Fujifilm FinePix E550 Review

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Review posted 09/17/2004

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New for 2004 is Fujifilm's compact, durable and lightweight FinePix E-series of versatile digital cameras that combine the ease of point-and-shoot for new users with a more powerful feature set that satisfies the needs of advanced users too.

The FinePix E550 offers 6.3 effective megapixels and can capture up to 4048 x3040 recorded pixels (12.3 million) using Fujifilm's proprietary Super CCD HR (High Resolution) sensor system. To help power this unusual imaging sensor, Fujifilm offers a new, highly effective image processor, which provides two key benefits: incredible speed and drastically reduced noise levels. As a result, the camera is able to capture images with a frame-to-frame time of 1.0 second, and a shutter lag of 0.05 seconds - faster than some professional digital SLRs. Image quality is greatly enhanced, both through the increased color saturation provided by Super CCD, as well as through superior image sharpness and clarity, provided by noise cancellation.

The FinePix E550 offers a 4x optical zoom. Optional 1.94x and 0.76x wide-angle lens adapters may also be used with this model. The camera offers a variety of shooting modes ranging from automatic, manual, programmed AE, aperture or shutter priority AE, macro, to four pre-programmed scene positions (portrait, landscape, sports, night scene). In addition, a continuous shooting mode may be selected, capturing top and final 4 frames at a rate of 3 frames/second, as well as long-period burst mode, at a maximum of 1.6 frames/second, recording up to 40 frames (at 2 megapixel mode only). The FinePix E550 captures movie clips at 30 frames/second at full VGA with sound, with no time limitations.

The FinePix E550 also offers a large, 2.0-inch LCD screen, non-slip grip and ergonomic weighting of the camera body. Two AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries power the camera; consumers can expect best possible battery life with rechargeable batteries, while alkaline batteries provide operational flexibility. Fujifilm's optional CP-FXA10 PictureCradle can be used with the FinePix E550 for rapid recharging, as well as for fast image downloading.

FinePix E550 Zoom Features:

  • 6.3 million pixel Super CCD HR
  • 12.3 million recorded pixels for an image size of 4048 x3040
  • 4x optical zoom (32.5-130mm in 35mm equiv)
  • Ultra-Fast 1.2 Second start-up
  • Macro focus as close as 3.0 inches
  • Movie Mode; 30fps w/sound @ 640 x 480 or 320 x 240
  • 2.0" color TFT LCD monitor, 154,000 pixels
  • Auto, Scene, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority and Manual exposure modes
  • Multi, Average or Spot exposure metering
  • Adjustable ISO sensitivity, white balance, sharpness, color mode
  • 3 - 1/2000 sec shutter speeds
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Compact (4.1 x 2.5 x 1.4 inch) durable metal-front body
  • Very lightweight at just 7.1 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries, two 2300MaH NiMH rechargeables and charger included
  • USB connectivity and PictBridge direct-print compatible
  • Optional Picture Cradle & rechargeable battery pack

The FinePix E550 will be available in August 2004, selling for approximately $499.99. It will ship with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, 2 AA alkaline batteries, FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix, USB cable, A/V cable, hand strap and a PictureCradle adapter.

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Fujifilm FinePix E550

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The FinePix E550 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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FinePix E550 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels
6.3 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/1.7" Super CCD HR System (Number of Total Pixels: 6.63 Million pixels) RGB Filters
Number of Recorded Pixels Still: 4048 x3040 pixels (12.3 million), 2848 x 2136 pixels (6 million), 2048 x 1536 pixels (3 million), 1600 x 1200 pixels (2 million), 640 x 480 pixels (0.3 million) Movie: 640 x 480 pixels / 320 x 240 pixels ,30 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
File formats Still image: compressed JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), uncompressed CCD-RAW (RAF) Movie: AVI format (Motion JPEG),WAV
*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage media xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images Movie
6MP 3MP 2MP 0.3MP
640x480 320x240
1 3 6
10 19 25 122
18 Sec. 26 Sec.
Lens focal Length Equivalent to 32.5-130mm on a 35mm camera
Optical zoom 4x
Digital zoom 6.3x (when set to lowest resolution, 640 x 480), 2.5x (1600 x 1200 pixels), 2.0x (2048 x 1536 pixels), 1.4x (2848 x 2136 pixels)
Focus Auto focus (area, multi, center)/manual/ Continuous AF
Focus Range Normal: 2.0 ft. to infinity, Macro: 3 in. - 2.6 ft.
Aperture F2.8 to F8
(10 steps in 1/3 EV increments manual/auto selectable)
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder (approx. 77% Coverage)
Exposure control 64-zone TTL metering-multi, spot, average
Exposure modes Programmed AE, aperture or shutter priority AE, manual
Color modes Standard, Chrome, B&W
Sensitivity Auto: Equivalent to ISO 80 - 640 (depending on conditions) 80/100/200/400/800
Portrait/landscape/sports/night scene modes/P/S/A/M: Equivalent to ISO 80/100/200/400/800*
(*ISO 800 at resolutions VGA, 2 and 3 megapixel mode only)
Shutter speed 3 - 1/2000 sec.( depending on Exposure mode)
White balance Automatic, Manual (Custom, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective range: 2.0 ft - 14.8 ft (W) / 2.0 ft - 7.2 ft (T)
LCD monitor 2.0-inch low temp polysilicon TFT (Approx. 154,000 pixels) approx. 100% coverage
Digital Interface USB
Power source 2 AA alkaline batteries (included)
2 AA NiMH batteries (sold separately)
NH-10 NiMH rechargeable battery pack (sold separately)
AC-3V AC adapter (sold separately)
Shooting modes Normal: auto, manual, scene position (portrait, landscape, sports, night scene)
Continuous: top 4 (max. 3 frames/sec. up to 4 frames, final 4 (max. 3 frames/sec. up to 4 frames), long-period (max. 1.6 frames/sec. up to 40 frames, only at 2 megapixel mode), auto bracketing
Movie recording 640 x 480 pixels continuous / 320x240 pixels continuous
30 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
Video out NTSC and PAL Switchable
Playback Single frame (with 21x playback zoom at 6 megapixel mode), 9 multi-frame
Other features 0.76x wide-angle and 1.94x telephoto lens mount, voice memo (30 sec.), self-timer: 10 sec., world time, 6 language menu interface, tripod socket, PictBridge compatible
Dimensions 4.1 (W) x 2.5 (H) x 1.4 (D) inch
Weight 7.1 oz. excluding battery and media
Optional accessories xD-Picture card (16MB-512MB)
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image memory card reader DPC-R1
xD-Picture Card™ USB Drive DPC-UD1
Rechargeable NH-10 battery pack
AC-3V power adapter
PictureCradle CP-FXA10
Fitted soft case SC-FXE01
Deluxe soft case SC-FXA3-US
AR-FXE02 lens adapter ring for WL-FXE01 and TL-FXE01 (threads hold 43mm filters)
Wide-angle lens adapter WL-FXE01
Telephoto lens adapter TL-FXE01
Travel kit (A3): large case, AA NiMH travel charger with auto adapter
Starter accessory kit (A4): fitted soft case, AA NiMH travel charger with auto adapter

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)

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