Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR Digital Camera Review
14 August 2011
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.
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.
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.
Summary: The Fuji Finepix F550 EXR has a unique feature-set and is one of the most sophisticated compact cameras to date. Based on the Fuji Finepix F300 EXR Fuji Finepix F300 EXR , this digital camera uses an all new EXR CMOS-sensor that gives it a top resolution of 16 megapixels, up to 1600% dynamic-range,...
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 ...
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, Vid...
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.
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.
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: 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 .
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: 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.
Review: Fujifilm F550EXR 16 Megapixel camera with 15X zoom and GPS
22 September 2011
Excerpt: is hardly mentioned in the conversation involving the best semi-pro point and shoot cameras, but it should be. We hear a lot about the stellar and compact Canon S90/S95, the Nikon P7000, the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and the Olympus XZ-1 as the all-around compact cameras to consider.