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.
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 is well known for its extensive range of digital compacts, but when it comes to digital SLRs, the company only has one model. The new FinePix S5 Pro is the successor to Fuji's S3 Pro, a model well liked by enthusiasts for its pleasing colour rendition and wider-than-average dynamic range.
Conclusion: Ondanks de kleine kritiekpunten ben ik wel zeer tevreden met de Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro. Het is een fijne digitale SLR camera om mee te werken met een uitzonderlijke beeldkwaliteit. Eindelijk is de unieke Fujifilm technologie gecombineerd met een bijpassende behuizing. Een DSLR camera waar de meeste fotografen mee uit de voeten kunnen en die niet snel teleur zal stellen. Groot voordeel is bovendien de prijs, die ligt onder de D200.
Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digitale reflex camera De ontwikkelingen in de digitale fotografie, en in het bijzonder bij DSLR camera's, gaan nog steeds snel. Op ieder moment sta je weer voor een keuze of je niet een nieuwe camera nodig hebt. Fujifilm liet nog net op tijd weten dat de opvolger van de S3Pro eraan kwam. De naaste concurrentie was al druk bezig om Fujifilm te passeren en gebruikers mee te nemen. Met de Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro steekt Fujifilm daar een stokje voor.