Fuji FinePix F550 EXR review

A high-end compact with a raft of enthusiast-friendly features and GPS

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For such a high resolution compact, the F550 EXR performs commendably at higher ISO sensitivities. Chroma noise is rarely an issue, with only a little speckling apparent in the shadows at higher settings, although as the sensitivity is increased beyond ISO400, the level of fine detail starts to drop rapidly.

This appears to be due to aggressive noise reduction in camera, which gives images a blotchy pointillist appearance on close inspection. Saying that, even at the highest sensitivity of ISO 3200, images should still be usable for decent 9x6in prints.

ISO settings beyond 3200 are possible by reducing the resolution, and the amount of noise is still commendably low, although smaller print sizes should be considered due to the reduced resolution.

Fuji f550 exr review
Fuji f550 exr review

The bundled SilkyPix software doesn't deal with noise as well at high sensitivities, and isn't capable of replicating any of the EXR sensor effects, such as the high dynamic range mode. It is best suited for images taken at full resolution at low sensitivities.

A 'Pro Low Light' mode is provided which takes several images and adds them together to allow higher quality in low light conditions. It is capable of producing surprisingly good results, although care needs to be taken to keep the camera and your subject absolutely still during shooting.

Panoramic images can be produced using the motion panorama mode by simply sweeping the camera from left to right. Best results are obtained using a support, but it still manages to produce a decent enough panoramics hand held.

Another trick mode provided is the 'Pro Focus' mode, which simulates the look of shallow depth of field by taking two shots and combining them. Sometimes it can be difficult to get the result you might expect from this mode, and it seems to work best with portraits using face detection.

Using the standard 'Provia' film simulation setting, colours are faithfully reproduced, if a little subdued. For more punchy images a 'Velvia' mode is provided and for even more subdued colours there is an 'Astia' mode. Black and white and sepia monochrome modes are also included.

Auto white balance works well under a wide range of lighting conditions, producing fairly neutral images in most cases, with a little hint of a colour cast retaining some of the atmosphere of the scene. This is especially true is the appropriate scene mode is selected for the conditions.

Multi segment, spot and centre weighted metering modes are available to choose between, so long as face detection is disabled as this uses the detected face to achieve the correct exposure.

For general scenes the multi segment metering seems overly influenced by light and dark subjects, resulting in exposure compensation being needed to correct wayward exposure readings.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyFinePix F
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom15x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)195 g
Image Sensor Size1/2" (6.40 mm x 4.80 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height62.5 mm
Width103.5 mm
Depth32.6 mm
Product SeriesF
Focal Length4.40 mm to 66 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelF550EXR
Product NameFinePix F550EXR Compact Camera
Product LineFinePix
Exposure Control
  • Programmed AE
  • Shutter-priority AE
  • Aperture-priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC03760A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

In pursuing for the ultimate image technology, Fujifilm has developed a unique collaboration, the EXR CMOS, optimizing the best of EXR and CMOS imagining technologies. See for yourself the dynamic resolution and its brilliant speed, opening a new door to another era in photography.

Package Contents
  • FinePix F550EXR Compact Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery NP-50
  • Battery Charger BC-45W
  • Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual