The slick little ultra compact we got our hands on this time, is Fujifilm’s first ultra compact to come equipped with their new Super CCD EXR sensor – the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR.
The F200EXR is a really handsome critter, with the mix of a shiny, smooth, black powder metal finish body with ample silver parts (some steel, some plastic), that play with contrasts in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The edges are curved out, giving it a sleek look. That, coupled with the fact that the camera has no jutting out edges, makes for a very portable camera that measures just 98 x 59 x 23 mm. The camera’s weight is just about average for an ultra compact – 205 grams – but the fact that the weight’s so evenly distributed, makes it feel really light and convenient to hold.
The button placement gave us nothing to complain about – the shutter button’s placed where you’d expect it, with a small power button nested right besides it. The facing side of the camera’s got a mode dial on top with a preview and function button right below it. The preview button allows you to well, preview pictures, while the function button is your one touch answer for settings such as ISO, Shutter speed etc., depending on the mode selected. Below these buttons are the menu button, the navigation D-pad, and the back and face recognition buttons. Besides it nests a 3-inch LCD, that performs reasonably well in outdoor conditions too.
While the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR doesn’t feature anything out of the ordinary like the Samsung NV9’s analog dial for battery and memory capacity, it hones a really good looking frame. Its button placements are decent too, only it would be a little better if the shutter button would be a little towards the left, since when you keep your index finger on it, your palm will be far from the body of the camera. Ideally, your palm should rest, or at least touch the frame of the camera to let you grip it better. Also, the lack of any textured parts around the camera make it harder to grip.