Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR Review

4.0
June 25, 2012 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 16 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5.5Mb.

We like the picture quality of the Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR. It produces well exposed shots with nice colours. If we were to be picky, we'd like a little more zing in the colours from a boost I saturation. However, that's our subjective opinion. Fujifilm have actually kept the colours more true to the film types that they produce, which can be replicated in the Film Simulation menu. Pictures are lovely and sharp and with a background far away enough, you can get the Pro Focus effect by zooming out and using the macro feature. Our sample images were taken that way, not using the Pro Focus mode.

Noise

Noise performance is very good at low ISO. We couldn't detect any colour at ISO 100 and edge definition is excellent. At ISO 200, while there's no colour present in the dark areas, when we magnified to 100%, we found it to be “bitty” with black spots of salt & pepper noise. This gets progressively worse and at ISO 800 there's obvious noise poking through the picture. Noise reduction software does a great job of keeping colour at bay and it's simply black spots that get in the way. Edge definition does take a nose dive at ISO 800.

Because the noise reduction system is working so well at suppressing the colour that should be present by ISO 1600, the picture starts to take on a haze that makes the pictures look faded.

The last two settings of ISO 6400 and ISO 12800 use reduced resolution to combat certain types of noise created by pixels heating up and affecting neighbouring pixels. If they're more spaced away, they're less likely to affect each other. ISO 6400 uses the medium setting which employs 8 million pixels. The ISO 12800 setting uses just under 4 million pixels (small setting). Picture quality is still affected though as there's simply no escaping it at that high an ISO. It needs to be pointed out that viewing the pictures at normal size on a computer screen, you can't see the noise until ISO 800. That's a very good performance.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR's 15x zoom lens provides a focal length of 24-360mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

24mm

360mm

Sharpening

While we're satisfied with the in camera sharpening through the processor, we still think that the pictures benefit with a boost from an editing suite.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

The Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options.

16M Fine (100% Crop) 16M Normal (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Fujinon lenses on the F660EXR are Extra Low Dispersion to obviate the problem of chromatic aberration. It is still present but only at the far reaches of the frame where image quality generally degrades anyway.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The close focusing of the F660EXR is ample for the usual day to day pictures that the user of a camera like this will take. There's a significant amount of fall off from the centre of the frame to the edges. The centre 25-30% of the frame looks sharp but it quickly deteriorates.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

We got vignetting at the corners of the frame when not using flash and assumed that it would be eradicated with flash as it wasn't much. In fact, it remained. The flash simply brightens the image and evens out the centre of the frame.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Wide Angle (360mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (360mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

The fact that the flash is so far away from the lens removes the problem of red-eye which is essentially a reflection from the flash. The need for red-eye removal is unnecessary but it's there just in case.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

We thought Shutter Priority mode would give the best option for extending the shutter speed while retaining a low ISO for reduced noise. However, the camera only allows auto ISO in that mode. It can be capped and we set it to a maximum of ISO 400. The camera then used that to get a faster shutter speed. In Program mode we managed to control the ISO but not the shutter speed and we could only get up to one second. It wasn't long enough and the picture is under exposed. In Night scene, the camera selected ISO 800 which gives a painted effect on the picture.

Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

   

Night Shutter Priority

Night Shutter Priority (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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