Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix S5100 / FinePix S5500
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22 July 2007
Conclusion: When we reviewed the S5500/5100's predecessor a year ago, Phil commented ' Throughout my time with the S5000 I was left wondering what would have been like had Fujifilm used a standard four or five megapixel CCD '. Well now we know; a lot better. All the positive attributes of the S5000, from the good design and handling to the impressive zoom range and wealth of photographic controls are now married to a sensor capable of doing them justice.
Pros: High resolution, lots of detail, Sharp, bright F2.8-3.1 10x zoom lens, Low distortion, Excellent color rendition, Comprehensive photographic controls, Fast and responsive operation, Very reliable focus and exposure, Excellent handling, Well built, seems very rugged, Easy and intuitive to use, Perfectly usable as point-and-shoot camera, Focuses well in low light (though see below), Bright, clear screen that works well in low light (though see below), AF illuminator, Ra...
Cons: Minimum focus distance too long in normal mode, Small screen, Some exposure/dynamic range problems in high contrast/very bright scenes, No image stabilization, Occasional focus errors at long end of zoom in low light, Some vignetting at wider focal lengths, Unimpressive burst modes, Auto modes don't use the full range of shutter speeds (1/4 - 1/1000 sec) - shutter priority allows 3 - 1/1000 sec - manual mode allows speeds from 15 to 1/2000 sec
Conclusion: The 4MP FinePix S5100 conventional CCD outperforms the previous model's proprietary SuperCCD HR image sensor. It's speedy and takes excellent pictures with a minimum of fuss, and it would be an unbeatable value if it had antishake technology.
Pros: Affordable, compact and speedy. Takes bright, crisp, and well-exposed pictures. RAW support and an AF assist lamp.
Cons: Lacks important refinements, like antishake technology, a real-time histogram, and a hot shoe. Manual focus is inconvenient to use. Small (1.5-inch) LCD. Uses less common xD memory format. Charger and rechargeable batteries not included.
Excerpt: Fujifilm's new S5500 looks a lot like the old S602 Pro Zoom that stalked the winner's enclosure in the mid-range compact section for some time; and more like the more recent S5000 which it replaces.
Excerpt: The FinePix
S5100 ($399) is an updated version of Fuji's
popular S5000 ultra zoom camera. The biggest change
here is that Fuji has left the SuperCCD sensor behind
in exchange for a traditional 4 Megapixel CCD. Other
features on the S5100 include a 10X zoom lens, full
manual controls, an AF-assist lamp, and support for
Pros: Good photo quality for the most part, Stylish, mini-SLR design, Full manual controls (though somewhat inflexible), AF-assist lamp, Great redeye test performance, Excellent movie mode, Supports conversion lenses, Great battery life, RAW image format supported, Can be used as a webcam (Windows only)
Cons: Noticeable vignetting in images, Noise levels a little above average, Small LCD, low res EVF; both are hard to see in low light, Poor macro test performance, Manual focus feature poorly implemented, Full shutter speed range only available in "M" mode, Poor bundle: tiny memory card, no rechargeable batteries, unimpressive software (most notably the RAW converter)
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls FinePix S5100 Zoom Specifications Number of Effective Pixels 4.0 million pixels CCD Sensor 1/2.7" Conventional CCD System (Number of Total Pixels: 4.23 million pixels) RGB Filters Number of Recorded Pixels 2,272 x 1,704 pixels (3.87 Million) 1,600 x 1,200 1,280 x 960 640 x 480 pixels File formats Still image: CCD-RAW, JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG) *Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible Storage...
Conclusion: All in all I like the Fuji Finepix S5500. It feels good in the hand and produces a range of quality pictures. Having performed well in all the tests it also appears to be a versatile camera. It you are looking for a camera with an extended zoom lens and is also fairly straightforward to use then this one is certainly worth considering.
Pros: Good all round picture quality, Attractive and well built, Easier to use than similar cameras
Cons: Purple fringing and loss of colour when zoom extended
Summary: The FujiFilm Finepix S5500 Zoom is a solid update of what was already a good digital camera, the 3 megapixel S5000. The new S5500 adds a number of improvements which although not crucial are still very welcome - these include ISO speeds of 64 and 100 (the S5000 had a slowest speed of ISO 200 which was quite noisy), a much improved movie mode, a histogram during image playback and the 4 megapixel sensor.
Conclusion: Il rapporto prezzo-prestazioni per la nuova Fuji s5500 è davvero
molto buono. Rispetto al modello precedente
sono molte le migliorie e gli aggiornamenti
che tuttavia non hanno intaccato quanto
di buono era già disponibile. Ottima
la scelta di un sensore tradizionale con
più risoluzione, versatilissimo lo
zoomimpeccabile l'ergonomia e la velocità