Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR
16 November 2011
Summary: Experts say that's unfortunate, because they really like the F550EXR's feature set, which includes several automatic and manual shooting modes and a GPS-tagging feature. The bottom lineDespite its great feature set, the Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR isn't a great buying choice due to its sub-par image quality. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (*Est. $230) is a good alternative.
Pros: Wide-angle to 15x zoom lens, Compact, Loaded with features, Full HD video
Cons: Mixed reviews for image quality, Flash always pops up when camera is powered on
Summary: The EXR technology lets the F550 EXR capture images in one of three mode: While some may be disappointed that the increase to 16 megapixels has increased image, which is not so destructive until ISO 800, the Fuji Finepix F550 EXR remains a really good camera with a solid all-around performance and exceptional image quality using its 8 megapixels EXR modes.
Pros: Low image noise in EXR-SN mode, Superb dynamic-range in EXR-DR mode, Virtually distortion free, No noticeable vignetting, Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations, Excellent automatic white-balance, Good color accuracy, Reliable exposure, Superb stabilization, Fast and responsive, Quick and accurate focus, Good GPS performance, Great LCD visibility, Solid build quality
Cons: Above average image noise at 16 MP, Strong blurring starting at ISO 1600 at 16 MP, Strong corner softness near wide-angle, Complex interaction of features, strange limits, User-interface rather twisted, LCD does not keep up during continuous drive, No physical aperture, Not exposure-priority, Video recording delay, Slow video autofocus, Mode-dial easy to change accidentally
Conclusion: The F550 is a solidly built, feature packed digital camera that will not let you down. The ability to shoot in RAW and the very bountiful 15x optical zoom lens are touches that push this camera into the “premium” compact range, but cleverly manage to keep the price range below. Whilst feature set includes premium camera options such as GPS geotagging, film simulation and 1080p FULL HD video, all standard in the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR, it's the build quality and image...
Conclusion: Fujifilm's FinePix F550EXR is a feature-rich compact camera with a big 15x zoom lens. It even adds a few manual controls and goodies for photo enthusiasts—but its image quality is underwhelming, especially for the $350 price.
Pros: Built-in GPS. 1080p video capture. Solid low-light performance. Special Noise Reduction mode. Manual controls.
Cons: Images are soft in the outer regions. Slower-than-average boot-up time.
Excerpt: The Fuji FinePix F550EXR ($349) is a compact ultra zoom camera featuring a 16 Megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, a whopping 15X zoom lens, a high resolution / high contrast LCD, Full HD video recording, and a built-in GPS with a huge database of landmarks. It's joined by its little brother, the FinePix F500EXR, which has the same features, minus the GPS.
Conclusion: If you've lost track of where you've been, the GPS can be used to navigate back to the spot from which a picture was taken. The direction and distance to where a particular image was taken can be displayed on-screen.
Conclusion: There’s no denying the F550 EXR is a remarkable device and packs a punch in its small package. It’s fun to use, and while it isn’t the most convenient pocket cam to carry around, it still falls in that arena. The most difficult thing to accept with the camera is its price. Were it close to the $300 mark, it would be a more justifiable purchase, but it seems like one of the main features users are paying for is the GPS function.
Pros: Quick shutter, Impressive display resolution, Simultaneous RAW and JPEG capture, Intuitive physical and digital UI
Cons: Battery life, Some might be scared off by its size – a little too big for the average pocket, Digital noise above ISO 1,600, Price – paying more over $300 for a point-and-shoot can be a hard sell
Summary: If you're after an enthusiast focused compact, then you're better off looking at the Olympus XZ-1 or Panasonic LX5, but for those after a solid, all-round compact camera, then the F550EXR fits the bill in many ways and is a very well specified piece of kit, especially when you consider the price - 15x zoom, fast AF, and 8fps for starters. That said, while images are good and inline with the competition, they don't quite deliver the standout results we were hoping for.
Excerpt: The 16-megapixel, 15X-optical-zoom Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR is the latest model in Fujifilm ’s higher-end F series, and it’s appropriately packed with features. In addition to manual, semimanual, and automatic shooting modes, the F550 is one of the latest crew of cameras with GPS capabilities and a long-zoom lens.