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Fujifilm Finepix F550 EXR Summary

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 but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.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.

Fuji Finepix F550 EXR Assessment

The Fuji Finepix F550 EXR has a unique feature-set and is one of the most sophisticated compact cameras to date. Based on the Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR
Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR
, this digital camera uses an all new EXR CMOS-sensor that gives it a top resolution of 16 megapixels, up to 1600% dynamic-range, high speed 8 FPS continuous drive at full-resolution, full 1080p HD and high-speed movie capture. All this in addition to its predecessors extensive 15X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom, built-in stabilization, full manual controls, custom white-balance, spot metering, low-noise mode, multi-frame noise-reduction, 360-degree motion panorama and more.

The EXR technology lets the F550 EXR capture images in one of three mode:

  • EXR-HR: High-resolution for large prints at low ISO.
  • EXR-DR: Extra dynamic range for high-contrast scenes and usable for mid-sized prints.
  • EXR-SN: Low-noise for smooth images in low light and also usable for mid-sized prints.

While some may be disappointed that the increase to 16 megapixels has increased image, which is not so destructive until ISO 800, the Fuji Finepix F550 EXR remains a really good camera with a solid all-around performance and exceptional image quality using its 8 megapixels EXR modes. Specifically, this digital camera is fast and responsive while producing well-exposed properly-focused images with great color and white-balance.

By adding the built-in GPS and RAW capability, the Fuji F550 EXR finds itself competition-free. Even giving up the GPS, only one competitor
Casio Exilim EX-FH100
emerges. It takes sacrificing the large zoom range to find a few more but this is a significant compromise. For some, the Fuji F550 EXR may be the only camera to fit your needs, luckily this is a good one.

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

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PROS CONS
Low image noise in EXR-SN mode Above average image noise at 16 MP
Superb dynamic-range in EXR-DR mode Strong blurring starting at ISO 1600 at 16 MP
Virtually distortion free Strong corner softness near wide-angle
No noticeable vignetting Complex interaction of features, strange limits
Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations User-interface rather twisted
Excellent automatic white-balance LCD does not keep up during continuous drive
Good color accuracy No physical aperture
Reliable exposure Not exposure-priority
Superb stabilization Video recording delay
Fast and responsive Slow video autofocus
Quick and accurate focus Mode-dial easy to change accidentally
Good GPS performance
Great LCD visibility
Solid build quality
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR
Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR
- 12 MP, Phase-Detect AF, 720p Video, No GPS
Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR
Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR
- 12 MP, 5X Optical zoom, 28-140mm, VGA Video, No GPS
Fujifilm Finepix F550 EXR
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By Neocamera on 2011-05-17

Fujifilm F550 EXR Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

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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