Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR Review

September 27, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


The Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR in many ways seems too good to be true and transcends what we expect of a camera with this modest sub-£200 price tag. The large 3.5-inch screen is a real boon for composing and particularly reviewing shots, and makes the most of the camera's video capture facility. This and a 5x optical zoom ensure you have a few more framing and compositional choices than you might otherwise. Whether or not you feel the touch screen is a gimmick or actually aids use depends on your liking (or not) for touch screens. At least the polished surface copes well with disguising finger and thumbprints, so you won't feel constantly pressurized to wipe it clean.

Like its bigger sibling in the F300EXR, which features an equally solid outer shell, and which in many respects this is a pared down, simplified version of, stills picture quality is perhaps the weakest aspect of the Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR. That, and the period of familiarisation required to find all the regular features you'd hope for within the touch screen menus, along with the poor battery life lose it a star.

There's not a lot that's truly bad about the Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR however, and you could make far worse choices for the same price. While that's hardly a ringing endorsement, as we said at the outset here you are getting rather more than you've paid for, and in today's market that's a rare thing indeed.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 5