Fujifilm FinePix F750EXR Digital Camera (Red)

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  1. Sam Bravern says:
    31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Major Video Issues – Otherwise Good Camera, May 15, 2012
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    Sam Bravern (USA) –
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    4-stars for camera design and still image quality, 1 star for video.

    I have tested and compared images, video, features, and usability for all the top ultra-zoom compacts including Fuji F770EXR/F750EXR, Canon SX260HS, Sony HX9V, Panasonic ZS-15 and ZS-19/20. This was the last camera I compared and I was expecting to really like it as Image Quality is my first priority criteria, followed by video, then features/usability. Here’s my main takeaways:

    – Well lit, ISO 100-200 shots: Fuji gets 3rd place. Canon SX260HS has best detail with least noise. Panasonic ZS-15/19/20 are next best with slightly better detail than Fuji with a tiny more noise. Sony ties for 3rd with Fuji with slightly less detail and noise (Sony has the most agressive noise reduction of the 4 so there is a little bit more detail smearing.)

    – Fuji is almost unusable for video. When you pan the camera the video stutters. Even worse, when you zoom, camera has MAJOR problems focusing to the point the camera will not focus properly at all most of the time beyond 7X zoom. The lens motor is also the most audible out of all the 4 cameras. Panasonics you can barely hear the lens. Sony wins with Panasonics coming in a close second.

    – Low-light / High ISO: Fuji comes in second. Sony wins. Panasonics come in third – images are unusable beyond ISO 800, too much yellow color splotching all over. At ISO 400, it is practically a tie between Panasonic, Fuji, and Sony. At crazy ISO 1600 and up, Fuji wins with usable images (barely) followed by Sony but you really can’t expect much from these small cameras with small sensors at those kind of ISOs.

    – Flash: Fuji comes in third. Very strange flash that only pops up manually (which has its benefits). You must press tiny button on side of camera really hard. Flash is not motorized and it looks like a part of the camera that could easily break in the future. Flash is underpowered compared to the other cameras.

    – Design/Usability/Software – Fuji is heaviest of the 4 cameras but has a nice rubberized feeling body finish. Panasonic is amazingly small. Sony in-between. All of them have different styles of software. Panasonic has best set of software features. Sony very limited in scene modes. Fuji has nice software but many of the options are locked out when in any mode other than manual. Panasonic’s wins as far as the Intelligent Auto function. Very reliable. Canon had troubles focusing sometimes.

    Overall, Panasonic wins. Fuji would be a close second, tied with Sony if the video wasn’t so terrible. Search YouTube for videos including this example:
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  2. C. C. Holland says:
    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Surprisingly good bang for the buck, September 14, 2012
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    C. C. Holland (Oakland, CA USA) –
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    I’m surprised by some of the negative reviews on this product, and wondering if the folks who had problems somehow landed with defective models. My experience has been pretty flawless from day one. I bought this camera as an add-on to my usual DSLR; I was looking for a pocket-sized camera with a great zoom (this one had markedly better range than other pocket cameras I tested) and a nice variety of auto, semi-auto, and manual features to play with.

    One of the features some of the reviews took exception to was the push-button flash. I can understand the concern about breakage, but I’ve used this little guy for over 5 months now in less-than-delicate conditions and haven’t had an issue. I actually like the manual nature of the flash, as it’s an easy way to get a “flash” photo — or turn off the flash — without fiddling with the settings menu.

    It’s been very good with rapid response in turning on/off, the menus are relatively intuitive, and some of the menu options — such as the panorama setting — are outstanding. I’ve taken some of the most beautiful landscape shots with this tiny camera, many of which rival even those taken with my Canon.

    Is there some noise? Yes. I also have noticed that in automatic settings, outdoor pictures tend to be a bit blown out and overexposed. I deal with that either in Photoshop/Lightroom, or by switching to a manual setting and adjusting ISO from there.

    The other little quibble I have it that when the zoom is maxed out, autofocus doesn’t work. You have to pull back slightly on the zoom to activate the autofocus. Other than that, I haven’t experienced the loss of focus or the problem with tracking focus that another reviewer mentioned.

    Is it perfect? No. But for the price, it’s a great little camera for travel or for everyday shutterbug adventures when a big DSLR is too much to pack along. I’d definitely recommend this purchase.

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  3. jim@rockware.com "Jim Reed" says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Return on Investment, July 7, 2012
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    jim@rockware.com “Jim Reed” (Golden, Colorado) –

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    I’ve taken a zillion exposure-bracketed pictures (for subsequent HDR merging) and videos with this little guy and it’s been great. It’s certainly not perfect, but given the price, I have no regrets. The zoom is outrageously noisy when recording video and the autofocus during zooming is terrible, but I still consider this a great deal and keep it with me at all times. It’s my first Fuji product and I’ve gained enough trust in their technology to start investigating their higher-end cameras.

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