Fujifilm’s latest travel compact camera, the FinePix F800EXR, has a 16-million-pixel, 1/2in CMOS sensor and an impressive 20x optical zoom. Vincent Oliver looks at its key features. Read the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR review...

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While we are seeing more and more high-end compact cameras enter the market, there is still a big demand for small travel models with large zoom lenses, such as this latest offering from Fujifilm – the FinePix F800EXR.

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR review – Features

At the core of the F800EXR is a 12in (6.4×4.8mm) CMOS sensor, with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800. In front of this sensor sits a 20x 4.6-92mm Fujinon lens (equivalent to 25-500mm on a 35mm camera). The camera has eight shooting modes, including auto, program and the advanced EXR mode. When set to EXR, the camera is meant to recognise 58 different types of scene and will then automatically adjust the camera to its optimum exposure and image settings.

Like other recent cameras, the F800EXR can transfer images via Wi-Fi to mobile devices. A free Fujifilm camera app is available from the iTunes store for installation on an iPhone or iPad. To improve speed and save valuable space, images are resized to 3 million pixels by default when being transferred.

  1. 1. Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR review - Features
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Performance and verdict
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  • Andrew Pickup

    I’ve had a Monochrom for nine months now and love it. Photos almost take the breath away (as does the price). The only criticism is that it’s not like Leica film cameras I’ve used, which are really quiet and unobtrusive. The Monochrom makes quite a loud clunk!

  • David Hart

    I bought one for my Christmas present to me. Took photos in our house over Christmas at 10000ASA – the results were amazing. Shot a few bands and parties recently at 3500ASA. Amazing. The best Leica since the M3 (which I also use).
    Rangefinders rule in most circumstances.

  • Johannes Schöön

    This page does not work on displays that are tilted sideways. The light grey squares to the right are on top of the text of the article.

  • Stewart Scott

    The Monochrom is a delight to use, returning me to a pre-digital age of photography. I’d much rather use it than my DSLR. It’s so much less of a handful, it is weighty, but not bulky.
    Regarding the lack of a high definition screen, the more resolution the screen had, won’t it use batteries faster? So leave the review off, if you want one of these then you must be quite an accomplished photographer, otherwise who could afford one as a ‘fad’?
    It’s more like shooting film without the darkroom time, now you use Lightroom to improve your DNGs.
    This camera is a delight to use, I have been waiting for it.

  • Andrew

    Wish I could read this review, but every page is half covered by advertising windows!

  • David Watts

    The world is in colour – not in old fashioned black and white.
    From a three Leica camera owner.
    David Watts,

  • Andrea

    I am sorry to say that, but a “nice grain effect” would be nice to add per Photoshop and not per se. That said, it is the niche of a niche-camera.