Fujifilm F550 EXR

 
Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 12800)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.5-5.3) lens
  • 215g - 104 x 63 x 33mm
  • Introduced July 2011
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  • Alternatives
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43

Fujifilm F550 EXR summary

Fujifilm F550 EXR is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally launched on July of 2011. The camera has got a 16MP, EXRCMOS 1/2" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The F550 EXR places at #102 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #581 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personal criteria.

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Below is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm F550 EXR history

The Fujifilm F550 EXR is part of a family of products. You can see the full range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-FinePix-F900EXR front thumbnailFujifilm F900EXR
F550 EXR vs F900EXR
25-500mm
F3.5-5.3
16MP1/2"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-F800EXR front thumbnailFujifilm F800EXR
F550 EXR vs F800EXR
25-500mm
F3.5-5.3
16MP1/2"2012
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Fujifilm-FinePix-F660EXR front thumbnailFujifilm F660EXR
F550 EXR vs F660EXR
24-360mm
F3.5-5.3
16MP1/2"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-F750EXR front thumbnailFujifilm F750EXR
F550 EXR vs F750EXR
25-500mm
F3.5-5.3
16MP1/2"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-F770EXR front thumbnailFujifilm F770EXR
F550 EXR vs F770EXR
25-500mm
F3.5-5.3
16MP1/2"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-F600-EXR front thumbnailFujifilm F600 EXR
F550 EXR vs F600 EXR
24-360mm
F3.5-5.3
16MP1/2"2011
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Fujifilm-FinePix-F550-EXR front thumbnailFujifilm F550 EXR24-360mm
F3.5-5.3
16MP1/2"2011

Fujifilm F550 EXR Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Fujifilm F550 EXR based on things that are usually regarded as useful in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
delivers RAW formats
does have HDMI socket
excellent zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
great reach (360mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (215 grams)
offers tracking autofocus
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not posses selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.3)
no manual focus
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
very small sensor (1/2")
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Fujifilm F550 EXR Sensor details

The Fujifilm F550 EXR is powered by the EXR processor chip. The specification of the sensor in the Fujifilm F550 EXR is 6.4mm x 4.8mm (1/2"). The 31 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The EXRCMOS sensor has 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. This ISO can be increased electronically to a high of 12800. RAW format is supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the F550 EXR's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The F550 EXR sensor has a crop factor of 5.6 and is showcased in green.

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm F550 EXR dimensions

Fujifilm F550 EXR has a weight of 0.47 lb (215 gr or 7.58 ounces) & has outer proportions of 104mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.3"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Fujifilm F550 EXR is less heavy when compared to its competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Fujifilm F550 EXR beside a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the F550 EXR.

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR topview buttons dials

Fujifilm F550 EXR Lens specs

The F550 EXR has an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 24-360mm giving it a 15.0 x zoom which is significant and does let you zoom right in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 which is quite slow and not good for low light occasions and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to raise the ISO causing noisy images. At the tele end, 360mm is great zoom and comes at f5.3 which is fairly slow and you would need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm F550 EXR Connectivity

The F550 EXR has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy images and at times alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Fujifilm F550 EXR Video specs

The highest possible video quality in the Fujifilm F550 EXR is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in AVI MPEG4 file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance between video quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to find an alternative camera in case you need better sound for your videos.

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Fujifilm F550 EXR Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Fujifilm F550 EXR so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Fujifilm F550 EXR Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm F550 EXR has got a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The ViewFinder specs for Fujifilm F550 EXR are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Fujifilm F550 EXR Shutter specs

Fujifilm F550 EXR can shoot continuously at 8.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Fujifilm F550 EXR Flash and Hot shoe specs

Fujifilm F550 EXR features only integrated flash lacking external flash support.

Fujifilm F550 EXR Autofocusing specs

Fujifilm F550 EXR features just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing.

It also comes with Tracking AF for things on the move. Fujifilm F550 EXR doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing option is useful during low light or you need to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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Fujifilm F550 EXR Battery life

The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life within this category of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

Fujifilm F550 EXR for varying categories of photography

The following diagram indicates a rundown of the Fujifilm F550 EXR for varying categories of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Fujifilm F550 EXR as a Portrait photography camera

The Fujifilm F550 EXR has a points total of 40 which is bad, and means the camera is simply not acceptable for portraits. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files together with the ability to use external lighting.

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sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
delivers RAW files
manual focus not available
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2")

Street photography with Fujifilm F550 EXR

Having a very good points tally of 69, the Fujifilm F550 EXR is a fine fit for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competition (215 grams)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2")

Fujifilm F550 EXR Sports photography highlights

A average sports photography score of 53 suggests the Fujifilm F550 EXR is somewhat suited for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2")
lack of phase detect AF

Fujifilm F550 EXR Travel photography factors

Size is very critical when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Fujifilm F550 EXR gets a nice 69 as a travelling camera which is a good pick to take with you on your vacations.

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lighter than competition in class (215 grams)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
long reach (360mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Fujifilm F550 EXR Landscape photography factors

When you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm F550 EXR and it's moderate score of 50 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable among its competition.

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pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
supports RAW formats
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
sensor size is small (1/2")
does not have Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm F550 EXR Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging should really offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Fujifilm F550 EXR is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 33.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (215 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no external microphone socket

Fujifilm F550 EXR Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the F550 EXR, below is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph listed below will give you a summary of the F550 EXR vs it's top scoring rivals suggested above.

These are various other cameras you may see as alternate options. To look at a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
FujiFilm
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2011-07-19
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
EXRCMOS
Powered by
EXR
Sensor size
1/2"
Sensor dimensions
6.4 x 4.8mm
Sensor area
30.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
3200
Highest enhanced ISO
12800
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-360mm (15.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.5-5.3
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.6
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
39
DXO Color Depth rating
19.2
DXO Dynamic range rating
10.6
DXO Low light rating
158
Features
Minimum shutter speed
8s
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate
8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.20 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (FHD 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (HD 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), High Speed Movie (80 / 160 / 320 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
AVI MPEG4
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
215 grams (0.47 pounds)
Physical dimensions
104 x 63 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.3")
Other
Battery ID
NP-50
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Auto shutter(Dog, Cat))
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Launch price
$450