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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Overall 8
8.3

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

best4reviews.com
7 April 2008
  • 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
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Hands On: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Pop Photo
10 February 2008
  • 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.
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Camera Test: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Pop Photo
10 February 2008
  • 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...
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First Look: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Pop Photo
10 February 2008
  • Excerpt: In Fujifilm's new math, the successor to the FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR is not the S4 but the S5 Pro, a camera that's essentially a moderate tweak in a new body.
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Overall 8
8.4
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 9
9.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
7.5
Ergonomics 9
9.0
Build quality 10
9.5

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DP Review
9 February 2008
  • 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...
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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.
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Fujifilm S5 Pro digital SLR camera

Techworld
22 January 2008
  • Summary: Based on the body of Nikon's D200, which means it accepts a wide range of compatible lenses, the 12Mp Fujifilm S5 Pro is Fuji's only digital SLR camera. It comes highly recommended.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 10
10
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Durability 10
10

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
9 January 2008
  • 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.
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Fujifilm Pro S5 Review

By Thom
30 August 2007
  • 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...
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Overall 9
8.8
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 10
9.5
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Fujifilm S5 Pro Review

What Digital Camera
2 April 2007
  • Summary: With four portrait-orientated colour modes Fujifilm is clearly targeting the wedding and social photographer, and the S5 Pro?s extended dynamic range will certainly help tackle the common ?black suit/white dress? exposure nightmare. But is the S5 Pro fast enough? Any delay in shooting is unwelcome and after a while having to wait for the buffer to clear before you can review the image and check that eyes are open etc, is not only time consuming, but also a little...
  • Pros: Extended highlight detail in images, minimal chroma noise throughout ISO range, solid build.
  • Cons: Limited frame rate/buffer when using wide D-range, slightly soft JPEGs.
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