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Fujifilm builds out its Wi-Fi cameras with 20x F800EXR

Nearly identical to its F770EXR compact megazoon, the new model adds wireless for easy transfers to smartphones and tablets.


If you feel like your next point-and-shoot camera should have built-in Wi-Fi, consider Fujifilm's 20x zoom FinePix F800EXR.

It's the manufacturer's 20th FinePix camera for 2012 and, like it did with the rugged FinePix XP170, the F800EXR is essentially an already existing model, the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR (Black), but with a Wi-Fi receiver built in.

The Wi-Fi can be used for a couple things, but it's primarily for sending photos to your smartphone or tablet. It can be connected to any Android smartphone or tablet, or the iPhone or iPad using the free Fujifilm Photo Receiver app. To start uploading, users press an onscreen connect button to join to a device, then the images will be transferred.

The wireless can also be used to piggyback your smartphone's GPS for geotagging photos and mapping your picture-taking path. That's good because an integrated GPS receiver was dropped to make room for the Wi-Fi. (You can read more about the camera's wireless setup and use on Fujifilm's site.)

Also new for the F800EXR is a handful of filter effects: Pop Color, Toy Camera, Miniature, High Key, Partial color, and Dynamic Tone.

Again, the rest of the camera is the same as the F770EXR, which includes a 16-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, 20x, f3.5-5.3 25-500mm lens, and a 3-inch, 460K-dot resolution LCD. It can record movies at 1080p at 30fps (MOV) and has burst shooting speeds up to 8fps at full resolution and high-speed (slow motion) movie capture at up to 320fps. It also captures in raw and raw plus JPEG.

Look for the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR in August for about $350.