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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Fujinon 15x Super Wide Angle Zoom Lens and GPS Geo-Tagging Function


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  • 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor; 15x wide-angle optical zoom lens
  • GPS Geo-tagging function
  • Intelligent Image Stabilization; 3.0-inch High-Contrast LCD
  • Capture movies in Full HD 1080p resolution; mini HDMI port
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Fujifilm
  • Model: 16113196
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 15 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 2.5 inches ; 6.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004HO58KW
  • Item model number: 16113196
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,851 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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.

Product Description

The Finepix F550EXR is a full-featured and technologically advanced camera for discerning point-and-shoot photographers or SLR users who want to travel light but don’t want to compromise image quality and picture-taking versatility. Superb results are assured with exciting new features including an innovative 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, advanced GPS functionality, high speed shooting capabilities, a 15x wide-angle Fujinon zoom lens, Full HD movie capability and an improved user interface. All this in a stylish and compact design.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The camera itself has very good build quality.
baker2010k
Shocked by how poor the color reproduction accuracy was on auto and the camera's inability to focus in certain light conditions.
photo bob
Overall I would recommend the camera, it was great for what we needed.
David M

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Karen Kelly on April 6, 2011
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I chose this camera because I wanted to step up from my old Panasonic TZ5. I've had several digital cameras over the years, all of them point-and-shoot with CCD sensors. I've not used DSLRs much at all, so my perspective is different from those with high-end cameras for whom this is their portable camera. This camera lives up to my expectations, which are probably quite different from some of the other reviewers.

For my first day, I kept the camera on the EXR setting and let it make my decisions, it did a very good job of figuring out what to do in the different situations, but as I go on it will be necessary to familiarize myself with the menus and manual shooting options in order to get the results I want. I'm giving the camera 5 stars because the images I got with only a cursory glance at the manual were quite lovely, and I fully expect to be able to improve on them as I learn more about the wide variety of settings. Another reason this camera gets all 5 of the stars from me is that I'm a geek, and so the impressive amount of technical bells & whistles on the F550EXR really appeals to me.

Feel, fit, and finish: really solid little camera, emphasis on the "little" -- I have average-sized hands and the camera felt quite small in my hands, I can imagine someone with large hands would find it a bit awkward to hold. Like the other reviewers, I found the position of the pop-up flash quite awkward, it will take some getting used to. I wonder if that placement could have been better if they'd just made the camera a little bit bigger? The controls are intuitive but they are quite small, made me really glad I don't have big fingers.

Zoom: fast and fantastic. I'll post a couple of pictures when I finish to show the wide/zoom comparison.
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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful By SuperDad on April 5, 2011
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11/2012 update. Unfortunately, the lens stopped retracting properly on our yellowstone trip in August and the camera was stolen from our rental car. Big bummer to have lost the photos; at least the thief got a non functioning camera. i see from later reviews that this lens problem is common. Before bashing Fuji, i see similar complaints with Canon (S100 for example). Hoping to find a viable replacement.

I couldn't wait to use this camera for the first time. For background, I've owned digital cameras dating back to the Apple Quicktake 150 (1995) and many in-between (Olympus, Toshiba, Canon, Nikon). Current arsenal consists of a Canon Digital Rebel XT with several lenses and a Nikon CoolPix S200. I got the FinePix 550EXR with the intent of having a portable point-shoot camera for situations where the Canon SLR isn't practical and like the option of GPS tagging. I've been disappointed with the autofocus accuracy and weak flash of the Nikon Coolpix 200, hence this purchase.

Controls: 3.5
Controls are pretty straightforward. The round selector has the usual features (flash on, menu access, self timer, etc.) and also a nice jog shuttle wheel (command dial) that will scroll through menus and settings as well. The camera shipped with the GPS off. LCD image quality is very good (bright, clear). I miss the optical viewfinder of my SLR, but those are very rare these days on compacts except for certain expensive prosumer models. I would like to have the option for direct access to GPS on/off without having to access the menu. Attention camera manufacturers: provide the option for a user-programmable button where one can select ANY menu item for quick access to a 'favorite'. Charging is accomplished via an included charger.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By mypotbelly on April 9, 2011
NOTE: Update firmware if you have not done it already. F550 has new firmware (v1.10 at the time of writing this review) available from Fujifilm website.

This is my second review of this camera. I removed my original review to correct/update based on additional usage of the camera.
Disclaimer: Currently I have Canon SD3500 (~1 year), T1i (~2 years), and Fujifilm F550 (2 weeks).

I was looking for pocket 'travel zoom' camera for sometime to bridge between my ultra compact camera and dSLR. I love my Canon T1i but it is too bulky to carry in casual setting. I did research on several models including this camera, Sony Hx9v, Nikon 9100, and Canon SX230. After fair amount of research, I was little hesitant to purchase this camera (due to my prior experience with Fuji) but I bought this camera after going through one good review (kimletkeman's blog)... although it turns out that he did not have full review yet at the time of my purchase :)

Ok, here are some highlights:

PROs:
1. Rich feature set - wide angle, 15x optical zoom, BSI CMOS, Full HD (1080) video, RAW image, GPS, etc. This camera is feature packed.
2. Build - Build quality on this unit is very good. It looks great and feels good in hand. Mode dial is easy to control while you are taking photo/video.
3. RAW Image - Out of the rich feature set, RAW image capability requires a special mention. Among the 'pocket' Travel Zoom camera available today, this camera is the only camera that gives you ability to capture images in RAW format (.RAF file).
4. Firmware upgradeability - Yes, you can update firmware on this camera just like you can update iOS on your iPod/iPhone/iPad... yes, little more manual process is required but it is fairly simple task.

CONs:
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