Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

Last Update (26 June’11):
- Review by CNET.au
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Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR (announced January 5th 2011) is a 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera features 15x Super Wide Angle Zoom Lens covering 24 – 360 mm (35 mm equivalent) , GPS functionality, ISO 100-12800, Advanced Anti blur mode in EXR Auto and CMOS Shift I.S, Motion Panorama 360 mode, Full HD movie capture, and 3.0-inch, approx. 460,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor. The camera measures (W x H x D) 103.5 x 62.5 x 32.6 mm/ 4.1 x 2.5 x 1.3 in. and weighs 195g / 6.9oz. (excluding battery and memory card).

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR Reviews

CNET.au reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“While the F550EXR offers a range of excellent features for travelling photographers and a great GPS module, it is let down by average images. Shooting in RAW and processing afterwards will get around some of these issues, if you’re prepared to put in the leg work.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“The Fuji Finepix F550EXR gets more or less everything right. There is competition in this group of cameras, but this camera is just about as good as any. Picture quality is up there with the best and you will find the features on offer very hard to beat. “
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“The use of an EXR CMOS sensor allows high speed shooting, high speed video, improved dynamic range, and low noise modes. Image quality is very good with pleasing colours, and impressive video quality. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CGG reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“for the most part this is a pretty solid camera, that offers plenty of ability and focal reach, and does so in a form factor that easily tucks into your pocket. Unless you need GPS, F300EXR owners can take a pass, and if you can live with a slightly shorter lens, we think the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V is a superior option, but for everyone else the F550EXR still easily wins a “Recommended”. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeoCamera reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“The video quality is quite good with crisp details and fluid motion. The H.264 codec is used to store videos in Quicktime format and shows virtually no compression artifacts. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“Compared to its main rivals within the advanced travel compact sector the FujiFilm F550 EXR is a well-built camera that delivers a fairly expansive feature-set at a competitive price. It’s easy-to-use and adaptable, delivering images of a consistently good, if not quite exceptional, quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“the F550 EXR offers very good image quality, even at moderately high sensitivities and a level of creative flexibility normally only found in higher priced cameras..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“Although Fujifilm has changed the fundamental technology used in the FinePix F550 EXR, the camera still has a great deal in common with its predecessor. In fact, it has the same strengths (EXR modes etc.) and the same weaknesses (video mode, confusing interface etc.).”
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“Metering is good, though you may find that a touch of underexposure can benefit the shot, and while the lens is nice and sharp, there’s some noticeable distortion at the wide end, so it’s worth being careful with horizons and architecture to avoid bowed straight lines. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“The F550 EXR is still a good camera, with a long list of stand-out features and a logical, well-thought-out interface, but as with the HS20 EXR that we reviewed recently, we can’t help feeling that the model that the F550 replaces actually produces better photos. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“Fujifilm’s FinePix F550EXR is a feature-rich compact camera with a big 15x zoom lens. It even adds a few manual controls and goodies for photo enthusiasts—but its image quality is underwhelming, especially for the $350 price. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET.asia reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“the F550EXR is a capable performer that produces decent quality images with accurate color reproduction. Its impressive 15x zoom range packed into a small footprint makes it a good compact camera for travelers. Furthermore, we think the EXR mode will be a useful feature to many, producing accurately exposed images in backlit or low-light conditions. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and writes;
“the F550 EXR’s image quality was easily the most impressive element. The AF and shutter were incredibly fast, making it very difficult to take a blurry photo. Photos stayed sharp when we pushed the zoom to its max, and the F550 EXR’s sensor technology indeed made it incredibly capable of handling poorly lit settings. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Features

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR Features

The FinePix F550EXR is a sleek, compact digital camera combining intuitive use with advanced features, including a new 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor, FUJINON 15x super Wide-Angle lens (24-360mm equivalent) and 3.0-inch, high-contrast 460K resolution LCD, with 160-degree viewing. Features also include GPS geotagging, high speed shooting capabilities and full HD movie capture at 1080p.

Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR Highlights

EXR Sensor with CMOS Technology
With advanced image quality, improved low light sensitivity and faster performance, the EXR-CMOS sensor technology brings new advanced imaging features to the FinePix F550EXR digital camera, including:

* High-speed Continuous Shooting: Ultra-burst shooting powered by the fast CMOS sensor shoots the action at 11 fps on the F550EXR and High speed movies at 320fps at full resolution.
* Multi Frame Technology: Combined with the accelerated performance of CMOS, this feature synthesizes consecutive burst shots into a single composite image, blending the sensitivities to “smooth” the noise signature.
* High Sensitivity, Low Noise: CMOS turns the sensor upside down to let light directly strike the silicon for higher sensitivity, more uniform response and lower pixel cross talk. Combined with EXR technology, that means superior photos in low light with even lower noise.

Prized for bringing a new level of advanced image quality to the consumer compact market, Fujifilm’s EXR technology has the unique ability to switch its behavior depending on the shooting conditions by automatically switching sensor modes. The FinePix F550EXR can be left on EXR Auto Mode and the camera will do all the work for you, or you can manually select one of three EXR Priority modes: High Resolution (HR); Dynamic Range (DR), which takes two pictures and combines them to provide a range of up to 1600%; or High ISO, Low Noise.

Sharp, Clear 15x Zoom Lens
Despite having a body that measures just 22.9mm wide, the FinePix F550EXR camera houses a FUJINON 15x Super Wide-Angle optical zoom lens that produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range, from 24mm wide-angle to 360mm telephoto. The lens also features Super EBC Coating that keeps flare and ghosting to minimum, allowing for the best image possible.

Intelligent Image Stabilization
Long-zoom cameras, especially those with 15x optical zoom like the F550EXR, need stabilization more than any other compact, with handshake and subject movement a particular problem in low light at telephoto range and in movie mode. With a highly sensitive gyro sensor, the Dual Image Stabilization system provides further improved image quality with reduced blurring and noise in still pictures and even when shooting movies at the full 15x optical zoom or in very low-light. The new mechanically stabilized sensor is able to overcome handshake and can compensate for both sharp and wide hand movements, therefore increasing ISO to freeze action is no longer so necessary, meaning sharp low-light pictures can be achieved at ISO 400, rather than ISO 800 or 1600 at night scenery. The FinePix F550EXR also works to reduce blur to a minimum by deploying high ISO sensitivity to automatically increase shutter speeds, and CMOS shift type to counteract the problems of handshake. By cleverly combining these two, blur is reduced to an absolute minimum.

3.0-inch High-Contrast LCD
The FinePix F550EXR is fitted with a high contrast 3.0-inch LCD (460K). The high contrast LCD is a considerable benefit in bright light, allowing the camera to be directed at various shooting angles to enable framing of almost any shot. The LCD is bright and clear, perfect for instant gratification of shots in playback.

HD Movie Capture
With the ability to capture movies in true, full HD quality “1080p” the F550EXR also has Mini HDMI Ports, making it easy for users to share their images and videos with loved ones through their home theater systems. Movie files (.MOV) are captured with H.264 high profile compression for smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality. With a mini-HDMI output connector, it is easy to connect and view images on your HDTV (HDMI cable not included).

GPS Geo-Tagging
The F550EXR also adds GPS Geo-Tagging. The GPS features on the camera not only tell you where you are in the world, but it also offers additional functions that are essential for outdoor shooting. Locations can be displayed either as longitude and latitude or by place name.

The FinePix F550EXR has an embedded list featuring approximately half a million places of interest across the globe. When a shot is taken, the image is tagged with location information, enabling you to quickly find shots of a place you’ve visited. Should users then want to create a photo book of a specific location they can do so using the PhotoBook Assist feature where you can tag images then turn the pages of the book on the camera’s rear LCD.

In addition, if you visit a location that you want to return to but can’t remember which way to go, the Photo Navigation mode is invaluable. Simply find a shot of the location and the FinePix F550EXR will not only tell you how far it is from your current spot, it will show you the direction you need to travel to get there.

Those wanting to draw up a map of their travels should take advantage of the F550 EXR’s GPS Tracking Data function. With this feature, the camera regularly stores location data and, when you return home and download the shots to a PC, this information can be turned into a map illustrated with the pictures you took along the way.

Motion Panorama 360° for the All-Round Shot
The F550EXR sensor extends the sweep range to 360 degrees (shots can also be taken vertically). Combined with high quality Fujifilm printing, sweeping and impressive scenes can be taken, showing fine detail, low noise and high resolution at 180°, 240° or full 360° panoramic ranges.

Multi-Frame Technology
The FinePix F550EXR also sports a Pro Focus Mode which is created by using Fujifilm’s Multi-Frame Technology. A burst of two or three frames is taken and by taking the distance information off, the main subject is crisply matted against a defocused foreground and background. This mode is perfect for portrait or nature photography, where professional results are needed quickly with minimal adjustment to the camera and without the need to use a PC.

Meanwhile, Pro Low-light Mode can be applied to help solve the problems of noisy low light shots. With current digital cameras, it is possible to achieve relatively blur-free low light shots using high ISO and CCD shift (or optical image) stabilization, but this comes at a cost, as the ISO 1600 setting will invariably produce distracting and ugly noise.

Once switched to Pro Low-light Mode, the FinePix F550EXR will take a burst of four high sensitivity images using Pixel Fusion Technology in quick succession. By using the camera’s Multi Frame Technology, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th images are overlapped to create one image with extremely low noise.

Additional Features
* Super Intelligent Flash: The FinePix F550EXR offers a flash control system which efficiently controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce beautifully balanced flash illumination across the foreground and background. Super Intelligent Flash is most useful in macro photography where the contrast between subject and background can be especially challenging, but is also effective for night and backlit photography.

* Tracking Auto Focus (AF): Tracks fast moving subjects so they don’t escape from the frame in a blur. Subjects will be tracked automatically for as long as it is kept in the frame and the shutter is half-pressed; when users fully press the shutter button your subject will be in the centre of the photo in perfect focus.

* Shoot in RAW: The F550EXR adds one more option, where images can also be captured in a RAW file. With auto aperture and shutter priorities, the cameras allow for users to capture every image perfectly on a compact point and shoot.

* Face Recognition: Fujifilm’s Face Recognition Technology gives you the ability to pre-program 8 people into the camera. You also have the option of inputting the category to which they belong (e.g. friends/family) and the date of his/her birthday. The next time you take a photo of the same person, the camera will cleverly recognize that person and optimize the settings to ensure that exposure and focus are best suited to the individual, rather than the other people in the picture. This fun technology can recognize up to 4 pre-programmed people on screen at the same time.

* Face Detection with Automatic Red-eye Removal: To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the cameras are fitted with Fujifilm’s latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 10 faces simultaneously, at almost any angle to the camera. The system instantly corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.

* Photo Book Assist: Photo Book Assist lets you select and organize images in your camera to create a digital photo book. You can download the photo books to your computer using MyFinePix Studio software that is included.


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Comment by Jude Potvin Subscribed to comments via email
2011-04-02 23:04:51

I just got the F550-exr. Here is a page I did to show some face-offs with those 3 cameras: F200-exr, F300-exr, F550-exr:

http://michaeljournal.org/juvdm/2010/fuji/face-offs/

Here is the main page:

http://michaeljournal.org/juvdm/2010/fuji/index.html

 

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