The Fujifilm Finepix F600EXR is a solid entry in the compact ultrazoom class. It has many strengths, chief among them its EXR mode that significantly improves low light image quality compared to most Point and Shoot cameras. The F600EXR has solid build quality and good ergonomics. Its menu system takes some getting used to, mainly because of the many possible options offered.
The camera is loaded with advanced features, including a RAW mode and a GPS for those who wish to geo-tag their photos. I especially appreciated the D-range priority mode, for limiting the effect of overexposure, and the enjoyable Motion Panorama 360.
Performance is another strong point of the F600EXR, with quick shot-to-shot times and very little shooting delay due to shutter lag or auto focus acquisition. Image quality is also one of the camera’s strengths. However movie quality was a disappointment, in that the otherwise good looking movies I was able to take were marred by the camera’s problem keeping the subjects in focus.
Overall I was very pleased with the F600EXR and have no problem recommending it as long as people are aware of the auto focus issues in the camera’s movie mode.
- Great image quality
- Good low light performance
- Feature-rich, manual exposure modes
- Manual needs to be studied to understand the camera’s many features
- Auto focus issues when recording movies