Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

It is very re­fresh­ing to hold a com­pact cam­era that has been de­signed to work. The Fu­ji­film Finepix F660EXR is one such. There many new de­sign el­e­ments here—a con­trol dial that is tilted to­wards the thumb, a rub­ber grip in front cou­pled with one from the thumb and a pop-up flash that is hard to spot. Plus, the body is slightly heav­ier than nor­mal and strangely feels bet­ter to hold than the ul­tra slim card-type mod­els.

This cam­era has a 16MP EXR CMOS sen­sor with a 15x op­ti­cal zoom. We found the pic­tures quite good and noise free with the op­ti­cal zoom, but as we switched to the dig­i­tal zoom, which goes all the way up to 51x, things started get­ting blurry. How­ever, this cam­era has Fu­ji­film’s new EXR mode where the cam­era re­duces noise even at high ISO lev­els. This mode is good, but we did en­counter some noise in low light.

One of the good things about this cam­era is the video mode which is a one-step process here. You just have to click the video mode to switch as well as record, in­stead of two steps in other cam­eras. The Full HD video record­ing is also good and the fo­cus quick. You can zoom real fast while record­ing, though there was trou­ble in

fo­cus­ing at the far end.

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