On the Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR

One-Handed Harajuku Rabbit, originally uploaded by Eric Jeschke.

Key: R20090118-184010

I noticed that Fuji has a new Finepix compact out, reminiscent of the old F31 model. This one claims to have three modes of using the 12 megapixels in a 1/1.6″ sensor:
” * High Resolution mode, which deploys all twelve million pixels, and is designed to offer the finest detail of intricate subjects when light is full and even
* High Sensitivity and Low Noise mode, which caps two adjacent pixels together to produce 6 million large photodiodes, which are big enough to absorb light in the darkest of conditions, to produce low-light shots of extraordinary quality with minimal noise and grain; and
* Wide Dynamic Range mode, which captures different exposures with two sets of six million pixels, which, when combined, gives an excellent level of detail in highlights that would otherwise be lost. ”

Also, very importantly, they may be finally offering a true manual mode. Unfortunately, I don’t see any dedicated AE-lock button, or exp compensation buttons. I’ll have to handle the camera to see what the ergonomics are like.

Also, even though it may offer a true manual mode, it sounds like due to diffraction limitations, only two aperture settings are possible.

Nevertheless, it could be a compelling serious compact. The F31 took great pictures, but I was often stymied by the lack of a true manual mode in tricky exposure situations.

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