Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR
13 October 2011
Summary: A list of features as long as your arm and an equally lengthy optical zoom all work in the Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR's favour. But this superzoom has a number of flaws that prevent it from achieving greatness.
Pros: Long, 15x optical zoom; built-in GPS; 1080p video recording; raw support.
Cons: Annoying pop-up flash; fiddly buttons; some issues with picture noise at higher sensitivity settings.
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.
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...
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.
Summary: At £259, you’ll find it in the mix against some stiff competition, but you’ll struggle to find a similar priced camera with a specification the beats the F550EXR – there’s no denying you get a lot of camera for the cash. 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...
Pros: Sleek design, 15x optical zoom from 24-360mm, 8fps at full resolution, fast AF for a compact.
Cons: While good, image quality hasn't improved from the F300EXR. Slow Raw write times.
Excerpt: It’s easy to feel like there’s a price ceiling when it comes to point-and-shoots: If you spend too little, you’ll be replacing the thing every six months. Spend too much and you’ll end up feeling like you may as well have sprung for a DSLR . So before you write off the Finepix F550 EXR and its hefty $349.95 price tag, there are a few things to consider.
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
Conclusion: The Fuji Finepix F550EXR gets more or less everything right. There is competition in this group of cameras, but this camera is just about as good as any. Picture quality is up there with the best and you will find the features on offer very hard to beat.
Summary: The fujifilm FinePix F550EXR is a well-constructed, feature-packed and fun camera to use. The ability to shoot raw is a plus, but the camera's image quality is on a par with the best in its class rather than being a leader.