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CNET First Look
Fujifilm FinePix S2550HDA low-cost way to get an 18x wide-angle lens, the Fujifilm FinePix S2550HD delivers merely OK photos and shooting performance.
Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor for CNET Reviews and this is a look at the Fujifilm FinePix S2550 HD. It's a 12-megapixel camera featuring a 28 mm equivalent wide angle lens with an 18x zoom. It's priced at just under $250 but it can be found for far less than that. Other feature and highlights include a 3-inch LCD and electronic viewfinder on the back, semi-manual and manual shooting modes, 720p HD movie capture with a mini-HDMI out for connecting to an HDTV and it's powered by AA batteries. While you're not exactly going to stick this camera in a pocket, the camera is compact and comfortable to use and the controls and menus are easy to pick up after some use. Though it looks like a shrunken digital SLR, the S2550HD's shooting performance is overall slow, so trying to catch a sharp photo of a moving child or pet, for example, is a bit tricky. Also, its photo quality at higher ISOs is mediocre to poor so if indoor and low light photo quality is important, this probably isn't the best choice. It's better suited for outdoor photography and bright lighting. It is an inexpensive way to get a long zoom lens, though. If that's what's important to you, it might be worth checking out. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Fujifilm FinePix S2550 HD.