Summary: I think it functions beautifully for taking the kind of photographs I want. It is lightweight, easily portable, has many possible settings, produces clear, beautiful photographs of nature and pets. ( I will be using some of the photos taken with this camera in creating a book about my hamsters.) I like the red color. The only problem I had with it was the door to the compartment that contains the battery and memory card became detached.
Summary: I bought this camera prior to a trip to Washington, DC in August to replace an old Fuji S3000. I've been extremely pleased with the camera. I really like the zoom and the anit-shake capabilities. In low light conditions, the anti-shake doesn't work every time but I don't expect it to. My biggest complaint (and the reason I give it a 4 star) is that the battery life is unpredictable. Most times, the battery will run down in two or three days with no useage.
Excerpt: After studying the market for almost 1/2 year, I finally decided to get a F550EXR. Why? Because I realised that for the best Cameras in Range ( Exilim EX-ZR100, Canon SX230, Fujifilm F550EXR, Panasonic DMC-TZ22 ) you will always find reviews complementing their image quality, usability and advanced technology and you will find reviews, destroying the cameras reliability, its image quality and everything else about it.
Solid camera, still leaves a little to be desired.
22 July 2011
Summary: Things I like: Super fast zoom and focus Takes picture fast and is quickly ready to take another picture Great battery life Easy to navigate menus Solid hardware Things i dont like as much... GPS does take a long time to locate...i can use the always on function but have been worried how it would affect battery life. I am a novice photographer...so i like an excellent automatic mode...this one seems to be "pretty good". Im still getting a blurry picture here and there.
Summary: I just came back from a 2-week trip to Italy where I used this camera. I took about 1400 photos of which I'm keeping about 1200. Overall I can say that I really like this camera, especially for low-light situations. I took many photos in dark cathedrals using the pro-low light mode and most of the pictures came out very sharp, something I could never do with any other digital camera I owned (and I've owned many!).
Excerpt: First let me say I am a Fuji fan and bought this camera to take snap shots as I traveled through Scandinavia for 3 weeks. I took my Pro S for the main work and wanted this 550 for the GPS tracking and just snapshot work. The pictures it took are really nearly on par with my Pro S. The Pro S is only 6 MP (with 6...well you know the story) and this 550 is 16 MP. I found the images sharp and vibrant. I also really liked the way the camera handled.
Summary: I bought this camera for casual use and am very pleased overall. The camera itself has very good build quality. The image quality is good for a point and shoot and compares to a cheaper DSLR camera I own. The video quality is fine for home videos and such but if you want very clear videos with smooth focusing, I wouldn't go with this camera.
Great P&S camera. Needs a firmware update to be almost perfect
2 June 2011
Summary: Got this camera about a week ago. Great camera for a P&S. Be aware of the following for best results: Don't use EXR-Auto mode. The 16MP sized pics aren't as good as the 8MP sized ones (much less noise) Use the P or A modes where possible. Use DR400, M size (8MP) for best results. The settings take a while to master, but shoot a whole bunch of pictures on different settings and you'll work it out.
Summary: After some waiting time due to japan problem, i finally ordered and received my F550. I had already in mind in buying the F300 but comments on noise problems told me not to do it. As f300, size is obviously an asset : it can be put in a pocket very easily. The zoom is huge and starts from 24. Image quality seems good and improvements have been done since the F300. Lower noise even if after 800 iso, software is wiping out some details.