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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant low-light Fuji 550..more versatile than the Fuji X100, 25 Jun 2011
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So many rave reviews glorify the one-trick-pony fixed-lens Fuji X100. This little pocket-sized Fuji F550 is VERSATILE (15x zoom, equivalent to 24mm-360mm on a full-size camera) and shoots terrifically detailed, noise-free low-light pictures by seamlessly blending three shots into one. It can produce 'high dynamic range' pictures within the camera itself (without fiddling afterwards with Photoshop), shoots ISO up to 6400 (a bit speckled) - and even (more speckled) 12800(!) at a pinch. (AUTO ISO up to 1600 gives excellent fleck-free images in low light, and then 'Advanced' mode on the dial gives those stunning low-light pics with extreme detail.)
It has full White Balance selection (AUTO is excellent, too) and various scene modes, Portrait and Panorama modes.
But it also shoots RAW, if you want, for extreme versatility in 'post-processing' after you've shot ..and has GPS (you can switch that off) to identify WHERE pictures are taken.
'P A S M' gives full Aperture-priority, Speed-priority, Manual or Program/Personal/Pro settings, and Movie mode offers FullHD at 1920x1080 30 frames per second.

This is a small, light, inconspicuous pocket camera, with performance up to - or exceeding - many big bulky SLRs or small interchangeable-lens 'Compact System Cameras' like the Sony NEX, Panasonic compacts, etc. Anti-shake, perfect fill-in built-in flash, excellent auto white balance, very quick and accurate auto-focus, SDXC (enormous storage capability) memory card compatibility, compact size, light weight, self-timer, macro/close-up facility, this is a fraction of the size of the Fuji X100, but with many more capabilities and a 15x zoom, but with a physically-smaller sensor. Brilliant for everything!

(The cheaper F500 is identical, but without RAW and GPS. The F505 has identical RAW, but no GPS.)
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Showing 1-8 of 8 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 18 Sep 2011 22:57:58 BDT
Sn Baines says:
Seems strange to compare to the Fuji X100, completly and utterly different camera's.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011 22:23:49 GMT
M. N. Akhtar says:
X100 and even X10 are totally out of this domain. You like travel zoom, I got it, but X100 is much more than that. This one is not just smaller sensor but also very slow lens compare to less zoom range lens cameras.

Posted on 1 Jan 2012 19:41:04 GMT
Comparing with the Fujifilm X100 is a novel but effective way of demonstrating a fundamental lack of knowledge - they are very different cameras with very different specifications. It's like comparing a Happy Meal with the tasting menu at a Michelin starred restaurant - with one there will be a free toy, the other is a sumptuous gastronomic experience.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2012 22:43:27 GMT
Tell me, McLaughlin ..have you actually used the Fuji F550? As described, the fixed-lens Fuji X100 is just a "one-trick-pony". It takes great shots, but with one fixed lens, of fairly static people and objects. The F550 is very versatile, and extremely good in very low light. Try it ..you might even like it, if you can overcome the snobbery..

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 15:24:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2012 15:25:12 GMT
I've got the F550 and the X100, do you have both? Enjoy your happy meal and try not to break the toy.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 19:40:34 GMT
No, of course I don't have the X100; I tried it and found it laughable with its single fixed lens. I use (..takes deep breath..) OM2, OM4Ti, 5DII, M9, GXR+Leica socket, Panasonic GX1, Fuji550. All these cameras - except the 550 - take interchangeable lenses, and the 550 has - as you know - a long (16x) zoom. Four of them shoot "full-frame" 36x24mm (film or sensor); of the others, the GXR shoots Leica lenses on an APS sensor for greater reach, the Panasonic shoots its own compact lenses, and also Leica lenses on an m4/3 sensor for even more reach, and the Fuji550 is the pearl in my pocket which goes everywhere with me.

Posted on 28 May 2012 01:03:42 BDT
Twiga says:
Did this camera come with a charger in the box or did you have to buy it seperately?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 07:30:42 BDT
It came with a slim plug-into-the-wall charger (NOT a plug, figure-of-eight cable and block to hold the battery). In Europe it comes with a two-pin plug moulded onto the charger, in the UK it has a standard UK 3-pin plug moulded onto the charger. The charger unit is very small and inconspicuous ..don't tell me you bought the camera, and threw away the box with the charger still in it!?
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