Pros: Innovative features that are exclusive to Fujifilm’s range; class-leading results in low light at highest ISO settings; attractive metal build and finish; fast and responsive; easy to use; great value.
Cons: No HD video, which would have made this cute compact a world-beater.
Our second-cheapest camera looks like a normal compact – albeit with a stylish, metal build. However, inside there’s a Super CCD ‘EXR’ sensor with innovative pixel layout, which works in three ways.
The first option shoots standard 10-megapixel JPEGs; the second captures five-megapixel photos with increased dynamic range, avoiding dark foregrounds or bleached-out backgrounds by taking two shots and combining them.
The third option aims for high sensitivity but low noise. Setting the EXR on Auto means the camera picks the best option.
Added to this are new digital SLR-matching Pro Focus and Pro Low Light modes. The first blurs backgrounds on portraits to make them look as if they’re shot with a telephoto lens, while the latter merges four shots at high-sensitivity settings to cut grain.
The F70EXR’s controls are large, ergonomic and responsive. Shooting at the top ISO 12800-equivalent setting delivers results that are closer to a watercolour than a photograph, but so do most competing compacts at ISO 1600. Shooting up to ISO 1600 results in surprisingly little noise.
So do three-sensors-in-one, 10x optical zoom, solid-feel body and digital SLR-like effects add up to one cool compact? The answer is yes.