Summary: Fujifilm currently has one and only one digital SLR on the market - and thus it has been so since 2002. The S5 is a respectable addition to its cannon, Fuji having listened to the wants of previous generations of photographers, and generally ramped up performance further. Sure it's a specialist tool for a specialist market, namely that of the social or landscape photographer. But, in truth, who doesn't enjoy taking pictures of beautiful people or beautiful vistas?
Pros: Rock solid build means that the Fuji S5 will withstand a few knocks in the heat of the action, improved speed of operation, impressive exposure latitude whether shooting landscapes or portraits, image noise unproblematic up to ISO1600, vivid colours with bags of detail
Cons: You'll have to budget for your own compatible Nikon F-mount lens on top of the price of the camera itself, plus the body is bulky. Expensive if considered from a consumer rather than a professional/enthuiast perspective and there are some question marks over whether the SR chip's photo diode set up is really the equivalent of a standard 12 megapixels - though these are familiar and recurrent gripes
Conclusion: Let's start with a little history. In the earliest days of digital photography the DSLR market was a free-for-all of alliances between camera companies such as Nikon and Canon and those like Kodak and Fuji who supplied the electronics and image processing expertise. By the late 1990's the relationship between Nikon and Fuji had led to the co-development of arguably the first totally integrated digital SLR range (co-branded as Fujix/Nikon).
Pros: Huge step up in body quality and performance thanks to Nikon D200 platform, Class-leading dynamic range with up to 12 EV in a single exposure, Superb out-of-camera JPEG with subtle color, tone, DR (though poor sharpness), Visible improvement in image quality over the S3 Pro, Excellent resolution for a 6MP camera (not so hot for a 12MP camera), Surprisingly good results at ISO 800 and over; far better than S3 Pro, Reliable metering, white balance (in daylight / mixed l...
Cons: Default settings produce very soft results (over-strong AA filter?), 12MP mode doesn't produce 12MP of detail, is very soft, shows artefacts and doesn't sharpen that well, High ISO noise reduction works well but again it is at the expense of fine detail, Raw mode is uncompressed and if dynamic range is used they are huge (25MB), Image parameter adjustments don't offer a wide enough range of settings, Disappointing automatic white balance performance under artificial l...
Summary: While a wide dynamic range lets it serve up tons of highlight detail and impressive overall image quality, the S5 Pro isn't for high-speed sports photography, and it could use more resolution.
Pros: Very low noise at higher ISOs; wide dynamic range; solid, well-designed body.
Cons: Slightly sluggish AF system; low effective resolution for a pro-level camera; bloated file sizes.
The S5 Pro delivers top quality images for portrait, wedding and nature photographers
Consumer Electronics Net
5 February 2008
Excerpt: The Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLR camera is a real workhorse of a camera that uses Fuji's exceptional Super CCD SR Pro double pixel technology (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels arranged in a diagonal matrix). Fuji is the only manufacturer to have sensors with dual 'buckets' per pixel, one large 'S' receptor to record standard information with low noise levels, and one smaller 'R' receptor to better capture image highlights.
Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digital reflex camera The developments in digital photography, especially in the DSLR cameras, are still advancing quickly. At any given moment you have to choose whether or not you need a new camera. Fujifilm let us know just in time that the S3's successor was coming. The competition was busy getting ahead of Fujifilm, and taking its users with them. But with the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Fujifilm has caught up.
Excerpt: Fujifilm's 12.5-megapixel S5 Pro digital SLR combines the extended dynamic range capabilities of Fujifilm's Super CCD SR sensor with a solid body and functions closely related to the Nikon D200.
Excerpt: 8/21/07: added comments in performance 8/24/07: spell check! 12/3/07: eBook available Fujifilm S5 Pro Review Is this the "better" D200? Add a comment or send Thom feedback on this article. When Fujifilm announced in 2006 that they'd be making their next DSLR using the Nikon D200 body, quite a few serious event shooters started salivating.
Pros: The tortoise got faster . Yes, an improvement from the S3 Pro in terms of speed, but no match for the D200 in any aspect (fps, clearing the buffer, even image review and some menu setting)., Noiseless means detailless. The excellent noise handling comes at the expense of detail, and the camera is already running shy in that category., 6mp means 6mp. Twelve million diodes do the work of six. But that only means that they muscle up the dynamic range, not resolution., Fu...
Cons: The tortoise got faster . Yes, an improvement from the S3 Pro in terms of speed, but no match for the D200 in any aspect (fps, clearing the buffer, even image review and some menu setting)., Noiseless means detailless. The excellent noise handling comes at the expense of detail, and the camera is already running shy in that category., 6mp means 6mp. Twelve million diodes do the work of six. But that only means that they muscle up the dynamic range, not resolution., Fu...
Excerpt: Conventional sensors have a limited dynamic range. This means that high-contrast scenes may have solid black shadows, blown highlights, or both, depending on the exposure compromises you and the camera make.