Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR and F500: 15x optical zoom compact cameras

The latest Fuji F550 EXR features GPS and Raw shooting and well as an impressive 15x optical zoom

Fuji FinePix F550

Fuji has revealed a wide range of compact cameras at CES 2011, the FinePix F550 EXR being one of the higher-specced releases, with the F500 following not too far behind. At present there are no full specifications available, but we'll add extra up-to-date information as and when we get it.

The Fuji F550 EXR comes equipped with GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) technology to pinpoint your images with location information. This is then useful for cataloguing and archiving by place or sharing your images on the world wide web by place. As well as this the F550 is able to shoot Raw files in addition to standard JPEG. The F500, on the other hand, is very nearly the same camera but without either the GPS or Raw capture and has a slightly slower burst rate when shooting.

Both cameras have an impressive 15x optical zoom that ranges from a wideangle 24mm through to telephoto 360mm (in traditional 35mm terms).  This is particularly impressive given that the camera bodies measure just 22.9mm wide - the lens extends outwards when the camera is turned on to maintain the overall small package.

The F550 EXR will be available in black with a red highlight finish for £329 from this March, while the F500 EXR will come in a choice of five colours for £279 in the same month.

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