Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Review
Date: Oct 17, 2003
to Serious Amateur
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
57mm, Programmed Auto, Spot, 1/220 sec., F8.0
and ISO 200
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 has everything a
beginner or serious amateur photographer would
want in a digital camera. Not only does it have
the most attractive and comfortable body of all
digital cameras in its category, it also has the
features and exposure flexibility that a beginner
or serious amateur photographer needs to experiment,
learn and grow in digital photography, including
a 10x optical zoom to a 35mm telephoto lens equivalent
people considering the Fujifilm FinePix S5000
are probably attracted to its 10x optical zoom.
The reach of that long zoom is just incredible
and, once you use it, you might find it quite
hard to go back to regular 3x or 4x zoom. A tripod
(or monopod) is recommended over 6x zoom.
full Auto mode, the FinePix S5000 also has Programmed
Auto, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, full
Manual, plus easy to use Scene modes. Program
Shift in Programmed Auto mode makes it a snap
to influence the shutter speed and aperture up
or down while still maintaining correct exposure.
There are also two shooting modes (Top Five and
Final Five) to help in "catching the moment"
in action shots.
FinePix S5000 is not pocketable, and Fujifilm
includes a shoulder strap. It is extremely light
and the best way to carry it is probably slung
over the shoulder, in a backpack, or in the kind
of bag that slungs around the shoulder and rests
on the chest. The LCD is clear with adjustable
brightness. The image on the LCD can also be rerouted
to the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) which has diopter
adjustment for those who wear glasses.
quality is comparable with other 3 megapixels
resolution digital cameras but the use of a high
ISO 200 probably accounts for a somewhat noisier
image at original 6M output size (seems fine at
3M output size). Reduced for web display, you
would barely notice it.
in all, Fujifilm has put together a very nice
package in the FinePix S5000. If you are learning
about digital photography, or you are looking
for the perfect present for someone who is starting
out in digital photography today, the FinePix
S5000 would make one person's dream come true.
if you fit the Fujifilm FinePix S5000 User
||Desire a quality 3+ MP
resolution point-and-shoot digital camera
capable of producing prints of up to
||Want a long zoom. Want
a long zoom. Want a long zoom.
||Want eveything a beginner
or serious amateur photographer needs
to learn, experiment and grow in digital
||Want more exposure flexibility
than provided by a point-and-shoot digital
||Want the best value for
money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur
||Want a well-rounded digital
camera for general family use.