Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix S5100 / FinePix S5500
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Fujifilm FinePix S5100
20 January 2007
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. 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.