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You can either shoot in the native megapixel resolution, or have the camera decide when to drop into a few lower-resolution modes that take advantage of the sensor's special ability to see in very low light.
This new imager combines some of the attributes of Fujifilm's past sensor designs into a single chip to offer the photographer a choice -- to opt for high resolution when lighting allows, or trade away some resolution for improvements either to the sensitivity, or to dynamic range in less than optimal lighting.
Diagonal stripes of green pixels are interspersed with stripes of red and blue pixel pairs. However, it also brings with it a reduction in the corresponding gaps between green pixels. Since the human eye is more sensitive to green light than to red or blue, the resolution is retained where it is most needed. This isn't the reason for the change though. By changing its Color Filter Array layout, Fujifilm has allowed itself two potential improvements, useful in low light or high-contrast situations respectively.
The Fujifilm FEXR couples its imager to a 5x optical zoom lens that yields focal lengths from a useful 28mm wide angle to a mm telephoto equivalent.
Images are framed and reviewed on a 3. Power comes from an NP lithium-ion battery. The first shots I take with any digicam I review are in Program mode. I avoid the green Easy modes because I'm not going to get up to speed very quickly doing nothing to the camera. But this was something different. I could tell that my defaulting to Program wasn't going to work.
You might think I should have said, "Great! EXR mode! I don't want equivalents staring me in the face. I want a hierarchy of choices. Green Easy or Scene or Program or Manual, say, going up the chain. In an otherwise thin manual that illustrates things you already know how to do like insert a battery , EXR mode is explained on two pages.
They're required reading. So I read them. At first glance, EXR mode is something like an intelligent Auto that can identify up to six different shooting situations or scenes and set the camera up for you. But that's only if you've set up EXR mode to do that. Oddly enough, it performs other tricks, too.
That's because it's not just a mode but the name of the sensor itself. Fujifilm has always engineered its own sensors, developing unique designs to approach the analog characteristics of film with particular attention to extending the dynamic range of the capture.
With the Fujifilm FEXR's sensor, though, Fujifilm has aimed for mimicking how the human eye sees the world, rather than how film sees it. And how does the human eye see the world?
According to Fujifilm, "we have reached a conclusion that 'the human eye adjusts its resolution and sensitivity according to brightness. Sure, we squint. Our pupils dilate. But resolution? Fujifilm is famous for that argument. Even early in the digital camera game, its honeycomb Super CCD sensors didn't quite translate into megapixels like other cameras.
Fujifilm flatly claims, "there is no direct correlation between a 'higher pixel count' and 'better resolution camera. Conventional wisdom has only recently realized that more megapixels doesn't mean a better image. But that doesn't mean more megapixels doesn't mean more resolution.
The problem with image quality on digicams with lots of megapixels on their tiny sensors is noise. Plain old electrical interference. Even ISO is ugly on some of them. But that doesn't mean they don't have more resolution than lower resolution digicams. Fujifilm has a Web site devoted to this topic if you want to debate it.
There you'll see the diagonal array of tightly packed photosites featured on the EXR sensor. Rows and columns still but at an angle. In short, the Fujifilm FEXR's sensor can behave in different ways, writing a larger file with more detail in the image or binning pixels to eliminate noise or configuring the sensor and image processor to capture a wider range of highlight and shadow detail than it would otherwise. It configures itself differently to capture a bright scene, a dark scene or a high-contrast scene.
It's this flexibility that Fujifilm is referring to when it says the EXR system mimics human vision. When you select EXR mode on the Mode dial, you have to pick one of these options. How do you decide? Well, if you can't decide, you set it on Auto. If you want a 4, x 3, image so you can capture fine detail, you want Resolution Priority otherwise you get 2, x 2, pixels, depending on the aspect ratio. And if the scene has a lot of contrast like a walk through the woods at noon , you want D-Range Priority.
In Resolution Priority, all the pixels on the sensor show up in the image file. Also delivering a file half as big is D-Range Priority, which pairs pixels like High ISO but clocks them differently so one is exposed for the full shutter time to capture the shadow detail and the other is exposed for only a quarter of it to snag the highlight detail only. But in all those cases, you have to set the camera to take advantage of the feature. In EXR mode, you can tell the Fujifilm F how to behave or let it decide automatically based on the scene.
The big surprise may be later when you don't have quite as many pixels as you may have thought you were capturing. To see if that matters to you, take a look at our gallery images. For me, a 6-megapixel image is something of the sweet spot for imaging, so I don't mind not getting a megapixel image.
Look and Feel. The flared shoulders aren't quite as flared as they appear in some photos, I should note. The flare helps grip the camera, providing not just shoulders but hips. Your thumb wraps over the Fujifilm FEXR's Mode dial which stands off quite a bit from the back panel to a ring of bumps that help you hold on.
The Fujifilm FEXR is not a light camera, but it isn't heavy either, easily fitting into a pocket or purse. The front is dominated by the 5x Fujinon zoom lens ringed in chrome. The microphone is around 7 o'clock on the lens opening where you won't obscure it. A small autofocus-assist illuminator sits just between the lens and the very small flash, which is careful! The speaker is on the bottom of the camera sensibly bouncing the sound off whatever the camera is sitting on.
The large chrome Shutter Button is ringed by a Zoom control that zoomed so fast that it was unusable. Zooming is how you compose your image and it was impossible to do it with any precision on the Fujifilm FEXR. To the left of those two controls is the Power button, which sits next to an empty spot in the chrome trim that really looks like it should be doing something important, like light up. The knurled Mode dial is right where your thumb grabs the camera. Unfortunately, it's easy to dislodge from its setting.
I often found I had, in the course of shooting, changed the mode. The Playback button, a tiny little thing just above the small four-way navigator, also powers the camera on and off in Playback mode Hurray! Next to it above the navigator is the infamous Fujifilm photo mode button, which accesses mode-specific options. System options are accessed from the Menu button in the middle of the four-way navigator.
Below the navigator are two more miniscule buttons. The navigator itself is rather small with what has to be the largest gap I've seen between the button and the shell of the body. Some play is necessary to accommodate button presses, but not great fit and finish. This can be an issue in harsh surroundings like the beach where sand can easily get into the camera. The navigator buttons do double duty.
Up is EV compensation or Erase in Playback mode. Right cycles through the Flash modes. Down handles the self-timer. Left toggles Macro mode. The mystery is HD. The 3-inch LCD has a high-resolution , dots but Fujifilm doesn't waste them on the large fonts in their menu system ahem.
So the menus look pretty ratty but the images are nice. The Fujifilm FEXR uses CCD-shift optical image stabilization to minimize the effects of camera shake at telephoto focal lengths and during slow shutter speeds in dim light. That's more fun than you can usually have in Auto.
But the only "programming" you can do is adjust EV something you can't do in Auto. Manual actually gives you independent control of the aperture and shutter settings. Pressing the EV key displays the current settings in the lower left corner of the screen with an exposure scale in the lower right corner. Natural light turns off the flash. Movie mode offers only x or x AVI captures, both at 30 fps, with monaural sound but no zoom.
Cameras that don't offer an HD video mode seem almost retro to me. The of a x just doesn't cut it any more for me.
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It offers a new Super CCD EXR sensor that boasts a higher dynamic range because of its unique design and capacity to change how it captures available light. With this new sensor technology, the FinePix FEXR offers the casual photographer a serious point-and-shoot camera at a reasonable price. These include the Fine Capture Mode that uses all 12 million pixels for an image; the Pixel Fusion Mode that combines two adjacent pixels or photodiodes together to increase the size and sensitivity of the photosites for a total capture of 6 megapixels ; and Dual Capture mode, which takes two simultaneous images at different exposures both at 6 megapixels and meshes them together to get an image with more dynamic range a final 12 megapixel image. The FEXR also comes with a powerful Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens that offers a wide-to-telephoto range of mm; manual shooting that allows control over aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation; and five classic Fuji Film Simulation modes including Provia for natural tones, Velvia for vivid color reproduction, Astia for smooth tonalities, and black and white and sepia modes. The FEXR moves this existing sensor technology further with its new three-way function. In this case, two adjacent photosites are combined to create a larger sensor that totals 6 megapixels. The idea here is to use more area on the sensor to collect more light than the original 12 megapixel chip, allowing for cleaner high-ISO shots.
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