that got a lot of people's attention in late July was Fuji's new FinePix
S5000 ($499). The S5000 is a mix of the FinePix 3800 and
S602 models, and it's also Fuji's first Ultra Zoom (10X) camera.
The S5000 uses a 3.2 Megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor, which can
produce images with 6 million pixels (through interpolation).
that with full manual controls and a stunning, SLR-like design,
and Fuji may have a hit on its hands. How does it do in our tests,
though? Find out in our review!
in the Box?
FinePix S5000 has an average bundle. Inside the box, you'll find:
3.2 (effective) Mpixel FinePix S5000 camera
xD Picture Card
AA alkaline batteries (non-rechargeable)
featuring FinePix SX software
page camera manual (printed)
includes a 16MB xD card with the camera. That's enough to get
started with, but you'll want a larger one right away. xD cards
are currently available as large as 512MB, and Fuji lists them
as supported in the manual.
on your own when it comes to batteries. Fuji includes four throwaway
(or should I say, recyclable) AAs with the camera. I highly recommend
purchasing two sets of NiMH rechargeables and a fast charger.
You'll save money and its better for the environment. Fuji estimates
that you'll be able to take about 450 shots using 2100 mAh NiMH
batteries, and that sounds pretty good to me.
very nice thing included with the camera is the AR-FX5 lens adapter
ring. This lets you hook up optional conversion lenses (more
on that in a second), and it doubles as a lens hood.
includes a lens cap and retaining strap, to help protect that
terms of accessories, you have just a few choices. There are
two conversion lenses, one wide-angle, the other telephoto. The
WL-FX9 ($179) is a 0.79x wide-angle, giving your S5000 a 30 mm
ability. The TL-FX9 ($179) is a 1.5X converter, which gives you
an impressive 555 mm telephoto lens. The only other interesting
accessory (beside boring stuff like card readers) is the AC-5VHS
AC adapter ($50).
includes their FinePixViewer software with the S5000. The version
numbers are 4.0 for Windows, 3.2 for Mac OS 8/9, and 1.4 for
Mac OS X. Even with the differing version numbers, the software
acts about the same on each platform. FinePixViewer is for basic
image organizing and editing, and is no substitute for something
like Photoshop Elements. Fuji also includes a RAW File Converter,
and ImageMixer VCD (for making video CDs, Windows only) on the
camera manual is typical of those included with digital cameras.
It's complete, but finding what you're looking for may be difficult.
There's lots of small print as well.
terms of design, the FinePix S5000 gets a 10 out of 10 from me.
Fuji has tried to replicate the look of a digital SLR, and they've
done a brilliant job. The S5000 is like a miniature version of
the EOS-D60 that I own.
terms of build quality, I'd probably say 5/10. The camera is very plastic,
and does not feel terribly solid. Obviously this is my personal
opinion, and yours may differ -- so try one if you can. The S5000's
large right-hand grip and substantial lens barrel makes it easy
official dimensions of the S5000 are 4.4 x 3.2 x 3.1 inches (W
x H x D, excluding protrusions), and it weighs 337 grams empty.
tour of this camera now!
can really get a feel for the SLR-like design of the S5000 in
this shot. Well done, Fuji!
I mentioned, this is Fuji's first real "ultra zoom" camera.
The lens in question here is an F2.8-3.1, 10X optical zoom lens,
with a focal range of 5.7 - 57 mm. That's equivalent to 37 -
370 mm. The lens is threaded, though you'll need to screw on
the included lens adapter to actually attach anything. The lens
adapter supports 55 mm attachments.
above the lens is the pop-up flash, with flash sensor just below
it. The working range of the flash is a very impressive 0.3 -
6.0 m at wide-angle, and 0.8 - 5.5 m at telephoto. One thing
the S5000 does not support is an external flash.
the left of the FinePix logo, we find the S5000's AF illuminator.
Yes, that's not a typo. Now if we could get one of these on every
camera Fuji makes, we'd be set.
the opposite side, you'll find the microphone.
on to the back of the camera now, we find that the S5000 has
a 1.5" LCD display. It's on the small side, but at least
the resolution is good, with 114k pixels. LCD brightness can
be adjusted in the setup menu.
above the LCD is what looks like an optical viewfinder, but in
reality, it's an electronic one (also called an EVF). The EVF
has the same 114k pixel resolution as the LCD, and it's 0.33" in
size. The EVF is bright, and has a good refresh rate, and it
can be viewed fairly well in low light, although the image may
be somewhat grainy.
a nice large eyecup too, which helps keep ambient light out.
A diopter correction knob, located to the left of the EVF, will
focus the image on the EVF.
Photo mode menu
the LCD and EVF are two buttons. The one on the right will switch
between the EVF and LCD (you cannot use both at the same time).
The blue button (with an "f" on it) is known as the
photo mode button, and it lets you select:
quality (6M, 3M, 2M, 1M)
sensitivity (200, 400, 800)
(Standard, chrome, B&W)
thing I love about the photo mode menu is that it tells you how
many photos you can take at a given image quality setting (see
lowest ISO on the camera is a rather unusual 200. If you need
more sensitivity (at the expense of noise), you can bump it up
to 400 or 800. Do note that ISO 800 is only available at the
FinePix color options let you select normal color, chrome (high
contrast and saturation), and black & white.
on the right side of the LCD, you'll find several more buttons,
including back (for menus), four-way controller (activates the
menu and more), and the display button (toggles info shown on
LCD/EVF). In addition to navigating the menus, the four-way controller
is also used to activate macro mode and to change the current
flash setting (auto, redeye reduction, forced flash, slow synchro,
redeye reduction + slow synchro).
the top of the photo, you can see the zoom controller. The controller
moves the lens smoothly from wide-angle to telephoto in a little
over two seconds. By pressing quickly on the buttons, you can
make precise changes.
the top of the S5000, you'll find more buttons and dials. I'll
work my way from left to right.
dial on the far left changes the focus mode. You can choose from
single, continuous, and manual focus. Single AF is what most
people are used to: press the shutter release and the camera
locks focus. Continuous AF has the camera focusing constantly,
even when the button isn't pressed. This will reduce AF lag at
the expense of battery life. Manual focus mode lets you do the
work yourself. You hold down the exposure compensation button
and use the zoom controller to focus, and the camera doesn't
show you the focus distance, so the whole thing is pretty clumsy.
to the right side now, let's take a look at the mode wheel. The
items here are:
mode (portrait, landscape, sports, night scene) - you just
select SP on the dial, you cannot choose one of the items in
gray; I don't know why Fuji did this.
mode - more on this later
record - point and shoot
mode - still point and shoot, but you have access to all camera
priority mode - you choose shutter speed, camera picks appropriate
aperture. Shutter speed range is disappointing at 2 - 1/1000
priority mode - you choose shutter speed, camera picks aperture.
Range is F2.8 - F9, depending on focal length
manual - you choose both the shutter speed and aperture; same
ranges as above
was disappointed to see that the slowest shutter speed available
on the S5000 is 2 seconds. There are plenty of other low-cost
cameras that do 15 seconds, or more.
Program mode, you can do something called "program shift",
by using the four-way controller. You can cycle through sets
of shutter speed/aperture combinations, which lets you use a
faster shutter speed (when you don't have a tripod) or a smaller
aperture (for more depth of field).
the mode wheel, you'll find the continuous shooting and exposure
compensation (-2EV to +2EV, 1/3EV increments) buttons.
are four continuous shooting modes on the S5000:
5-frame - camera takes 5 frames in a row with intervals "as
short as" 0.2 sec
bracketing - Camera takes three shots in a row with different
exposures. Choose from ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
5-frame - Hold the shutter release button down to take up to
40 shots at 0.2 sec interval; camera saves the last five shots
taken before the shutter button is released
continuous - camera takes up to 40 shots (interval of 0.6 sec)
at 1M setting
final item on the top of the camera is the shutter release button,
which has the power/record/playback switch wrapped around it.
first thing that I want to say is "boo" to Fuji for
putting "22x" in big type on this side of the camera.
Digital zoom does not count! Okay, off the soapbox now.
it looks like the camera has a manual focus ring, it does not.
Other items to see here include the speaker, I/O ports, and xD
I/O ports, kept under a rubber cover, include USB, DC-in (for
optional AC adapter), and A/V out. The xD slot will hold cards
as large as 512MB, according to the manual. The slot is protected
by a plastic door that seems sturdy enough.
64MB xD card shown here is not included -- you'll get a 16MB
card with your camera.
to see on this side.
the bottom of the S5000, you'll find the battery compartment
and plastic tripod mount. The S5000 uses four AA batteries. The
tripod mount is not centered, nor inline with the lens.
the Fuji FinePix S5000
takes a little over 4.5 seconds for the S5000 to extend its lens
and "warm up" before you can start taking pictures.
focus speeds are about average, with the camera taking under
a second to lock focus. Using C-AF (continuous AF) will speed
things up a bit. Even though the S5000 has an AF illuminator,
it still gave me the !AF warning in dim light situations.
a very small amount of shutter lag between the time you fully
press the shutter release and the time the picture is taken.
It's barely noticeable.
speed on the S5000 is excellent. Assuming you have the post-shot
review feature turned off, you can shoot as fast as you can compose
setting "image view" in the setup menu to "preview",
the camera will let you decide whether to keep or delete a photo
after it is taken.
let's take a look at the resolution and quality choices available
on this camera.
photos on 16MB card (included)
(2816 x 2120)
(2048 x 1536)
(1600 x 1200)
(1280 x 960)
really compresses the heck out of their JPEG images. More on
you can see, there is a CCD-RAW mode on the S5000. Strangely
enough it's at the 6M size, which isn't the native resolution
of the CCD. If you want to view the images in your favorite software,
first you'll need to use Fuji's RAW converter software. There's
no extra delay in saving RAW files to the memory card.
camera names files as DSCF####.JPG, where # = 0001 - 9999. The
camera maintains the numbering even if you erase the memory card.
FinePix S5000 has a very attractive, easy-to-use menu system
(though the F700's menus are a little flashier). Here's what
you'll find in the menu:
mode (Area, center, multi) - more below
balance (Auto, sunlight, shade, fluorescent x3, incandescent)
- no preset option available
[metering] (Average, spot, multi)
(±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV) - choose the interval
for AE bracketing
(Hard, normal, soft)
brightness (-0.6EV to +0.6EV, 1/3EV increments)
only thing that needs mentioning here are the AF modes.
Multi AF selects a spot in the frame to focus on, while Center
AF always chooses whatever is in the center of the frame. Area
AF divides the frame into a 6 x 6 grid, and lets you choose a
spot to focus on by using the four-way controller.
addition to that menu, there's also a setup menu, with the following
display (On, off, preview) - post-shot review; preview will
confirm that you want to save each photo to memory
save (2, 5 mins, off) - turn off camera automatically after
a few minutes
(Off, 1-3) - volume level
(Off, 1-3) - volume level
number (Continuous, renew)
mode (DSC, PC-Cam) - the latter option lets you use the S5000
as a webcam for videoconferencing; Windows only.
(on/off) - take shots in 6M/RAW mode
(Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese [I think])
system (NTSC, PAL)
- unusual option for discharging NiMH batteries
- settings to defaults
enough about menus, let's do photo tests now.
S5000 did a decent job with the macro test, though the red is
way over-saturated. There's a bit of noise in the background
of this shot as well, which was taken at 3M. The focal range
in macro mode is 10 - 200 cm at wide-angle, and 90 - 200 cm at
got two night shots for you, and the S5000 did a good job with
both. They're a little soft, but otherwise low in noise and well-exposed.
I'm still a little bummed about having a 2 second slow shutter
speed limit on the camera, though.
S5000 did a great job with our redeye test -- there's none to
speak of. I think we have the pop-up flash to thank for it, too.
There's a little flash reflection, but no red.
distortion test shows moderate barrel distortion as well as noticeable
vignetting (dark corners). I noticed vignetting in many of my
real world gallery shots as well.
terms of photo quality on the S5000, here are two important things
No matter what it says on the box, this is not a 6 Megapixel
camera. It's a 3.2 Megapixel camera that can interpolate to
create decent-looking 6MP photos. I would use 6M mode only
in situations where you know you'll be making large prints.
If you're shooting at the 6M setting and can spare the memory,
I recommend using CCD-RAW mode and then converting to JPEG.
Fuji really compresses their JPEGs to death. A 6 Megapixel
photo from a Canon EOS-10D is 2.1MB, while it's just 1.5MB
on the S5000. A 3.2MP image from a Casio EX-Z3 is 1MB at the
normal setting (1.5MB at fine quality), while it's 780KB on
the S5000. Fuji needs to offer a JPEG-Fine mode.
3M mode, the S5000 takes pretty decent shots, though they are
fairly noisy, and have a "video capture" look to them.
At the 6M setting, you'll notice a lot more noise, which is why
I don't recommend using it unless you have to. Purple fringing
is definitely an issue on this big zoom camera, as you can see here and here.
Something else I noticed is that the camera"blew out the
highlights" during a recent outing (see this and this for
example). Colors were generally good and quite saturated, and
most of my outdoor shots were well-exposed.
don't just take my word for it, though. Have a look at our extensive photo
gallery and decide if the S5000's photo quality is acceptable
FinePix S5000's movie mode isn't as good as the one on the F700,
but it's still better than average. You can record 320 x 240
video, with sound, until the memory card is full. Videos are
recorded at 30 frames/sec, which is really nice. The included
16MB card can hold about 26 seconds of video, while the top-end
512MB card can hold 14.6 minutes.
most cameras, you cannot use the zoom during filming.
are saved in AVI format, using the M-JPEG codec.
a sample movie for you. I apologize for the wind noise... but
it's always windy here.
to play movie (5.1MB, AVI format)
Can't view it? Download QuickTime.
mode on the S5000 is typical of those on other cameras. Basic
features are here, including slide shows, DPOF print marking,
image protection, thumbnail mode, and zoom and scroll.
zoom and scroll feature lets you enlarge your image anywhere
from 8-18X, depending on the resolution of the photo, and then
move around in the zoomed-in area. When you enlarge an image,
you have the option to trim (crop) it down.
S5000 allows you to add 30 second voice clips to each image.
you want to see more information about your photos, you're out
of luck with this camera. What you see above is all that the
camera tells you. The S5000 does move through images with great
speed, with virtually no delay between them.
Does it Compare?
the Fuji FinePix S5000 has a very exciting design and good feature
set, but I think it's a little disappointing in photo quality
when compared to the latest offerings from HP, Olympus, and Toshiba.
The 3.2 Megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor takes good shots at its
native resolution, and so-so shots at the 6M interpolated size.
Noise levels are above-average at 3M, and noticeably higher at
6M. As I mentioned earlier, I recommend using 6M (and RAW mode
if possible) only when you're making large prints. Purple fringing,
vignetting, and blown-out highlights were seen in many photos
that I took.
terms of performance, the S5000 is fast in terms of shutter lag, shot-to-shot speed, and playback image viewing. It does
have an AF illuminator, though it didn't seem to help that much.
The camera almost has a full suite of manual controls, missing
only manual white balance. I would've liked to see some kind
of distance guide in manual focus mode, and longer shutter speeds
would've been nice as well.
last thing I want to comment on is the S5000's design. It looks
fabulous -- I only wish it felt that way when you pick it up.
It needs either higher grade plastic, or some metal, to give
it a more sturdy feel. The S5000's pop-up flash did a great job
of reducing redeye. The camera can support both wide-angle and
telephoto lenses (the former may be useful, as the S5000 has
a 38mm wide end), and I applaud Fuji for including the lens adapter
in the box.
S5000 is certainly worth a look -- just be sure to carefully
compare it to the competition.
optical zoom lens
add-on lenses; adapter ring (which doubles as lens hood) included
control of shutter speed, aperture, focus
looking (if only it felt more solid)
performance (except for my autofocus speed)
illuminator (though it didn't seem to help much)
frame rate in movie mode
I didn't care for:
quality could be better -- too noisy and over-compressed; Purple
fringing, vignetting also noticeable.
shutter speed available is 2 sec
guide in manual focus showing current focus distance
manual white balance
body doesn't feel very solid
exposure info for photos in playback mode
Ultra Zoom cameras (8X or higher) to consider include the HP
Photosmart 945, Kodak EasyShare DX6490, Minolta
DiMAGE Z1, Nikon
Coolpix 5700, Olympus C-740 and C-750 Ultra
DMC-FZ1, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828, and the Toshiba PDR-M500 and PDR-M700.
always, I recommend a trip down to your local reseller to try
out the FinePix S5000 and it's competitors before you buy!
how the photo quality stacks up in our photo
other reviews at DP
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