- Elegant Design
- Quick performance
- Very little lens distortion
- No AF assist lamp
- Standard colors a bit dull
Even in a market already brimming with folded-optic ultra-compacts, the elegant Fuji Z800EXR stands out. Image and video quality are good, but somewhat disappointing.
“What a beautiful camera” was my initial reaction to the Fujifilm Z800EXR. It is a slim, stylish camera that comes in four colors: black, red, pink and gold, the color of the camera given to me for review. The Z800EXR is more than just a pretty face, though. It features the latest version of Fuji’s innovative EXR technology and includes some interesting and innovative features.
The 12 megapixel Z800EXR is the successor to the Z700EXR, which received positive reviews from professional reviewers and consumers. The Z800EXR employs a sophisticated 1/2 inch Super CCD sensor that uses larger pixels than other CCD sensors and is designed to achieve a wider dynamic range and better image quality, especially in low light. The Z800EXR incorporates a new, hybrid auto focus system that enables the camera to employ either contrast detection or phase detection (usually confined to DSLRs), depending on the shooting situation.
Its 5x optical zoom lens (35-175mm equivalent in a 35mm camera) uses folded optics, so the lens does not extend. It has a high resolution LCD monitor with a sophisticated touch screen interface. It contains many interesting shooting options including an easy-to-use panorama mode that operates by moving the camera either horizontally or vertically.
With all these features to explore, I was eagerly looking forward to putting the Z800EXR through its paces.