Test results showed extremely high color accuracy, and resolution on a par with the better 5MP cameras we've tested, a little shy of typical 6MP results. The F700 shines in noise suppression: no more than moderately low noise up through the maximum ISO of 1600 (where resolution is limited to 1.2MP).
Fuji claims greater highlight-to-shadow range with its 4th Generation Super CCD SR, which combines large, light-sensitive pixels with small, less sensitive pixels. We did notice better detail in very bright highlights-not dramatic, but perceptible. Shadow detail also had more depth, helped greatly by the low noise.
We have a quibble or two. The jog dial is too small, and we're not sold on Fuji's multiple menu locations, in this case an "F" button beside the regular menu button.
But these are minor points. Shooters who want topnotch pictures without a lot of fuss-but still want an extra measure of control-should fall in love with both of the F700's personalities.
Fast startup, AF, shooting. Low noise. Smart auto and manual modes. Adjustable fill-flash. Long battery life.
Two menu locations-guess where that setting is? Slowish max aperture of f/4.9 at tele. Dinky point-and-shoot viewfinder.
CERTIFIED TEST RESULTS: Fujifilm FinePix F700
Test results: Resolution: Extremely high (V1450xH1420xD1240). Color accuracy: Extremely High (Avg. Delta E: 9.91). Highlight/shadow detail: Very good. Contrast: Slightly high. Noise: Low at ISO 200, moderately low at ISO 400, 800, and 1600. Image quality: Extremely high. AF speed: Very fast; can balk on blank areas. Battery life (50% shots with flash): claimed, 150 shots; tested, 400.
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