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★★★★☆

“I bought Fuji FinePix S5500 about 5-6 months ago. I...”

Written on: 22/11/2005 by photoman (62 reviews written)

Good Points
SLR like handling, RAW, X10 ZOOM

Bad Points
Maximal ISO only 400, a lot of noise, no option to use external flash, no image stabilizer

General Comments
I bought Fuji FinePix S5500 about 5-6 months ago. I paid for 2000NIS (~430$).

It is my first digital camera.

First impression is great, camera has great design, it's very comfortable to hold, all controls and buttons are on a right place.

It's very easy to use this camera, it is suitable for beginners, and there are features that will please advanced photographers.

The camera can function on fully automatic mode, flexible program or on priority modes such as shutter and aperture. It has good shutter speed range is 15-1/2000, and a bit to narrow range of aperture, only up to 8.

Built-in flash has all traditional modes and makes it's work very well.

It would be a great advantage if this camera had an option to attach an external flash, at least PC-SYNC, but it has no. As far as I know only Minolta has such option in this class (Z models).

The lens is great, it has X10 optical zoom and it's very fast as for such range zoom lens: 1/2.8-1/3.1, colors are great. It has no image stabilizer so you can use long focal length only in very good light conditions.

Camera has great light metering; it has 64 segments TTL meter.

Macro focusing is done from 10cm; it has a big DOF that lets to capture a whole three-dimensional object sharp.

Size of S5500's 4MP CCD sensor is: 1/2.7".

It provides ISO sensitivity in range of 64-400.

In low light conditions pictures are very noisy, that limits uses for this camera. Even in daylight noise can be seen on the pictures.

It requires using special software that can clean the nose.

In summary it's good-featured camera that can be much more than just a P&S.

If not a lot of noise, this camera would be best in its class. I like Fuji S5500 it's very nice camera.

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