Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix S5100 / FinePix S5500
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Fujifilm FinePix S5100
7 February 2005
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.
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.
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
Conclusion: The 5500's a pleasing little camera (bar the EVF) that rewards your efforts with nice shots. The AF is a tad slow for my liking and the lack of image stabilization means, at longer focal lengths, camera shake rears its ugly head; a tripod will be a necessary accessory in lower lighting conditions.
Pros: Design and handling are great, the lens offers plenty of scope and the colour screen is small but (almost) perfectly formed.
Cons: The EVF is poor and the camera eats alkaline AA batteries faster than a swarm of locusts.