Fuji E550 - Is it limited to 3 sec exposure?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by JCP, Feb 10, 2005.

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    JCP Guest

    I've been considering this camera for my first foray into digital
    photography. It seemed to mostly fit the bill, giving me essentially
    what I have from my current 35mm compact (Pentax Espio 160), except I
    keep reading that the maximum exposure time is 3 seconds.

    Does anyone know if this is just using one of the provided modes, or
    does this include the manual setup too?
    Since I generally take a few 8-10 sec exposure pictures when I go off on
    my hols, this would be a bit of a deal breaker for me.

    Thanks in advance
    J
     
    JCP, Feb 10, 2005
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    tangwong Guest

    It is true and available only in M (manual), S (shutter priority) modes. I
    find it to be quite limited since I came from SLR background where there is
    no limit on exposure time. However, it is the still image & video qualities
    that make it a keeper. Besides, I'll eventually buy a DSLR.
     
    tangwong, Feb 10, 2005
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    Gnekker Guest

    From my experience with F810 (allmost the same as E550), this is an
    excellent camera, but not particulary suitable for night photography. Reason
    for this is not "only 3 seconds" exposure time (3 seconds, F2.8 and ISO 800
    is not too bad), but below that Auto Focus becomes unstable, and manual
    focus is useless at low light (LCD screen too dark, no central
    magnification, no indication of actual focusing distance etc).
    I guess that's why Fuji didn't bother with longer exposures. Read also
    dpreview about E550, they mentioned something about this.
    Anyway, it is perfectly capable for standard "streets at night" photos, but
    night in the mountains or distant city lights would be a problem.
     
    Gnekker, Feb 11, 2005
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