Fujifilm Finepix E550 compact 6 megapixel digital camera
10 January 2012
Summary: The Fujifilm Finepix E550 is a fine camera for beginners and advanced photographers alike. Beginners can set the Auto mode on and let the camera manage all the photographic parameters, and when you want to learn more about taking beautiful photos, the camera offers manual settings that will satisfy...
Conclusion: You won't miss shots with the 6MP FujiFilm FinePix E550, and you'll be very satisfied with the photos you create, which give the 7MP competition a run for its money. The camera starts quickly, focuses quickly and has very little shutter lag.
Pros: Fast at everything it does, at least when the flash is off. Takes very good pictures. Decent zoom range includes true wide angle. Controls intelligently laid out and easy to understand. Good-sized, easy to read LCD. Good video ability makes camera even more versatile. Light weight.
Cons: Underpowered flash can slow camera down, especially when shooting at telephoto. Can't zoom when shooting video. We wouldn't mind seeing a few more scene modes. Uses xD memory, which is more expensive and than other memory-card formats.
Conclusion: The FinePix E550 Zoom is an incredibly capable camera that punches above its weight both in terms of features and image quality. The handling and speed of operation are superb, and the range of controls comprehensive. The 32.5-130mm lens offers more versatility than the more common 38-115mm equiv.
Pros: Excellent resolution in 12MP mode, very good in 6MP mode, Vivid, vibrant colors, Low noise, ISO 800 setting (only 3MP, but low noise), Clean, sharp results, Excellent photographic controls, Useful 32.5 - 130mm zoom range wider than normal, Fast start-up, very low shutter lag, Program shift functi...
Cons: No control over quality (JPEG) settings at 6MP, Slightly high contrast - cannot be changed in-camera, Tendency towards slight underexposure (exposes for highlights), 6MP images look over sharpened (changing sharpness setting helps slightly), 4-shot limit in continuous mode, Purple fringing at wid...
Excerpt: Good for point-and-shoot users, this camera also provides a full manual exposure mode in its small, compact, and light weight metal/plastic body. A manual focus option lets you adjust the focus yourself, but the E550 provides no numeric distance scale, so the only way you can determine focus is by...
Conclusion: Fujfiilm FinePix E550 - Outstanding performance The FinePix E550 did please me a lot. The camera is not perfect, but I can imagine that the owner of a Fujifilm E550 digital camera will be more than satisfied.
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix E550 Zoom is one
of the new generation of digital cameras that
is addressing most of the complaints leveled against
consumer digital cameras. With 4x optical zoom, 6.3MP resolution and full
exposure flexibility, the Fujifilm E550 provides
good image quality.
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Pros: Good value for a 4X zoom, 6MP camera, Incredibly fast performance, Very good photo quality at the 6M setting, Quite a few manual controls, Larger-than-average 2" LCD display, Excellent movie mode, Supports add-on lenses, Very easy to use, Can be used as a webcam (Windows only)
Cons: Images noisy and soft at the 12M setting, No image compression options at lower resolutions, Strange horizontal lines in a few photos (esp. in RAW mode), LCD becomes useless in dim light, Poor low light focusing / no AF-assist lamp, Slowest shutter speed is 3 seconds, Some redeye and purple fring...
Summary: New for 2004 is Fujifilm's compact, durable and lightweight of versatile digital cameras that combine the ease of point-and-shoot for new users with a more powerful feature set that satisfies the needs of advanced users too.
Conclusion: There are many points to like about the Finepix E550. The camera's specification offers something a little different from many other digital cameras and it is not often you find a six megapixel model in this price range.
Pros: Virtually no shutter lag, Very fast recycle times, Easy to use, Good macro shot
Cons: Indoor shots in poor lighting, Only a 16mb xD Picture card supplied by Fuji
Summary: The Fujifilm Finepix E550 improves on its cheaper siblings, the E510 and E500, and is definitely a quicker and more capable camera. If you are interested in action photography or simply want a more responsive camera, then the E550 is the model for you.