Summary: Pros: In high light settings it takes fairly good pictures even at full zoom in my shaky hands. The settings took a little getting used to but are nice and easy to work with. There are several settings and I've had fun testing most of them. I don't really notice much of a difference with most of them though (difference between using the special setting and not is what I mean). Cons: Very hard to get a good picture in low light settings. Especially with little time.
Summary: It has lots of features and they are easy to use as long as you remember how to get to them all. The GPS is nice but it's far from accurate. Pictures I've taken have been tagged with GPS as far as a mile off. It's like it takes a long time to catch up to where you are currently. And initial location acquisition takes a long time. Leaving the gps on all the time decreases battery time dramatically so I don't do that much.
Summary: This is a good camera, I love the color and the feel it the hand. It has endless features and functions. It always takes great picture no matter who in the family grabs it. The down side is it never seems to stay in the same mode that I set it (family). There are so may settings thrown at you that seem do the same things. Although I am a technical person I have a hard time making it do what I want (turn on flash).
Summary: I purchased this model for a vacation trip to Hawaii last winter. I'm rating this model an OK, but I don't think I would buy another Fujifilm product. I would have been better off with a waterproof/weatherproof camera (see Canon) at half the price. Cons Battery life: Wow! This is the biggest disappointment for me. I would fully charge the battery and it would be dead within a day. If I hadn't purchased a backup, I would have lost a lot of vacation memories.
Summary: Camera has a serious problem with vignetteing in the corners at lowest setting. I haven't done anything with this type (P&S) in a very long time and so far it is a learning experience. Once out from minimum zoom the vignette problem disappeared. Photo quality is okay. I am going to try it out in the waterproof case I purchased with it and see what kind of Pics I get as this was the primary reason to purchase these items - underwater photography.
Summary: This is potentailly a great camera but has a few draw backs. Before I go into those I must say that it takes really nice photographs. The first problem is that it is not very intuitive to use. Even basic functions are hard to work out without the owners manual. Even the owners manual is hard to navigate! Our main problem has been that it just freezes up for no reason at all. You take a few pictures and then ........ nothing. It just freezes.
Summary: Overall, this camera has great specs, but before you start using it, you have no idea how uncomfortable this little camera can be. First of all, it lacks any good grip curves and it is slippery (meanwhile, it is rather heavy for its size). Secondly, they designed this pop-up flash that is completely automatic and you cannot make it not to pop up every time you power camera up.
Excerpt: Best compact I have ever used. Amazing how far technology has advanced. But you need to know a bit about photography to find this out. I am a dslr user, so I am able to exploit the camera and push the sensor to its full capacity (simple things like watching the shutter speed to prevent camera or subject blur needs to be observed, good steady hands are needed for low shutter speeds, balancing camera vs flash exposure in manual mode for flash photography, not worrying...
Excerpt: Bought the 550EXR to replace a damaged DMC-ZS3. First outing was a trip to London. Lots of opportunities for type of photo. Took over 1000 pictures and videos in all types of conditions. Some images were excellent, some were dull. Videos of fixed scenes can be excellent but any use of the zoom or panning results in complete loss of focus. The zoom range is excellent. The 24mm wide angle is extremely useful when traveling.