Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
16 megapixels; 1/2" EXR CMOS sensor; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Folding optics; f/3.9 max aperture; Optical (sensor-shit) image stabilization; 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, 460,000 pixels; 1080p HD video; 320fps high-speed video; 12fps burst mode; In-camera multi-frame noise reduction; 360 degree sweep panorama; Captures to SD/SDHC; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The Z900EXR attempts to combine the fashion of Fuji's slim, sleek Z series with the speedy, versatile performance of its EXR CMOS sensor. The sensor has been getting strong reviews in its other bodies this year -- the Fuji F550EXR and HS20EXR, most obviously. It's a solid low-light performer and offers fringe benefits like quick shot-to-shot times and full 1080p HD video. Our primary concern is the f/3.9 maximum aperture on the Z900; that's an awfully narrow aperture, and it gets even tighter through the zoom range. Not much light will get to the sensor, and we've seen some messy results with other slow-lens/CMOS combos in the past. The monolithic touchscreen looks enticing -- go big or go home, right? -- as does the 12fps burst mode and 360-degree sweep panorama mode, so hopefully they can balance out the issues that the iffy lens is sure to cause.