Fujifilm cameras have been around for decades and have actually survived the surge in technology unlike their counterpart Kodak which faded off. One reason why Fujifilm has managed to succeed in business is because they have a wide range of cameras that cater for various levels of consumers and their cameras are well priced. One of their newest cameras that are doing well in the market now is the Fujifilm Finepix F660EXR. Fujifilm Finepix F660EXR is a small digital compact camera that has got advanced features like manual controls among others. Here is a quick review of this little but advanced travel companion.
Fujifilm Finepix F660EXR is small in size but thanks to its metallic body and substantial weight, it feels solid in the hand. Even before you hold the camera or start using it, the first thing that captures your attention is its curvy design. This, coupled with a ray of various colours makes it a hit among different ages and sexes who are serious about having good quality pictures without having to carry a big camera.
There are no surprises on the front face of the camera. The key feature here is the 15x 24-360mm equivalent Fujinon zoom lens. This lens is a combination of FUJINON 15x Optical Zoom Lens & 30x Intelligent Digital Zoom. There is also a small handgrip marked by a curvy protrusion on the left side of the camera and a focus assist light next to it.
The top panel is quite bare but for the shutter release button (that also features the zoom rocker that circumvents it) and the power button. The pop up flash is tacked on the left shoulder of the camera and is operated by a small button on the side.
Moving to the back panel you will find the mode dial angled on the right shoulder of the camera. This dial operates the usual manual operations, P, A, S, M options, and you will also see the EXR, Auto, Advanced and SP options as well. The most noted limitation to this dial is that it is so loose that it keeps sliding to other modes when put in pocket making the user keep readjusting it.
The back panel features the navigation pad that has a rotating ring around it. One is required to press on the options once reached. The rotating pad is also used to navigate through the main menus of the camera. Video recording is enabled by a dedicated button placed at the back panel. The camera features 460,000-dot 3-inch LCD screen which is not the highest resolution for a point and shoot camera in the market today but a good one for a camera of this calibre.
Fujifilm Finepix F660EXR features a 16 megapixel EXR CMOS 1/2 inch sensor, which is very good for low light photography. The camera has been commended for producing very good photos more than what many would expect of such a camera. The camera can also switch from 16 mega pixels mode to 8 megapixels to reduce noise in certain situations.
Another impressive feature is the speed at which in captures images. Normally, the camera can move from cold start to capturing in less than 2 seconds and the delay between shots is only 0.8 seconds. And with High Speed Contrast Detection AF on, you can be ready for the next shot in just 0.16 seconds! The same speed is applied while taking videos where you can Capture action at around 8 fps at full 16-megapixel resolution or shoot at 11 fps at 8-megapixel resolution.
The camera has adapted various technology oriented shooting modes and options to ensure your photos and videos and of the highest possible quality. The camera can also capture 1080p Full HD videos.
Fujifilm Finepix F660EXR is a camera one may need ‘a little’ help before deciding whether to buy it or not. But going by the size, looks, image quality and what reviews say, this is a camera that is worth your investment. It may be lacking in some of the ‘cool’ features you may find in other cameras in its league but what stands firm for this camera is that it delivers what it is supposed to—sharp images and movies. And for a price tag of around Rs. 15,000, the camera can be said to be very well priced.