Fujifilm has announced the FinePix T550, its latest compact travel zoom camera. The T550 has a 16MP CCD sensor, features a 12x 24-288mm (equiv.) optical zoom lens, image stabilization and 1280 x 720 video. The camera also comes with a sweep panorama mode as well as several effects filters. In the UK Fujifilm is releasing the T500, which is identical aside from a 2.7-inch versus 3.0-inch rear LCD panel.

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FUJIFILM debuts slim and stylish FinePix T550 long zoom digital camera

Pocket Friendly Ultra-Compact Features 12x Zoom, Optical Image Stabilization, and New Advanced Filter Function

Valhalla, N.Y., January 7, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the introduction of the FinePix T550. This slim and stylish camera has a FUJINON 12x long zoom lens (24-288mm*1), and is thin enough to fit in your jeans or purse to take wherever you travel, or to just capture your everyday family life. It has the perfect combination of advanced features and ease of use, offering Optical Image Stabilization to help reduce camera shake and blurry images, and an Advanced Filter function for added creative expression. Additionally, its 16MP CCD sensor ensures that the highest image quality is captured every time and can be easily viewed on its bright 3” LCD screen.

“The FinePix T550 offers consumers a great combination of advanced features such as fast startup and auto focus speeds, and increased long zoom power to capture a wide range of photos, all in a stylish and affordable compact digital camera that fits in your pocket,” said David Troy, director of marketing, Digital Cameras, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Electronic Imaging Division. “Everyday photographers will enjoy these cameras for their ease of use and outstanding features like Optical Image Stabilization, HD movie capture, and the Advanced Filter.”

Slim Camera with 12x FUJINON Lens and Optical Image Stabilization

Despite being ultra-compact (18.6mm*2), the T550 camera offers impressively wide subject coverage with its 12x FUJINON optical zoom lens, from 24mm*1 (wide) to 288mm*1(telephoto), resulting in an expanded range of shooting situations. Fujifilm‘s proprietary high resolution technology ensures stunning, clear results at 24x Intelligent Digital Zoom. To help with reducing camera shake and blurring images – especially at maximum zoom lengths – the T550 camera employ Optical Image Stabilization to capture as crisp a photo as possible. This means, the camera can be used without the need of a tripod or other support. With OIS, you can capture sharp, colorful scenes even in low-light situations.

HD Capture with Fast Start Up

With a 16MP CCD sensor, the T550 camera can produce high-quality, low-noise images, even at sensitivities of up to ISO 3200*3. Stunning movies can be recorded at 720p, and still images with aspect ratios of 16:9 can also be achieved simultaneously. Movie recording can be started in an instant, thanks to the dedicated “Movie Recording Button,” and for the creative type of user, the camera also includes a number of advanced movie-editing features. In addition, the T550’s autofocus times are 20% faster than the previous model, the FinePix T400’s, so your camera is always ready when you are.

Easy on the Eyes

Viewing images on the T550 is a pleasure with the smooth, easy-to-read vector fonts and the new high-resolution 3.0”/460K-dot LCD screen. Additionally, an Instant Zoomfeature, which shows your composition area as well as the area outside your frame, and large buttons in a simple layout, help users concentrate on composing, without ever losing sight of the big picture. Another exciting change in this year’s T-Series is that the battery now does not have to be removed for charging, as it can be connected via a USB cable to the power source.

Advanced Filter

The T550 also features a new Advanced Filter option that lets users enjoy a variety of photographic expressions. Choose from 6 creative patterns, including:

  • Pop Color – great for boosting contrast and saturation
  • Toy Camera – adds vignetting for a 70’s retro look
  • Miniature – blurred top and bottom sections for a tilt-and-shift effect
  • Partial Color selects one color and takes the rest of the shot in black and white. (choose from red, purple, yellow, green, blue and orange)
  • Soft Focus – create a soft focus effect
  • Cross Screen adds starbursts around bright objects

FinePix T550 key features:

  • 12x FUJINON optical zoom (24mm*-288mm*) with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 16MP CCD sensor
  • 24mm* wide-angle
  • 3.0” LCD screen Advanced Filter
  • Individual shutter 3D
  • Motion Panorama
  • Easy to use GUI with large buttons
  • 720p HD movie recording with dedicated “Movie Recording Button”
  • Advanced video editing features
  • Super slim and pocket-friendly (just 18.6mm*2)
  • Battery charging via USB cable

*1 35mm format equivalent
*2 At its thinnest point
*3 ISO 3200 is effective in S mode

The FinePix T550 will be available March 2013 at the price of $159.95 and will be available in black, white and red.

Fujifilm FinePix T550 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3440
Other resolutions4608 x 3072 , 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 3072x1728, 2304x1728, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Image
Custom white balanceNo
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 )
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–288 mm
Optical zoom12×
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (7.2x)
Manual focusNo
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Exposure modes
  • Program
Built-in flashYes
External flashNo
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Other features
Orientation sensorNo
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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