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Fujifilm announced a successor to its high-zoom film-oriented S100FS digital camera today, making it the third new FinePix in recent days to carry a Super CCD EXR image sensor. The new Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR packs the same 14.3x optical zoom lens as its predecessor but adds in the same 12-megapixel image sensor that is on the F200EXR.
The new Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR has the same shape and concept as its predecessor. The bulky 30.5-436mm optical zoom lens has a manual zoom ring and a wide f/2.8 aperture. Fujifilm dropped the “FS” suffix and chose to highlight its image sensor there instead, but this camera does not cut off its film simulation roots.
The S200EXR has five film simulation modes as opposed to the S100FS’s three modes. Both models have the Velvia/Vivid, Provia/Standard, and Astia/Soft modes, but the new camera adds traditional Sepia and Black & White modes. It also adds film simulation bracketing along with exposure and dynamic range bracketing.
The new model also adds Pro Focus and Pro Low Light modes that combine a quick burst mode with the image sensor technology to create DSLR-like images. The Pro Focus mode snaps 2-3 images and combines them into a single file that shows a blurred background and a sharp foreground. The Pro Low Light mode snaps four images quickly and combines them into one file, more accurately smoothing out the noise.
The FinePix S200EXR has EXR Priority modes that allow photographers to choose whether resolution, dynamic range, or high sensitivity and low noise is most important in individual images. According to today’s press release, the new modes “quickly optimize the camera’s settings to allow the photographer to concentrate on capturing the perfect shot.”
EXR Auto is also available on the S200EXR. This mode detects subjects and automatically chooses a scene mode from the following Portrait, Night, Macro, Landscape, Night Portrait, and Backlit Portrait.
Not only does the new S200EXR have more modes and one more megapixel on a larger image sensor, but it comes with a slightly larger 2.7-inch LCD screen; the S100FS has a 2.5-inch screen. The new camera also dramatically improves the battery life. According to the company’s press release, there is “almost a 50% increase” from the older model to the S200EXR’s 370 shots per charge.