Fujifilm FinePix JZ500

Last Updated (18 June’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog

Fujfiilm FinePix JZ500 is a 14-megapixel digital camera features Fujinon 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28mm-280mm equivalent); dual image stablization, Capture HD movies in 720p with sound; Dual Direction GUI and Dual Image Display, ISO 100-3200, and 2.7-inch LCD monitor. The camera measures 97.0 (W) x 57.0 (H) x 28.5 (22.0*) (D) mm / 3.8 (W) x 2.2 (H) x 1.1 (0.9*) (D) in. and weighs Approx. 148g / 5.2oz (excluding accessories, battery and memory card).

Fujifilm FinePix JZ500
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 Reviews

PhotographyBlog reviews the Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 and writes;
“Chromatic aberrations were quite well controlled, with purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The 14 megapixel images were sharp enough straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting and don’t require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 and writes;
“The JZ500 is a very good choice for someone who wants to take good pictures but doesn’t want to get too involved in the photography process; someone moving from a fairly basic first digital camera like the Canon A3100 IS would love the JZ500’s 10x zoom and easy pocketability. It is also a very good choice for travelers, backpackers, hikers and mountain bikers who want a tough, lightweight, “go anywhere” camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steves-digicams reviews the Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 and writes;
“I was impressed with how sharp the picture turned out as It seemed I was having trouble keeping the camera steady at full zoom. So at this point I must give kudos to the Dual Image Stabilization system. The outdoor macro shot turned out quite good with excellent detail. “
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 User Reviews

Excellent point & shoot. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am enjoying this camera very much. It has excellent features at this price point, with easy menus and click wheels to get at them. I particularly liked that you can use the 10x zoom when you are videoing. Suprisingly other cameras I looked at could not.” – By Mobile Coder

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Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 Sample Photos

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Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 User Manual (PDF)

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Fujifilm FinePix JZ500 Features

HD Capability
The new J-Series models all offer stunning movies in 720p with sound and high quality stills at 1920 x 1080. Many consumers are happy to enjoy HD movies on their PC, but with the new HD Player (optional extra), which comes equipped with a remote control, families can gather around their home HDTV to enjoy amazingly detailed stills and high resolution movie playback.

Tracking Auto Focus
Previously featured on Fujifilm’s DSLR-styled FinePix S1500, the new J-Series models feature Tracking Auto Focus which is perfect for when you need to take a picture of a moving subject and can’t keep your subject in the frame. Just switch Tracking Auto Focus on and it will track your subject and ensure that you achieve a crisp picture with you subject in the center of the frame in perfect focus.

Face Recognition Technology
For the first time on a Fujifilm digital camera you can identify the people in a picture by name! Fujifilm’s Face Recognition Technology gives you the ability to pre-program 8 people into the camera. To do this, you start by taking a picture of the person you want to program into the camera and then tell the camera who that person is (e.g. Mom). You also have the option of inputting the category she belongs to (e.g. friends/family) and the date of her birthday. The next time you go to take a photo of her, the camera will cleverly recognize “Mom” and optimize the settings to ensure that exposure and focus are best suited to her rather than the other people in the picture. This fun technology can recognize up to 5 pre-programmed people on screen at the same time.

In addition, the FinePix JZ500’s new Picture Search Tool is able to use the Face Recognition data (name, birthday and category) to help you find and playback your photographs quickly and easily. If you want to scroll through all pictures featuring “Mom” for example, the camera will be able to select them for you for easy viewing.

Pet Detection
For those who enjoy the company of four-legged friends, the FinePix JZ500 comes equipped with Fujifilm’s brand new Pet Detection technology, allowing users the ability to detect up to 10 faces of dogs or cats and automatically optimize the focus. The FinePix JZ500 is programmed to recognize 57% of the Fédération Cyno Logique Internationale (FCI) registered dogs, 80% of the Top 20 Dogs in the American Kennel Club (AKC) Ranking and 60% of The Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) breeds. Pet Detection works by matching various dog or cat data of facial parts with patterns to detect the dog or cat being photographed.

Additional Features

* Scene Recognition Auto (SR AUTO): This mode intelligently detects the scene type you are shooting and optimizes the camera’s focus, exposure and white balance, so whether you’re photographing flowers or a holiday landscape, you will get flawless photos at the press of a button.
* Dual Image Stabilization: Long-zoom cameras need stabilization more than any other compact, with handshake and subject movement a particular problem in low light at telephoto range. The FinePix JZ500 reduces blur to a minimum by deploying Picture Stabilization to automatically increase shutter speeds to freeze action, and mechanical CCD sensor shift stabilization to counteract the problems of handshake. By cleverly combining these two, blur is reduced to an absolute minimum.
* Face Detection and Automatic Red-eye Removal: To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, each J-Series model is 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.

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