Fujifilm FinePix S5200 Zoom Review

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Review posted 2/14/2006

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The FinePix S5200 is styled after and handles like a SLR camera and offers mid-level digital photographer 5.2 million pixels combined with both point-and-shoot simplicity as well as a more advanced manual feature set including continuous shooting, continuous auto- focus, shutter priority and aperture priority modes. This model offers a 10x optical zoom and proprietary technology that suppresses camera shake and blur caused by subject movement.

The FinePix S5200 offers 5.2 million effective pixels, which can produce high-quality prints up to 13 x 19 inches in size. 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 5.7x digital zoom and optional wide and telephoto lens adapters.

Real Photo Technology captures treasured moments just as your eye sees them. Combining Fujifilm's new RP Processor, 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor and Fujinon Lens Optics, the S5200 delivers ultra-high sensitivity (ISO 1600), faster operational speeds (start- up in 1.1 seconds; shutter lag at a mere 0.01 second) and reduced power consumption. This will allow the shooter to get just about every shot, capturing priceless memories as photographs with every nuance of light and color, even in low light situations without a flash using the camera's special "Natural Light" and "Anti-Blur" modes.

The FinePix S5200's traditional body and large lens provide a familiar feel to photo enthusiasts. The FinePix S5200 measures 4.4 (W) x 3.3 (H) x 4.4 (D) inches, and weighs 13.1 ounces without batteries and media.

Maximum image control is realized with the FinePix S5200'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 VGA 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 S5200 can record 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 pixel movies up to the limit of your available memory.


FinePix S5200 Zoom Features:

  • 5-Megapixel Super CCD HR for up to 13x19" prints
  • 10x optical super-zoom (38-380mm equiv)
  • Single or Continuous AF and Manual focus
  • Focus assist illuminator for low-light
  • Electronic color viewfinder w/115K pixels
  • 1.8" LCD Color Monitor
  • Standard JPEG format or CCD-RAW
  • Movie Mode; 30fps @ 640x480 or 320x240 with audio
  • 40-frame burst at 1M continuous
  • Voice memos can be attached to still images
  • Top-3 or Final-3 frames @ 2fps at 5M resolution
  • Auto, Program AE, Shutter speed or Aperture priority and Manual
  • Scene Programs: Portrait, Landscape, Night, Natural Light and Anti-Blur
  • ISO speeds: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Metering: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Built-in manual popup multi-mode flash
  • 15 - 1/2000 sec Shutter Speeds
  • Uses removable xD-Picture cards (16MB included)
  • Compact (4.4 x 3.3 x 4.4 inch) and stylish body
  • Lightweight at just 11.9 oz. (excluding batteries)
  • Powered by four AA type batteries
  • USB plug-n-play connectivity






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Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Fujifilm FinePix S5200





Fujifilm FinePix S5200

The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

The 10X FinePix S5200 and the 12X Kodak Easyshare P850.





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FinePix S5200 Zoom Specifications

CCD Sensor 1/2.5-inch Super CCD HR
Number of total pixels: 5.22 million pixels
Number of Effective Pixels 5.1 million pixels
Number of Recorded Pixels 5.04 million
Total Pixels 5.22 million pixels
Aspect Ratios 4:3 and 3:2
Image Processing Type Real Image Processor - RP (Real Photo) Processor
File formats Still image: CCD-RAW / JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2),
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), WAV (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still images:
Raw 1
5MP(F)6
5MP(N)12
3MP19
2MP25
Movie:
640x480 13 Sec.
320x240 26 Sec.
Lens Fujinon (11 elements in 8 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 2 anomalous dispersion elements), Non extending type
Lens Focal Length
(Rated) / (35mm Equiv.)
6.4-64.0mm, equivalent to 38-380mm on a 35mm camera
Aperture Range F3.2 - F8, in 1/3 EV increments
Optical Zoom 10.0x /38mm-380mm on 35mm equivalent
Digital Zoom approx. 5.7x shooting
Lens Adapters Available Wide Conversion lens: WL-FX9 / WL-FX9B
Focus Mode: Auto focus, Continuous AF, Manual focus
AF system: TTL contrast-type
AF frame selection: AF (Center),AF(Multi)
Focusing Range
 Normal: Wide angle: 0.9m / 3.0ft. to infinity,
Telephoto: 2.0m / 6.6ft. to infinity
 Macro - Closeup: Wide angle: Approx. 0.1m/0.3ft. to 2m/6.6ft.,
Telephoto: Approx. 0.9m/3.0ft. to 2m/6.6ft.
 Low Light
 AF Focusing Assist
 Lamp
Effective range: up to 2.4 m (Wide angle)
Focusing Operation Center point AF and shutter button prefocus selection ability, Manual from lens focus ring, AF Focus Assist Illumination Lamp
Viewfinder Electronic 0.33 inches Low temperature polysilicon TFT, 115,000 pixels. Approx. 100 % coverage
Exposure Control Auto/Manual/Programmed AE, Aperture or Shutter Priority AE, 5 programmed Scene Type (SP) Anti-Blur, Natural Light, Night, Portrait, Landscape
Light Metering (Photometry) TTL 64-zone metering (multi, spot, average)
Color Control Modes Standard, Chrome, Black and White
Sensitivity AUTO/ Equivalent to ISO 64/100/200/400/800/1600
Shutter Release Control Press half way to set focus, all the way to release the shutter
Shutter Speed 15 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
White balance Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom
Flash
  • Auto Flash (CCD)
  • Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
  • Effective range: Wide angle / 0.3 m to 4.0 m / 1.0 ft to 13.1 ft; Telephoto / 0.8 m to 4.0 m / 2.6 ft to 13.1 ft
  • LCD monitor 1.8 inches Low temperature polysilicon TFT, 115,000 pixels, Approx. 100 % coverage
    LCD Low Light Viewability Gain-up Brightness Mode Yes
    Rotation Playback Mode Image Rotation mode available
    Camera Terminals USB 1.1 & 2.0 compatible interface (2.0 Hi-speed), 5 volt power-input socket, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)
    Printing Interface PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible
    Power source 4x AA size alkaline batteries / 4x Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or AC Power adapter (optional)
    Pictures / Battery Charge (CIPA Standard) 250 frames per set of premium alkaline batteries
    500 frames 2500 mAh rechargeable Ni-MH batteries
    Dimensions 4.4"w x 3.3"h x 4.4"d
    Weight approx. 13.1 oz (excluding batteries & xD-Picture Card)
    Start-up Speed Approx. 1.1 Sec.
    Shutter Lag Time 1/100 sec. (With AE/AF locked)
    Shooting modes Auto, Preprogrammed Scene Position (SP), Manual, Macro, Movie, Burst/Continuous, Aperture or Shutter Priority AE
    Preprogrammed Scene Modes (SP) Natural Light, Anti-Blur, Portrait, Night, Landscape
    Continuous Shooting Modes 1. Top-3 (max. 2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames,
    2. Final-3 (max. 2 frames/sec., up to 3 frames ),
    3. Long-period ( max. 0.9 frames/sec., up to 40 frames),
    4. Auto bracketing (2 frames/sec., 3 frames @ +-1/3 EV, +-2/3EV, +-1EV)
    Image Management Modes Sharpness, Contrast, Hue, Resize, Histogram
    Frame to Frame Intervals Max 0.9 frames/sec (Approx. 1.1 sec intervals)
    Movie Recording
  • 640 x 480 pixels 30fps / 320x240 pixels 30fps w/ monaural sound
  • 30 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG)
  • A series of continuous image can be recorded up to available recording time per media
  • Audio Recording Mode up to 30 Sec Audio Voice Memo
    Video out NTSC and PAL Switchable
    Playback Trimming, Image rotate, Automatic playback, Single/Multi- frame playback, sorting by date
    Histogram Yes (With highlight warning in Playback mode only)
    Cradle None
    Memory Type xD Picture Card
    Other Features Auto Bracketing, Voice Memo (30Sec.), Color Mode, Self-timer: approx 2/10 sec., Time difference setting, 7 Language menu interface, Tripod socket
    Optional Accessories AC Power Adapter: AC-5VH / 5VHS / AC-5VX
    xD-Picture Card (16MB to 1GB)
    PCMCIA PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
    Compact Flash Card Adapter DPC-CF
    Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
    xD -picture card USB Drive DPC-UD1
    Rechargeable battery 2HR-3UF

    (Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)






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