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Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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- 16MP EXR CMOS 1/2" Sensor with Phase Detection
- Fujinon 20x Optical Zoom (25-500mm)
- 3.0" LCD (920k)
- Full HD 60fps
- Continuous Shooting 11fps
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||260 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||11 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||No|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||6,400|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 ), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG, 3D still image:MPO compliant|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||21|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Forced off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization, Suppressed|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400 and 12800 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 1.42 x 4.13 inches|
|Item Weight||0.51 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.4 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.3 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||500 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Memory Storage Capacity||21 MB|
|Metering||Multi, Average, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||EXRCMOS|
|Processor Description||EXR II|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-ion NP-50A rechargeable battery and charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
FinePix F900EXR is the perfect travel companion for the photo enthusiast. Large 16MP EXR CMOS 1/2" Sensor with phase detection pixels and new EXR processor for outstanding low light, HD movie and continuous shooting and AF performance. Travel light but sacrifice range with Fujifilm's high quality Fujinon 20x Optical zoom (25-500mm) with image stabilization and 40x Intelligent Digital Zoom. Full HD movies with dedicated movie button. High Speed continuous shooting 9fps at full resolution. Wi-Fi certified so you can easily share images from just about anywhere - Smart Phone/Tablet or PC. RAW support. Get creative with 6 new artistic filters.
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At the end of my exhaustive research I purchased the Fujifilm F900EXR because it had all control options, including RAW shooting, wifi and GPS tagging if I wanted to use that function. It is a "full function" photographic instrument in a small package.
When I received it I took some photos and they looked out of focus, dark or too light to the point they were crappy. I really started to rethink my purchase and had some doubts. Like most guys I thought I knew more than the owners manual, but was I wrong. I read and reread the owners manual then I started to use the camera in each of it's functions until I thought I, as least, had some rudimentary knowledge of each function. What I found out was that this camera is amazing. It is fast, sharp and has given me some fantastic images. I continue to use and learn the nuances of each function and filter. I am now able to take razor sharp images with great color, contrast and dynamic balance.
Build quality is worth noting, as it has the "feel". It is just the right size and weight for me to handle and is safely stored in my wheel chair side pocket.
If you are looking at a quick travel replacement for your DSLR, I recommend that you look at the Fuji, but it does have a "learning curve" to it, or you could just leave it on full auto and still get good shots. Love the zoom length too.
If you don't want, or need, wifi or GPS look at the F850EXR, but it does not have the CMOSII sensor and leaves some other stuff off to keep the price lower.
To all you Canon enthusiasts, I am not anti Canon in any way, in fact I use to own a full service camera shop where Canon was our leader in sales. I have used Canon's for many years, along with Olympus, Konica, Minolta, Pentax and even Fuji, to some extent. I have always thought that Canon has, and gives, a great image quality, but in recent years it seemed that the build quality did not seem like their competitors. Canon continues to get some great reviews.
All in all, each camera company offers some great camera's in the small, point and shoot with a zoom, you just have to keep asking yourself " what are my requirements" and keep that as your guideline. I just found that the Fuji met all of my requirements and then some at my price point. Hope this helps..................
I have updated this review to include the Nikon Coolpix S9700.
Here is my take on them compared to each other.
This is my initial review of the Samsung WB850: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1ARV05CZB3H1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B007261BRG&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=
I bought the Fuji from Amazon after wanting a long zoom pocket camera that also shot in raw. Raw is a digital negative file type that is about 25MB in size which is several times larger than the typical .jpg digital picture. I took a class in Photoshop recently and the instructor explained the advantages of a raw file and said that all pros should shoot in raw.
If you want to know about the raw file format and why I wanted this camera, just search on raw vs jpeg.
I'm not a pro but I did want to have the flexibility that a raw file offered. I also wanted a pocket long zoom camera. I have several large DSLR cameras and all of them will shoot in raw but I no longer wanted to carry the heavy large cameras with me when I traveled especially since the Samsung had just as much zoom as my big zoom lens and took better pictures. The drawback with the Samsung is that it will not shoot in raw and it has a slow shot to shot time. Thus, my purchase of the Fuji.
One of my requirements of a camera is the ability to connect via microUSB. I have standardized all of my electronics to connect via a microUSB cable. My phone, Bluetooth headsets, GPS, external batteries, speakers, etc. all connect and charge with a microUSB cable. The Samsung is not supplied with an external battery charger, you just plug up the USB and the battery charges in the camera. Although some prefer an external battery charger this worked perfectly for me since a battery charger was one less piece of gear that had to go in my already overcrowded and heavy notebook bag.
When looking at the online literature for the Fuji I could not tell if it had a microUSB connector or not. I even downloaded the manual and all it said was USB cable. You could not tell from the pictures what type of USB connector the camera used. So I bought it hoping for the best.
When the Fuji arrived the first thing that I checked was the USB connector. It is NOT a microUSB connector. It is not even a miniUSB connector. It appears to be some sort of proprietary connector that I've never seen before. I was about to simply box the Fuji back up and send it back to Amazon then and there but I said, "What the heck, I have the camera, I might as well see how it works and then I can send it back."
I briefly charged the battery in the external charger and then turned the Fuji on.
It takes the Samsung roughly 3 seconds to turn on ready to shoot and the Fuji under 2 seconds. That's not really a big deal but the Fuji turns on ready to shoot in about half the time of the Samsung. The Nikon speed is similar to the Samsung.
Time to turn on ready to shoot: Winner Fuji
Then I pressed the shutter button. It beeped when I pressed the shutter button. It took me a minute to figure out what was happening. The beep represented focus lock. The Fuji F900 is advertised as the world's fastest focusing camera. I was always used to every autofocus camera having to seek focus and beeping when the focus was locked. The Fuji is the fastest focusing camera that I've ever seen. The Samsung is just as fast focusing once it has zoomed in and focused in on that zoom range but the Fuji focuses much faster when first focusing on a new zoom range. The focusing almost seemed instant and I was used to cameras taking a moment for the first focus.
Focus speed: Winner Fuji
As I mentioned, the Fuji has no microUSB connector and it will NOT charge the battery even if the proprietary USB is connected to power. You must remove the battery and put it in the external charger to charge the battery. The Samsung gives you both options if you buy an inexpensive external battery charger. With the Nikon you can charge the battery with a microUSB cable but you cannot OPERATE the camera while the battery is charging. So Samsung is best because you can both charge and simultaneously operate the camera. With the Nikon you can charge the camera but not operate it. And with the Fuji you can't even plug up a microUSB cable.
Battery charging via USB and external: Winner Samsung
The Fuji has a 6 to 92mm zoom which is the claimed equivalent of a 25 to 500mm regular zoom. The Samsung has a 4 to 86mm or an 18 to 470 regular zoom. When I compared the Samsung to my regular Tamron 18 to 270mm lens on my DSLR the true zoom range is closer to 250mm, not 470. I really could not tell any difference in the zoom ranges of either camera. The Nikon however seems to have about a 50% stronger zoom so it is the clear winner in zoom power.
Zoom range: Nikon
The Fuji has a maximum aperture of 3.5, the Nikon 3.7 and the Samsung 2.8. The Samsung has a half a stop faster lens. What this means in practical use is that the Samsung will shoot a brighter picture in low light situations.
Lens speed for low light: Winner Samsung
The real plus of the Fuji is the shot to shot interval. The one drawback with the Samsung and Nikon is that it takes a second or more for the camera to process between shots. This is not atypical for most pocket digital cameras as a one second shot to shot time is rather average. That's the one plus of my big Canon T4i, you can shoot as fast as you press the shutter button and even holding down the shutter in sports mode will continually rapid fire.
The Fuji has a half a second shot to shot time. This means that you can take two shots per second without being in burst mode. It is significantly faster than the Samsung. The Nikon is even slower. I can literally take 3 shots to every one shot with the Fuji vs the Nikon. This is the major difference between the Fuji and basically any other point and shoot camera. The Fuji has an amazingly fast shot to shot time. You won't miss any single shots with the Fuji whereas you might with the Samsung and Nikon. This is not rapid fire shooting that is required when shooting action sports photography. Both cameras have a burst mode but frankly neither is good enough if you are doing a lot of fast action sports photography. For that I need my big DSLR but that is about the only situation that I can think of where I need it. My son does competitive swimming and I need to take the big camera if I really want to get a lot of action shots but for every other non-studio situation, the point and shot long zoom cameras rule.
The Fuji allows you to select the jpg mode of Fine or Normal and Fine+raw or Normal+raw. The jpg file is around 4MB, the raw file 12 to 25MB. When shooting in the jpg+raw mode each photo is nearly 30MB total. I can shoot 7 shots at ½ second per shot before the camera slows down. After 7 shots, it takes about a second between shots as the large files transfer to the camera and the camera tries to keep up. It takes over 30 seconds for all of those shots to process before the orange process light stops blinking.
If I switch to Fine jpg only which is the mode the vast majority of people will be shooting in, the camera never slows up. I shot 50 shots as fast as I could press the shutter and the Fuji never slowed down.
Shot to Shot time: Winner by a HUGE margin Fuji (this may be the most important factor in the camera selection between the three cameras)
Picture quality: All three cameras produce awesome video and photos. They are as good or better than the big T4i in my opinion. I like the colors better. I'm not going to rate the picture and video quality of each camera. The Fuji's file sizes are smaller. Avg maximum jpg file of the Fuji is 4MB. The maximum jpg file size of the Samsung is 8MB. Both cameras are 16MP cameras but the Samsung has a much bigger maximum picture file size. There are plenty of other reviews that will give you details on pic and video quality, I'm super satisfied with the quality of the three cameras.
Picture and video quality: Not Judged
When plugging in the camera to your computer via USB the Samsung will show up as a separate drive on your computer. The Fuji will not. With the Fuji you must click My Computer and scroll to the external device. Of course you must use the proprietary USB cable to even plug up the Fuji to your computer. This is more of a hassle since the camera will not show up in a file explorer program. The Nikon turns off when you plug in the USB cable and I can't turn it on so I'm not sure about direct transfer with the Nikon. I actually never use that method anyway. It's far faster to just take the SD card out and put it directly into the computer to transfer your photos.
File Management and ease of transferring pictures: Winner Samsung
All have wi-fi but I don't use wi-fi on the cameras so I can't rate how that works.
The Samsung and Nikon have built-in GPS and will tag your pictures with the location and point of interest that you are near. The Fuji does not but it does have a downloadable phone app that will connect with the camera. This will allow geotagging using your phone's GPS to communicate location data to the camera. The setup was simple and it works. When a photo is taken longitude and latitude data is embedded in the picture. The problem with the Fuji GPS is that the location does not update if you move. It records the location data at the time of phone syncing and that SINGLE location is embedded in all of the pictures until you sync again. The syncing process sometimes takes a full minute and sometimes does not work on the fist try. Now this will work fine if you are in one location but if you are driving or even walking to different locations the location becomes general and not accurate. The Nikon's GPS seems to lock much faster than the Samsung.
The Samsung and Nikon GPS feature is better for two reasons: It's automatic and you don't need your phone's GPS soaking up battery and you don't need to remember to turn on the geotagging feature on your phone. The app turns off in 60 min so that you don't forget it but that also means if you are out hiking you must remember to turn it back on every 60 minutes. Plus, if you are hiking, you will only have the single location where you synced embedded with the Fuji.
The Samsung also embeds POI info. This means that the Samsung will embed New York Zoo, New York City, NY U.S. whereas the Fuji will only embed Lat-Lon coordinates. You can plug in the coordinates on a computer map and show exactly where you are but the Samsung POI is a lot easier to quickly understand. The Samsung GPS database does however take up a GB of space on your SD card. The Nikon will show the POI on the screen.
Although the Fuji requires your phone app be active and near the camera to geotag that single location, the phone does have one advantage. My phone will determine location inside of a building, the Samsung and Nikon must have a clear view of the sky to determine location.
GPS functionality: Winner Nikon
The Fuji is prettier. The Samsung and Nikon are traditional box shapes. The Fuji has rounded corners and feels smoother in your hand and slides in your pocket easier. The Samsung and Fuji are basically the same size, the Fuji just feels better in your hand. The Fuji also comes in various colors whereas the Samsung only comes in black. The Nikon is noticeably larger (about a third larger) but will still fit in a pocket.
Style: Winner Fuji
The battery door on the Samsung has a slide button that you push to pop open the door. This works extremely well and is easy to do. The Fuji's battery door is a friction slide. You almost have to break a nail to get it open. Since you can't charge via the USB cable you must open the hard to open door to change the battery. I think the Fuji door has a much higher probability of breaking and is not as durable as the Samsung. The Nikon battery door seems to be durable.
Battery door Winner: Tie Samsung and Nikon
One feature that is useful and necessary is the ability to capture hi resolution stills while you are videoing. The Samsung will capture up to six full resolution still pictures by pressing the shutter button The Fuji has a dual setting in the movie menu for shooting stills during a video, movie priority or still image priority. If you select movie priority it will shoot up to 30 stills at 1920x1080 resolution. This is basically taking a frame from the video since the video is 1920x1080. This is the equivalent of a 2 megapixel camera and is good enough for a high quality 4x6 print. If you select still image priority it will shoot up to 16 stills at a 6MP resolution and is good enough for a high quality 16x20 print. The Nikon does the same but seems to have a limit of around 8 stills. Plus with the Nikon, there is NO indication that you've taken a still. There is no sound and no indication on the LCD that you've taken a still (or that you haven't taken a still).
The Samsung shoots a higher quality still during a movie but it will only shoot six whereas the Fuji shoots a lower quality but still excellent quality and you can shoot 16 pictures during a movie. This is a tradeoff.
Movie still shooting: Tie between Samsung and Fuji
Both cameras shoot Full HD movies but there is a difference. The Samsung and Nikon (Nikon has a 25 and 30fps option) shoots at 30 frames per second and the Fuji shoots at 60fps. Technically 60fps is better but it has a big drawback. It creates a file size twice as big. One hour of HD video on the Samsung creates a 9GB file. One hour on the Fuji creates a 16GB file. You only need 60fps and can tell the difference on very fast action. Movies are shot at 24fps and TV is 30fps. I would prefer 30fps and its excellent quality and smaller file size than the 60fps. There is no way to select 30fps on the Fuji, if you want HD, its 60fps. The video quality is excellent on all of the cameras.
The focusing during video is not nearly as fast as with photos. The video focusing speed is about the same for all cameras.
The Samsung will record a maximum video length of 20 minutes. The Fuji will record a maximum video length of 14:30. The Nikon will record a maximum length of 27 minutes.
Video: Winner Nikon
The battery performance seems to be about equal. I did a video test with the Fuji and it recorded about 45 minutes of video before the battery went dead which is similar to the Samsung. My initial test of the Samsung produced a lot more shots per battery than later tests. It may have been the new battery lasts much longer than a battery a few months old. The Fuji is rated at 260 photos per battery. With all of the cameras you will need to carry extra batteries. The big drawback with the Fuji is that you can't use an external battery through USB or charge the battery in the camera. Fuji does sell an optional DC coupler but that's an AC plugin. If I was near an AC plug and had a big coupler I might as well just keep some batteries charged up and ready.
I will give Fuji credit for one simple but effective innovation. There is a big orange stripe on the battery that corresponds to an orange mark in the battery compartment. This easily lets you see how to line up the battery as you insert it. Often with such batteries you have to look at the terminals or remember the orientation to correctly insert the battery. With the Fuji, it's just orange to orange. All cameras should have that. I took a gold Sharpie pen and marked the Samsung and Nikon battery and the extra batteries that I bought for the Fuji. It makes battery insertion correctly the first time foolproof.
Battery: Winner Samsung
I bought this kit for extra batteries. http://amzn.com/B004VTF7IG
The charger and the batteries work great. The charger is actually better than the charger that comes with the camera because the prongs fold in and take up less space.
I also have a universal camera battery charger that works great. http://amzn.com/B00369CNFW
All of the cameras are excellent and you won't be disappointed with either.
By the way, I kept the Fuji and that is the one that I use most.
One Week Update:
After a week I did have to send the original Fuji back for a replacement. The camera kept saying "Protected Card" even when the SD card was not locked. It started doing this intermittently at first then constantly. I tried 3 different cards so I assumed the camera's sensing system for locked and unlocked cards was defective. Got the new camera and it is working perfectly so far.
In the EXR auto mode you cannot select Large. The camera will shoot in either Large or Medium depending on the composition of the picture. I prefer to shoot all of my pictures in the largest size but that is not possible in EXR auto but it is in other modes.
I'm familiar with how well the smaller Fuji cameras do with their low light prowess, but that's due to a combination of the sensor and the glass they use. Since I am adding the requirement of a log reach lens, I am decreasing the quality of the optics and making it require more light during a shot (zoom lenses on cameras generally are lesser quality - unless you're talking lenses in the $1000's).
I just got back from Cabo with the camera, and it did admirabley on both long shots. It has a great reach, but you need something more stable than your hands and the camera's stabilization to get good shots at 20x zoom..
I shot mostly in Aperture mode, but tried the "low light", "high contrast", and "portrait" auto modes, and looking at the shots on a big monitor, they all came out great. Sure there is some noise in the dark scenes, but it was far less than expected, and I could easily print a 8"x10" without it looking like a pixelated mess. I never used the flash beyond testing it out. I'm not a fan of the images any/most flashes produce.
I tried some video, and it looked good enough. I wish there also were a 1080p 30fps mode, as it only does 60fps when in 1080p mode. It would save some file space. I also wish there were no limitations on the length of video you can shoot, but inexplicably, on some of the slow motion modes, you are limited to 60 seconds maximum recording.
Overall, I am a fan of the newer sensor that the F900EXR has over the model it is replacing. I would definitely recommend it to friends.