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I do alot of scuba diving and was booked to go diving holiday in the red sea so thought the time was right to invest in a decent camera and underwater housing. I also wanted the ability to just use it as a digital camera too. After a bit of research i went along to my local dive shop thinking it was between this camera and a sea and sea model. As soon as I seen this camera in action i knew it was the one.
The camera is small and compact while feeling very well built. Its menus are laid out nicely and are easy to use. The EXR mode i do find slightly dissapointing but the HDR mode makes up for it. The underwater setting on this camera is as god if not better than many of the professionaly used cameras. The colours are vibrant and the images are sharp and crisp. Another great advantage with this camera is the image editing and of course the size of the screen.
The only downside i find is i quite often knock the top menu button without noticing but that may just be me.
The underwater housing unit for this camera is great. Very good quailty nice and strong and protects the camera well. I definatley feel i made the right purchase for my needs and unless something very very good comes out i cant see me changing this camera for a while.
Photos. They're everywhere these days! With the advent of social networking, camera manufacturers are doing a roaring trade selling digital cameras to the masses. The masses that are dead set on trying to outdo their friends with the quality and quantity of photos on sites such as facebook. I was fortunate enough to get the facebook bug some time ago and sailed along happily for months. But something was missing. Whilst all my friends and co-workers were busy uploading photos in the hundreds to their profile, detailing every aspect of their lives from holidays to family occasions, and even sometimes, photos I would deem wholly inappropriate to share with hundreds of "friends", I was stuck with only a few photos taken on my webcam or my phone. I decided it would be nice to start taking photography more seriously and so I set out to buy a digital camera that would enable me to take quality photo's at all those unique moments that just seem to crop up all the time.
Choosing the camera
I'm not much of a person to research into things before I buy them, usually I buy something because I like the look of it, or I buy solely because of a specification I have seen or a special offer. Buying my camera was much the same. I asked around at work to see if anybody could point me to a shop that sold cameras, I was in rather a hurry as we were going on holiday the following week and really wanted to get something before we went so that I would be able to take it with us. My boss recommended Jessops. I browsed their website for small cameras, and sorted the list showing the highest price cameras first. My budget was around £300, and I figured the best way to go would be to get something towards the top end of my budget, thinking that it would be of superior quality to some of the much lower priced cameras.
Scrolling down the list, I came across the F200EXR, the first thing I noticed was how it looks, it is very smart, and it appealed to my desire to always try and have the latest flash gadgets. It looked very smart indeed. I took a quick look at the spec and decided I would buy it. £290 later (including delivery) I just had to sit back and wait. My camera arrived the next day and I couldn't wait to get started, I took it out of the box and started taking pictures of myself.... Before deciding that I would probably break it with my ugly mug.
The Look and Feel
The F200EXR looks amazing, it is really very smart, and very small too. It fits easily into my pocket for safe keeping. It is black and silver and the colours go together very well whilst also matching with my existing gadgets. The camera is only about 10cm wide, 6cm tall and just over 2cm deep, about the same size as a small block of cheese.... Only lighter. The camera is very light and easy to carry around and use without feeling cumbersome at all.
Taking pictures is simple, just put it into record mode and shoot! There is a big LCD display on the back which is very handy for viewing the pictures you have taken and deleting/retaking them if necessary. Nearly all of my pictures have come out perfectly so far, except for one where I stupidly had my finger half over the lense!
There are loads of options you can set before taking your pictures and I haven't gone through all these yet as I have had no need to, the standard settings seem to adjust for any situation.
The main function that most people will use is the zoom. We have an old camera at work with a zoom function, and although pictures taken on this camera (at work) are ok, if we zoom in on anything we seem to lose all clarity in the image. My new camera is different. Everything I have zoomed in on has looked just as clear as if I hadn't zoomed in, you can zoom to 5x the original size with absolutely (or no perceptible) loss of quality.
I also found a nifty little function whereby you can apply image effects to your photos as you take them. For example, you can take photos in black and white, or sepia, or a couple of other styles which I haven't used much because they didn't make my pictures look too good, but I think that may be the situations that I was taking the pictures in.
Overall for most people they will only need to press the button and not change any of the options as the camera appears to perform just as well at night as it does during the day, just as well close up as it does from a distance.
The on screen interface is easy to understand, just as the wheel and buttons on the back and top are. Mostly its just logic, but I did have to look in the manual to find out what all the options did on the wheel, although like I said, I haven't had the need to use any of these, the standard recording one works just fine for me.
The only downsize is it only has 48mb of memory, which is fine for most people, but if you are going away anywhere for any length of time you will probably need to buy an SD card to boost your memory capacity. If you will be deleting or uploading pictures fairly regularly you should find that the camera has enough storage for your needs.
Battery Life and Connectivity
So far I have not needed to recharge my camera, I charged it when I first got it, and then I have had it a few weeks, took it away with us, and have taken a few random photos whenever we have gone out and the battery is now half empty so the battery life is very good. Uploading photos to my computer is easy, just connect via USB and away you go!
* Number of effective pixels
12 million pixels
* CCD sensor
1/ 1.6-inch Super CCD HR
* Storage media
Internal memory (approx. 48MB) / xD-Picture CardTM ( 16MB - 2 GB ) /SD memory card / SDHC
* File format
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 ) Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG ) Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens, F3.3 (Wide) - F5.1 (Telephoto)
* Lens focal length
f=6.4 - 32.0mm, equivalent to 28 - 140mm on a 35mm camera
Auto focus (Area, Multi, Centre) / Continuous AF, AF assist illuminator available
* Focus distance
Normal Wide: Approx. 45cm / 1.5ft. to infinity Telephoto: Approx. 80cm / 2.6ft. to infinity Macro Wide: Approx. 5cm - 80cm / 0.2ft. - 2.6ft. Telephoto: Approx. 50cm - 1m / 1.6ft. - 3.3ft.
* Shutter speed
(Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/1500 sec., (All other modes) 8 sec. to 1/1500 sec.
Wide: F3.3 / F9.0, Telephoto: F5.1 / F14.0
Auto / Auto(3200) / Auto(1600) / Auto(800) / Auto(400) / Equivalent to ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Standard Output Sensitivity) * Number of recorded pixels: ISO6400: "M" or "S", ISO12800: "S"only
* Exposure modes
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual
* White balance
Automatic scene recognition Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm white), Fluorescent light (Cool white), Incandescent light, Underwater lighting Custom
* LCD Monitor
3.0-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, Approx. 100% coverage
Approx. 10 sec./2 sec. delay
* Video Output
NTSC / PAL selectable
* Digital Interface
USB 2.0 High-speed
* Power source
Rechargeable NP-50 Li-ion battery (included) / CP-50 with AC power adapter AC-5VX (sold separately)
97.7(W) x 58.9(H) x 23.4(D)mm / 3.8(W) x 2.3(H) x 0.9(D)in. (excluding accessories and attachments)
Approx. 175g/6.2oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)
* Digital Zoom
Approx 4.4 X
* Shooting modes
Mode dial: Auto, EXR, Natural Light, Natural Light & with Flash, SP, P, M, Movie SP: Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Night (Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Museum, Party, Flower, Text
* Movie recording
640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec. b320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. With monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG) * Zoom cannot be used during recording
Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), Slideshow, Trimming, Multi-frame playback (with Micro Thumbnail), Sorting by date, Image rotate, Resize, Voice memo
* Voice memo
Up to 30 sec. WAV format
I am very happy with my little camera, I know I could have probably got the same quality for less money but I really don't care. I am sure this camera is going to bring me many hours of enjoyment and memories for years to come. I do want to get an SD card very soon just so I can be sure that I have plenty of space to store my photos, but other than that this camera is perfect in every way. I definitely do not think I could have got anything better than this, even for a higher price, overall I am very glad that I picked this one out and think it may have been one of my better choices in life.
I cannot fault the exceptional image quality and ease of use, I even gave it to my girlfriend whilst we were away and asked her to take a picture of me, and she didn't ask how it works, amazing considering she asked me the other day how to open a bottle of wine with a corkscrew when it was a screw top bottle!
Highly recommended. Cheese!
The finepix F200 is a 12mp camera with a 'super' CCD sensor, 28mm wide lens, 5 times optical zoom, SD compatability and a lithium ion battery.
This is another of the cameras I've been having a play with recently and as per usual I've got a few things to say about it! The camera has a number of different shooting modes including auto, manual, program, EXR (which acts like intelligent auto), natural (no flash) and natural plus flash (takes two images one after the other with and without flash) - I suppose the latter is to allow you to decide which is the better image without having to decide before taking it, however to me it seems a bit like a waste of available memory space, if I was that indecisive about flash I'd just leave the camera on auto.
It's very easy to change between shooting modes and making different adjustments within them as the LCD mostly indicates what buttons you need to press in order to adjust individual aspects which is handy as it means you don't necessarily have to read the manual and even if you do, you don't have to try and memorise everything it's telling you.
One of the settings I always experiment with when trying out a new camera (if of course its manually adjustable) is the ISO to see how the camera copes in low light without flash - in the case of this camera 1600 is still very useable which is impressive as most compacts and even some SLR's become too noisy for reasonable use well before this point.
Image quality is good - the colours and contrast and accurate to real life and the automatic white balance is good at adjusting itself (although you can set it yourself if desired). When reviewing images on the playback setting the camera also shows you the settings it used (apeture and shutter speed) which could be handy for people wanting to learn more about slightly more complex shooting as it will give you a general indication of the settings for each shooting condition.
There is a filming function on the camera too - the image quality is good with acceptable sound levels and no obvious white noise, however you can't use the zoom function whilst recording.
Erasing images is a simple process however you have to commit to pressing several buttons before the erasing actually happens which means that you can't accidentally wipe your card of all the images.
If you turn the camera on and then forget to turn it off, you don't have to worry about your battery being drained as the camera will turn itself off when it hasn't been used for length of time (I didn't time it exactly but it's no more than a minute).
As for the build of the camera - it is a plastic body but it feels of a reasonable quality ie. not cheap and tacky. The on/off button is flush with the top of the camera body however it is still easy enough to push, the shutter button and zoom are placed next to it and also easy to operate, even if you are wearing gloves.
The price of this camera varies quite alot depending on where you buy it but it can be purchased for between £190 and £220 although the RRP is closer to £290.
I'd say this camera is a decent purchase to make - the specifications, image quality and build make it worth the current selling prices. If you want more than a 5x zoom at a comparable image quality you'd have to spend nearer the £260 mark. In conclusion the camera might not be perfect but it's good for the price.
I bought this camera before a trip to America. I did not intend to spend a huge amount of money on a camera, and after finding this camera on a website and rated as camera of the year for 2009, I thought it was affordable for the quality that it seemed to be. I bought it for just under £200 and I was fairly happy with my deal.
I was so glad to have bought this camera. It really is a modest, classy, yet casual digital compact camera, and it is definitely in the top end for compact cameras.
The quality of pictures is just incredible. It has great resolution and on all my pictures that I have taken, none have appeared blurry, and even after zooming in, they do not really pixelate or go blurry, which is great.
The camera has great zoom (upto 5times). I have taken pictures from really far away, usually on 3x zoom, and the pictures appear as if I was stood right in front of the view, and are of high quality.
The camera is extremely easy to use, albeit the buttons are a little small if you have big fingers. (luckily I do not have that problem!). It does take a little while to work out how to use the camera though, although the manual is fairly simple and very helpful.
The camera has many features, and I believe that if you buy a waterproof case, this camera will work underwater up to 40ft.
This is definitely the best digital camera I have ever bought and I would recommend it to anybody looking for an affordable but extremely decent camera that they can easily carry around!
I got this camera from my parents at christmas and i find it an excellent camera the picture quailaty is amazing they are very clear , the zoom on the camera is excellent that why i mainly wanted the camera as my other camera has rubbish zoom. everything about the camera is excellent and im so happy with the picture quailty. The only downside is i went taking pictures at night time and the settings needs to be changes but i didnt know how to do it so i will have to read the information booklet. My parents are amazed at what good quailty the camera is , i got this camera for £140.00 and is by far the best camera i have ever had. The camera also has a lot of different settings to help you get the best picture which i find really helpful when taking pictures. overall excellent item
Much has been made in recent years if the quality of low-light/high ISO images produced by the Fuji FinePix F30 and F31d cameras - and rightly so. By not trying to cram more and more pixels onto their sensor, Fuji have been able to concentrate on getting better performance out of the ones that are already there and the 6mp cameras certainly make the most of the available light.
This tradition has been upheld with the development of the EXR sensor and the release of the F200EXR - a serious compact camera, with a serious price tag of around £330 (RRP).
It is basically an old Fuji FinePix F100fd with the new EXR sensor. It is a different colour but there aren't many other differences on the surface.
What is EXR Technology? If I could answer that, I'd be considerably richer than I am! As I understand it, it is all to do with the way the photosites are arranged on the sensor and the way they combine in a process called "pixel binning" (merging adjacent pixels to produce a mean colour value).
The sensor also has three different modes, each with its own colour filter: SH for low-light, HR for standard and DR for high-contrast situations and the camera selects automatically (assuming you haven't chosen to set this manually) depending on conditions.
What does this mean for me?
On the plus side, it means better pictures in low light
On the minus side, due to the complexity of the processing, no RAW image format is available
Physically, the camera is very small and compact, measuring 97.7mm (3.8in) x 58.9mm (2.3in) x 23.4mm (0.9in) and weighing in at just 175g (6.2oz). It has a dedicated rechargable battery and can accommodate XD, SD and SDHC cards, as well as having a 48MB internal memory.
The menus do seem a little strangely ordered and confusing to start with - although they do have a neat feature that reminds you of any changes you have made on the framing screen and tell you about any knock-on changes that may have been necessary.
The mode dial has 8 different settings - although, with the 3 EXR modes, there aren't many situations where you would need to change this from the EXR setting - these are as follows:
EXR - manual or automatic selection of 1 of 3 EXR modes
Auto - point & click mode
Natural - for use in non-flash scenarios
Natural + Flash - Takes two shots, one with the flash and one without (only available if the memory-card still has room for 2 pictures)
Program - full control over all the settings except shutter speed
Manual full control over all the settings including shutter speed (1/1000th to 8 sec)
SP - 15 preset scenes to choose from - Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Night (Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Museum, Party, Flower, Text
Movie Video recording with sound
In addition to these, there are Macro and Intelligent Flash modes that can be accessed via the cursor buttons on the rear of the camera, and a Silent Mode that can be activated by pressing and holding the DISP/BACK button.
There is a self-timer that can be set to either 2 or 10 seconds and is available in all shooting modes.
The aperture can be set in Program mode for Aperture Priority shooting but there are only two settings - fully open and fully open minus 3 steps - neither of which seem to have much of an effect on the Depth-Of-Field. I've a feeling the stepping is done by the software rather than actually changing the aperture size (but don't quote me on that). In any case, the maximum values for the zoom lens are f3.3 - f5.1
Exposure Compensation is available at +/-2EV
The optical zoom is controlled by a bezel around the shutter button and is stepped - which feels a little weird - but there are 14 steps so there is plenty of control and the range is impressive, equating to 28-140mm in SLR terms. Oh, and there is a 4.4x digital zoom too.
Video is recorded in 640x480 pixels or 320x240 pixels at 30fps AVI and is limited to around 2GB (around half an hour at 640x240. As with most cameras, zoom cannot be activated whilst video recording is in progress.
Autofocus is excellent and, even in low light, there aren't many situations where it fails to focus - thanks in no small part to the brilliant Auto-focus assist light. Auto-focus can be locked by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Continuous shooting ranges from 1.4fps to 5fps, depending on the chosen resolution