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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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Image Quality

The Fujifilm FinePix S5000 is a digital camera targeted to beginner to serious amateur photographers and its image quality is comparable to other 3 megapixels resolution digital cameras. Though the FinePix can output a 6M file, I find it is noisier than a 3M output. I have included examples of both and you can make up your own mind on this.

Since most of you are interested in the FinePix S5000 because of the long zoom, I have taken a number of the picture samples at that focal length. Of course, I have also included pictures at other focal lengths and in different lighting situations. The long zoom opens up picture possibilities once reserved only to those who could afford expensive long zoom lenses for the professional SLR or dSLR category.

For this review, I used the following settings as my preferred settings:

  • Shooting Mode: Programmed Auto (though I started out with Auto)
  • Metering Mode: Spot (though I started out with Multi-Pattern)
  • ISO: 200
  • Image Size: 2048x1536 (3M)
  • Image Quality: Can't be set (the S5000 firmware unfortunately compresses the output)
  • White Balance: Auto

All the pictures on this and the other pages (including the navigation pictures at the top of each page) have been taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S5000 for this review. The pictures on this page provide a good sample of what the FinePix S5000 is capable of and I have provided the 800x600 version. Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2048x1536 version. Please open and download only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

Clicking on a picture will display the 800x600 image in a separate window. Leave that separate window up for all the other images will also display in that same separate window.

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Mississauga Civic Centre: 1/450 sec., F8 and ISO 200 (File size: 848 KB)
Clock Tower: 1/640 sec., F8 and ISO 200 (File size: 860 KB)
JetsGo: 1/400 sec., F5.6 and ISO 160 (File size: 871 KB)
Duck: 1/150 sec., F3.2 and ISO 200 (File size: 831 KB)
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard: 1/210 sec., F3.2 and ISO 200 (File size: 853 KB)
Blue Heron: 1/220 sec., F8 and ISO 200 (File size: 821 KB)
Fir Needles: 1/170 sec., F3.2 and ISO 200 (File size: 809 KB)
Rail Road Crossing: 1/4.5 sec., F7.0 and ISO 200 (File size: 847 KB)
Engine No. 9: 1/14 sec., F2.8 and ISO 200 (File size: 836 KB)
Masks: 1/70 sec., F3.2 and ISO 200 (File size: 815 KB)
Bisons: 1/80 sec., F8 and ISO 200 (File size: 804 KB)
Eternal Flame: 1/480 sec., F3.2 and ISO 200 (File size: 840 KB)
Bench:: 1/60 sec., F7.0 and ISO 200 (File size: 850 KB)
Columns: 1/15 sec., F7.0 and ISO 200 (File size: 833 KB)
Bridge: 1/90 sec., F5.0 and ISO 200 (File size: 847 KB)
Path in Edwards Garden: 1/100 sec., F2.8 and ISO 200 (File size: 832 KB)
Edwards Garden Panorama: 6 portrait shots taken at 1/100 sec., F4 and ISO 200; Combined in Panorama Maker (File size: 1.8 MB)

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A Personal Word

As with every new digital camera, it takes me some time to get to know the FinePix S5000. One thing I find at first (that you probably will also) is that when using the LCD, the image reviewed on it tends to look better (sharper, brighter) even if it is really just a bit out of focus or slightly under-exposed. (If it is way out of focus or way under-exposed, you'll notice it for sure.)

At first, I get many blurred hand held shots at long zoom. But once I learn to hold the S5000 properly, understand how its 2-stage shutter release (and slight shutter lag) works, I'm home free.

As the sample images attest, the FinePix S5000 produces quality 3MP pictures in Programmed Auto mode. Probably due to the high ISO of 200, they are a bit noisier than I'd like (though the noise is barely visible at 3M output).

Even though Aperture-Priority and Shutter-Priority is available, I find that the Program Shift function serves as well in Programmed Auto mode, allowing me to influence the shutter speed or aperture. I would recommend that you experiment a bit with the three different metering modes and see which one you like best: I have personally settled on Spot metering.

The more I use the Fujifilm FinePix S5000, the more I like it. Fujifilm has done a tremendous job with the FinePix S5000. If you are an aspiring photographer and it's a long zoom that you want, be sure to try out the FinePix S5000.

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