• Lens
  • Sensor
  • Features
  • Ease of use
  • Price

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is an interesting camera in term of features. If you are not very familiar with Fuji cameras in general, you might be amazed by this little powerful zoom point and shoot. Most pronounced highlights from this camera are probably its new EXR sensor, 20x zoom, EXR SN feature to reduce noise and enhance dynamic range. The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR review is part of the series best point and shoot camera under $300. In this series, we give out and frequently update cameras we think are better than the rest which fit in the price range. Other than this, the Fuji camera may fit well under best advanced point and shoot camera for its features.

Note: Both of these series are now combined into one single post of 2013 best point and shoot cameras.

Starting as usual, we will look at 2 most important factors to determine image quality of a point and shoot camera. They are the camera lens and sensor. Click to find out why these are the most important factors

Lens | Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Review

Similar to its rivals, the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is equipped with a wide angle, 20x optical zoom. Ranging from 25-500mm, the camera covers almost every single application a general shutterbug can think of. These applications can be wide landscape, closed up flower or tight portraits, etc… Overall, the lens is pretty sharp, and level of distortion is controlled fairly well. The only thing that might be negative about is that it has some very slight fringing at extreme highlight. But in my honest opinion, the level of color fringing produced is nowhere near annoying. I only point it out if and only if I have to have something negative about the lens. Truth is even the most expensive Leica lens does have some fringing to some extent.

Sensor | Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Review

The lens on this camera is great already, but what amazes us more is the sensor of this camera. A special Fuji’s 1/2 inches 16 megapixels EXR CMOS sensor with color filter is produced for this little point and shoot. The larger than standard sensor alone makes this camera stands out from the crowd. This allows up to 12,800 in ISO speed while keeping the resolution reasonably high. However, a special filter on this sensor makes it even more special. Once activated, this filter will combine the surrounding pixels, which reduces digital noise at high ISO and improve dynamic range. Only one issue with this is that it cut the total megapixel in half.

Photo quality- Looking at the photos closed up, internal sharpening is visible from ISO100 while noise is minimal. We recommend using this camera up to ISO 1600 only. Sometimes, shooting at ISO3200 is possible, but it depends on applications and we recommend you to turn on the EXR filter (the special filter above). ISO6400 and 12800 should be avoided, or unless used for low-res online sharing.

White Balance- We have to say highlight is preserved quite well proving the quality of the sensor in terms of dynamic range, and probably due to its size, too. Under good lighting, the auto white balance performs really well, but in tungsten, it gives a bit of a warmer look. Quick fix is to use the Tungsten preset or to shoot in RAW. And by the way, yes, this camera supports RAW files.

Sensor shift image stabilization- Unlike some other cameras on the market, which use lens shift image stabilization, in this camera, the moving part is the sensor. Nothing is so impressive with this technology except it may help reduces the size of the lens. Otherwise, the concept stays the same. That is to detect movements and adjust accordingly to cancel them.

World fastest autofocus- Final impression on sensor, which also relates to lens mechanism, is the speed of focusing. The sensor contrast detection is ultra sensitive, helped by the ultra quick movements from the lens focusing mechanism, promises a world record in focusing speed. The whole thing is called Intelligent Hybrid AF by Fuji.

Features and handling | Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Review

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR handles firmly, but with a soft touch in hand. Things seem to fall into the right places. The whole camera (available in 4 colors) has a matte finish, and looks well-built. The body is made with curves, which makes it looks softer and less bulky. Dials and buttons located at reachable places even when shooting with one hand. You can shoot with one hand, but for best results, always take photos with both hands holding the camera. And this applies to all cameras including camera phones.

Continuing the Wifi feature from its predecessor, but Fuji tweaks it a little bit more and add the backup to PC feature in addition to the original smartphone sharing.

As mentioned at the very top of the review, this Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR can be added to advanced point and shoot camera categories because it has PASM shooting modes. This allow shutterbugs to control each part of exposure individually.

And finally, to save space on the back for the 3 inches 460k dots screen, while keeping the size of the camera fairly manageable for most people, Fuji added an E-Fn button. This is similar to the Fn key on your computer keyboard, used to combine multiple functions to each other button and dial. It helps simplify the menu and makes features easily reachable.