Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom Review

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Review posted 09/3/03

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The FinePix S5000 features Fujifilm's 4th generation Super CCD HR (High Resolution) sensor, with 3.1 million effective pixels for crisp, vivid images. Coupled with a powerful 10x optical zoom (equivalent to a 37-370mm on a 35mm camera) it allows photo enthusiasts to easily capture images of distant subjects. It's styled after and handles like a SLR camera and offers a full range of exposure control including Automatic, Program AE, Shutter speed and Aperture priority, Manual and pre-programmed scene modes.

The FinePix S5000 offers 3.1 million effective pixels, which can produce images of 2,816 x 2,120 (6 million) recorded pixels for high-quality prints up to 16 x 20 inches in size. In addition to powering the camera's resolution, the Super CCD HR sensor provides rich color reproduction and life-like detail in captured images. Recorded images can be saved in standard JPEG format or for the ultimate in picture quality use the CCD-RAW mode. The camera also offers an amazing 10x optical and 2.2x digital zoom and optional wide and telephoto lens adapters.

The FinePix S5000's traditional body and large lens provide a familiar feel to photo enthusiasts. The FinePix S5000 measures 4.4 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 3.1 (D) inches, and weighs 11.9 ounces without batteries and media.

Maximum image control is realized with the FinePix S5000's advanced features such as a range of focus systems including TTL contrast multi-zone auto, center point auto, focus lock, continuous auto focus (C-AF), manual focus, and AF-assist illuminator. In addition, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, sharpness and color can be manipulated.

The camera can also capture QVGA digital video at 30 frames per second, with sound, to create movies that can be replayed for friends and family at later dates. Movies can be burned onto CD-ROMs using the ImageMixer VCD for FinePix software included with the camera. The FinePix S5000 can record 320 x 240 pixel movies up to the limit of your available memory (26 seconds on a 16MB card).


FinePix S5000 Zoom Features:

  • 1/2.7" 3-Million pixel Super CCD HR
  • 10x zoom (37-370mm equiv) plus 2.2x digital zoom
  • Single or Continuous AF and Manual focus
  • Focus assist illuminator for low-light
  • Electronic color viewfinder w/110K pixels
  • Standard JPEG format or CCD-RAW
  • Movie Mode; 30fps @ 320 x 240 with audio
  • 40-frame burst at 1M continuous
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Top-5 or Final-5 frames @ 5fps at 6M resolution
  • Auto, Program AE, Shutter speed or Aperture priority and Manual
  • Scene Programs: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night
  • ISO speeds: Auto (160-400/200-400), 200, 400, 800 (1M only)
  • Metering: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Builtin popup multi-mode flash
  • 2 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds
  • 1.5" LCD Color Monitor
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Compact (4.4 x 3.2 x 3.1 inch) and stylish body
  • Lightweight at just 11.9 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by four AA type batteries
  • USB plug-n-play connectivity


The FinePix S5000 comes bundled with four AA alkaline batteries, a 16MB xD-Picture Card™, USB cable, AV cable, shoulder strap, FinePix Viewer, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix. The camera is available for purchase now at the suggested list price of $499.95.





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Fujifilm FinePix S5000

Fujifilm FinePix S5000

Fujifilm FinePix S5000

Fujifilm FinePix S5000

Fujifilm FinePix S5000

Fujifilm FinePix S5000





Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The Fujifilm FinePix S5000 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Fujifilm FinePix S5000

The 3-Mpixel 10X zoom FinePix S5000 and Toshiba PDR-M700.





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FinePix S5000 Zoom Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels 3.1 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7-inch 4th Generation Super CCD HR System (Number of Total Pixels: 3.14 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 2,816 x 2,120 (6.0 million)
2048 x 1536 (3.0 million)
1600 x 1200 (2.0 million)
1280 x 960 (1.0 million) pixels
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), CCD RAW
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), WAV
*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage media xD-Picture Card (3.3V, 16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images Movie
6MP    3M    1M 320x240
10     19     33 Approx. 26 sec.
Lens focal Length Equivalent to 37-370mm on a 35mm camera
Optical zoom 10x
Digital zoom 2.2x (at 1280 x 960 pixels mode)
Focus TTL contrast multi-zone auto, center point auto, focus lock, continuous auto focus (C-AF), manual focus, AF assist illuminator
Focus Range Normal: 3.0ft to infinity (W), 6.6ft to infinity (T)
Macro: 0.3-6.6ft (W), 3.0-6.6ft (T)
Aperture F 2.8-F8 (W), F3.2-F9 (T)
10 segments in 1/3 increments
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (0.33inch with 110,000 pixels)
Exposure control Auto/manual EV/scene position
S/A/M modes
Exposure modes TTL-64 zone multi, average, spot
Sensitivity Auto: equivalent to ISO 160-400 with flash off and 200-400 with flash on
Manual: equivalent to ISO 200 400 800*
*only in 1M mode
Shutter speed 2 sec. -- 1/2000 sec.
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective range (at ISO 200): 1.0ft-19.7ft (W)/2.6ft-18.0ft (T)
LCD monitor 1.5-inch TFT (110,000 pixels)
Camera terminal USB interface, power-input socket
Power source 4 AA alkaline batteries or AC-5V AC Adapter (optional)
Dimensions 4.4(W) x 3.2(H) x 3.1(D) inch
Weight 11.9 oz. (excluding batteries and media)
Shooting modes Auto, Exposure Combination, Macro, Movie
Movie recording 320 x 240 pixels up to 26 sec. on 16MB xD-Picture Card, stored directly to media
30 fps, QVGA (Motion JPEG) with sound
Video out NTSC and PAL switchable
Voice memo 30 seconds
Playback Single frame (with max. 18x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Special shooting modes Programmed auto, aperture-priority AE, shutter-priority AE and manual EV control, scene modes, continuous auto focusing, auto bracketing, photo mode control -- ISO/resolution/color
Continuous shooting modes Continuous top or final 5 frame 6MP shooting (5 frames/second)
40 frame 1MP continuous shooting (1.8 frames/second)
Accessories included 16MB xD-Picture Card
4 AA alkaline batteries
Shoulder Strap
USB Cable
AV Cable
FinePix Viewer 4.1
ImageMixer VCD 2.0 for FinePix
Lens adapter ring
Lens cap
Optional lens adapters 0.79x Wide
1.5x Tele
(Cannot use built-in flash when using lens attachments)
Optional accessories AC-5V AC Adapter
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Battery Charger with Battery BK-NH/BK-NH2
Rechargeable Battery 2HR-3UF (2 AA-type Ni-MH)
Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9/FX 9B
Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9/FX 9B
Soft Case SC-FX S5

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)






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