seems like that's all you need. The Photo Receiver app is just redundant. The wireless feature does work and it converts/uploads the pictures to a little under 1 MB.

Pros:
- Nice camera body/grip and scroll wheel feels good (better than Sony's plasticky feel)
- Face detect has a extra touch to it; you can actually save the face with a name/birthday if the camera detects that same face multiple times.
- Camera supports over 35 languages! (Canon has 27. Sony only has 4)

Cons
- Noisy zoom (The zoom noise on the Sony is night and day compared to this one) - when shooting video you will hear the zoom; you can hear this cranking/spring noise. Not good. Sony just blows all digital cameras away in video capabilities.
- I'm really not a fan of Fuji's graphic user interface at all. It just seems very outdated. It needs more polish or they need to hire a new graphic artist solely on that.
The cross-hair makes it look like a video game. Kids might like this interface, but I'm not a fan of the "toy" feel. When you change the mode dial, there is a noticeable delay in the display
- In manual mode, there is no real-time preview (like with Sony/Canon) when you adjust the shutter speed/aperture of how the exposure is going to be before even taking the shot - it's only after you take the shot that you see the picture being under or overexposed
- No manual whatsoever for video; zooming is much slower in video mode.
- The SD card slot is so close to the door that it makes it hard to pull out the card

The flash does not pop up on its own; you have to manually press the button on the side to pop it out. Since the flash pops up with a hinge, it would have been really cool if the flash still worked tilting it up slightly with your own finger to bounce the light off the ceiling (for more natural light); however, it's not possible because the software won't allow that as the camera won't see that the flash is out unless the flash is directly pointing straight.

If you enable silent mode, no shutter sound/operation sound, then you can't use the flash either. So if you want to turn off the annoying operation/shutter sounds, you have to go to those volume sounds and turn them off individually.
In playback viewing mode, you can display 1 large photo with (2 previous/next pictures on the side like iPod album scrolling-type preview), 2x2 (with 2 smaller previous/next thumbnails in the corner), 3x3 (9 thumbnails total), and the most is 10x10 (100 thumbnails total on the screen)

Turning the wheel to scroll through the photos are fast.

If you go to Menu and Configure 2 (the wrench tool with 2; second one from the bottom) and "screen set-up", there's a "monitor sunlight mode" that raises the LCD brightness really high to make it easier to see when you're outside in harsh sunlight.

Overall, I still prefer Sony/Canon's cameras, without a doubt, even though they also have their own flaws. The Fuji camera just needs a little bit more polishing to be done in my eyes.
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Initial post: Nov 20, 2012 8:02:22 AM PST
Camera supports over 35 languages! (Canon has 27. Sony only has 4)
REALLY!!!!!!!!! THATS YOUR PRO????

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 8:04:16 AM PST
Camera supports over 35 languages! (Canon has 27. Sony only has 4)
REALLY!!!!!!!!! THATS YOUR PRO????

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 11:26:16 PM PST
Kiyo M. says:
Well, not really a major PRO for me, but I think it would be for some people who plan on giving it as a gift internationally or whatnot. I used to work in camera sales before, and you'd be surprised how many people don't really care about main photo quality or other useful features on a camera and just want to get something as long as it has support for their home language (that could be a deal breaker for them) or... for girls, if they just simply have a camera in pink color available... it sounds silly, but that's what I've seen from my experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 7:36:49 PM PST
M. Camp says:
I'm going to Argentina this summer and am getting a camera that'll take better pictures than my phone, and I've come to debate between the Sony and the Canon ones you mentioned. Either one you could recommend heavily over the other?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 10:28:13 PM PST
Kiyo M. says:
Hi M. Camp,

Overall image quality, the Canon takes better pictures/colors. But if you want versatility and for vacation trips, the Sony, I think would be a better option because it has more zoom, panorama, smoother video (60 frames per second vs 24fps film look), fast shutter, and you can also transmit the pictures wirelessly to your phone...

Basically, I think the Canon is great for serious photographers (shoots raw/great manual controls) and the Sony is great for all-around vacation use.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013 7:05:32 PM PDT
NewsView says:
The Sony camera you mentioned has 20x zoom, identical. It would have been nice if more of the review focused on IQ (image quality). Getting used to a new or different interface or menu is just part of the acclimation process. Having come from Panasonic, Fujifilm, Nikon and Olympus I would probably have a bit of difficulty acclimating to Sony or Canon, as I have owned neither. Therefore, it's not a matter of what is more "polished" but what is more familiar -- and that is entirely subjective.
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