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Fujifilm FinePix E550 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Fujifilm is using the xD Picture Card developed in cooperation with Olympus for some generations now. This very compact memory card, even smaller than the SD card, conquered a segment in the overloaded market for memory cards, in a small time span. The xD Picture card matured rapidly and is available in storage capacities from 16MB to 1GB. The features of the xD-Picture memory card are: ultra compact, light as a feather and a large storage capacity. Even 2GB xD cards are planned in the near future. And eventually the storage capacity will grow to a stunning 8GB capacity.
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Fujfiilm xD Picture memory card
The Fujifilm FinePix E550 is standard shipped with a 16MB xD Picture memory card, a nice gesture but in fact useless. A digital camera that creates files with a resolution (interpolated) of 12 megapixels needs Storage capacity, with capital S. You can think of a minimum of 128MB but preferably 256 or 512MB. Especially when we look at the storage behaviour of the camera when making a high quality video, it's obvious that we need a high storage card here.

Fujfiilm E550 digital camera - Buffer
The FinePix's E550 buffer is doing a great job. Emptying the buffer happens during the taking of a series of images with an average speed. The buffer size of 4 images in Large/Fine quality is above average for a digital camera like the E550. Although he camera has to swallow when storing RAW images, a storing time of 6 seconds is certainly average and can even be called fast for a camera like this.

Concerning a 128MB storage capacity:
Resolution (RAW) - 4048 x 3040 - 9 images
Resolution 12M (Fine) 4048 x 3040 - 26 images
Resolution 12M (Normal) 4048 x 3040 - 52 images
Resolution 6M 2848 x 2136 - 84 images
Resolution 3M 2048 x 1536 - 162 images
Resolution 2M 1600 x 1200 - 204 images
Resolution 0.3M 640x 480 - 997 images
Resolution movie 640 x 480 - 30fps - 147 sec
Resolution movie 320 x 240 - 30fps - 219 sec
FinePix E-550 digital camera - USB 1.1 connection
The Fujifilm E550 is standard equipped with a USB 1.1 connection; we would have preferred USB 2.0, not an exception these days. The USB 1.1 connection however is one of the fastest in his class and delivers a fine performance. If you want to enjoy an even faster data transfer, you ought to purchase a USB 2.0 card reader to be of your assistance.

Fujfiilm E550 - AA type NiMH batteries
The Fujifilm FinePix E550 gets its energy from two standard AA batteries. Two AA type NiMH and 2300mAh are standard delivered. The advantage of this type of batteries is the fact that they are cheap compared to a Li-Ion battery, and that there are many places in the world where you can purchase them. Also they are available for many years now and will not suddenly disappear from the market. In practice it turns out that you don't have to worry when you have a fully loaded pair in your camera. The Fujifilm E550 keeps on going, at least 200 images when using flash and monitor so no need to worry about the energy household. If you're planning to use the camera in environments or during holidays without the possibility of recharging the AA batteries, it might be wise to take a few extra batteries along. Fujifilm has the energy management definitely under control on the E550 digital camera.
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