The step-up model to the Fujifilm FinePix S1800 (*Est. $195), the FinePix S2550HD wields the same specs with the addition of HDMI output for easy playback on a TV. (See our review of the S1800 for more about shared features.) Reviewers praise the 18x zoom lens, manual and automatic options, and impressive burst mode for fast-action shots (up to 20 shots at 8 frames per second), although Mike Perlman at InfoSyncWorld.com likens the menus and interface to something "borrowed from an Atari game," and editors at Steves-Digicams.com say that having only two aperture settings -- narrow or wide -- "defeats the purpose" of the feature, which is to offer greater control over depth of field.
The S2550HD "blasted out high-quality still images rife with natural color, tonality, and sharpness" in Perlman's tests, but the weak flash along with a jump in noise and color saturation at higher ISO settings doesn't impress editors at Steves-Digicams.com. Likewise, HD video is "definitely not the camera's strongest trait," says Perlman, especially since the noisy zoom motor drowns out audio. While most users at Amazon.com consider the S2550HD a versatile camera at a great price, experts suggest checking out alternatives. Recommendations include the more compact, 14x zoom Canon PowerShot SX210 IS (*Est. $300) and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 (*Est. $300) with its 18x zoom, top-notch HD video and RAW file support. Critics note the cameras cost more but offer superior control and image quality.
A brief report on the Fujifilm FinePix S2550HD at InfoSyncWorld.com is accompanied by a video review. A lengthier evaluation at Steves-Digicams.com offers a combined review of the S2550HD and the Fujifilm FinePix S1800. Nearly two dozen reviews appear at Amazon.com, where comments are detailed, but don't back low ratings from experts.
While the Fujifilm FinePix S2550HD "sits one rung down" from the FinePix HS10, it's still no slouch, says Mike Perlman, who appreciates the decent set of manual controls and high-quality still images. However, the menus and LCD graphics leave room for improvement, and Perlman recommends checking out other ultrazoom cameras, including Nikon's P100, before making a final decision.
Review: Fujifilm Finepix S2550HD Review, Mike Perlman, April 8, 2010
While the Fujifilm FinePix S2550HD is an improvement over past models, it's "not up to par with the rest of the competition" in terms of image quality, shot-to-shot times and ISO performance, say editors at Steves-Digicams.com. The "versatile" zoom rates as the top feature, but the small electronic viewfinder and LCD suffer from noise during indoor shooting.
Review: FujiFilm FinePix S2550HD/S1800 Review, Editors of Steves-Digicams.com, May 3, 2010
"This is the most versatile camera for the most reasonable amount of money I've ever had," says one owner of the Fujifilm FinePix S2550HD. Unlike professional reviewers, the majority of users praise the camera's features, ease of use and great image quality, and only one user reports problems with blurry photos.
Review: Fujifilm FinePix S2550 12 MP Digital Camera, Contributors to Amazon.com