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.
Fujifilm FinePix T500 Features
The Fujifilm FinePix T500 has a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and 12x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-288mm, and there is also 24x intelligent digital zoom. To help reduce blur when using the optical zoom there is lens-shift image stabilisation.
To help make picture taking as easy as possible there is automatic scene recognition which adjusts the camera settings automatically for the detected scene. When using advanced filter mode there are 6 special effects available, these are toy camera, miniature, pop colour, soft focus, cross screen and partial colour. There is also a motion panorama mode.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD and you're able to trim and join movies in camera.
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
5cm minimum focusing distance
1.1 fps continuous shooting
Available in black, red and white
Fujifilm FinePix T500 Handling
The Fujifilm FinePix T500 has a pocketable aluminium body with grooves on both the front and rear, as well as a dotted area for your thumb to aid grip. On the top of the camera is the on / off switch, zoom rocker, shutter release and a movie record button. On the rear are playback and display / back buttons as well as the d-pad, which also provides quick access to the flash, macro mode and timer.
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.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot without Flash
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous shooting records in full 16 megapixel resolution, but is limited to just three shots.
Fujifilm FinePix T500 Performance
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Fujifilm FinePix T500 Sample Photos
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
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
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
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
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.
Many entry-level cameras tend to have a 5x optical zoom lens, so if you want an easy to use camera with more zoom the T500 is an ideal option. Although image quality isn't the best, if you're the type of person who shares images on the web via sites such as Facebook it's unlikely you'll have any complaints. It's good to see optical image stabilisation, but we found the T500 struggled to focus in dark conditions. The T500 has a solid aluminium body and is excellent value for money.