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  • 16-Megapixel Backside Illuminated CMOS Imaging Sensor
  • 3.0-Inch LCD Screen
  • 20x Optical zoom lens: 25-500mm (35mm equivalent)
  • CMOS sensor-shift I.S.
  • Dedicated Video Record Button
  • EXR Auto
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 360 Panorama mode
  • Multi-Exposure
  • Pro Modes
  • Dual Core EXR processor
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card compatible 
Pros
  • EXR is one of the best Auto shooting modes available
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Great image quality 
  • Sensor-shift stabilization works well with the large zoom
  • 20x optical zoom lens provides amazing versatility
  • Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD
  • Built-in GPS
  • Full of creative shooting modes
  • Descent overall shooting performance
  • Good Battery Life
Cons
  • Some creative modes can be hard to use
  • Noise is out of control after ISO 800
  • Weak built-in flash unit
  • Flash does not automatically pop up when needed
  • Continuous shooting was not as promised
  • Priced a bit higher than much of its competition
Timing Test Results
  • Power up to first image captured = 2.2 seconds
  • Shutter lag when prefocused  = less than 1/10 of a second
  • Shutter lag with autofocus = approx. 2/10 to 5/10 of a second
  • Shot to shot delay wo/flash = 1.16 seconds
  • Shot to shot delay w/flash = 2.50 seconds
  • Sequential burst =  2.58fps, camera slows considerably after approx. 8 images
  • All tests were taken using an PNY Pro Class 10, 8GB SDHC memory card, Program Mode, ISO auto, Flash off and all other settings at the factory defaults unless noted otherwise.
Bottom Line
The Fuji FinePix F770 EXR is a powerful and versatile compact digicam with class-leading features. It has great image quality, creative shooting modes, but lacks a little in performance and carries a high price tag.
Pick This Up If...
You are looking for an extremely versatile camera with excellent image quality and several creative exposure options, that is packed into a very compact body.
Fuji's FinePix F770 EXR is a compact and incredibly powerful digicam. Its EXR system means that it is incredibly powerful, featuring a backside illuminated 16-Megapixel EXR sensor and new EXR Auto shooting mode that boasts over 100 shooting patterns, along with new motion detection and face tracking software. All of these great features and many more are all controlled by the camera's dual core EXR processor, which is also what allows the camera to handle its low light situations so well. Some of the camera's other features include a 20x Fujinon optical  zoom lens, sensor-shift image stabilization, Full 1080p HD video capture, 8fps high-speed shooting and built-in GPS for traveling. On top of all of its function, the camera is also very stylish with 5 colors to choose from: Black, Red, Blue, Champagne and White.

Although the camera is very compact for the zoom and features that it sports, it is quite hefty and has a very sturdy feel. Handling it is easy, as there is a small grip on the front and some curves on the back that fit very well into your hand. All of the external controls on the camera are easily accessible and spaced well enough to use without looking, once you have learned where they are. The only thing that takes a little getting used to is the manual pop-up flash, which if you are used to a compact camera, you are used to the flash always being ready. As usual Fuji's menu system is very pleasing and easy to navigate. It displays very well on the 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot LCD screen. With an amazing 11 levels of brightness and a new Monitor Sunlight Mode, you will have no problem seeing this screen in any lighting conditions.

Our outdoor images show an excellent overall image with great exposure and accurate, natural colors. Both bright and shadow areas were handled well, not blowing out the image and keeping the noise in the shadow areas very low. One thing that you will notice when looking closely is that all of the images look soft at both sides, especially on the right. Aberrations were also controlled very well by the EXR system.

Composing your images is accomplished with the massive 20x optical zoom lens. With a 35mm equivalent of 25-500mm, it gives you the versatility that will suit you in any situation. You also have the camera's sensor-shift image stabilization to help keep your images clear when using the large telephoto end of the zoom. 

Looking at our indoor image samples, the camera produces a well exposed tack sharp image in the middle. When you get to the outside edges the image really starts to get soft; just like we noted with our outdoor photos. Even at ISO 100, the magazine titles are fuzzy and hard to read. Besides the edges, noise does not start to become apparent in the image until you reach ISO 800. Anything above 800 should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. The higher 3200, 6400 and 12,800 ISOs should not ever be used, even though Fuji makes a big deal about these features; noise is just too high.

Using the Super Intelligent flash unit on the camera with our indoor scene shows us how the camera brightens the scene, but also uses the ambient light to keep the color balance accurate. This provides more detail for the background of your images. This is also a great feature since the flash is not very powerful, with a range of just up to 12ft. at ISO auto.

Our sample portrait images, both indoors and out, look great. The camera's ability to detect and track faces within the frame is amazing. Subjects must completely turn away from the camera in order for it to lose them, and it picks them back up again as soon as the face becomes visible. Our samples show excellent skin tones and pleasing exposures of the faces (what matters most). We did have some shadows in the face where we shot in the sun with the zoom, but getting a little closer and using the zoom's wide angles will easily correct that. Shooting with the flash indoors, we did not have any redness in the eyes thanks to the camera's pre-flash redeye reduction feature.

We tested three of the special shooting modes of the F770 EXR, including the new 3D shooting mode. Starting there, the 3D mode seems fairly easy to use, until you start to line up the second image and have no idea how much to move the camera for the second shot. We have seen modes like this before that assist you or even automatically snap the second image when the camera is in the correct spot. Next we also struggled a little with the 360 Panorama mode. In 5 straight attempts, we were not able to complete a full 360 image. No matter how far you get, the camera will save whatever you do capture, but if you want the full 360, you will need a tripod and a lot of patience. Finally we used the Multi-exposure mode to create fun dual exposure images. This was the best Advanced mode we used, with only one issue; not being able to adjust which image is darker.

Our sample movies produced by the F770 EXR looks very good, producing an excellent exposure and fantastic colors. The continuous autofocus did go in and out just a little with the constant motion, but overall did an excellent job. With just a small, built-in microphone to collect the sound, the camera did pretty well. You can hear some wind noise in the background that was picked up on a pretty calm day. Watching your home movies is very easy, all you need is the optional HDMI or A/V cable and you can watch them on any TV or HDTV. 

Powering the F770 EXR is a 3.7V, 1000mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Fuji claims that this is enough to produce up to 300 images on a single charge. During our tests we were able to capture over 125 images and several short videos with plenty of power remaining. We also did this without using the camera's GPS function. We have seen with other GPS equipped cameras that they should only be used when necessary, as the GPS radios are a huge drain on the battery. If you plan to travel and use the GPS often, you will always want to have a spare battery on hand at all times. With the included quick charger, it is easy to keep two  batteries charged and ready all the time. 

Bottom Line - The FujiFilm FinePix F770EXR is a high-quality and incredibly compact digicam; especially with its awesome 20x optical zoom lens. The EXR system produces excellent image quality at the lower ISO settings, and the camera is loaded with fun and useful shooting modes. Although it did perform well, its continuous functions did not even come close to living up to expectations of 8fps. With a MSRP of US $379.99 (see our buy box for more current online pricing), the F770EXR is a bit more expensive than the competition; so be sure to check out some similar models, like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS-15, Samsung WB850F, or the Olympus SZ-12 to name a few.


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