Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
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Rkieux, DP Review
19 August 2011
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.
Summary: The GPS function does not work about 95% of the time. I've sent it back for warranty to address the issue but they've stated that the camera works properly. I've stood literally on the top of mountains on clear days and nights unable to get a GPS lock on *any* of hundreds of photos. All the settings have been thoroughly checked, reset etc. it is just simply non functional. That said the other aspects work fairly well.
Pros: Capable of taking very good photos.
Cons: GPS is flaky, light metering is inconsistent.