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Fujifilm FinePix T200 review: Fujifilm FinePix T200

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The Good Slim, attractive design; 10x optical zoom; easy operation; good value for money.

The Bad Flimsy battery cover; unprotected USB port; no HDMI output; slow in certain areas.

The Bottom Line The Fujifilm FinePix T200 compact superzoom offers better pictures than you might expect for the price. It's easy to use as well, and not unattractive.

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7.5 Overall

Lengthy of lens, but small in size and low in price, at around £115, the Fujifilm FinePix T200 superzoom could be an excellent choice for travelling types. But just how far-reaching are its photographic powers?

Cuts a dash

The T200 is slightly difficult to pigeonhole. It's the size of a reasonably slim compact camera and bears a low price tag, but it also has a 10x zoom lens. Equally, it has some fairly high-end features, such as a CCD-shift image stabiliser and 720p video recording, but it also has plenty of features aimed at helping novices to take hassle-free snaps, including an easy-peasy 'SR auto' mode, and blink, face and smile detection.

In good light, pictures look sharp with decent amounts of detail, although there can be a curiously muted quality to some colours (click image to enlarge).

The design is attractive, with the curvy, brushed-metal body available in four different colours -- black, blue, red and grey. The long zoom lens causes quite a protrusion on the front of the unit, but this is incorporated into the design well and doesn't appear to have a dramatic effect on the overall size of the camera, which is quite small and easy to pocket.

Around the back is a fairly good 2.7-inch LCD display, along with an eight-option mode dial, playback and display-mode buttons, and a keypad for navigating menus and suchlike.

We have a couple of issues with the way the T200 is built, however. The first problem is the hatch that covers the battery and SD card slot is supposed to slide forward and then spring open, but it's just too flimsy. Several times during our tests we discovered that we hadn't managed to fully close the hatch correctly, which could potentially result in damage to the spring mechanism or loss of the memory card or battery pack.

The other concern is that the USB socket isn't covered by anything at all. It's open to the elements, making it vulnerable to damage from moisture, dust and other camera-unfriendly substances.

Slow photo capture

Speedy Gonzales this camera is not. It takes almost 4 seconds for the T200 to get its posterior in gear once you press the power button, which isn't great, and there's another 3-second pause between taking one shot and being able to take the next.

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