Fujifilm Finepix F550 EXR Summary
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.
|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|
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Fujifilm F550 EXR Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Travel Zoom||ISO 100-3200|
|15X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-8s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls|
|8 FPS Drive, 8 Images||Custom white-balance|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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