Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR Review

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro




Playback Screens, Menus and Software





Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

Enter Playback mode by pressing the Play button. The last image captured is displayed full screen in the color LCD. Pushing the Multi-selector (4-way controller) "right" or "left" takes you to the next or previous image.





Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

Pressing the DISP/Back button while in play mode cycles through screens that show the image's exposure settings, a Histogram, or an Index showing 9 images at a time. You can scroll through the images displayed using the Multi-selector.





Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

Pressing the Face Zoom-in button while in Play mode will zoom directly in on the primary face captured in the image. When no faces are recognized, the image is automatically zoomed into the center of the image. Pressing the Multi-selector up or down zooms in or out on the screen. Pressing the Play button again allows you to pan the image left or right.



Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

Press Play button, then the MENU/OK to open the Playback settings menu. Scroll through the menu with the Multi-selector.

Playback settings menu:

    ERASE: Erase one frame or all frames>

    PRINT ORDER (DPOF): Specify the image and number of prints for printing to a DPOF-compatible printer

    PROTECT: Use this mode to prevent frames (files) from being accidentally erased

    SLIDE SHOW: Playback photographs continuously as a slide show

    LCD BRIGHTNESS: Use this function to adjust the screen brightness

    CROPPING: Crops the desired part of the photographed image






      Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

      When a printer that supports the PictBridge format is available, images can be printed, without a PC, by connecting the camera directly to the PictBridge-compatible printer.To use PictBridge function press the Setup menu button, navigate to System then USB mode and select MTP. Then turn the camera power off.

      Connect the camera to the printer and turn the printer on. Set the Power switch to ON to turn the camera on. The follow the directions that appear on the camera's LCD screen.




      Software and Computer Connectivity

      Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

      FinePixViewer v5.3.60E for Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista

      FinePixViewer provides a simple interface you can use to download, save, and organize photographs captured with your FinePix digital camera. Version 5.3 is provided on the "Software for FinePix" CD that comes with the S5 Pro. You will be directed to install the software from the CD, then connect the provided USB 2 cable.

      Some things you can do with FinePixViewer:

        The Viewer automatically starts up when you connect the camera to your computer so you can copy images to the computer

        Provides a thumbnail display to work with your images

        Processing tasks such as image rotation, image resizing, file renaming and format conversion

        Use the Print Wizard to select the images you want to print, check the image layout in a preview and then print the images

        Order prints over the Internet from the FinePix Internet Service





      Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

      AutoPlay with Windows Vista

      You may prefer to use Windows Photo Gallery that come with Vista. I had to install the software drivers from the Software for FinePix CD before Vista would recognize the camera. After that the S5 Pro interfaced perfectly with Windows Photo Gallery and I was able to use all the familiar tools to import, crop, rotate, edit and print the images downloaded from the camera.

      Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR

      S5 Pro with Macintosh OS X

      Fuji supplies FinePix v3.4 and ImageMixer LE for Macintosh OS X on the Software for FinePix CD that comes with the camera. I did not install the software, but I was able to connect the FinePix S5 Pro to the Mac using the provided USB 2 cable and work with the familiar iPhoto application to import, crop, rotate, edit and print the images downloaded from the camera.






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