The FinePix F550EXR is the latest generation of advanced compact camera from Fujifilm. With a newly developed 16MP EXR CMOS sensor and 15x optical zoom with RAW shooting capability, it promises a lot. Read our Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR review...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:85%


  • Sleek design, 15x optical zoom from 24-360mm, 8fps at full resolution, fast AF for a compact.


  • While good, image quality hasn't improved from the F300EXR. Slow Raw write times.


Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR Review


Price as reviewed:


Value and Verdict

Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR review – Value

At £259, you’ll find it in the mix against some stiff competition, but you’ll struggle to find a similar priced camera with a specification the beats the F550EXR – there’s no denying you get a lot of camera for the cash.

Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR sample shot

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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR review – Verdict

If you’re after an enthusiast focused compact, then you’re better off looking at the Olympus XZ-1 or Panasonic LX5, but for those after a solid, all-round compact camera, then the F550EXR fits the bill in many ways and is a very well specified piece of kit, especially when you consider the price – 15x zoom, fast AF, and 8fps for starters. That said, while images are good and inline with the competition, they don’t quite deliver the standout results we were hoping for. Rather than opt for a CMOS BSI chip, it’s a shame the Super CCD chip that was employed by the F300EXR hasn’t been developed further.


Power:NP-50 Li-ion
Dimensions:103.5(W) x 62.5(H) x 33(D)mm
Connectivity:HDMI, mini USB, A/V out
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Flash Modes:Auto, forced flash, slow synchro,
White Balance:Automatic scene recognition. Preset - Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom
ISO Range:100-3200 (6400 at 8MP; 12800 at 4MP)
Metering System:TTL 256-zones metering
Shutter Speeds:(Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/2000sec., (All other modes) 8sec. to 1/2000sec.
Exposure Modes:Manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, program, Advance (panorama, Pro-Focus, Pro Low-light), Auto, Scene (18 modes) and EXR (Auto EXR, High Resolution EXR, High ISO & Low Noise, D-Range Priority)
File Formats:JPEG, Raw, Raw + JPEG, MOV (movie)
LCD:3in, 460k-dot
Lens:15x optical zoom (24-360mm f/3.5-5.3 equiv.)
Sensor:16MP 1/2-inch EXR CMOS BSI
  1. 1. Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR review - Features
  2. 2. Design and Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality
  4. 4. Value and Verdict
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