Summary: The Fuji Finepix F50 is an advanced ultra-compact digital camera which is packed with technology. It combines a 12 megapixels sensor, CCD-shift image stabilization, semi-automatic exposure and high-ISO capabilities going up to ISO 1600 at full-resolution and ISO 6400 at reduced resolutions.
Pros: Image noise well under control up to ISO 800, Below average image noise at high ISO, Accurate image colors, Good automatic white-balance, Very reliable exposure system, Consistent sharpness from corner-to-corner, Fast focusing and zooming, Short shutter-lag, Excellent LCD visibility
Cons: Slight image noise starts at ISO 100, High ISO image noise adds slight color-cast, Slow shot-to-shoot speed, Below average battery life, Exposures longer than 1s lock ISO at 100, Limited full-resolution continuous drive modes, Image review cannot be disabled, General image softness
Conclusion: Fujifilm's 12-megapixel pocket camera offers advanced automatic features, including flexible low-light and action shooting tools and effective face-detection technology that's ahead of the pack.
Pros: Nice ergonomics and control layout. High-quality LCD. Market-leading face-detection technology. Both automatic and priority exposure modes. Useful continuous-shooting modes and low-light settings.
Cons: Unremarkable 3X zoom lens. No built-in exposure enhancement processing to bring out shadow detail.
Conclusion: Like any sequel the F50fd was always going to suffer by comparison to its illustrious predecessor, so is Fujifilm's new flagship compact a Godfather II or a Matrix Reloaded ? The answer, unsurprisingly, is that it's neither one or the other, but something somewhere in between.
Pros: Class leading resolution, Improved slimmer design and a few new features, Superb results at low ISO settings, Natural but vivid colors, Although not as good as the F31fd, ISO 400 and 800 still far better than most, ISO 1600 usable for small prints, Low shutter lag and good overall responsiveness,...
Cons: Some noise reduction artefacts visible at 100% even at ISO 100, Strong chroma noise at ISO 800+ and shadow noise visible at ISO 400 in low light, Some corner softness, Few external controls, User interface feels outdated and 'fiddly', Noisy focus, macro focus can be very slow (low light focus als...
Summary: Fujifilm’s FinePix F50fd is one of the more highly anticipated compacts of recent times. It’s the successor to the legendary FinePix F30 / F31fd models which both shunned higher resolutions for better performance at higher sensitivities.
Pros: Very high resolution images., Good face detection and flash., Manual control over exposure., Cheaper than 12 Mpixel rivals.
Cons: Pedestrian 35-105mm lens range., Noise artefacts at 200 ISO and above., Screen and IS bettered by rivals., Not much grip to speak of.
Conclusion: The Fuji Finepix F50 has a lot going for it. It has some useful features you do not usually see with a pocket sized digital camera. These include a red eye removal feature and a larger than standard LCD screen. Picture quality is very good indeed and the camera is available for a reasonable price.
Pros: Picture quality - shutter lag with flash - easy of use
Summary: The Fujifilm Finepix F50fd is a frustrating beast. On one hand it offers a
number of significant improvements when compared with the
older F31fd, but on the other it takes a serious
backwards step in terms of image quality, which is ultimately
what every camera should primarily be judged by.
Excerpt: Un nouveau design et de nouvelles capacités sont apporté au FinePix F50 fd de chez Fuji . Le F50 fd est doté d'un capteur Super CCD HR de 12 millions de pixels, d'un zoom optique de 3x et intègre un double système de stabilisation d'image, par une compensation des mouvements du capteur et par une...
Pros: Bonne qualité de fabrication, Excellent à 800 ISO
Cons: Zoom un peu long (36 mm), 3200 ISO perfectibles
Conclusion: Succédant au F40, le Fuji F50fd est un petit compact doté d'un impressionnant capteur de 12 millions de pixels. Mais les performances d'un appareil photo ne se réduisent pas seulement à ses qualités techniques.
Pros: Couleurs naturelles respectées, vidéo correctes, compatible avec cartes xD et SD.
Cons: Absence de grand angle, lenteur d'enregistrement, bruit apparaissant dès 400 ISO, vidéo sans zoom, mode scène limité.