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Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Review

Review Date: Oct 17, 2003

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Fujifilm FinePix S5000

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Executive Summary

This Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Arch Bridge at Edwards Garden: 1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50
Blue Heron:
57mm, Programmed Auto, Spot, 1/220 sec., F8.0 and ISO 200
Cropped

The 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 of 370mm.

Most 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.

Besides 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.

The 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.

Image 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.

All 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.

See if you fit the Fujifilm FinePix S5000 User Profile below:

 
Fujifilm FinePix S5000
User Profile
Desire a quality 3+ MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 8x10 in.
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 photography.
Want more exposure flexibility than provided by a point-and-shoot digital camera.
Want the best value for money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur category.
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use.

 

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