Fujifilm has just released no less than 16 cameras just this moment, and I’m going out of my mind, each accompanied by a thousand-word press release. I’m going to have to punch a pillow here. I haven’t even had breakfast, or coffee, or tied my shoes yet. But this is the life! Forward, into the breach!
All right, this is ridiculous, I’m going to group these by general use and leave the details to the curious reader to find out at Fujifilm’s site, where these cameras are semi-helpfully labeled “new” and listed in some sort of order.
HS20EXR, F500EXR, F550EXR
These feature a new 16-megapixel EXR sensor, which uses a different pixel well layout than most sensors and has a few special modes for capturing pictures in difficult lighting situations. They can shoot high-speed video, lots of burst shots,
The HS20EXR is in the super-zoom category, with a 30x optical zoom that’s probably overkill. It’s got a tilting 3″ screen as well as an EVF. $500.
The F500EXR and F550EXR are more compact items, with the EXR sensor and the usual stuff, but “only” have a 15x zoom. The F550 version has GPS built-in. $330 and $350.
Does it start with an S and have four numbers with it? Must be a Fujifilm super-zoom of the non-EXR variety. Personally I don’t find these compelling, and there are way too many models to even consider deciding between. Get a used DSLR instead. Many prices.
It’s hip, it’s slim, it’s got… a resistive touchscreen?! And a “dual-direction” UI. These things do not bode well for normal use. There are lots of slim and stylish cameras out there, I’d wait until they upgrade this one to capacitive and let their UI go in one direction. $170.
The successor to the XP10, which I reviewed a little while back. With luck they improved the feel of the thing. It felt kind of chubby and cheap to me. The new one looks better. $200 and $240. You’re taking it on vacation, spring for the GPS version.
A, J, and T series
These are your basic cameras covering the $100-$200 range. The T-series is the nicest, with 720p and a longer 10x zoom. Really, Fujifilm, did there need to be this many models?
Okay, that’s that. Man oh man. Remember, all the details are at Fujifilm’s site, so head on over there if you’re interested.