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Fuji Finepix F550 EXR Indoor Crops

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringBuilt-In GPSBuilt-In GPSAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

Below are sample crops from an indoor photograph of a book-cover at each of the Fuji Finepix F550's ISO settings. A crop from the Nikon Coolpix P7000
Nikon Coolpix P7000
at the same ISO setting is shown next to the Fuji F550 EXR's crop. Images are all unmodified 100% crops from their respective cameras taken at the highest quality setting. The F550 EXR was set to P mode and 16 megapixels resolution, this is equivalent according to the manual to using Resolution-Priority mode.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The result is that, while you can partly reduce noise at the expense of details, the maximum acceptable print size gets smaller as ISO is increased. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Fuji Finepix F550 EXR Nikon Coolpix P7000
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800 EXR-SN (8MP)
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600 Fuji F300EXR - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600 EXR-SN (8MP)
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200 Fuji F300EXR - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200 EXR-SN (8MP)
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Fuji F300EXR - ISO 12800 Crop
ISO 12800

Right from the start the F550 EXR shows slightly more image noise than the Nikon P7000, the present image quality champion among compact digital cameras. The differences increases slowly at each ISO and by 1600, the P7000 shows a 2-stop lead. Keep in mind though that the P7000 uses a larger 10 megapixels sensor so gains by having bigger pixels and 60% less resolution.

Looking at the 3 included EXR-SN samples which have 8 megapixels, we can see that the image quality is a lot closer. Given that the resolution is closer too, it may be more appropriate to compare image quality from those crops.

Fuji Finepix F550 EXR
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Fuji F550 EXR Facts

Compact digital camera
16 Megapixels Travel ZoomISO 100-3200
15X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
8 FPS Drive, 8 ImagesCustom white-balance
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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