Features & Controls
By Josh Fate
As part of the "Real Photo Technology" in Fuji's FinePix S200EXR, this 14.3x optical zoom has a 35mm equivalent of 30.5-436mm (F2.8 Wide - F5.3 Telephoto), making this the only camera that you need to carry. It also features Lens Shift image stabilization to assist you when shooting in low light or at the telephoto end of the zoom. It can focus automatically or manually by using the focus ring on the lens. For macro shots, it has the ability to focus on objects from as close as 1cm. These feats would require several lenses to go along with a dSLR.
- Wide: Approx. 50cm / 1.6ft. to infinity
- Telephoto: Approx. 2.5m / 8.2ft. to infinity
- Wide: Approx. 10cm - 3m / 0.3in. - 9.8ft.
- Telephoto: Approx. 90cm - 3m / 3ft. - 9.8ft.
- Approx. 1cm - 1m / 0.4in. - 3.3ft.
Fuji's built-in, pop-up Super Intelligent Flash system has the ability to evenly light the subject and background when shooting in macro mode. A hot shoe mount on top of the camera allows you to use an external flash as well. The flash offers Auto, Forced ON, Forced OFF and Slow Synchro with Red-Eye Reduction available with any of these modes.
Flash Range (ISO Auto):
- Wide - Approx. 30cm - 7.2m / 1ft. - 23.6ft.
- Telephoto - Approx. 90cm - 3.8m / 3ft. - 12.5ft.
Creating a similar shooting style to a dSLR, the FinePix S200EXR's EVF (Electronic View Finder) allows you to shoot without using the LCD screen on the back. The 200,000dot, FLCD monitor has approx. 100% coverage of the image area that will be captured, and also shows you all of the information that would be shown on the LCD. This you to see your settings at all times and even allows you to use the camera's grid feature to help level and frame your shots.
On top of the camera you will find several controls, arranged similarly to those found on a dSLR. The on/off switch is coupled around the shutter release at the top of the ride-side grip. Under that are shortcut buttons for the ISO and Exposure Compensation. The EC button also acts as the INFO button in playback mode, that allows you to quickly see a full list of settings for the current photo. At the bottom is a rotary dial that is used to change the selected settings in shooting mode. To its left is the Mode Dial, allowing you to easily and quickly change your shooting mode. To the far left if the flash hot-shoe mentioned above.
Most of the controls on the back are very similar to a standard point-n-shoot digicam. The only control that is not normally found is the AE-lock with the metering switch coupled around it. These allow you to quickly change the camera's metering mode without entering the camera's menu system, while AE-L allows you to lock the exposure settings and deletes images in playback mode. Under that are buttons for switching between the EVF and LCD screen, playback mode button, intelligent face detection, DISP. and the 4-way controller. Pressing the different directions in REC. mode gives you shortcuts to a few highly used settings. Up turns the digital zoom on and off, Right controls the flash options, Down is the self-timer and Left is macro mode.
The left side of the camera provides you with all of your IO ports as well a few more camera controls. At the top is a button to control the camera's burst shooting modes. A dedicated white-balance button again saves you the trouble of entering the camera's menu, while the bottom switch allows you to change the focus mode of the camera from Single Auto-Focus, Continuous Auto-Focus and Manual Focus. When in manual focus mode, you can press the button inside the switch and the camera will auto-focus for you. On the right side you have a port for an AC adapter, A/V output and a USB 2.0 port.
To compliment the 47MB of internal memory, the S200EXR has a slot that supports SD/SDHC memory cards. Shown here is a Sandisk Ultra II, 15MB/s, 4GB SDHC card.
Approx. Storage Capacities:
|Number of recorded pixels||4,000 x 3,000 (L 4:3)||2,816 x 2,112 (M 4:3)||2,048 x 1,536 (S 4:3)||Movie recording time|
|Quality||JPEG FINE||JPEG NORMAL||JPEG FINE||JPEG NORMAL||JPEG FINE||JPEG NORMAL||VGA (30fps)||QVGA (30fps)|
|SD memory card||512MB||100||160||160||330||310||600||7min.||14min.|
|SDHC memory card||4GB||830||1,330||1,340||2,640||2,480||4,770||58min. *||114min. *|
|8GB||1,680||2,670||2,700||5,290||4,980||9,570||116min. *||230min. *|
- Actual number of frames and recording time varies depending on the type of memory card or shooting conditions.
- * A movie recording will stop automatically when the movie file size becomes approx. 2GB.
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