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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR review


Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR review


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Build and handling

The F550EXR’s Fujinon lens with a wide 15x optical zoom covers an effective focal range of 24-360mm. This is impressively cased in a small body measuring just 103.5×62.5×32.6mm, with a minimum depth of 22.9mm. As well as slipping easily into a pocket, the camera is also lightweight at 215g, including battery and memory card.

The F550EXR looks virtually identical to the F300EXR. All the controls are handily within a thumb’s reach, while a good-quality leather-effect front grip aligned to the middle finger acts as a firm hold. In short, this camera sits well in the hand.

The shooting-mode dial is positioned just where the thumb rests naturally, and allows selection of PASM control, as well as auto, auto EXR mode, advanced shooting and portrait modes. Just below the dial is a direct video record button through which full HD (1080p) videos can be recorded at 30fps with stereo sound. Other key controls are accessed via the function button.

On start-up, the built-in flash automatically elevates. Instead, I would like to see an auto pop-up, depending on the shooting mode.

Like most cameras that feature GPS, the battery drains significantly faster when this is activated. Those who are not fussed about GPS may just as well consider the less expensive FinePix F500EXR model.

Interestingly, the camera’s ability to record in both JPEG and raw format is not emphasised by the company, given that this is an advantage over the direct competition. FinePix Studio for Windows users and Raw Converter for Mac users is bundled with the camera to process raw files, and both are relatively slow but simple to use.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Verdict
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