Summary: This camera seemed to be perfect on paper. It had all of the features I was looking for at a good price. However, the lens cover did not open and close all of the way some of the time. I took the camera back and got a replacement. However, the replacement had the same problem. Not a coincidence, I think. Now I have to start my shopping all over again.
Summary: I have own several Fuji cameras since the advent of the technology. My brand loyalty has now been compromised by this purchase. This camera simply does not work well as a point and shoot camera. I am only occasionally blessed with a decent picture. Most shots have poor color reproduction with grainy out of focus pictures. Like other reviews here, I can take better pictures on my mobile phone.
Summary: Fujifilm Finepix F500EXR Panasonic Lumix DMC-Zs10 Sony Cybershot DSC HX9V Nikon CoolPix L110 Looking for a replacement, I took each of the above cameras home one at a time to compare to my aging Kodak Z950. These choices were selected after reading reviews declaring each a top camera in the Travel Camera category. Prices ranged from $199 to $249. Function aside I was firstly interested in the picture quality.
Excerpt: I bought this camera thinking its a F550exr minus the RAW and GPS function. In truth, it is much less than that. There is no Bracketing function whatsoever on this camera. Though the image quality is good, as a second camera to my DSLR I was expecting more. Price difference is not by much to F550exr but function wise its a whole different camera. Comparing this to my DSLR, this is the most expensive point and shoot camera ever. Aperture value is at 3.5, 7.1 and 10.
Summary: I bought this camera as a replacement from my old Canon Ixus 70. The Canon was fine but the photos always looked flat and lifeless, compared with SLR shots. I hoped that the various technological tricks included in the Fuji FinePix F500 would provide higher quality shots. Unfortunately there seems to be little improvement, even when using various settings designed for different lighting conditions.
Summary: I was so hoping that this camera would be brilliant. Most of the reviews for it were full of praise, and it was shiny red. What more could I want? Immediately I noticed a very pronounced "oil painting" effect in images taking in anything other than blazing sunshine. I wrote to Fuji who said that in EXR mode, the camera sometimes "overcompensated" and chose too high an ISO setting, which could result in this effect.
If you want good Video Recording then try something else
Mr. A. J. Cooper "Alex Cooper", Amazon
29 September 2011
Summary: Full HD Video, however when you zoom in or out it totally goes out of focus making for a terrible video (Panasonic & Sony dont have these issues), also the low light video recording it terrible. Wish i bought something else. I have always bought Fuji, however i wont be next time.
Summary: On first trying out the camera I was quite happy with it. I'm a clothing and accessories designer and use my camera mainly to photograph new designs. I first tried macro and it captured details really well, also the colour captured was much closer to what is seen by the eye which was a big step up from my old Fujifilm. I've used it about 5 or 6 times since buying it and the pictures seem to be becoming more grainy and out of focus!