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. Note that this camera is also known as the Fuji Finepix F50fd and the Fuji Finepix F50SE in some areas.
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. Although the F31fd (and the F30 before it) was a fairly bland compact camera, it was blessed with an outstanding imaging sensor and set the benchmark in terms of image quality, most specifically...
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, Good build quality and handling, Fast reliable focus, Reliable exposure / metering, Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes, Good flash performance, Large clear screen, Large var...
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 also slower), Long flash recycling times, Occasional highlight clipping (not worse than the competition though), Burst mode limited to 3 shots, Movie mode nothing special, Auto m...
Conclusion: For less than $250 USD, you can hardly go wrong with this camera thanks to its solid feature package (mechanical image stabilization, 12MP resolution, improved Face Detection). Remember there are limitations, particularly shooting at high ISOs (800 and above), there are definite delays as the cameras saves two 12MP files in certain settings and resolution drops precipitously in burst mode. Still as an everyday carry-around camera, the FinePix F50fd does the job.
Pros: 12MP 3x image stabilized digicam with advanced Face Detection
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. So while their rivals were incessantly increasing Megapixels, Fujifilm sensibly held back and delivered superior image quality as a result.
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. This is one of the best pocket sized cameras on the market. Recommended.
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.