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Fujifilm F550 EXR - Features continued

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis



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The three EXR shooting options located a couple of clicks away on the shooting mode dial include a High Resolution mode, a Dynamic Range Priority mode and a High ISO & Low Noise mode.

High Resolution mode employs the full 16-megapixel resolution of the sensor to deliver images ready for A3-sized printing when used in good light. Second is a Dynamic Range Priority mode that automatically shoots and combines two images with a single button press for better results in high-contrast situations. And third is a High ISO & Low Noise mode that offers greater sensitivity and improved results in low-light conditions. If you’re not sure which to use, the camera can be set to choose automatically.

With the notable exception of High Resolution EXR mode, the other two EXR and all three Advanced shooting modes can only be used at a maximum resolution of 8-megapixels. Nonetheless, all of the options work quite well – we had quite a lot of fun with the Panorama mode, while the High ISO & Low Noise EXR option also proved quite effective at delivering good results in low light.

If you can’t decide which of these three to use, there’s also an Auto option that will let the camera decide which one to use, even combining it with the correct Scene mode if necessary. We suspect that for many new owners, this is likely to be the default shooting setting.

The range of advanced shooting modes on offer is neatly complimented by the camera’s video capabilities, with the F550 able to record 1920 x 1080p Full HD video at 30 frames per second. Sound is recorded in stereo (although this can be changed to mono should you wish), with movie files saved in the H.264 format that’s more space efficient though less commonly supported than standard Motion-JPEG files.

To help give your images a bit more of a personal touch, it’s possible to select from a range of Film Simulation styles that are lifted straight from Fuji’s 35mm film back catalogue: Provia is the standard setting and offers neutral colours and tones, Velvia is great for landscapes with its saturated greens and blues and vivid tones, while Astia offers more muted tones and subdued colour making it the go-to option for portraits. Rounding things off are Black and White and Sepia options.

Helping to keep images sharp and free of camera-shake even at extended telephoto settings, the F550 uses a range of built-in image stabilisation technologies including sensor-shift. Meanwhile the back of the camera is adorned with a 3-inch, high-contrast 460k-dot LCD monitor that offers a noticeable improvement over standard 230k-dot screens so regularly seen on other compacts.

Alan Edwards47c

May 20, 2011, 5:04 pm

Always on GPS vs. On when camera is on - GPS will go through a full cold acquisition if it's moved more than about a hundred miles when turned off. If you leave it on during transit (assuming it can see the satellites) it can do a quick warm startup at the other end. It will hammer the battery though.

This would be tempting if I'd not just got a Panasonic TZ8. I've spent far too much on cameras recently, but maybe next year...


June 1, 2011, 10:58 pm

Battery drains very quickly catching you out if not concentrating
you need lot's of spare batteries However a nice camera


July 12, 2011, 10:44 pm

This is a great travel cam, admittedly it had some problems in the beginning, as Fuji seem to be having some quality control issues, but after a few firmware updates the battery and GPS are working fine on my unit!
Only had it about 3 months, and once I'd worked out a few settings, like only shooting in "M" image size (8mp) it started to exceed my expectations!
I've taken it to concerts, flower shows, nature walks and on holiday to Portugal, and it's been so much fun to use I left my HS10 at home!
You can see some of my pics on my blog; toptravelgear.blogspot.com
Would recommend this to anyone wanting an ultra compact travel cam, it has a very useful lens and feature set, better in low light that I'm used to, and not too shabby at Macro either......eight and a half out of ten from me :-)


August 25, 2011, 6:27 am

Being a novice in the world of picture taking, I am trying to learn the settings as suggeted by more experienced users. As a "point and shoot" camera with so many features to improve picture taking, I am anxious to apply some of these features as my experience so dictates. One of my complaints from day one (even though I turned the GPS feature "off," has been the fast depletion of power by the camera from the battery. Within less than 24 hours and few pictures taken, the battery is dead. If anyone out there have any suggestions as to how to extend the life of the battery, I would welcome them on this web site.

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