Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Review

4.0
January 7, 2014 | 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 5Mb.

Noise

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR has a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 12800. At low ISO, photo quality is very good. Images are smooth, noise free and show realistic colours and edge definition. This continues through the lower settings. Now if we were to be ultra picky, looking at the pictures at full magnification shows a little noise showing through in the darker areas. At normal viewing, you won't notice anything though, so we're loathe to mark it down at this stage. Still, it doesn't bode well for the higher settings.

Viewing the pictures at normal distance is all right up until around ISO 800 where you'll really notice it. Noise actually starts to come through noticeably at ISO 400. with a slight smoothing of the darker areas to eliminate too much salt and pepper noise. ISO 800 shows a jump in noise presence as detail in the darker areas are becoming overwhelmed and starting to fail. The same can be said for the mid-range tones as they meld into one. Colour noise starts to interfere at this point too and edge definition is getting blurred.

ISO 1600 exacerbates the previous issues mentioned with a softening of edge detail as it starts to get taken over by salt and pepper noise. ISO 3200 is the top most setting that records images at full resolution. Colour noise is invading the picture at this stage and by reducing the number of pixels being used on the sensor, you can remove at least one type of digital noise that's created by pixels that are heated up from the exposure affecting neighbouring pixels.

While that type of noise may be dampened, it doesn't stop the other types of noise coming through even more. Primary colours are starting to be muted to try and reduce the effect of the colour noise on the picture and avoid a cast. ISO 12800 should only be used as a last resort. The image quality is quite terrible with salt and pepper noise, bright green blobs of colour and blue patches showing all over the picture. Edge and fine detail struggle to be seen with darker areas simply showing as black blocks.

Be careful when shooting in raw as we discovered noise showing through badly at ISO 100.

Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

 
 
   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR has a 20x optical zoom which starts at a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25mm. That means it stretches out to an incredible 500mm.

25mm

500mm

Sharpening

Adding some sharpening after the picture has been taken does help, but really only benefits the picture when it's completely sharp and taken at low ISO. We also recommend shooting in raw to see the best benefit as you can then add sharpening using the raw converter. It's powered by Silkypix technology and works well.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

There are three settings for the resolution to choose from. You can choose between Fine and Normal in JPEG format or raw. Fine JPEGs record a file size of around 5Mb while the Normal size is nearer 3Mb. This does save space and we couldn't see the loss of information even though it's there.

16M Fine (4.59Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (3.02Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review. Just a little purple fringing was present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 4 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR has a close focus capability of 5cm. We found this sufficient for the lens as it was starting to lose edge definition as it was. Getting any closer would have blurred out the edges of the frame.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash on the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is a pop up type with a mechanical button on the left side of the camera. There's a sign of vignetting at wide-angle without flash activated and it's still noticeable at full zoom. Use the flash and it concentrates the light to the centre of the frame which only serves to retain the vignette. This lessens at full zoom, but it's still present.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Wide Angle (500mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (500mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. Neither the Auto or Red-eye reduction mode caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

Now here's the funny thing with the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR. When we took our night test, it was fully dark. It's not difficult at this time of year. We took one shot in the Night scene and another using the shutter priority setting on the command dial. In shutter priority, the longest shutter speed you're allowed is two seconds. That's not brilliant when you have similar Canon cameras offering up to 15 or 30 seconds. The Night scene shot the night test at 3 sec, though. For some reason, the preset has been given more scope than the manual setting.

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

   

Night Shutter Priority

Night Shutter Priority (100% Crop)

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