FujiFilm FinePix Camera

FujiFilm offers a full line of cameras that are excellent for both professional and personal use. The FujiFilm FinePix camera line includes many compact cameras that operate using fairly small image sensors. Typically, FujiFilm FinePix compact cameras use a 1 to 2.3 inch image sensor while some use a ½ inch image sensor. The more professional or premium models use a 1 to 1.6 inch image sensor. They are around the same size as those used on Canon and Nikon cameras. Many of the FinePix camera models offer an in-camera panorama mode that allows users to stitch multiple photos together in order to create a wide angle view photo straight from the camera without the use of a computer or photo software.

Many models of FujiFilm FinePix cameras use a unique EXR image sensor. This sensor is hardwired to operate as three different image sensors all in one including a conventional high resolution sensor, a half resolution, high dynamic range sensor for those higher contrast scenarios and a half resolution, lower noise ISO sensor for those situations when lighting ability is lower.

These cameras are categorized according to cost and use. While some models are excellent for professional use, there are many that are more designed for personal or amateur use. These entry level models offer an excellent value for the cost and feature high resolution 720p HDTV movie recording abilities as well. Many of the lower level models also feature sensor-shift image stabilization that is typically found in more expensive models. These cheaper versions take AA batteries and offer a wide range of features and specifications. Models in the entry level category can typically be purchased for $100 to $250 depending on the specific model as well as the retailer. Models in this category include the AV100, AX200, JV100, JZ300, JX250 and the JZ500.

Mid-level models are also available for around $300 to $400 again depending on the specific model as well as the specific retailer. These higher end models include larger sensors and high performance EXR and all offer sensor-shift image stabilization and use Li-ion batteries. Models included in the mid-level category include the F70EXR, F80EXR, F60fd, F100fd and the F200EXR.

Ultra-compact cameras in the FujiFilm FinePix camera line have much smaller lenses that do not protrude in front of the camera. Instead the lens is located inside a very small window within the camera. These more compact models are less expensive than the mid-level range models and can typically be purchased for $150 to $300. They have a much smaller zoom ratio and do not have a 28mm wide angle lens. They do use Li-ion batteries but unfortunately are not equipped with an in-camera panorama feature. Models in the ultra-compact FinePix line include the Z70, Z37, Z700EXR, Z200fd and the XP10. This model is waterproof for up to ten feet and shock proof for up to just over three feet. In addition, it has a freeze-proof capability for up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Super-zoom models offer zoom ratios of 14.3X to 30X. All of these models offer sensor-shift image stabilization capabilities and range in price from just over $200 to well over $600 depending on the specific model chosen. Models that offer these capabilities and are considered in the super-zoom category include the S1800, the S2550HD and the S1500. For those looking for a better camera that are willing to pay a much steeper price, the HS10 and the S200EXR offer electronic viewfinders and LCD displays as well as larger zoom ratios and larger image sensors.

Overall, all of the cameras in the FujiFilm FinePix camera line offer excellent resolution and a good value for the money. Purchasing one will depend on your budget of course, as well as your specific camera needs. If you do not need to purchase a high-end model, then $100 will buy an excellent model from FujiFilm. Those looking for a better zoom quality and other features may need to pay just a bit more to get the specific features and capabilities that they want.

This FujiFilm FinePix Camera Review is Written/Updated on Jan 10th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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