The last camera from this line tested in the DxOMark labs was the F600EXR launched a year previously and sitting 196th in the sensor ratings with an overall DxOMark score of 40. In the intervening year, the F800EXR does climb up the table slightly, making it to 192nd with an overall DxOMark score of 41 – more a small step than major leap.
While this may seem disappointing, even a cursory glance at the DxOMark sensor score table above will reveal that despite the relatively low score, it is not poor across the board. In fact, in both the Portrait tests for colour depth and the landscape tests for dynamic range, the F800EXR actually performs very well scoring 19.5bits and 10.9Evs respectively.
It is the third test metric that really lets this camera down – the ports tests for low-light ISO performance shows the weakness with a very low score of 143 ISO. While this is actually quite respectable for a compact camera, it points to what this camera could achieve given better ISO capabilities.
The reality of this though, is that if you don’t plan on shooting in low light situations, the portrait score and landscape score show it to be a competent performer worthy of further consideration.