Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Last Update (15 February’09):
– Review by ConsumerGuide

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is the latest Digital SLR camera (announced 26.09.06) from Fujifilm featuring 12.34 megapixel Super CCD SR Pro, 11 point AF system, ISO of up to 3200, hutter speed 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec with maximum flash sync speed of 1/250 sec., and a 2.5 inch 235,000 pixels LCD Screen. The camera is scheduled for launch in February 2007 at a price of $1,999. (Download Brochure)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Compare Prices

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Reviews

ConsumerGuide reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Proand writes;
“Pros: Outstanding image quality, excellent low-light performance, good shutter speeds, LCD magnification is handy, dual image file option
Cons: Add-ons can be expensive, realistic resolution is lower than advertised ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CEN reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Proand writes;
“The S5 Pro has exceptional build quality. Instead of a mostly plastic framework like with the older S3 Pro/Nikon D80 you’ve now got a rugged magnesium alloy frame. The S5 Pro also features seals around doors and controls to keep moisture and dust out of the guts of the camera. ”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Proand writes;
“If you’re a portrait photographer I bet you’ll love the increased dynamic range and film simulation of the S5 Pro provided by the fourth generation Super CCD…. The S5’s body is lightweight, the controls are well-placed, and the grip is very comfortable to hold. ”
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ByThom reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Proand writes;
“should you get a D200 or an S5 Pro? (Or perhaps both?) The answer to that question will lie in your priorities. The D200 is a hands down winner in speed, handling, and all-around decent image quality with plenty of megapixels for the maximum size of any desktop inkjet printer.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhtographyBlog reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
“the Fujifilm S5 Pro is a very capable performer, Fujifilm has obviously listened well to the wants and needs of its chosen market and, being one of a kind, if that chosen market is yours, look no further. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Let’sGoDigital reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
“.Image quality is still Fujifilm’s featured attraction, in one of the most popular bodies found in a DSLR, Nikon’s D200. It’s a first rate DSLR camera! ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
” Fuji’s noise-reduction processing robs a minor amount of fine detail, but overall, the noise profile looks more like what we’d expect at ISO 800 or ISO 1,600 in other cameras. Noise, or more accurately the lack thereof, was one of the most impressive and surprising things about the S5 Pro.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Proand writes;
“The camera produces both sharp and smooth rendering of detail, with little if any jagged edges at the limits of resolution, resulting in what are best described as creamy images. “

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Proand writes;
Likes: Extended dynamic range, Excellent noise control, Excellent color, Excellent Nikon D200 mechanicals, Nikon’s great autofocus. Dislikes: Slow shooting, Menus are a mess, Files are huge, Battery incompatible with Nikon”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
“. It’s not really an ideal camera for the general consumer though, so if you’re looking for a similarly-priced general-purpose DSLR you’d be better off buying the Nikon D200 instead. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Personal Computer World reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
Pros: Easy to use; extensive feature set; film simulation; good dynamic range; excellent skin-tone reproduction. Cons: Slow continuous shooting; average menu design; interpolated output; heavy. Overall: A good-value digital SLR with an impressive feature set and which excels at portraiture”
Rating: ★★★★★

ePhotozine reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
“In the areas of normal light, with streaks of very bright light through the windows caused the D200 to lose the highlights on every shot, whereas the S5 lost some on a few pictures, but performed far better in the conditions. Outside, where the light was bright and reflecting off white dresses, the S5 coped with this without fault, capturing every shot…”
Rating: ★★★★½

KenRockwell.com reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
“Color is the most important aspect of any color photograph. The reason to pay more for the Fujifilm S5 is if you prefer its color. If you don’t prefer the color, other cameras are better for less. Get an S5 if you do people photography.”

RyanBrenizer reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
” Overall, I’d give it almost a stop of advantage. I can shoot at 3200 in an emergency on the S5, which I would never do with the D200 unless I was treating the noise as a special effect.”

PhotoReview.AU reviews the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and writes;
” It represents a particularly good choice for wedding and portrait photographers (including school photographers), who can take advantage of the dynamic range extensions, film simulation modes and face recognition inclusions. Other photographers may also find some of these features advantageous.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.AU has a preview of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro where they write;
With an undeniably sturdy body and imaging technology from Fujifilm, the FinePix S5 Pro looks every bit a promising upgrade for advanced amateurs and professionals who want rich tonal graduations and skin tones. Even though the camera is modeled after the Nikon D200, users should be aware of any compatibility issues, especially if they already have a stable of accessories, before shelling out the cash.”

ThinkCamera have a preview of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro where they write;
“For anyone thinking of buying a D200 – don’t. Estimated street price of an S5 is about £1,000. D200s change hands for about £870. Several hours with a pre production S5 made me think that extra £130 is worth it – you get D200 build quality, Fuji colours and an extra stop of usable images in low light. “

DigitalCameraInfo have written a preview of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro where they write;
“Likes: Dynamic range is unique, and great (pending testing), ISO 3200 setting from the company that really knows how to handle noise, D200 body is durable and ergonomically great, Nikon’s great autofocus. Dislikes: Slow operation and write speeds, Low resolution for a $1999 DSLR, Clumsy menu structure”

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Samples

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos @ Let’sGoDigital
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos @ Flickr
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos by U. Pietsch
– Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Sample Photos 1, 2 & 3 @ ThinkCamera

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro User Manual
– Download Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Quick Start Guide

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Firmware

– Download Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Firmware Update 1.08
update incorporates the following issues.
— When MB-D200 Multi-Power Battery Pack (introduced by Nikon) is used with S5Pro, sometimes the camera may be stopped suddenly (e.g. freeze) due to the contact failure between FinePix S5 Pro and MB-D200.
— Cf. Contact failure is not occurred regularly. Even with contact failure in a short period FinePix S5 Pro will be frozen in some case.
For removing the trouble, new FinePix S5 Pro firmware has been established.

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Press Release

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Introduced to Market – Full Specifications, Availability and Pricing Also Determined

VALHALLA, N.Y.–FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today announced the full specifications, availability and retail price for the highly anticipated FinePix S5 Pro. Announced in development at Photokina 2006, the FinePix S5 Pro is scheduled for nationwide market availability February 2007 at a price of $1,999. Confirming Fujifilm’s commitment to professional photographers, the FinePix S5 Pro carries a number of features that appeal to wedding, portrait and studio photographers. One is an expanded dynamic range from the double pixel technology (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels) of the camera’s Super CCD SR Pro sensor that is approximately 400% wider than that of a CCD working on a single-pixel design. In addition, the FinePix S5 Pro goes a step further by coupling the new Super CCD SR Pro sensor with Fujifilm’s new RP Processor Pro for smoother tonality from brightest light to the darkest shadows. An ISO equivalent sensitivity of 3200 is also available on the FinePix S5 Pro, thanks to the RP Processor Pro technology.

Additionally, the camera features Fujifilm’s Face Detection Technology. A post-capture function on the FinePix S5 Pro, the technology detects up to ten faces in a scene at the push of a button. Using the camera’s LCD monitor, FinePix S5 Pro users can zoom in to the faces of subjects, confirming focus, exposure and whether eyes are open or closed.

Additional highlighted features of the FinePix S5 Pro include: excellent ergonomics with weatherproof seals, a robust shutter mechanism tested to exceed 100,000 cycles, and advancements to the Film Simulation Mode with the addition of three new settings for varying skin tones.

About Fujifilm Fujifilm brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company provides products and services that contribute to the advancement of culture, science, technology and industry, as well as to improved health and environmental protection. It is the global leader in digital minilabs; Computed Radiography systems; ink dyes, pigments and UV inks for inkjet printers and materials used in the production of flat panel displays. It was ranked number 18 for U.S. patents granted in 2005, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2006, had global revenues of $22.8 billion.

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., Valhalla, NY, is a U.S. marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses.

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FinePix S5 Pro Digital Camera – Specifications*

Type of camera Interchangeable-lens SLR-type digital camera Number of effective pixels 1 12.34 million (S-pixel: 6.17million, R- pixel: 6.17million) pixels CCD sensor 23.0mmx 15.5mm Super CCD SR Pro Number of recorded pixels L: 4,256×2,848 / M:3,024×2,016 / S:2,304×1,536 pixels Storage media Compact Flash™ (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive™ File format・Image quality mode Exif-JPEG (Exif2.21 2 compatible) ・ FINE / NORMAL

[Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 compliant / DPOF-compatible]

/ CCD-RAW(14bit) / CCD-RAW + Exif-JPEG Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts) Usable lenses

Type DX AF Nikkor: All functions supported
Type G or D AF Nikkor (IX Nikkor lenses can not be used): All functions supported
Micro Nikkor 85 mm f/2.8D:All functions supported except auto-focus and some exposure modes
Other AF Nikkor(excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II and 3D multi-sensor balanced fill-flash for digital SLR
AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II,3D multi-sensor balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, and auto-focus
Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; color matrix metering, multi-sensor balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
Lens servo Single Servo AF(S) / Continuous Servo AF(C) / Manual focus(M) Picture angle Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm format equivalent Sensitivity

AUTO, ISO100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/

1600/2000/2500/3200 (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto focus TTL phase detection. AF assist illuminator. Focus areas Normal: 11 areas; single area or group can be selected; Wide: focus area can be selected from 7 areas AF Area mode 1) Single Area AF 2) Dynamic AF 3) Group Dynamic AF 4) Dynamic AF with closest subject priority Shutter speed 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec. Bulb. Continuous shooting CH: Up to max. 3 frames/sec. ([D-RANGE] set to [100%(STD)])

/ Up to 1.5 frames/sec. ([D-RANGE] set to WIDE (other than [100%(STD)]))

CL: Up to max. 2 frames/sec. ([D-RANGE] set to [100%(STD)])

/ Up to 1.5 frames/sec. ([D-RANGE] set to WIDE (other than [100%(STD)])), and 1 frames/sec. Auto bracketing Number of shots 2-9 compensated EV value 1/3 1/2 2/3 1 EV step. Exposure metering system Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering.

3D Color Matrix Metering II (metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor) / Center-weighted / Spot Exposure compensation -5.0EV to +5.0EV Step can be selected from 1/3, 1/2, 1EV step. Exposure modes Programmed Auto with flexible program [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], and Manual [M] White balance Automatic / Incandescent light / Fluorescent lamp(1-5) / Fine / Flash / Shade / Color temperature / Preset Custom(1-5)

Fine tuning can be set. Film Simulation (STANDARD) / F1 / F1a / F1b / F1c / F2 Color Space sRGB / Adobe RGB (1998) Dynamic Range AUTO / 100%(STD) / 130% / 170% / 230%(W1) / 300% / 400%(W2) Viewfinder Fixed-eyelevel pentaprism, built-in diopter adjustment,

Frame coverage: Approx. 95%, Magnification: Approx. x 0.94 LCD back monitor 2.5-inch approx. 230,000 pixels low temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD (approx. 100% frame coverage for playback) Built-in flash Manual pop-up with button release. Guide No. 12(ISO 100, m).

i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash.

Flash synchronization up to 1/250 sec. Accessory shoe Standard ISO-type with hot-shoe contact (Safety lock provided) Flash control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor

Built-in flash: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])

SB-800, 600 or SB-R200: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens

3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with flash such as SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22s

4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800 Remote release Electronic shutter release Video output NTSC / PAL selectable 3 Digital interface USB 2.0 (High-Speed) Sync contact X-contact only: flash synchronization up to 1/250 sec. Synchronization terminal Equipped with ISO 519 synchronization terminal as standard, lock screw provided DC input AC Power Adapter AC-135VN (Optional) Power source Rechargeable Li-ion battery (included) or AC Power Adapter AC-135VN (Optional) Dimensions 5.8in. (W) x 4.4in. (H) x 2.9in. (D) (not including accessories and attachments) Camera mass (weight) 29.3 oz. (not including accessories, battery and memory card) Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation Approx. 400 frames 4 Accessories included Rechargeable Li-ion battery NP-150, Battery charger BC-150, Shoulder strap, Camera body cap, Eyepiece cap, LCD cover, USB cable(mini-B), Video cable, Accessory shoe cover, Synchronizing terminal cap, Remote release socket cap, CD-ROM [ image browser with CCD-RAW converting function ] Optional accessories Rechargeable Battery NP-150, Battery Charger BC-150, AC Power Adapter AC-135VN,

Hyper-Utility Software HS-V3, Hyper-Utility Software HS-V3UP 5

*With Fujifilm’s commitment to constant improvement, the company reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

1 The number of pixels on the image sensor which receive input light through the optical lens, and effectively reflected in the final output data of the still image.

2 Exif2.21 is a newly revised digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

3 When connecting the Video cable (included) to TV, the camera’s screen is turned off.

4 “CIPA DC-002-2003 Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption” (extract); Using included rechargeable Li-ion battery NP-150, AF50mm F1.4D lens, Compact Flash™ (CF) Card. Pictures shall be taken at a temperature of 23°C(73.4F) every 30 seconds, the flash used at full power every second shot and the camera turned off and then on again once every 10 shots.

5 HS-V3UP is an upgrade package for HS-S2 and HS-V2

2 Responses to “Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro”

  1. Glenn says:

    Fuji s5 pics are worthless for evaluation! Why bother? Give us full rez downloads, the supplied pics are so compressed they are just a waste of our time.

  2. The S5pro is my back-up camera , the colors are amazing . It’s a good investment.

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