Fuji FinePix F550 EXR review

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

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Billed as the perfect compact camera for travel by Fujifilm, the F550 EXR offers very good image quality, even at moderately high sensitivities and a level of creative flexibility normally only found in higher priced cameras.

Advanced users will love the ability to take control of exposures, and the ability to shoot Raw files. However photographers who prefer to point and shoot may find the wayward exposures under certain conditions, plus the odd niggle with handling, start-up speed and the camera's ability to focus reliably over long distances at the telephoto end of the zoom range a little frustrating.

Despite its flaws, this camera offers a lot of useful features for the money and it may suit those after a well specified camera for travel at a reasonable price, just as Fujifilm intended.

We liked

A great range of features such as GPS, high sensitivity and a very useful zoom range, for a very reasonable price.

We disliked

Slow start-up time, general handling niggles and unreliable autofocus at maximum zoom may cause frustration.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourBlack
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