Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixels
  • 1/2" EXR CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • Folding optics
  • f/3.9 max aperture
  • Optical (sensor-shit) image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, 460,000 pixels
  • 1080p HD video
  • 320fps high-speed video
  • 12fps burst mode
  • In-camera multi-frame noise reduction
  • 360 degree sweep panorama
  • Captures to SD/SDHC
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-05-21
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
16 megapixels; 1/2" EXR CMOS sensor; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Folding optics; f/3.9 max aperture; Optical (sensor-shit) image stabilization; 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, 460,000 pixels; 1080p HD video; 320fps high-speed video; 12fps burst mode; In-camera multi-frame noise reduction; 360 degree sweep panorama; Captures to SD/SDHC; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Z900EXR attempts to combine the fashion of Fuji's slim, sleek Z series with the speedy, versatile performance of its EXR CMOS sensor. The sensor has been getting strong reviews in its other bodies this year -- the Fuji F550EXR and HS20EXR, most obviously. It's a solid low-light performer and offers fringe benefits like quick shot-to-shot times and full 1080p HD video. Our primary concern is the f/3.9 maximum aperture on the Z900; that's an awfully narrow aperture, and it gets even tighter through the zoom range. Not much light will get to the sensor, and we've seen some messy results with other slow-lens/CMOS combos in the past. The monolithic touchscreen looks enticing -- go big or go home, right? -- as does the 12fps burst mode and 360-degree sweep panorama mode, so hopefully they can balance out the issues that the iffy lens is sure to cause.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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