Fujifilm Finepix E550
Review Date: February 24th 2005
The Fujifilm Finepix E550 is a 6 megapixel digital camera that retains the same design as the cheaper Finepix E510 and E500, but crucially improves on those models in a number of key areas. Most obviously it has 6 megapixels rather than the 5 and 4 of the E510 and E500. Perhaps more importantly than the extra megapixel is the kind of sensor that the E550 uses, namely Fuji's Super CCD HR, which allows the camera to offer an interpolated resolution of 12.3 megapixels, plus a RAW file format. Other differences between the E550 and its cheaper siblings are a number of continuous shooting and focusing modes, greater ISO range, and better quality movie recording. The Fujifilm Finepix E550 offers a couple of interesting features to help differentiate itself from the competition. The Finepix E550 has a 32.5-130mm zoom lens, which is a lot wider than most of its rivals. The E550 also offers full photographic control in the form of aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual modes. The Fujifilm Finepix E550 allows you to take full creative control if you desire it, or you can use the various auto and scene modes instead and let it make the decisions. On the rear of the camera is a large 2 inch LCD screen, and there is a pop-up flash with a range of creative flash modes available. The Fujifilm Finepix E550 is also larger than many digicams, which Fujifilm claims makes it more of a photographer's camera. So does the Finepix E550 appeal to the photographer in me? Read my review to find out.
The recommended retail price of the Fuji Finepix E550 in the UK is £349.99 and in the US it is $399.99.
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