ALL ABOUT FUJIFILM FINEPIX S5200 / S5600

Must say Ive been using Fujifilm products for a long time. First was the A200, them 2650, A303 (great companion), E550 (my best friend) and now I am taking a step forward with the S5200.

Before and after I purchased this camera I have seen much information about it, many good reviews, some bad and some interesting things about what it can give.

In order to collect all possible information about the Fujifilm Finepix S5200 / S5600 Digital camera, I am posting here everything I have found on the Internet about this great camera, this includes professional and users reviews, test made on this camera, possible accessories, comparation with other Digicam, etc.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS.

First, lets start with the professional reviews found on different sites:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...uji_s5200.html
In this site the camera is rated among the 10 best super zoom cameras (8-10-2006). There are some example pictures on their original resolution. There is no lab test here; they only give a complete profile of the camera and some samples.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S5200/S52A.HTM
Many tests are made in this site. Very useful for knowing what is camera is capable of. In this site there is an option for comparing photos of different cameras side by side, and so for specifications.

http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/con...ra-Review-.htm
Here is another good site where lots of testing is made. I liked a lot the information offered in this webpage. There is even a comparation with other similar cameras made by the editor. Maybe its just me, but in some parts I think they were a little contemptuous with this camera.

http://www.photoxels.com/fujifilm-s5200-review.html
Quite nice and simple review, I liked the ISO comparations made here. There is a good explanation of the Image stabilization vs. Anti-blur. They have a nice User profile to make clear if this camera is for you.

http://www.digicamreview.co.uk/fujif...200_review.htm
A review from UK, very good.

http://www.megapixel.net/reviews/fuj.../s5200-gen.php
Nice review.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,12...1/article.html
Fast review for shoppers.

http://inktomi-cnet.com.com/Fujifilm...S5200&tag=feed
Another popular commercial site. They gave it a 7.8 rating (very good they say) and it has a tiny video about the camera, not useful though. User reviews are available too.

http://www.macworld.com/2006/02/revi...?lsrc=mwrevrss
I didnt read it all.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1905073,00.asp
No need to click here.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=2882
This is a European Site review. There are some more examples here.

http://www.quesabesde.com/camdig/productos/cam1543r.asp
For those who speak Spanish like me.

http://www.review-shop.com/Fuji_Fine...00_Review.html
Has not read it yet.

USERS REVIEWS.

User ratings are important too, I would say the most important:

http://www.dcresource.com/news/newsitem.php?id=3104
Here you will only find specs of the camera, but other reviews are made. There are some users reviews from price grabber site. According to the reviewer digimon43, this camera is miles away better than newer models Canon S2 - S3, Sony H2 - H5 and Panasonic FZ7. I cant have those other 3 cameras to confirm that, so if any has got the opportunity to compare the S5200 with one of those cameras, please post your comments.

http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/digi...0_reviews.html
Only users reviews in this site.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...epixs5200z.asp
Only users reviews in this site.

http://www0.epinions.com/Fuji_FinePi...splay_~reviews
Some long reviews here. Check DKozin.

http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-Finep...243129?ie=UTF8
Another bunch of good reviews.

http://www.buy.com/prod/Fuji_FinePix...201959838.html
Another bunch of good reviews.

http://tech.yahoo.com/pr/fujifilm-fi...era/1992943172
Reviews from Yahoo.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=140000&WT.mc_n=48244&WT.mc_t= U&cm_ven=ORGANIC%20SEARCH&cm_cat=IPROSPECT&cm_pla= DATAFEED->DATAFEED%20CAT%20-%20CAMERAS&cm_ite=19750%20PAID%20INCLUSION%20-%20DATAFEED%20CATEGORY:%20CAMERAS&cm_keycode=48244
Another Bunch of Reviews.

http://www.nextag.com/Fuji-FinePix-S...63/prices-html
Only some reviews, but in this webpage you can see the price history of the product.

USERS TESTING.

Searching for information on the users reviews and forums I found this test made by them.

http://curtisfun.myphotoalbum.com/vi...umName=album11
This user made lots of testing and posted them in this webpage with his conclusions. Great Job Curtisfun. I might do the same.

http://warrenmars.com/pictures/camera/
This guy in change is stating he got terrible results from his camera when compared to a Canon A610. Maybe he got a lemon. To me it looks he was using too high ISO setting and hard sharpness. Maybe he didnt play enough with the manual settings. By the time when I first use my camera, I would have agreed with him 100%, but after knowing the camera better I changed my point of view.

http://fineshots.blogspot.com/
Here you will find some other test made by someone who calls himself Fineshots. His review is on dpreview.com on date 8/24/2006.

http://intellectual-idiot.blogspot.c...00-review.html
In this site the reviewer makes his won analysis of the camera. You can send questions to him too.

PROS AND CONS.

From all this reviews I have recompiled this PROS and CONS from this camera:

PROS:

Very fast shutter (true) and startup (true). (Speed is obviously one of the best features of this camera)
It takes very Sharp pictures.
Great low light performance. (it definitely can see more than me in the dark)
Great control of noise on high ISO.
Fast Auto Focusing.
Capable of getting photos of fast moving subject without blur.
Long Zoom. (yes, too bad is not the longest, other cameras have 12x)
Real color, meaning low saturation (distortion) of color. (its true, some will find this good, others not)
Good ergonomic, the camera feels great in your hands.
Light weight. (other cameras in the super zoom category are quite heavy)
Very customizable settings (nice manual control, except for the manual focus)
Many photography modes to choose from.
Low batteries consumption (very true)
Doesnt use proprietary batteries but 4 AA.
Auto focus assist light.(A powerful one)
RAW Mode, for those who like post-processing.
Auto pop up flash. (Some people find this better to be manual)
Good Video recording with sound.
Excellent price-performance relation, a turning point for many buyers.
Well built, great quality construction. (for most of the people)

CONS:

Grainy picture (because this camera likes selecting high ISO in auto setting)
Use XD picture card which is more expensive (Most of times true) and has slower transfer rate (havent notice it)
No Image Stabilization. (Many people state its not needed because the high ISO and speedy shutter, my idea is this combination is called Anti-Blur. Others claims I.S. is better than Anti Blur. I suppose the combination of both would be the best)
Difficult menu. (I dont think so)
RAW mode in the hided in the set-up menu. (yes, it should be in the F button menu)
Too slow manual focus. (true, its better to half press the shutter button and let the camera do the focusing)
Bulky. (as most of the super zoom cameras are, but I find it smaller than what it looks in the pictures)
Weak flash. (average)
Small LCD. (I would say average size)
No swivel LCD screen. (Definitely it is a useful option, I think the S9000 / S9500 have something like it, but its pricy. The Canons S2 and S3 are the only competitors having this option, but for higher cost and some limitations compared to the S5200)
Viewfinder don't have enough resolution (maybe the EFV doesnt have great resolution, but it has enough)
No flash hot shoe. (being able to use an add-on flash would had pleased some user not happy with the built-in flash)
Only 3 pictures in continuous shot. (The best would be unlimited, but, can any camera do this?)
Not great software, specially the CCD-RAW conversion software.
Lag between shot when using the flash. (Like most cameras)
Made in china, for some reason Chinese are famous for having quality issues. Seems like because the globalization we will have to get used to it. Other Fujifilm cameras were made in Japan and showed great quality and durability; Hope this one does it too. (Should it be considered CONS?)
Battery compartment is a little difficult to close. (nothing you cant get used to)

UNCONFIRMED INFORMATION.

In the digitalcamera-hq.com site, in the users reviews on date 5/15/2006 someone said:

When i received mine i found that every shot i took was BLURED! All the images were grainy. i first remembered this site and how id read that this was a common problem, and it is. I quickly called Fuji and told them the issue, they told me that its a fault with some of the CCD chips and that it needs to be replaced, which of course is free. SO for anyone whos reading this thinking its a common issue with all cameras in this line, its not. Its a defect thats afflicted a few cameras, so if you have the issue, just call the retailer and they will replace it free of charge. An earlier review (1/23/2006) talks about a similar problem.

Has somebody got the same problem? If you did please tell us the results.

I sent an e-mail to USA Fujifilm customer support regarding this problem and they reply me: Please contact our Digital Imaging Technical Help Desk for complete assistance by dialing 1-800-800-3854, option #1. I still have to do that call.

ACCESSORIES.

These are the accessories I have found on internet for the S5200 / S5600.

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-High-S...&s=electronics
XD picture card, recommended one with at least 256 MB.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-S5500-S...e=UTF8&s=photo
Opteka 0.45 Wide Angle Lenses. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Telepho...e=UTF8&s=photo
Opteka 3.2x HD2 Telephoto Lens. This can be only used with the camera on full zoom. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Filter-...e=UTF8&s=photo
Opteka HD2 Filter Kit. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-22x-Fis...sporting-goods
Opteka 0.22x Fisheye Lens. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Telepho...&s=electronics
Opteka 2.2x HD2 Telephoto Lens. This can be only used with the camera on full zoom. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Ultra-T...sporting-goods
Opteka Ultra HD 2x Telephoto Lens. This can be only used with the camera on full zoom. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Close-U...&s=electronics
Opteka Close-Up Lens Set. This are for macro mode. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Macro-S...&s=electronics
Opteka 10x 55mm HD Macro Lens. Third party product.

http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-WLFX9...243129?ie=UTF8
Fujifilm WLFX9B Wide Angle Lens Attachment Kit. Original product.

http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-SCFX5...9?ie=UTF8&s=hi
Fujifilm SCFX5000 Deluxe Leatherette Case. People seems not to be very happy with this product.

http://www.amazon.com/Lowepro-Edit-1...e=UTF8&s=photo
Lowepro Edit 110 Camcorder Bag. This is my personal recommendation for a camera bag. I bought one this for my camcorder and for my surprise the S5200 / S5600 camera fit very well in it (only the camera). The bag is very compact and protects everything inside very well. If you are going to need to carry other accessories I recommend other bags from the same brand, like the Edit 120 and 140.

If somebody has an accessory to recommend, please post it and tell us why.

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