You can either shoot in the native megapixel resolution, or have the camera decide when to drop into a few lower-resolution modes that take advantage of the sensor's special ability to see in very low light. This new imager combines some of the attributes of Fujifilm's past sensor designs into a single chip to offer the photographer a choice -- to opt for high resolution when lighting allows, or trade away some resolution for improvements either to the sensitivity, or to dynamic range in less than optimal lighting. Diagonal stripes of green pixels are interspersed with stripes of red and blue pixel pairs. However, it also brings with it a reduction in the corresponding gaps between green pixels. Since the human eye is more sensitive to green light than to red or blue, the resolution is retained where it is most needed.

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It offers a new Super CCD EXR sensor that boasts a higher dynamic range because of its unique design and capacity to change how it captures available light. With this new sensor technology, the FinePix FEXR offers the casual photographer a serious point-and-shoot camera at a reasonable price. These include the Fine Capture Mode that uses all 12 million pixels for an image; the Pixel Fusion Mode that combines two adjacent pixels or photodiodes together to increase the size and sensitivity of the photosites for a total capture of 6 megapixels ; and Dual Capture mode, which takes two simultaneous images at different exposures both at 6 megapixels and meshes them together to get an image with more dynamic range a final 12 megapixel image.

The FEXR also comes with a powerful Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens that offers a wide-to-telephoto range of mm; manual shooting that allows control over aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation; and five classic Fuji Film Simulation modes including Provia for natural tones, Velvia for vivid color reproduction, Astia for smooth tonalities, and black and white and sepia modes.

The FEXR moves this existing sensor technology further with its new three-way function. In this case, two adjacent photosites are combined to create a larger sensor that totals 6 megapixels. The idea here is to use more area on the sensor to collect more light than the original 12 megapixel chip, allowing for cleaner high-ISO shots.

The outcome is similar to stacking images at different exposures not unlike the process used in high dynamic range, or HDR, photography , but the FEXR is combining shots in-camera instead of later in post-processing.

With five total film simulation modes, you can get the classic Fujifilm looks that were once a staple in the heyday of film photography, giving you smooth tones and gradations or vivid and saturated colors. Face Detection 3. Super Intelligent Flash: Found in the Auto mode, this feature automatically determines the amount of flash and proper ISO setting to produce images with better detail and lighting.

In practice, the system gave my flash images nice detail and a natural look without introducing too much fill into the frame. Some of these include: Portrait, Portrait Enhancer to automatically adjust skin tones, Sport for adjusting the shutter speed to take action shots; all in all, a grand total of 17 different scene settings. For a detailed listing of specifications and features, please refer to the specifications table found at the bottom of the review.

It sports a more traditional boxy construction and a concave curvature along the length of the camera. It measures 3. The build quality of the camera when I first picked it up felt a bit plastic-like, but upon further inspection it appeared to have an aluminum body enclosure though it felt a little loose when I first picked it up.

After using the camera, I found the body and strength of its build quality better than my initial impressions. The FEXR is a solidly built camera with stylish trimming, traditional point-and-shoot dials, and a large retractable lens that makes it portable and compact.

Ergonomics and Interface The design and layout of the FEXR is similar to most other Fujifilm cameras I have operated, including a typical shutter and zoom lever, power button, selector button, playback button, and also a few buttons that helped me access features without searching through the menus.

Depending on what mode you are shooting in, the F-mode control provides access to ISO speed, dynamic range settings, the image size and aspect ratio , , and , image quality fine or normal , white balance, and the aforementioned film simulation modes. The menu button provides access to the shooting mode, continuous shooting, AF modes with center, multi and continuous autofocus, image stabilization, power management, and to the set-up menu where you can fine tune things like sounds, digital zoom, and other settings.

The user interface is typical and intuitive, as with most point-and-shoots, and access to different functions is streamlined so the user can change settings quickly. As to the placement of buttons and controls, they seem practical and easy to access. This 3. This function is similar to a mosaic view on a digital photo frame. The image playback on the LCD was able to show similar details on the 3.

You can also zoom in on the pictures by using the zoom lever to view images in more detail. The FEXR was not the fastest off the blocks finding focus, but the shutter lag in between shots made it a fast camera. The lab results and the field-testing matched up well with my overall findings, giving the camera a fast focus to capture speed, making it consistently better than other cameras in its class.

For concentrating focus to the middle of the frame, center mode allows you to give priority to this region, and works well with the widest aperture to give you a shallow depth of field for the subject you want to focus on.

The multi mode achieves focus throughout the entire frame, and does a good job of finding the contrast between different objects in a composition. For instance, I captured a scene where there were many different elements at different distances.

By using the multi focusing mode, the camera closed the aperture down and was able to focus on all the subjects in the frame quite well. The last AF mode is continuous, which like it sounds, works continuously. This system is a bit noisy but does its job you can constantly hear the lens clicking and retracting to find focus in the frame. In testing this mode, the camera found focus quickly in well-lit scenes, but struggled in low-light conditions. For best results, and to save power because continuous is quite a battery drainer , use center or multi and a half-press of the shutter to find focus.

This is a very nice wide-angle at 28mm to a decently powerful mm telephoto range, giving this camera little bit more lens power than most compacts. By pixel binning to combine two photosites into one photodiode, the low-light capabilities of this camera have been enhanced more than a typical point-and-shoot. With more room on the sensor to absorb light because of this combining of forces, low-light photography with the FEXR in theory should be better overall — and it is.

Intelligent Flash is used when shooting in automatic mode. There are also selectable flash modes you can change by using the four-way control dial, which has its own button on the right-hand side.

Options include auto, forced flash good for filling in backlit subjects , suppressed flash, and slow synchro. When using the auto mode you get approximately 2 to It was capable in most instances, but results varied with available light or focal length.

This number seemed accurate in field testing. This new technology was announced a few months ago, marking a step in a new direction for compact cameras and how they capture images. While compact cameras like the Sigma DP1 and DP2 have a much larger imager for improved sensitivity and dynamic range, the FEXR keeps a more affordable small sensor while improving capture technologies.

The interaction of lens, sensor, and processor determines image quality. So does it live up the hype? Whether combining two 6 megapixel exposures together in Dual Capture EXR, or making the photosites larger by combining the adjacent areas in the Pixel Fusion Mode, the dynamic range — and especially the high-ISO capabilities — achieved with EXR are vastly improved over other cameras with similar-sized sensors. The pixel binning mode, or the Pixel Fusion Mode, offered the most dramatic results, providing a superior albeit smaller image in low light.

The two other modes of EXR deserve some attention when it comes to image quality as well. In the Fine Capture mode, which employs all 12 megapixels, there should be a more intricate level of detail in well-lit scenes.

Was this true? In a sense it was, but too much sharpening in this high-resolution mode also gets in the way at times. Upon close inspection of these images at high magnification, the pixel edges seemed to be oversharpened, with edge artifacts showing up in many cases.

So what about the two combined exposures in the Dual Capture mode? As noted, this mode combines two exposures by taking two simultaneous images at 6 megapixels and combining them, much like an HDR image. This EXR mode seemed to work well, but nothing was dramatic in the results, producing an image with noise, but also good exposure. Overall, the image quality of the EXR sensor provided me with new levels of detail I was only able to capture in post, not during camera processing.

Exposure, Processing, and Color The FEXR features many different exposure options, from the various EXR sensor settings to the ability to go manual and maintain more control over the final image. There are many different custom and automatic settings that play a part in the exposure, processing and final color reproduction, giving you the best of all worlds when trying to get the image you want.

Provia default film simulation mode. Images in the default setting were not overly saturated, but were neutral and faithful to what my eyes had seen. The standard mode, or film simulation setting, is called Provia, named for a film stock produced by Fujifilm. Velvia brings out a much more saturated level that is great for rich color reproduction, like foliage or other outdoor scenes. Astia is another Fujifilm stock that makes colors softer and provides less contrast.

There are also sepia and black and white processing modes. Velvia vivid film simulation mode. Astia neutral film simulation mode. For light metering, the FEXR offers a multi-area setting, spot metering for judging light in the center of the frame, and a center-weighted average option as well. Unfortunately, when using the longest focal range, the pincushion distortion and soft edges that often plague point-and-shoot compacts were evident.

Also at longer focal lenghts, the Dual IS CCD shift sensor worked quite poorly, providing more blur than what would be considered acceptable. At wide-angle, the lens worked great, providing high image quality whether I was using the EXR modes or Auto. These two special settings produced images with dramatic noise, and were mostly unusable. The sensitivity to light performance is a solid performer from ISO , and , but at a rise in noise is evident.

Even at ISO and , you get a usable picture that looks pretty good, with acceptable levels of noise. When using the different EXR modes in the different ISO choices, the images with the most noise were scenes with little available light, but when used with enough light the images turned out to be very good exposures.

As an overall assessment, the ISO performance was above average for this class of camera, making the different light sensitivities good all the way up to ISO And even when pushed past this threshold, the images still turned out well. As digital cameras have made leaps and bounds since the explosion in the late 90s, we are still making leaps and bounds today. All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.

Time seconds. ISO Shutter Speed. Shooting Modes. Scene Presets. White Balance Settings. Metering Modes. Focus Modes. Drive Modes. Flash Modes. Self Timer Settings. Memory Formats. File Formats. Image Size. Additional Features.


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Fujifilm won a great many fans with its F30 and F31fd models, which combined slightly larger than average sensors containing fewer pixels than their competitors with some clever image processing, to produce some of the best high ISO images we'd ever seen from a compact camera. In fact, three years later, there are very few compacts we can think of that do a better job once the sun goes down. While playing lip-service to the needs of low-light photography and continuing to produce cameras whose processing give them a slight edge over their contemporaries , Fujifilm didn't appear to make further progress in the direction the F30 had pioneered. With the F EXR, Fujifilm seems to suggest that it wants to regain its low-light crown, based on a novel sensor technology it has developed explained on the next page. In a time when compact cameras are becoming increasingly commoditized, it's interesting to see a company trying to use more than just marketing to differentiate its products. To put this in perspective, most DSLRs are supplied with lenses covering a roughly mm range. It's not the fastest brightest lens in the world but it's not excessively slow compared to its peers.

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