Fujfiilm FinePix E550 - Outstanding performance
The FinePix E550 did please me a lot. The camera is not perfect, but I can imagine that the owner of a Fujifilm E550 digital camera will be more than satisfied. The camera works with a high resolution which might be called an exception for an amateur camera. The performance is outstanding, the camera produces a good colour rendition, at which white balance and signal/noise ratio at low ISO are extremely fine. In the past cameras suffered from shutter lag as a typical feature on digital cameras, but Fujifilm proves with the E550, that on this camera the shutter lag is definitely past tense. The camera's response is lightning fast, the zoom lens is ready in no time at all to take its first image, and navigating through the menu, setting the various functions found under various buttons, and taking series of pictures, are tasks that the Fujifilm FinePix E550 handles instantly. The camera's performance on this area is excellent.
Fujfiilm E550 - Focussing in dim light conditions is insufficient
There are on the other hand some negative points on the camera. The performance of focussing in bad or dim light conditions is just insufficient. The lack of an AF-assist illuminator seems to work against the camera in this situation. The option of manual focus under these circumstances is not an alternative because the LCD monitor can't provide you with a clear view. Another minus on the camera is the small fact of the simple cover that covers the connectors, not being attached to the housing of the camera. We see that as dropping a small stitch.
Fujfiilm E-550 camera - 4e generation Super CCD technology
Fujifilm has done a lot of research over the past few years and also gained a lot of experience with the in-house developed Super CCD technology. The 4e generation Super CCD sensors have proved to be capable of putting down a good performance in practice. Fujifilm keeps developing and improving the Super CCD, and it must be satisfactory for Fujifilm that the design still catches on. This is a boost to keep on following this road.
Fujfiilm FinePix E550 - Very user friendly digital camera
The compact size of the Fujifilm FinePix E550 and the traditional design don't show immediately what the camera is capable of. The camera offers ease of use and is very user friendly. It also offers many extra settings at the same time which gives the beginner the possibility to grow and enhance his photographic skills. The Fujifilm E550 is available for a few months now and is certainly worth considering as your new digital camera or to replace your old one!
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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