Excerpt: While other camera manufacturers have been trying to fit more and more megapixels on a sensor, Fuji has been developing and improving its Super CCD, which promises to capture a wider dynamic range than other types of sensor. Daniel Lezano takes a close look at the S5 Pro to see if its performance really does set it apart HANDLING & EASE OF USE: While Fujifilm is not able to confirm it, there is little doubt that the FinePix S5 Pro is based on the Nikon D200.
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: 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...
Excerpt: Camera Test: FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro 00074101403008FujiFilmFinePix S5 ProThe moment of truth has come for the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro ($1,900 street, body only). We've completed full lab tests on a production model, and with Excellent marks across the board in resolution (average 1970 lines), color accuracy (a stellar Delta E of 6.61), and noise ratings of Extremely Low through Low at ISOs 100-1600, the S5 gains an overall Image Quality rating of Excellent by a...
Excerpt: Once we had a new fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro ($1,900, street, body only) in our hands, we stopped calling this new camera a tweak and starting calling it what it really is: the baddest DSLR Fuji has made yet. Yes, that's a compliment. As we noted in our First Look (December 2006), this replacement for the S3 Pro consists of a Nikon D200 body with an eye and brain transplant: Fujifilm's 12.3MP Super SR CCD, plus the requisite Fuji processing engine and firmware.
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.
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
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.