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 even an advanced photographer.
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. found on many similar cameras, and is very sharp across the frame. Resolution is excellent, noise very well controlled and the colors really jump out at you.
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 function, Excellent handling, Good flash performance, Excellent movie mode, Fast file writing (>2MB/s), Fast, reliable focus, RAW mode (though see cons, below), Bright, high resolut...
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 wideangle, Maximum F5.6 aperture at tele end (can lead to camera shake), RAW converter offers no control, RAW mode offers no quality advantage, Screen can be hard to see in very ...
Excerpt: Good for point-and-shoot users, this camera also provides a full manual exposure mode in itâ€™s 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 watching the LCD screen. Another tricky thing is the fact that it focuses hard in low light, a problem that many compact cameras have.
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. The zoom lens starts wide enough for groups and landscapes. We just wish the flash had a little more oomph.
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: 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. The camera works with a high resolution which might be called an exception for an amateur camera. The performance is outstanding, the camera produces a good colour rendition, at which white balance and signal/noise ratio at low ISO are extremely fine.
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. And first for a Fujifilm consumer
digital camera, noise is low at ISO 80 and ISO
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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 fringing, RAW image converter leaves much to be desired (how about a RAW->JPEG option?), Included 16MB xD card is way too small
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls FinePix E550 Zoom Specifications Number of Effective Pixels 6.3 million pixels CCD Sensor 1/1.7" Super CCD HR System (Number of Total Pixels: 6.63 Million pixels) RGB Filters Number of Recorded Pixels Still: 4048 x3040 pixels (12.3 million), 2848 x 2136 pixels (6 million), 2048 x 1536 pixels (3 million), 1600 x 1200 pixels (2 million), 640 x 480 pixels (0.3 million) Movie: 640 x 480 pixels / 320 x 240 pixels ,30 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG)...
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. Outdoors shots came out well in my tests, but it was the colour and macro tests where the camera outperformed many of its competitors.
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