Dr Dolittle was famous for talking to the animals, but if he was around today we'd probably be more impressed if he could talk to an iPad. That's exactly what the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR does: it talks to smart phones and tablets to wirelessly share pictures even when you're not in a wireless hotspot.
The Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is a 16-megapixel compact camera with a not-so-compact 20x optical zoom, great for capturing the action far away or even just zooming on the smallest detail. And when you've captured the action or picked out a detail, you can share it immediately to your phone, tablet, email or social network of choice thanks to built-in Wi-Fi.
Even if you're not in a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can zap snaps straight over to your phone or tablet, where the free Photo Receiver app can then beam them on to Facebook or other social networks over 3G. You can send up to 30 images in one go, and even use the phone's GPS to tag them with the location they were taken with the Fujifilm Camera app.
Both apps are free and available for Android phones and tablets, iPad.and
You can check out your pictures on a 3-inch screen which automatically adjusts to sunlight so it's easier to see. The camera powers up in 1.5 seconds and when you start snapping, it's able to take another shot in less than a fifth of a second.
Under the bonnet, the 16-megapixel CMOS sensor is one of Fujifilm's clever EXR jobs, which lays out its surface to act differently in different situations. When the camera detects its in low light, for example, it adjusts how the sensor works to prioritise collecting more light so your pictures don't end up being murky and dark. You can adjust the sensor yourself, and you can also capture RAW files to give yourself plenty to work with in the editing phase.
The camera also shoots high-definition 1,920x1,080 video. The FinePix F800EXR goes on sale at the end of September for around £280.