91 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Camera
I've had this camera for just over a week now and decided against writing a review until I had taken it out and given it a real test; so with that done here's my review.
When looking for a camera I had some specific requirements: ease of use, a decent zoom, a high ISO and under £200. It was a toss up between this camera and 4 others which were all very similar...
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Lora
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good camera but has broken down :(
Nice little camera full of useful features like taking 180 degrees shot. Brilliant for landscape snaps and if you need a wide angled lens. Good quality pictures as well. Downside however is the annoying flash which pops up every time you switch the camera on - even if you don't need it. Worse of all fro me though is the camera broke down whilst on holiday and the lens...
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Zorua
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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Camera,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F500 Digital Camera - Red (16MP, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I've had this camera for just over a week now and decided against writing a review until I had taken it out and given it a real test; so with that done here's my review.
When looking for a camera I had some specific requirements: ease of use, a decent zoom, a high ISO and under £200. It was a toss up between this camera and 4 others which were all very similar in both price and specs. I decided to go for the Fuji because it seemed to tick all the boxes and I've not been let down.
*Ease of Use:
The Fuji camera is a REALLY simple camera to use. It has more settings than you can shake a stick at, including aperture and shutter speed, but the EXR mode comes with an auto setting and so for most point and click scenarios (for the less fussy snapper) that will do the job. The LCD gives you advice for each mode (e.g. telling you to press Menu to change the settings) and on the EXR auto the LCD also tells you the mode it's going into.
Unlike other cameras I played with whilst I was deciding on which to buy, the features of the F500 are all within easy reach with your thumb allowing for fast picture taking.
My only gripe would be the flash popping up, but this seems to be the case for many cameras these days. On the plus side, you can push it down and pop it back up when required.
The F500 comes with a 15x zoom. One thing I was worrying about with such a zoom, is that pictures would become fuzzy (one reason I stuck with 15x not 18x); however this doesn't seem to be the case. As long as you can keep the camera somewhat steady the it seems to be able to easily focus within a second or so - this was at max zoom and without a tripod. Needless to say I was rather impressed as the zoom was more of a novelty as I was going from a 3x zoom which for the most part did what I needed. I will however be getting a little tripod because though with gentle movement the camera will still handle it fine, I can see it being more of a issue for steady 15x zoom landscape shots.
This was big on the list as I disliked using the flash when taking pictures on my old camera as they tend to wash people out; this meant that many of my pictures had background noise or were just too dark. The F500 seems to really come into its own for dim lighting conditions. I've taken many pictures, with lights on and lights off, and for the most part they seem clean and crisp. Yes, in pitch black the camera will need to use the flash but the EXR setting of Signal to Noise mode this meant pictures were nicely lit and not washed out at all. Thumbs up here.
I read somewhere else that for under £200 you will never get the perfect camera, and they are right. I'm sure some people will look at the F500 and pick up on places where it falls down, but for what I wanted this was one of the best options. Since buying it the price has already dropped (typical) but I still think it was a good buy and I'm glad I picked it over other cameras such as the Lumix and Canon, which many people suggested just because of their brand name, but which I turned down because they were harder to use.
This camera is small and light compared to some of the other travel zooms I looked at. It also feels like a sturdy camera and rather pretty (I got mine in red). The only downside I can think of is that the supplied wrist strap didn't have an adjustment piece on it, not that I make a habit of dropping things, but I like the safety of having it attached tightly to my wrist. This will be easily fixed by just buying one - I've heard the black Wii remote strap is a good alternative.
The Mode wheel has 8 settings; I'm still not 100% sure what some of them do (though as I said before, the LCD does tell you). EXR mode comes with the 4 sub-modes (auto, dynamic, high res and low iso), then there's a normal auto mode (why they felt the need for 2 I don't know), an Advanced mode that has the 360 panoramic as well as a fancy night time and portrait, the SP mode which you can assign a scene to with the menu button (again, lots to choose from and many I will never use...like cat and dog face). Finally for have the P (Program AE), S (Shutter priority), A (aperture priority)and M (manual) - I'm still playing around with these.
There was a quick start guide in the box and a disk with the full sized manual in PDF - this does explain the modes but like I said earlier, many people will just stick the camera into EXR auto and be done with it.
So, all in all I didn't find any major issues with the F500. If you're looking for a reasonable priced travel zoom camera with a bunch of features squeezed into it I don't think you'll be let down by this camera.
101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact wonder camera,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F500 Digital Camera - Black (16MP, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Needed to buy a compact with a decent zoom to replace my Panasonic TZ8 - which I loved using - and saw the Fuji F500 demonstated on a shopping channel. I did some research and decided to buy it but not from the shopping channel - the Amazon price was almost £60 cheaper! I hesitated as I was thinking of buying the new Panasonic TZ20 but it's less than rave reviews swung me towards the Fuji F500.
Compact cameras are my cameras of choice. I have tried larger cameras such as bridge and dslr but compacts suit my style of photography - and I like to travel light.
First I must say how impressed I am by the results I am achieving. I have been using a Nikon P7000 for over six months and this little camera knocks it into a cocked hat! This is no doubt due to the new type of sensor Fuji have used.
I have taken landscapes, macro, indoor etc in various types of conditions ranging from bright noon day sunshine to heavy mist to semi dark interiors and it is rare the camera gives me a bad shot - duff shots usually down to my photography skills rather than the camera I guess.
I used the panorama mode and the result was pleasing. But I have not had time to fully explore all the camera's functions. The past three days I have left the camera in SP mode so I could see how it coped with landscape and outdoor macro images on the automatic settings for these two settings. After adjusting the exposure compensation to minus one third or two thirds depending on the reflected light and the tonal range of the subjects I was able to take excellent shots that astounded me due to the depth of colour and tonal range and the level of details in the images. By the way I have no doubt a decent dslr would better this camera but I don't know of a compact that does beat it for image quality.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, features & poor video,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F500 Digital Camera - Black (16MP, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Hallo,
Bought that for my fiancée to replace old f50.
She loved this at the first sight. She does not like too complicated and sophisticated gadgets. The camera has to do a good pictures and do not pretend a harvester or PC with spaceship dashboard .
Small, light, compact and handy with many features.
Also nicely finished.
Does brilliant, sharp and colourful pictures. Focus works fast and smooth.
Great wide zoom 15x (24-360mm), I love opening wide 24mm although slightly stretch at the edges of the picture frame and not that sharp close to 360mm. But you can't expect too much from so small lens.
Highly recommended as a pocket camera. I've also large SLR and this little Fuji makes me too lazy to take the SLR out in many cases.
Flash works well as a main light and great as a fill-in.
Above ISO 800 pictures gets little bit grainy. Panoramic feature is just class.
Two things bothers me - devours battery extremely fast (buy a spare) and a slightly weak video in darker conditions. When light is bit dim video gets almost invisibly dark. Our old F50 was much better. In bright conditions works very well.
I strongly recommend this small gem if assume that the camera has to do a good photos not videos in dark dodgy places ;-)
Regards and enjoy Fuji F500
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Choose Your Compromise,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F500 Digital Camera - Black (16MP, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Having had my old digital camera for 5 years it was time to hunt for something new. With £200-£230 or so to spend I began the rather tedious & frankly confusing task of comparing reviews.
Several things became clear pretty quickly. Every camera would have the following reviews posted, the person who would expect DSLR standards from bridge & premium compacts or the one who recommends camera's that are £100 or so more.
Get one point straight & everything else will make sense: you are not going to get a perfect digital camera for £200, not even for £500 +, you will need to spend a very large amount to get anywhere near greatness. Things have certainly moved on in the past 5 years but faults remain. Also don't believe the `I've always bought camera's made by _ _ _ _ & no one else is worth bothering with'. Utter rubbish. Just about every manufacturer makes models worth having.
Just decide what matters to you the most, choose the 2 or 3 features that you absolutely must have and then accept that you will have to compromise elsewhere.
The Fuji F500 offers excellent value for money. The pictures here do not do it justice. It is very compact & very smart. The buttons are well laid out, I don't find myself accidently nudging any or covering anything. The screen is a great size & has a very clear & bright image that makes focusing a much easier proposition. There are a host of viewing options & guides or you can dump them all & do your own thing.
The EXR mode works fine & you can take great pictures with the camera doing just about everything for you but it's not flawless. It can take a tad longer than expected while it gets faces into focus & again takes a couple of seconds to adjust in poor lighting conditions.
I was originally interested in a Fuji bridge camera, they seem to offer an awful lot for your money, but a friend has just brought one & I found his pictures to be very unrealistic in colour & quite lifeless. The F500 has really good colour that edges towards a little bright & just slightly saturated. This can be adjusted using the manual settings but to be honest I find the pictures I download to be full of life & for the most part realistic & sharp too. If you really must have the ultimate in `as in real life' images then I'm afraid you are going to need to stump up a lot more for it as this lower end of the market is compromised.
The video was necessary for me but I'm not after ultra realism & instant adjustment to every environment. Focusing takes a few seconds when first switched into video mode & the reviews which say this is less than perfect in low light conditions are spot on. I expected this and have not been disappointed by the video results. The sound is in clear & well separated stereo & the picture quality in good/ reasonable light conditions is detailed & lifelike. The darker things get the more grain you get. As for the debates going on about whether this offers true 1080HD, I couldn't care less, it works fine & looks good. The video function is started by pressing a button to the rear as opposed to the usual 'on top' style.
The menu wheel is Fuji's usual design & works well enough & is easy enough to learn quickly.The 'mode' wheel is in the usual place to the top rear right but is a little less prominent than usual.
The zoom mode wheel is a sprung switch & allows for staged zooming which is perfectly fine if not the last word in smooth.
Panorama mode is well handled, just sweep around in line with an arrow moving along a fixed line on the screen. It works well & is quickly learned.
There are large array of settings to choose from & the manual choices may not be anything close to a decent DSLR but they do allow for fine tuning & once learned allow for even better quality pictures. The zoom is excellent & beats my old 4x into a cocked hat. Things are not brilliant at the top end but then you wouldn't really expect them to be. The flash is functional but has it's limits, a general limitation for compacts.
Speed wise things are good, 3 seconds is around the time it takes to be ready once you push the `on' button, pictures download quickly, ( using a 16g class 10 hdsc card),. You can take photo's while using video but this process slows things down & after the first couple you need to wait a few seconds for the images to load.
It's well designed & easy to hold but doesn't really allow for single handed operation. The battery lasts for ages.
It is not without it's faults. If you want to use a USB card reader to download your work, (it's a bit quicker for pictures & a lot quicker for video - don'y bother if you're just taking a few snaps, buy one if you're doing loads of video or hundreds of shots), then be prepared for some cursing as getting hold of the card once it has popped up is a right royal pain in the rear end as the battery compartment door is in the way & using a fingernail on the card lip is pretty painful!
An odd fault/ design is that the flash pops up every time the camera is switched on. I hold the camera with my finger over the flash anyway & it stays down but with an edge raised so you can pull it up if you need it. I have no problem at all with this but some may find it annoying.
Compared to bridge cameras this is incredibly compact & more easily carried, the batteries way cheaper, ( you can get a `as good as the original' spare for less than a fiver), the cases are way cheaper,( try & budget a bit for this as a good case is both a protection & convenient hold-all for the spare battery & spare card/s), and it just doesn't compromise in any areas,(the compacts can often fall down with limited zoom in comparison to bridge camera's but this one is well equipped),.
It's not perfect, no compact is, but it offers an awful lot for the money, takes good quality pictures quickly & if you want effortlessly, has a very serviceable video, spare bits are very reasonably priced & it is very nicely designed.
If you are in the market for a premium compact at around this price & the above qualities are what you're looking for then give the Fuji F500 a look. It has a lot to offer & is easy to use & well built.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Camera,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F500 Digital Camera - White (16MP, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Used the same old FujiFilm FinePix for years, at last upgraded to latest and have not been disappointed. Fantastic zoom, quality of pics is amazing. Couple of things to note, boot time for large memory cards is an issue, use 8Gb cards or less, 16Gb is too long. Also, check out the F550, think it has GPS stamp which this one doesn't. I would have preferred the option of a view finder as I still feel a bit of an idiot holding the camera up at arms length to take a photo, and my candid snaps start to loose their impact because I'm advertising what I'm doing.
Never been able to take indoor shots as not quite enough light, flash was never quite right. This camera no problem, seems to create light out of nowhere and adjusts the flash to suite the conditions. Panorama snaps are a doddle. HD Video also very very good, never bothered before but now really easy with high quality results and picks up the right sound, ie the subject and not me breathing or whispering in the background.
Overall a brilliant little camera and for just over £150, fantastic, don't forget the memory card when you buy it, and get a case, for me its must.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent camera,
Still working out all the settings but but practice makes almost perfect as every scene is always going to be different, light, distance/zoom and speed.
Zoom is exceptional,although in recording mode takes a while focusing but excellent.
recording is excellent other than the minor problem stated above, but this will always occur.
Definatly recommend this camera, had quite a few to choose from and was the one
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good camera but has broken down :(,
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fuji a fine camera,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F500 Digital Camera - Red (16MP, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)This camera is brilliant if your budget is limited to advanced compacts! Great pics ,many features from taking pics from point and shoot to advance for more control. The only downside is the pop up flash is the wrong place fingers can be in the way!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F500 Digital Camera - Red (16MP, 15x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)So far delighted with this camera, the reults are spectacular and is very easy to use, build quality is brilliant, all in all very pleased
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Design but Questionable Quality,
I had tried all of the long travel zoom compacts which took over 6 weeks, I tried 2off Canon SX220HS,Nikon s9100,Samsung WB700,Lumix TZ 18 & 20,Sony HX7v & HX9v and Fuji F500 & F550 exr,eventually deciding on image quality of the F500, I didn't want the battery zapping GPS which some models have.
It came to the F500EXR but time had gone on so that buying from Amazon had left no time for delivery so I bought from a local shop where I had tried the models out,I was given an 'in stock' F500exr which on doing some shots were NOT like the one I had tried out in their shop,the images were appalling so I insisted on taking their 'on show model' as I had seen what it had produced, the F550 exr was worse on image yet they're 'supposed' to be the same lens,my thoughts are that since Fuji chose China as their manufacture base their Quality Control is NOT what it was.
The camera is quite well made and it's nice to use, top end of the zoom range on my F500 is astounding but you need some form of steady method despite an in camera image stabiliser,it is NOT a low light camera because I have found very noisy pictures are quite obvious, it's asking a lot of these lenses in small cameras to cope with some of the scenes we give them to handle. The battery life I have found to be good really, the SX220HS' that I used really consumed a lot but their video was far far superior to the very poor attempt of the Fuji, the Fuji loses focus when zooming and all in all....I revert to using my HD camcorder.
One wonders why Fuji released cameras that need firmware updates,I had a Fuji some years ago that suffered some of the very same 'user addition problems' so I left Fuji alone for years and went with Canon because of their superior image quality and reliability. The good still IQ quality of this F500EXR has pleased me very much but if you choose one...then DO make sure you try the model you buy because their variable quality is concerning, you can get a good one but from the ones I tried...there are also some out there that miss the mark.
The Panorama feature is similar to that on the Sony HX series and is quite a nice feature if you want, so overall for a pocket camera it proved to me to be the best of what I tried for still image quality......don't think I will ditch my DSLR though or my G9...but then...they are not pocket size!!!
If you choose one....be sure to try the model you buy!!!!!
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