Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR


A 15x point and shoot camera

Want to take a one in a lifetime picture and you don’t know what camera to take it with? The recent Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR shows a lot of promise when you read descriptions of it, but one thing is what the paper says and another thing is what reality shows. Different Internet sites admit that their testers liked the device’s long zoom, very sharp details, color reproduction and layout and the performance of the shutter lag. So we took the product for a review to see how it really performed.

16 megapixel sensor

Fujifilm’s FinePix F600EXR camera costs $349.95 and from a visual point of view it thoroughly merits the price. The design shows that a lot of attention was paid to make the camera look good and at the same time differentiate itself from other devices looking alike. It packs 16 megapixel and with them makes an entrance a considerable 15x zoom lens. This is a device that’s available only in black and we like that. The fact that the camera is compact is a major plus and, while it does look like the F550EXR from a physical standpoint, the F600EXR succeeds in remaining unique with a CMOS image sensor. To better hold and control the gadget there’s a hand grip which didn’t make our hands all numb, on the contrary. But we have yet to see a hand grip for left-handed people, too, not only right-handed ones like us. The thinness of the camera befits it very well and makes it an even more attractive device to possess.Fujifilm-FinePix-F600EXR

Easy to use menu

The controls on the back of this camera are the same as usual, and we have to include here the fact that they are one of the main reasons we like the camera, because these controls have the most ideal placement that enable the user to gain immediate access to what they offer. The only problem that got our attention during the tests was a key that needed to be pressed in a more powerful manner to have a reaction.

Where the menu is concerned, things aren’t quite what they were on other Finepix cameras; on other words, the F600EXR has a less stylish menu and more than once things got confusing to the point where we lost our way while navigation through settings.

3 inch LCD display

On the back of the camera is a 3″ LCD display accompanied by a resolution of 460k dots. It’s all sunshine and butterflies until you look at the screen in direct sunlight and observe that you can’t see a thing. The GPS that was integrated in the device was rather sluggish, to the point where it needed more than ten minutes to receive a good enough signal.

Levels of sharpness were much better than other FinePix cameras, but we noticed some vignetting after we took a picture and looked at its corner and also some presence of processing. Noise increased every time we increased ISOs and we got clean photos only through ISO 200. As a rule, the better the lighting conditions outside or inside, the better the results. Videos lacked greatness and the sound made by the lens was clearly audible.

Speeds and battery life were good. The Fujifilm F600EXR started and was ready to capture an image after 2.3 seconds and only 1 second was necessary to lapse between the photos we took. Shutter lag was totally superb: 0.1 second.

Review conclusion

We can’t really say at the end of our review that the Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR is a great camera, because it has some obvious issues that keep it from being that. It’s not all bad, though, so beginners can have a go at it with confidence.

Technical specifications

Camera typeSuperzoom
Resolution16 MP
Sensor Size6.4 x 4.8 (1/2″) mm
Sensor TypeCMOS
Maximum ISO12800
Optical Zoom15 x
LCD size3 inches
Video Resolution720p HD and 1080p full HD
Image StabilizationOptical
35-mm Equivalent (Telephoto)360 mm
35-mm Equivalent (Wide)24 mm
Display Aspect Ratio4:3
Dimensions2.4 x 4 x 1.2 inches
Weight7.7 oz
Battery TypeLithium Ion