From a photo quality standpoint, the F900EXR can produce some of the best photos you'll get from a camera in this class. The overall quality -- especially at higher ISOs -- doesn't compare with cameras with larger sensors like dSLRs, but for a small-sensor compact megazoom, it's quite good. These are 100 percent crops from our test scene to give you an idea of what you'll get at full size onscreen using the F900EXR's highest resolution, 16 megapixels. They're on the soft side with visible artifacts right down to its lowest ISO setting, so they're not great for enlarging and heavily cropping.
On the other hand, at about 50 percent, you can get up to ISO 800 and get very nice photos. And if you take advantage of all the camera can do, you can actually get good results above that sensitivity. It takes more than setting it to Auto to get them, though. You may have to adjust settings, shoot in raw, or experiment with its EXR modes to get the best results. If that's not something you're willing to do, this probably isn't a good choice. Its EXR Auto mode is very good as auto-shooting modes go, but even tweaking that mode's settings can get you better shots.
September 25, 2013 3:29 PM PDT
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