Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR shows you the way to go home

You're back at your desk in a bleak January and your last holiday seems a long way away. The Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR can tell you exactly how far away -- and in which direction...

It's January, you're back at your desk, and your last holiday seems a long way away. The Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR can tell you exactly how far away -- and in what direction.

The F550 packs GPS, for all sorts of location-based shenanigans. It also features a 16-megapixel, backlit CMOS EXR sensor. EXR sensors are arranged to capture light more effectively than most. Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensors move a layer of wiring from in front of the sensor to behind. Put the two technologies together and you should get some impressive results, especially in low light.

You can choose how to fire up the sensor, opting to prioritise resolution, dynamic range or low light performance. Once you've snapped your pictures they'll have location data recorded with them, so you can place the pictures on a digital map. The new Fujifilm FinePix XP30 also boasts GPS, in a waterproof, everything-proof toughened frame.

The F550 records location data even when you're not snapping, mapping a route of your travels with photos placed along the way. Wherever you are, the camera can tell you the the distance and direction back to where a particular picture was taken. Handy if you're rubbish at directions: take a picture of your house and you'll never get lost ever again. Meanwhile, stuck back at our desks on a bleak January evening we could just see ourselves scrolling to our favourite picture and smiling softly, happy in the knowledge that our fondest memories are just 4,954 miles away.

The F550 sports a 15x optical zoom lens with a 24mm wide angle, equivalent to a 35mm camera. It snaps raw files as well as jpegs, and shoots up to 8 frames per second, in bursts of 8 full resolution shots. You can snap even more action at 11fps at 8- or 4-megapixel resolution. Slo-mo video is offered by 320fps shooting, although the resulting videos are tiny. Regular video is high definition 1,920x1,080 at 30 fps, with stereo sound.

Another nifty feature for capturing fast-paced motion is Best Frame Capture, which records the action for as long as you half-press the shutter and then keeps the seven best frames.

If all these features sound too much for you but you still want to bag yourself a backlit EXR, the F550EXR is joined by the F500EXR, a model without the GPS, raw and 8fps features. That's priced at £280 and comes in five colours, while the black-only F550 will cost £330 when it hits shop shelves in March. Now if you'll excuse us, it's a long walk back to Cancun.

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