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Fujifilm FinePix S5200 Review

Review Date: Nov 8, 2005

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award


The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 is a digital camera targeted to Beginner and Serious Amateur photographers. It has 5.1 effective megapixels resolution on a 1/2.5 in. 5th Gen. SuperCCD HR image sensor. The Fujinon lens is a 38-380 mm (35mm format equivalent) F3.2(W)-F3.5(T), 10x optical zoom.

We find the overall image quality of the Fujifilm S5200 to be excellent.

10x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 38 mm Tele 380 mm
Wide-angle 6.3mm
(38mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 63.0mm
(380mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 38mm and 380mm. The lens is threaded and has a 55mm diameter.

6.3mm, Manual, Pattern, Custom WB
1.3 sec., F3.2, ISO 64, Macro

The Fujifilm S5200 can focus in Macro mode to as close as 10 cm (3.6 in.).

Auto White Balance Indoors
AWB Custom WB
AWB Custom WB

As the above two pictures show, the Auto White Balance (AWB) is pretty good (slight pinkish cast) under fluorescent artificial light. The S5200 allows you to set a Custom (manual) White Balance, which gives excellent results. As expected, AWB works very well in natural light.

ISO Comparisons
ISO 64
ISO 64
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 400 ISO 800
ISO 400 ISO 800
ISO 1600  
ISO 1600  

The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white rectangle) demonstrate the low noise at ISO 64, 100, 200 and 400. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 800 (and quite visible at ISO 1600) but should not be an issue in 4x6 in. prints.

Chromatic Aberrations

CA (purple fringing) is barely visible in very strong highlights situations. In the shot above, CA is slightly visible at the position delimited by the red square at centre left (reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right) but not enough to be a major problem. CA is generally not a problem in everyday shots.

Long Shutter Speed
Long Exposure
6.3mm, Manual, Pattern, 15 sec., F4.5 ISO 64
Custom WB, Macro, Self-Timer (10 sec.), Tripod Used

The Fujifilm S5200 provides a maximum long shutter speed of 15 sec. in Manual Mode, making it possible to take some nice night shots. Here I'm checking out the presence of noise at long exposure (noise usually increases the longer the shutter is left open). As usual, I place Bamm-Bamm under my office desk, in the shadows, to obtain a long exposure of 15 sec. at F4.5. I use the extremely useful Exposure Indicator to get a good approximation when correct exposure is achieved. It's an approximation but I find it good enough. To eliminate camera shake, I place the camera on a tripod and use the self-timer (set to fire after 10 sec.). Since the normal minimum focusing distance is 90cm (3ft), I switch Macro ON to allow me to move in closer for a tighter shot. No noise reduction is required to produce rich dark blacks, and so no extra time is added to the 15 sec. exposure.

The pictures in the Fujifilm FinePix S5200 Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 2592 x 1944 pixels original size (click on the image for the original version).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!


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