Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR Preview

Fujifilm has announced two new F-series EXR point-and-shoot cameras for 2013. While the F850EXR and F900EXR share many of the same components -- similar megapixel counts (16) as well as the same EXR Processor II, 20x optical zoom lens with CMOS-shift Image Stabilization, EXR auto mode, Full HD 1080p video recording, a 3.0-inch LCD display, full manual controls, and special features like Motion Panorama 360 and Advanced Filters -- there are a few key differences.

The F850EXR costs about $100 less than the well appointed F900 model. The price difference pretty much comes down to a less expensive (slower) EXR-CMOS image sensor and no built-in WiFi. And though the F900's "EXR-CMOS II" image processor may be a little faster, the F850EXR is still very quick, capable of shooting 9 frames-per-second (up to 5 frames) at full resolution and its Fast AF (auto focus) takes only .21 seconds.

The good news is that if you don't care about instantly sharing photos via built-in WiFi, the F850EXR is "Eye-Fi" capable. Eye-Fi is a type of Memory Card that is able to wirelessly transfer photos to computers over WiFi networks.

Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR Features
  • 16MP ½-inch EXR-CMOS sensor with EXR Processor II
  • 20x optical zoom (25-500mm equivalent)
  • CMOS-shift Image stabilization
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • EXR-Auto mode (with auto optimisation for 108 different scene permutations)
  • Full HD 1080p Video (60fps)
  • Full manual controls
  • Fast AF of up to 0.21 seconds
  • Start-up time of 1.1 seconds
  • Interval between shots of 0.5 seconds
  • 9.0 frames per second (max 5 frames) continuous shooting (at full resolution)
  • Advanced Filters
    • Pop Color - emphasizes contrast and color saturation
    • Toy Camera - create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
    • Miniature - adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
    • Dynamic Tone - create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction
    • Partial Color - retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white
    • High Key - enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
    • Low Key - create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasized highlights
    • Soft Focus - blur the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect
  • Motion Panorama 360
  • Eye-Fi Card Compatibility
  • Up to 250 shots per battery charge
Available in colors like black, olive, red, and white, the Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR will hit stores in March (2013) with a $299.95 MSRP.

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