Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR Review

4.0
July 15, 2011 | Matt Grayson |

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#1 Sgt Polhaus

Yet another 16MP sensor disaster with an outrageous lens length. When will they learn?

The camera companies only seem to want to make something that allows them to advertise bigger numbers than the next guy—more megapixels, longer lens, etc.

I guess we need to come up with a number that is bigger when the photo is better!

And by the way, forget the stupid scene modes— give me manual controls every time. Even the cheap digital cameras should have at least an A and S capability.

It takes no more effort to add that than it does the “miniature” mode or the ridiculous “sepia” mode.

7:01 pm - Friday, July 15, 2011

#2 Garry

What dreadful IQ, even the thumbnails look bad.
I’m really beginning to dispair at most of the cameras being made now.

8:09 pm - Friday, July 15, 2011

#3 Herm

You guys are crazy, stupid and/or dumb.
Did you see the price of this thing and what it has at that price for a general-use, pocket camera for the general public to use while just throwing it around to take general photos?
It’s a good camera for its price with lots of features that should please those who don’t want to spend more than $300 on a compact that can do pretty much everything including Full 1080 HD.
You guys are insane.

9:19 pm - Friday, July 15, 2011

#4 Garry

It may be cheap, but why cram so many pixels into a tiny sensor when they aren’t needed?  10mp is more than enough, and would need less in camera processing. 

Your insults prove you’re the one who is crazy, stupid and/or dumb. Might be the ideal camera for you then.

3:06 pm - Saturday, July 16, 2011

#5 tomfrom66

The movie mode is a disaster on this camera, unless you see the zoom before shooting.

Using the zoom once shooting has started it loses focus and only recovers if you zoom out.

Useless.

4:26 pm - Saturday, July 16, 2011

#6 mtbgus

Like others have said over and over again, it’s very sad that the camera companies keep on upping megapixels all the time, telling the pubic more is better. Trouble is the vast amount of people believe this, first thing I’m asked by some people is “How many megas has it got?”, in the case of my Canon S95 I reply 10 megapixels and straight away they think the camera is cheap or an old one, because as everyone knows - More pixels is Better!!???###!

I now see Sonys upcoming A77 looks to have 24mp!!!

8:40 am - Sunday, July 17, 2011

#7 Bons

The photo is wrong. It is F550EXR not F500EXR.

5:18 am - Monday, July 18, 2011

#8 Bee Jay

The way things are going, we can look forward to 30x zoom compacts with 25 megapixels. And image quality? Woops, forgot that.

10:30 am - Monday, July 18, 2011

#9 Cynical

Just what the world needs - another compact with an outrageous pixel count and consequent poor quality. This is what happens when product design is removed from the hands of intelligent individuals and instead directed by mindless marketing droids…

3:05 pm - Monday, July 18, 2011

#10 Kym Crowley

Have any of you (above) actually used the camera?

7:14 am - Monday, July 25, 2011

#11 Kym Crowley

Oh yeah. The reference to the HS20 and noise appearing once over 400. Wrong. If used in EXR mode (it IS an EXR camera)it is brilliant.

7:18 am - Monday, July 25, 2011

#12 Nomad

I notice that when using my Fuji Fine pix 500 EXR, even if i take a close-up shot using the most mega pixels, 16, when I zoom the image after I download it to my laptop, it loses its clearness when I REALLY zoom it and want to see more details on a person’s face. I notice that doesn’t happen with the Cannon 14 mega pixel and 15 optical zoom camera. Is there anything I can do to compensate for that? Perhaps there is a setting I need to change?

7:52 pm - Sunday, August 14, 2011

#13 Bertie

I noticed you have said it has a shutter speed of 30 seconds, i own the camera (f500 exr) and im either stupid or your wrong! also where is the super macro 1cm jobby? i must be missing some thing!
please let me know if im wrong or you guys got the wrong model.
I’m happy with the camera, might be too many pixels, but i’ve had a good A2 print out of it. In landscape and detailed close ups its awesome, really captures images close to SlR quality. The panorama is cool if your not worried about quality   but is limited by the brightness of the scene. The zoom is great for shots of people you would normally miss for lower light zoom shots you NEED a tripod.
I wish it had some way of doing a time lapse capture and a better continuous mode not a selective mode that only saves so many and then you miss what ever happens after those select photo’s.

Hope this was help full.

Could you also recommend me a good solid case for this camera as i have no good shops near by,
Thank you!

7:29 pm - Sunday, September 4, 2011

#14 Crisis Intervention Comment

Shut the F up you son of a biscuit eaters,
The person that spent so much time writing this review did not leave a comment section for you to bash the camera capabilities. If you all had the money and or competence or willing enough to spend big cheddar on a FUJI X100 or Leica M9, you all wont be having this conversation.
I have not bought this camera yet but Costco is selling it for $200 ($50 disc.) and comes with leather case, 4GB memory card. What else do you want for $200 lousy dollars? Thats a parking ticket in Los Angeles!

8:25 am - Monday, October 17, 2011

#15 Mal58

I’m with Crisis. Went to Costco yesterday and bought one. Regardless of all the shortcomings discussed above for $200 it is still a bargain. Will report back once I have used it.

11:46 pm - Sunday, November 20, 2011

#16 Andy Clad.

Hmm, this is brewing up to be a bit of row isn’t it??
I went into my local Best Buy at the weekend as was actually looking for the X10. No joy with that one so had a look at the other toys on display.
Ive been the owner of an F70EXR for a while and was pleased with that. The other week I had a look at the F600 EXR review pictures taken for this web site and was really peed off with the quality, especially the “train in the station” pic. So I wasn’t expecting to much from the F550 on display.
I switched the 550 on and did a few test shots around the shop and basically set up the camera for an ISO of 1600. It was really good. Then I set up a Panny FZ150 (that was directly next to it)with the same ISO etc. The only major difference was that the 550 was in EXR DR mode. I set the zoom up the same for each camera. After around 20 test pics; the 550 was so much superior in low light, high ISO conditions at either in wide or telephoto.
So the question is. What happened at the station with the F600?

5:39 pm - Monday, November 21, 2011

#17 carloniux

i bought camera for 159.00 at costco on xmas eve. I think its great for the price since I cant afford a dslr!!!! and im not a pro-photographer!!!

9:13 pm - Saturday, December 24, 2011

#18 cbrown

I wanted a small camera with good zooming and quality to fit in my purse because I can’t take my Canon EOS 60D everywhere with me. So far it seems to work well. It is noisier then my IS/USM lense, but I wasn’t expecting it to compete with my professional camera. Others in this price point have zooms ranging from 4X-10X while this one comes with a 15X zoom and so far has been crisp even in low light. I purchased it for $199 and think that it is great for the price!

1:26 am - Saturday, December 31, 2011

#19 Rukasu22

Please ignore the curmudgeons’ comments. There is always a small group of people in any field who feel that they are superior to everyone else if they bitch and criticise; The pretentious guitar player, the unsociable computer nerd, and here the snobby photographers.

I’m certain that most of the people here know a great deal more about photograhpy than I do, and if you are well learned in this field then maybe you could use your comments to give impartial and helpful advice to those looking to buy this camera, instead of sitting on your high-horse and venting all your frustrations about the modern world!

16MP too much? Then set it to 8MP, problem solved.
It does have an A and S capability, however you can only MANUALLY set the aperature to f3.5, f7.1 and f10. I find those 3 settings more than adequate for my amatuer needs. If you want full control, then maybe you should open your pockets up and buy a better camera!

I’ve just picked this camera up for £120 GBP, which is about $190 USD. It’s got a great deal of features and has produced some really nice images. Perhaps when I learn a lot more about photography or if I take it up as a profession I might need a better camera, but for that price and for the needs of any layman, it’s a brilliant piece of technology.

So, snobby photographers, feel free to help others by pointing them in the direction of a better camera in this class (I’m assuming you’ve tested this one impartially?) for the same price or just continue with the pointless bitching, whatever makes you happy!

Everyone else, feel free to ask me anything about the camera and I’ll do my best (which probably isn’t that good :P) to answer your queries.

Have a nice day people!

4:09 pm - Friday, February 3, 2012

#20 Rukas22

Please ignore the curmudgeons’ comments. There is always a small group of people in any field who feel that they are superior to everyone else if they bitch and criticise; The pretentious guitar player, the unsociable computer nerd, and here, the snobby photographers.

I’m certain that most of the people here know a great deal more about photography than I do, and if you are well learned in this field then maybe you could use your comments to give impartial and helpful advice to those looking to buy this camera, instead of sitting on your high-horse and venting all your frustrations about the modern world!

16MP too much? Then set it to 8MP, problem solved.
It does have an A and S capability, however you can only MANUALLY set the aperture to f3.5, f7.1 and f10. I find those 3 settings more than adequate for my amateur needs. If you want full control, then maybe you should open your pockets up and buy a better camera!

I’ve just picked this camera up for £120 GBP, which is about $190 USD. It’s got a great deal of features and has produced some really nice images. Perhaps when I learn a lot more about photography or if I take it up as a profession,  I might need a better camera, but for that price and for the needs of any layman, it’s a brilliant piece of technology.

So, snobby photographers, feel free to help others by pointing them in the direction of a better camera in this class (I’m assuming you’ve tested this one impartially?) for the same price or just continue with the pointless bitching, whatever makes you happy!

Everyone else, feel free to ask me anything about the camera and I’ll do my best (which probably isn’t that good :P) to answer your queries.

Have a nice day people!

4:23 pm - Friday, February 3, 2012

#21 Sparky

I came to this site looking for helpful information, not just from the reviewer but from others posting comments.  What I want to know is whether it is a good camera for the price. Does it take good pictures? Is it sturdy?  I have a wonderful Olympus digital camera that I bought ten years ago that has broken twice.  This last time I was told that it will cost me $189 just for a technician to look at it.  I decided to buy this camera for $159 from Costco instead of fixing my other one, but now I hope I made the right decision. I don’t understand the 16 megapixel controversy, but I will rely upon the more recent and respectful posters here and open the package. I am glad that I read the comments all the way through to Rukas22. Had I stopped reading earlier, I might have returned the camera.

3:48 pm - Saturday, March 17, 2012

#22 ram

Thanks for the detailed review and reader’s comments.

Rukas22, you suggest that we can set the MP to 8. How do you do that? I looked at the manual, but was not able to find the information.

Ram

7:05 pm - Saturday, March 17, 2012

#23 Photo1

Thanks for the detailed review and comments.

Rukas22, How do you change the MP from 16 to 8? I looked in the manual but could not find the details.

7:08 pm - Saturday, March 17, 2012

#24 Rukasu22

Sparky
I think the main controversy with the 16mp is that the sensor isn’t good enought to get a true 16mp picture, I guess it’s just a selling point!

Below ISO800 the pictures are pretty damn good, and you can take some impressive low-light photos with a relatively low ISOspeed.

It’s a sturdy camera yeah, it’s got a good build and weight to it. Wouldn’t really want to drop it though!

This is a pretty cheesy video but it’s pretty helpful if you want to get an idea of all the feautures on the camera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkRYIwV-1k0

7:28 am - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

#25 Rukas22

Ram/Photo1

Click on the ‘menu/ok’ button and then click ‘Image size’ on that menu. A list of varying sizes with different aspect ratios come up, and if you look in the bottom left hand corner when you cycle through them you’ll notice it tells you how many pixels each size produces (it says M instead of MP, in case that causes any confusion!).
In the standard aspect ratio you can set it to 16MP, 8MP or 4MP but I personally use the 16:9 12MP size most often, I hope that helps!

7:39 am - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

#26 Andreea

Hello everyone!
Sparky, what type of Olympus did you have?
I had an Olympus Fe-210 (not the best one in the world) but it was ok untill one day I managed to break it. I can repair it for £60 but because the video is without sound and in low light the photos are noisy, I decided to buy a new one… And I am still searching… The most important for me is the SuperMacro option (to be 1cm-3cm)... I tried this Fuji in a shop today, it seems quite good, but I am not fully decided yet…

4:18 pm - Saturday, May 5, 2012

#27 Len Warren

Whats the problem ? plenty of much dearer cameras havent got RAW this one has.
knock it back to 12million p ( Canon seems to think it is about right)Stick to 50/100 asa. A 4 pictures look at arms length. No Problem
    GET A LIFE

4:13 pm - Sunday, May 6, 2012

#28 ugk

@ Garry,
‘Dreadful image quality’ eh?
Does this look like dreadful image quality to you?
For a highly affordable pocket camera, i would say its awesome:

http://img.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_f500exr/sample_images/fujifilm_finepix_f500exr_22.jpg

4:40 pm - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

#29 Catmandue

The above link doesn’t work. But the other sample images on the previous pages do, and they look great.

I got this camera on sale for $143.00 (CDN), and that included an 8GM SDHC card as well.

I’m happy with it.

6:43 pm - Monday, August 27, 2012

#30 fiona

I have this camera and I use it for art college where I will hopefully be doing photography and it’s actually a very good camera, every shot is clear and crisp, yes if your hoping for something a little more creative you will need a dslr but I love the 16mp function, it’s particularly good for shooting artwork.

9:12 pm - Saturday, November 3, 2012

#31 Don Cook

Has anyone else had a problem with over exposed photos and videos with this camera?
I sent mine back to Fuji, who eventually reurned it with a not that just said “replaced lens”. No other coment or explanation, and it still does it. A relative who bought the same model, also has the same problem with the camera.

3:13 pm - Thursday, December 20, 2012

#32 DesertTripper

@Don, Yes. My F500EXR washes everything out. I shot some video at Sea World during the Shamu show and was aghast at how overexposed the entire video was. It was literally unwatchable. I guess this camera is okay for snaps and stuff like that but I’ll take my old Digital 8 camcorder any time for movies. I’m looking for a bridge camera next, not sure if I’ll go Fuji again after this disaster of a camera.

4:49 pm - Saturday, May 24, 2014

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