Fuji FinePix F600 EXR review

Big zoom compact camera with an EXR sensor goes up against Panasonic's FZ

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Fuji finepix f600 exr review

We were testing the Fuji FinePix F600 EXR in gloomy winter weather and what looked drab in reality looked even more so on the back screen, which struggled to shine even with its reasonable 460k dot resolution retained from the Fuji FinePix F550 EXR.

Usually we find with Fuji EXR models that style tends to triumph over substance, and here visible difference between the switch-able EXR settings and regular intelligent auto or program modes are sometimes subtle at best. Plus, by virtue of its metering automatically trying to balance exposure in tricky lighting situations, if you have the relevant EXR mode selected, you're often left with a very flat-looking JPEG.

Fuji finepix f600 exr review

Also, despite all the gadgetry and gimmickry under the bonnet, the Fuji FinePix F600 EXR is still a point and shoot camera, and if you're expecting results that for the vast majority of images look like anything other than snapshots, you'll be disappointed.

If you're looking for a point and shoot with ideas above its station with a better chance of delivering, then investigate Fuji's own X100. Used side by side with this camera, it knocks spots (or should that be pixels?) off the F600 EXR's output, albeit with a sensor and price tag both twice the size of this model.

We got the best results here by selecting the Velvia setting from among the Fuji film simulation modes, which better mirrored the scene before us than the default Provia option. We did find, however, that the camera's auto white balance biased to correcting whichever colour was most abundant in the scene, so that a shot of bright orange berries produced an overall mauve tint.

However, we found the camera coped with tungsten lighting well - with drab weather outside we took it to a shopping mall and got respectable results shooting handheld, even with movement in the frame. However, images aren't always uniformly sharp over the entire frame at every focus setting, with some noticeable fall off towards the corners.

Fuji finepix f600 exr review

While colour casts and dull exposures are easily corrected in Photoshop, if you venture above ISO 3200 on the Fuji FinePix F600 EXR then resolution drops to 8MP at ISO 6400. It drops further still, to 4MB at the top ISO 12800 setting to further disguise progressively intrusive image noise. So we stuck at ISO 1600, but preferred the most noise-free results that were to be had at ISO 800, which is fairly par for the course.

To be critical, this Fuji is only the ideal travel companion it's pitched as if you're staying somewhere bright and sunny, but the same is true of most snapshots.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Product FamilyFinePix F
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom15x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)201 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Image Sensor Size1/2" (6.40 mm x 4.80 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height62.5 mm
Width103.5 mm
Depth32.6 mm
Product SeriesF
Focal Length4.40 mm to 66 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelF600EXR
Product NameFinePix F600EXR Compact Camera
Product LineFinePix
Exposure Control
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC05970A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor creates ultimate image quality. The FinePix F600EXR prevents blur with Motion Detection and captures bright image in dark scene.

Package Contents
  • FinePix F600EXR Compact Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery NP-50
  • Battery Charger BC-45W
  • Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year