Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom Review

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Features & Controls



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The S5000 employs a powerful Fujinon 10x optical zoom lens, it's equivalent to 37-370mm on a 35mm camera. When the camera is powered down the lens retracts inside the camera.

The digital zoom is 2.2x (at 1280x960 size.) The focusing range in wide angle is from 3.0 ft. to infinity, in telephoto from 6.6 ft. to infinity. The Macro mode covers from 0.3 to 6.6 ft (W) and 3.0 to 6.6 ft (T). The aperture range is f/2.8-8.0 in wide angle and f/3.2-9.0 in telephoto.


Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The S5000 is equipped with a low-light focus assist illuminator. This blue-green lamp will illuminate your subject when the ambient lighting gets too low, the effective range is up to 2 m depending on subject. The AF assist is not effective when the zoom is set beyond the 6x telephoto position, it works best in wide angle focal lengths.



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The focus mode is selected by a button on the top-left side of the camera. Press the button to select Single-AF, Continuous-AF or Manual focus. Flip the switch to the LOCK position to prevent accidentally changing focus modes.



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

Included with the S5000 is the AR-FX5 lens adapter, it screws on to the lens base and allows the lens to extend inside of it. This adapter lets you attach auxilliary wide angle and telephoto adapter lenses and 55mm filters to the camera, it also serves to protect the lens.


Fujifilm FinePix S5000





Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The eye level finder is a tiny, high-resolution (110,000 pixels) 0.33-inch color LCD with a magnified eyepiece. It has dioptric adjustment and displays all the same information and menus as the large color LCD display. Below the EVF is the control button to toggle between the EVF and LCD displays.



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The manual popup flash has an effective range in wide angle of 1.0 to 19.7 ft and in Telephoto from 2.6 to 18.0 ft. Flash modes available are: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced flash, Suppressed flash, Slow Syncro and Red-eye reduction + Slow Synchro.



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

On the back is a 1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor for image preview, review and accessing the camera's menus. In the upper right corner is the zoom lens buttons. Below the EVF is the blue "F" (Photo Mode) button for changing image size/quality, ISO speed and color mode. The EVF/LCD button toggles the display screens. The BACK button is used to escape from menu operations. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images in playback mode. The "Left" button toggles the Macro focus on and off and the Flash modes are controlled with the "Right" button. In the center is the MENU/OK button which toggles the Menu on/off . While ON, the menu selections are navigated with the 4-way and the OK button makes selections. The DISPlay button in Record selects the LCD monitor ON/OFF or selects the four framing grid lines. In Playback the DISPlay button toggles between Text display ON/OFF and Index of last nine images in tiny thumbnails.


Fujifilm has a great online simulator for the FinePix S5000 camera, it lets you operate the camera as it were almost in your hands. Push the buttons, see the menu screens and take pictures. Not sure how long it will be online but it is there now. You can check it out at: www.finepix.de/simulator.




Fujifilm FinePix S5000



On top of the handgrip is the Power / Record / Play switch and shutter release.




Drive mode and Exposure compensation buttons




And the Mode Dial



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The S5000's Mode Dial allows you to quickly select from: Scene Program (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night), Movie, Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and full Manual.



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

On the side is the speaker, USB 1.1 port, the DC INput jack for an optional AC power adapter and an Audio-Video Out port allows connection to a TV for playback, the signal format is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard.



Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The S5000 is equipped with a xD-Picture Card slot and is supplied with a 16MB xD card. It's compatible with any xD card from 16MB to 512MB.


Recording capacity with 16MB xD-Picture Card (included)
Still images Movie
RAW    6MP    3M    2M    1M 320x240
2        10     19     25    33 Approx. 26 sec.




Fujifilm FinePix S5000

Power is supplied by four standard AA type batteries, alkaline, NiMH or lithium. Using alkaline type Fuji claims you can capture 280 frames with LCD on or 270 frames with the EVF on. Using 2100mAh NiMH type you can capture 420 frames with LCD on or 440 frames with the EVF on.

Needless to say, we highly recommend the use of NiMH rechargeable batteries - they're reusable, more powerful and will save you money and keep batteries out of your local landfill.





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