Fujifilm FinePix F50fd Zoom Review

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Review posted 11/16/2007

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The FinePix F50fd is the latest in Fujifilm's F-Series of compact digital cameras, and includes many high-end features, like a 12- Megapixel Super CCD HR image sensor. Following a long line of award winning models, the FinePix F50fd, like the F40fd, offers consumers a compact digital camera that takes beautiful shots with the some of the most advanced features and technology available.

Combining a 12-MegaPixel, 7th Generation Super CCD with a 3.0x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD, the FinePix F50fd is a compact powerhouse that incorporates all the features users have come to expect from Fujifilm's more advanced digital cameras. With the addition of Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 2.0 Technology (with Automatic Red Eye Removal function), and ISO settings of up to ISO 6400, the F50fd takes compact digital cameras to the next level, arming users with a host of new features and enabling them to take pictures never before possible.

Fujifilm's proprietary Face Detection Technology also gets an upgrade in the F50fd with the arrival of Face Detection 2.0, featuring Automatic Red Eye Removal. As with the original version of Face Detection, it can detect up to 10 human faces in a scene in as little as 5/100's of a second, correcting focus, exposure, and white balance automatically, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame. Face Detection 2.0 adds to this technology by being able to identify faces at much more extreme camera angles than before. No longer does the camera need a head-on shot to identify a face, because now even a profile will do - with up to 90° of movement in either direction for profiles, and up to 135° for leaning or lying down in either direction, for a total range of 270°.

To ensure that users achieve even greater blur-free pictures, the FujiFilm has added Dual Image Stabilization to their Picture Stabilization mode. This combines a mechanically stabilized CCD sensor with high ISO sensitivities for Total Anti-Blur protection. The combination of these two different approaches reduces the "blur"; effect from the photographer's hand-shake and subject movement even further to provide the highest quality digital pictures yet, with sharp, clean and clear results.

Like many of Fuji's 2007 models, the FinePix F50fd features an xD/SD Compatible memory card slot which accepts not only Fujifilm's traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards.

FinePix F50fd Features:

  • 12 million pixel Super CCD HR sensor
  • Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm equivalent)
  • Compact and stylish metal alloy body
  • Movie Mode; 640x480 30fps w/sound AVI format
  • Auto, Manual, Aperture/Shutter priority and 16 Scene modes
  • Intelligent Face Detection technology
  • Large 2.7" LCD color monitor with approx. 100% frame coverage
  • Shutter speeds from 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depends on shooting mode)
  • ISO equivalent from 100 - 1600 (Up to ISO2000 in Anti-blur/Natural Light mode)
  • Five Continuous shooting modes (max 2fps at full resolution, 5fps at 3M ISO 400)
  • Includes approx. 25MB of internal memory
  • Uses removable xD-Picture Card or SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • USB 2.0 (High-speed) connectivity and PictBridge direct-print compatible

The FinePix F50fd is available now with a retail price of US$299, and ships with Li-ion battery NP-50, Battery charger BC-50, Strap, A/V cable, USB cable, CD-ROM, and Owner's manual .

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The FinePix F50fd and a standard CD for size comparison.

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FinePix F50fd Specifications

CCD Sensor

1/ 1.6-inch Super CCD HR

Number of Effective Pixels

12 million pixels

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still image : 4,000 x 3,000 / 4,224x 2,816 (3:2 format) / 2,848 x 2,136 / 2,048 x 1,536 /1,600 x 1,200 / 640 X 480 pixels

Image Processing Type

Still image : JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 )
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)

Movie : AVI (Motion JPEG ) with sound

Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound

File Formats

Still image : JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 )
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Movie : AVI (Motion JPEG ) with sound
Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound

Internal Memory

Internal memory (approx. 25MB)


Fujinon 3 x Optical zoom lens , F2.8 - F5.1

Lens Focal Length (Rated) / (35mm Equiv.)

f=8.0mm - 24.0mm, Equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera

Aperture Range

F2.8 -F8

Digital Zoom

Approx 8.2x (Max)


Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center)/Continuous AF

AF assist illuminator available

Focusing Range


Normal : Wide angle :Approx. 45cm/1.5 ft to infinity
Telephoto :Approx. 60cm /2.0 ft to infinity

Macro - Close-up

Macro: Wide Angle: Approx. 7cm/2.8 in to 80cm/2.6ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 30cm/1.0ft. to 80cm/2.6ft

Exposure Control

TTL 256-zones metering

Color Control Modes

B/W, Standard, Chrome


Auto/Auto (1600)/Auto(800)/ Auto(400)/ Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)

* ISO3200 : Number of recorded pixels: 6M pixels or lower

ISO6400 : Number of recorded pixels: 3M pixels or lower

Shutter Speed

8 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depends on Shooting mode)

White Balance

Automatic scene recognition
Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White),
Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom


Auto flash

Flash Mode

Flash mode:
Red-eye Removal OFF: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye Removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & forced flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro

Effective Range (ISO Auto)

Wide-angle: approx. 0.6m - 4.4m / 2.0ft - 14.4 ft
Telephoto : approx. 0.6m - 2.4m / 2.0ft - 7.9 ft
Macro : approx. 0.3m - 0.8m / 1.0 ft - 2.6 ft

LCD Monitor

2.7-inch , approx.230,000 pixels, Amorphous silicon TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage

LCD Low Light Viewability Gain-up Brightness Mode


Power Source

NP-50 Li-ion battery (included)/ CP-50 with AC power adapter AC-5VX (sold separately)

Pictures / Battery Charge (CIPA Standard)

Approx. 230 shots

Camera Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.6(W)� 2.3(H)� 0.9(D) in. / 92.5(W)� 59.2(H)� 22.9 (D) mm (excluding accessories and attachments)

Camera Mass (not including accessories, batteries & xD Card)

Approx. 5.4 oz. / 155 g

Shutter Lag Time

Approx. 1/100th sec.

Shooting Modes

Mode dial : Auto, Natural Light, Natural Light with Flash, SP1, SP2, A/S (Aperture or Shutter priority) AE, M (Manual), Movie
SP1/SP2 : Portrait , Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Museum, Party, Flower, Text

Continuous Shooting Modes

Top-3 (max 2 frames/sec)
High-speed Top-12 (max 5 frames/sec, 3 Megapixels or lower/
ISO400 or higher)

Final 3 (max 2 frames/sec)
High Speed Final-12 (max 5frames/sec, 3 Megapixels /ISO400
or lower)

Long-period (max. 0.5 frames/sec)

Movie Recording

640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels, 25 frames/sec. with monaural sound

Video Out

NTSC / PAL selectable


Face Detection (with Automatic Red-eye removal), Slide show, Trimming, Single frame, Multi-frame playback including Micro thumbnail mode, Sorting by date, Image rotate, Voice Memo

Memory Type

Internal memory (approx. 25MB) /
xD-Picture Card™ (16MB - 2 GB)
SD memory card (512MB to 2GB)/
SDHC memory card (4GB to 8GB )

Other Features

Face Detection 2.0; IrSimple™

Optional Accessories

xD-Picture Card ™ : 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB
Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-50
DC coupler CP-50
AC power adapter AC-5VX
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
CompactFlash ™ Card Adapter DPC-CF

What's in the Box

Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-50
A/V cable
USB cable
Owner's manual

* Specifications as represented from manufacture, subject to change without notice.

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