Fujifilm FinePix E550 Review

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Record Mode Screens & Menus

The screen captures on this page are not up to our usual high standard because the E550's Video-out port does not operate when the camera is in record mode.

Fujifilm FinePix E550


The Auto record mode is a simple "Point-n-Shoot" mode. The line of info across the top starts on the left with AUTO indicating Auto Record mode. The "A" and lightning bolt indicate auto flash. The "12M" represents image resolution of 12 megapixels (4048 x 3040), the "F" indicates Fine compression, and "29" represents the number of frames that can be recorded at the current image size. The yellow brackets in the center denotes the auto focus target area.



Fujifilm FinePix E550


Pressing the DISPlay button next to the LCD toggles from the above screen to the live image without any data display.



Fujifilm FinePix E550


Depressing the MENU button calls-up the AUTO record MENU; options are:

    SELF-TIMER - ON / OFF, 10 or 2 second delay

    CONT(inuous) - Top 4 or Final 4

    OPTION - Adjust LCD brightness, enter the SETUP menu





Fujifilm FinePix E550


Depressing the "F" button calls up the FinePix Quality, Sensitivity and Color menu. Menu options are the same for Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual and Scene modes; Auto ISO only available in Auto photography mode. Options are:

    QUALITY - Choose image size/quality; 12M Fine, 12M Normal, 6M, 3M, 2M, 0.3M

    ISO - Choose sensitivity; 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (plus Auto in Auto photography mode)

    FinePix Color - Choose B&W, Standard, or Chrome (high contrast and saturation)



Fujifilm FinePix E550


This is the Programmed Auto record screen, indicated by the "P" in the upper left corner. In addition to the information present on the Auto screen, indicators for the selected metering mode, and ISO are shown. The Hand icon warns of a possible blurry image due to slow shutter speed. The "Open" with a lightning bolt suggests opening the pop-up flash. The metering system's choice of aperture and shutter speed are shown in the lower left; the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller activate a program shift, selecting different combinations of aperture and shutter speed.


Fujifilm FinePix E550


This is the Shutter-Priority Auto record screen, indicated by the "S" in the upper left corner. Shutter speed is controlled by the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller. The metering system warns of under or over exposure by highlighting the aperture value in red.


Fujifilm FinePix E550


This is the Aperture-Priority Auto record screen, indicated by the "A" in the upper left corner. Aperture is controlled by the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller. The metering system warns of under or over exposure by highlighting the shutter speed in red.


Fujifilm FinePix E550


This is the Manual record screen, indicated by the "M" in the upper left corner. Shutter speed is adjusted using the up and down buttons of the 4-way controller; aperture is adjusted by holding down the "±" button while depressing the 4-way controller's up or down button. An exposure indicator is shown in the lower right, with over exposure to the "+" or right side, and under exposure to the "-" or left side.



Fujifilm FinePix E550


Program/Shutter/Aperture/Manual record menu options:
    SELF-TIMER - ON / OFF, 10 or 2 second delay

    WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Custom, Daylight, Shade, "Daylight" Fluorescent, "Warm White" Fluorescent, "cool white" Fluorescent, Incandescent

    FOCUSING - Choose AF (CENTER), AF (MULTI), AF AREA, CONTINUOUS AF or MF (Manual Focus)

    PHOTOMETRY - Choose Average, Spot or Multi metering

    CONT.(inuous) - Choose TOP 4, BRACKETING or FINAL 4

    OPTION - Choose LCD brightness or enter Setup menu (described later)

    BRACKETING - Choose steps of 1/3, 2/3 or 1EV for exposure bracketing

    SHARPNESS - Choose Normal, Hard or Soft

    FLASH - Adjust flash brightness ± 2/3 EV



Fujifilm FinePix E550


Exposure compensation can be adjusted ±2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps in Program, Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes by depressing the 4-way controller's left or right buttons while holding down the "±" button. An exposure compensation indicator is displayed in the lower right of the LCD.



Fujifilm FinePix E550


The Macro focus mode can be enabled in Auto, Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority or Manual shooting modes and allows you to focus from 3 inches to 2.6 feet; the optical zoom is locked at wide angle. The effective flash range is 1 foot to 2.6 feet.



Fujifilm FinePix E550


Set-Up menu in Record and Play modes:

    IMAGE DISP. - Off/On, Allows review of capture for 2 seconds
    POWER SAVE - 2min/5 min/off
    FORMAT - Formats the xD-Picture Card
    LCD - ON/OFF by default when in record
    BEEP - Volume of camera sounds, Low/High/Off
    SHUTTER - Volume of Shutter sound Off/1/2/3
    DATE/TIME - setting of date and time
    TIME DIFFERENCE Time zone difference (World Time)
    FRAME NO. - Continuous or reset (file numbering)
    USB MODE - DSC(download to a PC)/PC Cam (webcam mode)/PictBridge
    CCD-RAW - ON/OFF Selects RAW image shooting mode
    LANGUAGE - English/French/German/Spanish/Japanese/Chinese
    VIDEO SYSTEM - NTSC or PAL video signal timing
    DISCHARGE - Discharge the NiMH rechargeable batteries
    RESET - resets all camera settings to default.




Fujifilm FinePix E550


The Movie record mode display. The top info line indicates the movie recording size is 640x480 followed by the remaining recording time at this quality setting. The E550 records motion video with audio at 30fps with resolutions of 640x480 and 320x240; recording length is limited only by the amount or remaining available memory. The optical zoom lens can be used to compose the movie before recording, but can not be changed during recording.





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