Fujifilm Finepix S5500
Review Date: March 17th 2005
(out of 5 stars)
The FujiFilm Finepix S5500 Zoom is a solid update of what was already a good digital camera, the 3 megapixel S5000. The new S5500 adds a number of improvements which although not crucial are still very welcome - these include ISO speeds of 64 and 100 (the S5000 had a slowest speed of ISO 200 which was quite noisy), a much improved movie mode, a histogram during image playback and the 4 megapixel sensor. In all other respects the FujiFilm Finepix S5500 Zoom is virtually the same as its predecessor. The S5500 Zoom does struggle to focus indoors or in low-light, particularly when using the longer end of that 10x optical zoom lens. I missed a number of shots because the camera failed to focus in time. In addition, the FujiFilm Finepix S5500 Zoom doesn't have an image-stablised lens, unlike some of its ultra-zoom competitors. This helps to keep the price down, but does mean that camera shake can creep into your photos if you don't use a fast enough shutter speed for the current focal length. This isn't a criticism of this particular camera, more something for you to consider if you are looking for a digital camera with a large zoom lens. If an easy-to-use SLR-style digital camera with a 10x optical zoom appeals to you, then the FinePix S5500 Zoom definitely fits the bill, especially if you mainly use it outdoors.
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