Pre-CES: Fujifilm has released the FinePix JX550 and JX500 budget compacts. The JX550 is a 16MP model, while the JX500 is a 14MP camera. Both feature 26-130mm equivalent F3.5-5.6 unstabilized lens. They also feature direct movie record buttons to trigger 720p movie capture.

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Fujifilm FinePix JX550 and JX500: Style with substance

Fujifilm’s affordable FinePix JX-series compacts are designed specifically for ease of use and great picture quality, without compromising on style. This year’s new range of FinePix JX models both offer a 5x optical zoom with both 16 and 14 megapixel resolution variants. All models will produce stunning pictures, making them perfect every day cameras that the whole family can use.

Model nameOptical zoomSensorLCD
FinePix JX550 5x 16MP CCD 2.7" 270K
FinePix JX500 5x 14MP CCD 2.7" 270K

Capture the whole picture

The JX-series ranges of cameras all feature a 2.7-inch LCD screen that has been redesigned to make it easier to see in direct sunlight when users are composing pictures or reviewing their shots.

Unlock creative possibilities

In addition to top-quality still images, the FinePix JX cameras can capture video in 720p HD at 30fps. A new dedicated movie recording button on the rear of the camera makes it even quicker to start capturing video, and with the in-camera editing functionality offered, users can enjoy trimming, cropping and re-cutting their short movies in-camera without having to upload files to a computer.  Once users are happy with their creations, they can watch the movies back on any HD ready TV – and also see their still pictures in Full 1080p HD detail. Beyond standard still sizes, users can also choose to shoot panoramic images that are created using Fujifilm’s auto-stitching technology – Motion Panorama mode. Capturing a breath-taking panorama couldn’t be easier; simply depress the shutter button, sweep the camera across a scene and the cameras will automatically stitch the images together to create a seamless result.

Automatic Scene Recognition

If users need even more of a helping hand, the J Series cameras also feature SR Auto mode, which detects the type of scene being photographed and automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to suit. Six different scenes can be detected on this mode that includes: Portrait, Backlit Portrait Macro, Landscape and Night.

Looks to match the performance

All the FinePix JX-series offer luxurious metal front cover with rounded, soft edges that make the cameras pleasing to hold. Plus, ergonomically placed buttons ensure that users will quickly feel at home operating these cameras. In addition they are also ultra slim and more than capable of slipping into a pocket or handbag for go-anywhere portability.

Fujifilm FinePixJX550 and JX500 key features

  • 16 or 14 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 720p HD movie capture
  • Dedicated movie recording button
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • 5x optical Fujinon lens (26-130mm equivalent to a 35mm camera) on JX series
  • Smile & Shooting and Blink detection
  • Motion Panorama mode

Fujifilm FinePix JX550 and JX500 Specifications

 Fujifilm FinePix JX550Fujifilm FinePix JX500
Body type
Body typeCompact
Max resolution4608 x 32164288 x 3216
Other resolutions4608 x 3072 , 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 3072x1728, 2304x1728, 1920 x 1080 4288 x 2864, 4288 x 2416, 3072 x 2304 x 3072 x 1728, 2048 x 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels14 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Color filter arrayRGB color filter
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, (3200 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)3200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceNo
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 )
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)26–130 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF3.5–6.3
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
Digital zoomYes (7.2x)Yes (6.7x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range10 cm (3.94)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1400 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • SR Auto
  • Auto
Scene modes
  • Natural Light
  • Natural Light with flash
  • Portrait
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night (Tripod)
  • Fireworks
  • Sunset
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Party
  • Flower
  • Text
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1.1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-45A rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)113 g (0.25 lb / 3.99 oz)
Dimensions100 x 56 x 24 mm (3.94 x 2.2 x 0.94)
Other features
Orientation sensorNo
Timelapse recordingNo