The Good Long 14.3x zoom; good design; great value for money.
The Bad EXR features aren't fully integrated with the rest of the camera; sensor size limits quality.
The Bottom Line The build quality, handling and controls of the Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR really are surprising given its price. It's just like a digital SLR, but much cheaper, and so much more pleasant to handle than rival superzooms, thanks to its size and manual zoom control. But the clever EXR technology feels like an add-on, and the small sensor size puts a cap on picture quality
Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR
Fujifilm's FinePix S200EXR superzoom offers the features, controls and handling of a digital SLR but at a much lower price. It includes Fujifilm's ground-breaking EXR sensor, which offers a choice between high-resolution, high-dynamic-range and high-ISO modes. When you factor in the 14.3x optical zoom and a price tag of around £320, the 12-megapixel S200EXR starts to look like a very good deal.
Match for dSLRs
The S200EXR certainly looks and feels like it's giving you your money's worth. Fujifilm says this camera offers a lighter and more compact alternative to a dSLR, but it'd be interesting to know what the company's comparing it to, because, even by dSLR standards, this camera's a whopper. It weighs no less than 820g, and it doesn't look any smaller than a standard dSLR with a superzoom lens fitted.
But so what? The S200EXR gives you a good, solid grip and big, firm, meaty controls. You even get a mechanically operated zoom, rather than the usual sluggish, motor-driven lenses in other superzooms. From the directional controller on the back to the perfectly weighted control dial on the top, this camera's controls are excellent.
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