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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||8 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG Exif Ver 2.3, RAW (RAF format)|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||39|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization, suppressed|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Dectection|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400 and 12800 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 1.3 x 4.1 inches|
|Item Weight||0.47 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 YR Parts & Labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||360 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Storage Capacity||39 MB|
|Metering||Multi, Average, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||EXRCMOS|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-50 rechargeable battery and charger|
|Video Capture Format||AVI MPEG4|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (FHD 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (HD 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), High Speed Movie (80 / 160 / 320 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
- 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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Top customer reviews
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. Clarity at full resolution with handheld, full-zoom shots was sufficient to recognize people standing at the end of my street, about a couple hundred yards.
Focus and responsiveness: having never owned a DSLR, the quickness of the shutter response was a little startling at first, I'm used to timing my shots to account for a significant delay, if you're coming from a CCD sensor camera this will make a huge difference for you. The focus is quick and with the anti-shake, all my handheld shots (even at full zoom) were sharp and clear. Taking pictures of a hotel about a mile and a half from here, I could read their sign.
Color: like the 'negative' review I found the colors a little bit de-saturated in many shots, but then I discovered that in EXR mode, you should select "dynamic range" priority. There are a *lot* of settings and options, do explore them. Colors and clarity in low light with no flash are quite lovely, again, comparing this to a CCD sensor, it's a whole different world. I do wish there were more than three color choices (film simulation, B&W, and sepia) -- with my last Panasonic there was a "vivid" option which would have been a good on this camera. However, I concede that the camera has abilities well beyond such a simple setting, there's just a bit of a learning curve.
Video: The full HD movies are quite good, and the sound was great, I was taking movies at the beach with a brisk breeze and the microphones picked up mostly ocean sound and very little wind noise. I was somewhat disappointed to find that the resolution for 320FPS high speed video was a very odd 320 x 112, but since this slows things down more than 10x, I don't think I'll be using that setting much. The 320 x 240 at 160FPS still slows things down more than 5X and is a much more useful resolution. Even better is the 640 x 480 at 80FPS, big enough to show detail and slow enough to capture things you can't make out with the naked eye.
GPS / Points of Interest: It may be that there aren't enough POI in my area to make that feature very useful, I pointed the camera in the general direction of (but not directly at) the City Hall and it thought I was there. Still, the GPS is very accurate and uploads to Flickr are pinpointed within a few yards.
I'll update this review as I gain more experience with the camera, but overall I have to say I'm very satisfied with my choice.
**UPDATE** I feel I was in too much of a hurry to post this review, and should have given myself some time to learn the camera. The main things I'd like to add are:
Criticism of "washed out" images -- this just doesn't apply if you use the right settings. Full manual mode yields beautiful rich tones and wonderful detail, including lovely shots with subtle bokeh at f3.5.
Macro: detail is lovely and creamy smooth, the CMOS sensor on this camera is really very wonderful.
My best advice to you is to read the manual, and take your time getting to know the features. I love this little camera very, very much on this, my third day with it.
-UPDATE, July 2014- After just six months, in the middle of a vacation, this unit pretty much gave up. It started freezing after every second or third picture, and would not reset or even shut off. I have to remove the battery, put it back in, and start again. Good for another one or two shots. I contacted Fuji,who gave me a suggestion to try to reset it, but it didn't work. So I sent it (at my expense) to the "factory service center" for repair under warranty. THREE WEEKS LATER I got it back, and it's even worse than it was. Now it does the same thing, but sometimes it freezes up as soon as I turn it on!! It looks as if they turned it on, took one picture, decided "it works", and sent it back to me. I will try to pursue this further, but as of right now, this camera is just a very expensive paperweight. I changed my review from 5 stars to 1, and strongly recommend against purchasing this item, or anything made by Fuji. Please note, this camera was never dropped or exposed to any humidity, heat or cold.
UPDATE, 7/21/14- Contacted Fuji, who said they are going to replace the camera, and pay for the shipping to send this one back to them. If they make good and the new one works, I will change my review back to the original 5 stars I initially gave it. Since I didn't want to take another vacation without a camera, I purchased a Nikon in the meantime, and although mechanically perfect (so far), it simply doesn't take the exceptional pictures the Fujifilm did. I really loved this little Fuji (note past tense), hopefully the replacement will be as good as this one was for it's short life.
Negatives: the flash is very weak. In backlit photos where I wanted to use the flash to brighten up faces, it didn't work well. One needed to get very close to the subject, like 3 feet, for the flash to help. The EXR-dynamic range function didn't seem to make any difference in high-contrast light situations. The video was fairly useless in a moderate light situation.
The battery worked fine for me. I charged the battery almost every evening (I also brought a spare) and could take a few hundred photos before having to replace it. Face-detection mode, which supposedly drains the battery, was always on. I didn't use the GPS since I usually know where I am anyway!
I also really like the function which takes 180 or 360-degree photos. Pretty cool! I went to the top level of the Colosseum in Rome and got amazing panoramic shots.
I'm not a professional photographer, just an ordinary person who loves to take photos when traveling and wants to travel light. I really don't want to have to carry a bulky camera and zoom lens around! I can put this one in my pocket or purse and it doesn't weigh me down.