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All I can say is that I continue to be more impressed each time I use this.
on September 15, 2013
I am in a wheel chair and found that I could no longer handle my Nikon DSLR's due to being to heavy and cumbersome. I really enjoy photography and did not want to give it up. So, I started my search for a small and lighter point and shoot with a zoom. Initially I looked at Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus, you know, the usual suspects. I thought I would like the Nikon P300 series, the Olympus SH50 or the Panasonic LX7. I started my research on those, and I discounted the Canon when I went to Costco and actually had some "hands on" with the ones they had. The Canon did not seem to have the same build quality as the others, although, in Canon's defense, they do have great image quality. While reading reviews on the Olympus SH50 one reviewer mentioned the Fujifilm F900EXR as being a more than capable competitor. The Fuji cameras never entered my mind as a possible purchase.
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..................