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Fujifilm Finepix F50 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveVGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.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 MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts xD memory.Accepts xD 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.

Fuji Finepix F50 Assessment

The Fuji Finepix F50 is an advanced ultra-compact digital camera which is packed with technology. It combines a 12 megapixels sensor, CCD-shift image stabilization, semi-automatic exposure and high-ISO capabilities going up to ISO 1600 at full-resolution and ISO 6400 at reduced resolutions. Note that this camera is also known as the Fuji Finepix F50fd and the Fuji Finepix F50SE in some areas.

Although the Fuji F50 is an excellent ultra-compact digital camera with good image quality and speed, it is not as much ahead of the competition as were the Fuji F10 or the Fuji F30 before it when they launched. Still, there is little to fault the F50. Its image quality is well above average and, with a resolution of 12 megapixels, most prints come out noise-free. The only serious limitation of the F50 is its relatively slow shot-to-shot speed. Battery life is also shorter than average but enough for a day of shooting.

Unlike the Fuji F10, the F50 was introduced with the maximum resolution available among ultra-compact cameras of its time. Although that attracts consumers, the Fuji Finepix F50 should not be dismissed as yet another model designed simply for consumer appeal. Since no other 12 megapixels ultra-compact has been reviewed here yet, the Fuji Finepix F50 is difficult to compare, although it certainly performs better than all the 10 megapixels ultra-compact that we have seen to date.

An interesting alternative in terms of features is the HP Photosmart R967
HP Photosmart R967
. Although its image quality is not as good as the F50 and neither is its speed of operation, the R967 does feature full-manual controls and a number of interesting technologies like in-camera panorama-stitching, adaptive-lighting and a great help system.

See our full-length review for an in-depth look and images samples at all ISO sensitivities.

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PROS CONS
Image noise well under control up to ISO 800 Slight image noise starts at ISO 100
Below average image noise at high ISO High ISO image noise adds slight color-cast
Accurate image colors Slow shot-to-shoot speed
Good automatic white-balance Below average battery life
Very reliable exposure system Exposures longer than 1s lock ISO at 100
Consistent sharpness from corner-to-corner Limited full-resolution continuous drive modes
Fast focusing and zooming Image review cannot be disabled
Short shutter-lag General image softness
Excellent LCD visibility
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Fuji Finepix F40fd - 8 Megapixels, ISO 100-2000, No semi-automatic exposure, 3s max shutter-speed, xD & SD, 2.5" LCD
Fuji Finepix F31fd - 6 Megapixels, ISO 100-3200, 15s max shutter, xD Only, 2.5" LCD
Previous Models
Fuji Finepix F30 - 6 Megapixels, ISO 100-3200, 15s max shutter, xD Only
Fuji Finepix F20 - 6 Megapixels, ISO 100-2000, 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, xD Only
Fuji Finepix F10 - 6 Megapixels, ISO 80-1600, 115K Pixels LCD, 15s max shutter, xD Only
Fujifilm Finepix F50
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By Neocamera on 2007-10-23

Fujifilm F50 Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm

1/1.6" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 80-1600
3X Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationCustom white-balance
2 FPS Drive, 3 ImagesSpot-Metering
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
xD
Internal Memory
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