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Fuji FinePix A500
Fuji FinePix A500

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Fuji FinePix A500

We've given the A500 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

Along with the A400, the Fuji FinePix A500 is meant to be an affordable camera for mid-level users. The A500 packs a great 5 megapixel sensor and standard 3x optical zoom into a little frame. It's an adequate point-and-shoot for those looking for a mainstream, bare-bones camera that's easy to handle and easy to produce decent pictures.


  • 5 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 100-400
  • movie mode
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 1.8" LCD screen
  • Part Number: FinePix A500
  • UPC: 074101441000
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2006

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Fuji FinePix A500 Reviews

Fuji FinePix A500 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
ok camera (Bryan — 12/03/2008)

Takes good pictures but batteries dont last long (even with high quality batteries) Video recordings dont have sound, and the memory card doesn't plug into most computers, so you have to plug the phone in, which again, drains the batteries

  • 5.0 out of 5
Orginally bought for a 3 year old (Hallie — 10/22/2007)

It was given to me and so far its wonderful! I've taken many beautiful pictures. It has been a bit slow at times but other than that, its very easy to use and I love it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
i lov Fuji FinePix A500 (babycats — 08/28/2007)

i love this digitel camera, its working great..easy to use and pics clear...take a look my cats pics here,

  • 1.0 out of 5
broke (mickey — 07/31/2007)

this camera is bad. it is hard to use this camera in the bright sun. and this camera broke .7 months after i owned it. i would not tell anyone to buy this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great quality photos! 1st digital owned. (Cindy Malek — 04/17/2007)

This was a great camera, until it was stolen. The photos were very clear, and the color was awesome.
The only complaint I had was the time in between photos was 8-10 seconds, which, with children is a bit slow.
Good camera, good quality for the price!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fuji FinePix A500 (Roger — 04/09/2007)

Handy little camera slips into pocket & takes great pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pleased with Performance/Price (Jay — 02/21/2007)

I went looking for an economical 5+ megapixel camera and settled on this one. I'm pleased with the performance. The different mode configuration took some time to figure out, but with practice I got the hang of it. As for batteries, go with the 2500mAh NiMH rechargeables and they'll give you better than 100 shots with all features on (flash, LCD display).

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (Peggy — 01/28/2007)

I've always had Fuji cameras, but I was disappointed in this one. It took great pictures, but it had alot of "read errors". I lost alot of good pictures. I even bought a new card and it still didn't work right. I kept wondering why I was using up so many batteries. I put in fresh batteries on Tuesday and by Friday the batteries were almost drained, and it wasn't even turned on. Good thing I used rechargable batteries. I did like the size of the camera. Don't buy it. Look for something better.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not happy (LR — 01/17/2007)

Received the A500 as a gift and have not been real happy with photos I've taken. To focus you have to push the button 1/2 way in before you are actually ready to take the picture. The button is very sensitive and often the picture snaps before you are focused. Many pictures are therefore out of focus. The recharge time is slow so then you lose the opportunity for snapshots. The moment is usually gone by the time the camera is ready again. As far as the problem others have reported with batteries, I purchased Lithium AA batteries when I first received the camera and just this past week changed the batteries for the first time. The lithiums lasted through parade shots, 2 Thanksgiving family celebrations, 3 Christmas celebrations, and multiple birthday celebrations (5 in December). I would definitely do some research on cameras before buying another Fuji.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy! (FINEPIXOWNER — 01/05/2007)

You'll pay more for batteries then the acutal camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
not that good :( (shay — 12/26/2006)

I got this camera for x-mas and im not happy with it at all. i will be taking this back, not worth the price.Bad picture quality.

  • 1.0 out of 5
bad resolution terrible battery life (bill watkins — 12/19/2006)

this camera took horrible pics and required the lcd to do anything which burned up the batteries. I took a dozen pictures which wore out the batteries I am going to return it to kmart.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pocket Camera for the Price (RJ — 12/18/2006)

This is the 4th Fuji that I've owned, and the lowest priced one... Been using what was very high-end in 2001 Fuji 6900 ($1100 with the accesories) — which is still a pretty good camera, but I wanted something for my coat pocket without all the lenses and flash gear... Great little 5mgp camera for about $100

  • 3.0 out of 5
is it worth it? (Tyrese — 12/09/2006)

I just bought this camera the a500 and i was just wondering if it was a good buy, i got it from the internet i haven't received it yet?

  • 4.0 out of 5
good pocket camera (Mr Brown — 11/25/2006)

after using the fuji s5100 for about a year now its a bit of a come down,but is worth the money for a easy to pocket camera rating a 5.1 meg pixel & 5 plus digital zoom pictures are ok though i had more red eye with this camera

  • 3.0 out of 5
PHOTOS & BATTERIES (FCC — 10/23/2006)

Good photos and adequate size, better than A205, but poor batteries duration, even with Ni-MH 2700 mah rechargeables... ����Do you suffer the same? Thanks. Best regards.

  • 5.0 out of 5
under rated (AB — 10/18/2006)

excellent camera for the money. one of the easiest cameras to use with all the bells and whistles needed to be in the upper mid range on overall functionality. definitely recommend.

  • 5.0 out of 5
nice camera (kt — 10/03/2006)

Takes nice clear pictures. I like the fact that it is affordable and has 5.2X digital zoom.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A Fine Camera from Fuji (Edward Little — 09/19/2006)

I have various pocket digital cameras from Minolta, Pentax, Nikon and Fuji. The A500 is pocketable and takes very good 5Mp photos. A distinct advantage is that it has an optical viewfinder, which allows the camera to be steadied against the forehead when taking your shots.
The use of AA sized batteries means that replacement batteries are easily obtained and rechargeable batteries are good value.
If you find that they are draining quickly, turn the LCd off - all LCDs drain the battery quickly - and just use the viewfinder!
Overall, an excellent camera for the price.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad (Anonymous — 09/11/2006)

Good pictures but batteries die very very easily.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Ok Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My 1st digital camera was a Finepix A200. Great camera! Clear pictures & very easy to use. When I decided to move up to 5 megapix I was going to stick with Fuji. I must say that i am a little disappointed. The A200 always took clear, sharp pictures. With the A500 it the luck of the draw. Overall I guess it's an ok camera for the price ($150), but I might go with a Canon or Olympus on my next purchase.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Finepix Entry Level Camera A Good Buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having owned three FujiFilm FinePix A series cameras in the last three years from the A101 to the A500, I find these great little pocket sized cameras. I use the FinePix for web photos as well as occassional prints and find the latest edition the A500 a great camera for a 5 megapixel camera. There are plenty of settings including a "landscape" setting that slows the shutter speed and raises the f stop to allow crisp scenics. A "sports" setting allows the camera to use shutter speed priority to get those shots of moving objects. The buttons have been re-arranged from the original A101 series to make them more fool-proof. The A500 also adds a "Super CCD" which is advertised to give better resolution than the regular CCD on previous entry models. Also added is an internal 12 meg memory so you can use it without any card although there is a slot to add more memory if needed. The only improvement I can see is needed is a sturdier lens cap system. The A500 has a fairly flimsy looking flexible shutter type system that automatically opens on power up. It look like a good punch of keys or any object in your carrying pocket will easily break it.