Souped-up pocket megazoom is mode-alicious

The 10x zoom FinePix F70EXR gets new shooting features thanks to its Super CCD EXR sensor.

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The 10-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR is only 1.1 inches thick when closed, but tucked in its belly is a long-and-wide 10x f3.3-F5.6 27-270mm lens. And as its name implies, it features the company's Super CCD EXR sensor that debuted in the FinePix F200EXR.

With that sensor comes some unique shooting modes for improving low-light shooting and dynamic range, as well as traditional Scene, Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, and Manual modes.

This model, as well as the S200EXR announced Wednesday , include new Super CCD EXR modes using Multi Frame Technology. One of the modes, Pro Focus, creates a shallow depth of field by combining a focused shot of the subject and out-of-focus background and foreground shots. The other mode, called Pro Low-light, uses bursts of four, high-sensitivity photos and then overlaps them creating a single photo with lower noise. It's all very exciting.

All of this excitement comes at a cost, though. Though the camera is capable of 10-megapixel stills, the EXR functions require splitting that resolution in half, with the exception of the High Resolution mode. Then there's the actual cost that comes in at $279.95 when it's available in August.

Of course, if it performs as well as the FinePix F200EXR, it'll probably be one of the better pocket megazooms available.

About the author

Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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