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The Fujifilm FinePix T500 was announced in January 2013 and is an entry-level camera which updates the T400. There are more megapixels and more zoom, with a 16 megapixel sensor and 12x optical zoom, but the screen is smaller - if you want a 3 inch screen there is the T550, which is otherwise identical. The T500 is available in black, red and white for £97.99.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 12x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-288mm)
- Lens-shift image stabilisation
- 2.7 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- Advanced filters (6 special effects)
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 100-3200
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Motion panorama
- 1.1 fps continuous shooting
- Available in black, red and white
The d-pad is also used to cycle through the camera menus, with a menu / OK button located in the middle. The menu system is easy to navigate, any options which aren't available in the mode you are using are greyed out.
Battery life is rated at 230 shots according to CIPA test results, which should be enough to get you through a day of shooting. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.5 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||1.05 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.35 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.6 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.8 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||1.1 fps|
Continuous shooting records in full 16 megapixel resolution, but is limited to just three shots.
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Fujifilm FinePix T500 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/40 sec | f/5.7 | 14.9 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/220 sec | f/8.6 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/125 sec | f/3.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 125
Pet Portrait | 1/125 sec | f/4.1 | 6.6 mm | ISO 160
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with pleasing colour reproduction. Portrait shots have decent skin tones and a free of red-eye.
Fujifilm FinePix T500 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/180 sec | f/8.6 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.9 | 51.6 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/60 sec | f/16.3 | 22.3 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/60 sec | f/3.4 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is OK in the centre of the images but they are softer in the corners, with a decent control of purple fringing. Detail suffers a little in darker areas of the images. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, but macro shots don't pack much detail.
Fujifilm FinePix T500 ISO test images
1/18 sec | f/5.7 | 14.9 mm | ISO 100
1/34 sec | f/5.7 | 14.9 mm | ISO 200
1/70 sec | f/5.7 | 14.9 mm | ISO 400
1/140 sec | f/5.7 | 14.9 mm | ISO 800
1/280 sec | f/5.7 | 14.9 mm | ISO 1600
1/90 sec | f/14.5 | 14.9 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100, but there is enough at ISO 200 to cause images to become a little soft. Images are very soft at ISO 400, with small amounts of detail lost in places which just worsens slightly at ISO 800. Lots of detail is lost at ISO 1600, at ISO 3200 image quality is poor and file size is limited to just 4 megapixels.
Fujifilm FinePix T500 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.1 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.1 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the Auto White Balance (AWB) produces an image with a slight magenta cast, with the incandescent preset taking an image with an orange cast. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs well, with all three fluorescent presets having colour casts.
Panorama | 1/110 sec | f/8.6 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panorama images have a decent amount of detail and are well stitched together.
Fujifilm FinePix T500 Digital filters
Colour - Standard | 1/4 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 100
Colour - Black And White | 1/4 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 100
Colour - Chrome | 1/4 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter - Cross Screen | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Blue | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Green | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Orange | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Purple | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Red | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Partial Colour Yellow | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Pop Colour | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Soft Focus | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Toy Camera | 1/20 sec | f/6.5 | 22.3 mm | ISO 800
Advanced Filter - Miniature | 1/250 sec | f/5.7 | 14.9 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - The T500 has a number of special effects within the advanced filters, with examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is good, but you can't use optical zoom during recording, although there is digital zoom.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix T500 is available for £97.99. Other cameras with a similar amount of zoom include the Olympus VR-370 at £109.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 at £99.99, Samsung WB30F at £119.99, Nikon Coolpix S6400 at £148.99, Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200 at £158.99, Canon IXUS 255 HS at £199.94 and Ricoh CX6 at £149.99.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Fujifilm FinePix T500 ProsOptical image stabilisation
Good zoom range in a compact body
Easy to use
Excellent value for money
Advanced filters allow for creative photography
Video quality is good
Fujifilm FinePix T500 ConsShortish battery life
Image quality isn't the best
Screen is quite small
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Fujifilm FinePix T500 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.4 - f/6.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 288mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Li-ion battery NP-45A|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery NP-45A or NP-45B, AC power adapter, USB cable, Hand strap, CD-ROM, Owner's manual|