Fujifilm FinePix S5000

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

The SLR-styled Fujifilm FinePix S5000 combines a powerful 10x optical zoom lens with a 3.1-megapixel Fujifilm Super CCD, which is capable of nearly doubling the number of effective pixels that are processed and stored. The S5000 also features a movie mode with audio, high sensitivity settings, continuous frame shooting, and a host of manual controls.

Optics and Resolution
The FinePix S5000 features a powerful f/2.8 Fujinon 6x aspherical zoom lens that’s equivalent to 37-370mm in 35mm photography and a smooth 3.2x digital zoom. The S5000’s Super CCD HR offers 3.1 effective megapixels (2048 x 1536 pixels), which can translate to 6.1 million recorded pixels (2,816 x 2,120 pixels). It also offers 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, and 1280 x 960 resolution modes.

Effective pixels are the number of light sensitive pixels that are actually used by the camera’s image sensor (the CCD) to record light. The term recorded pixels refers to the number of output pixels that are recorded to the memory card.

FujiFilm’s Super CCD
The Super CCD is a proprietary version of the CCD (charged coupling device) system of light-gathering diodes that captures images into pixels. The Super CCD utilizes larger, octagonal-shaped, light-gathering diodes called Picture Elements (pixels) that are laid out in a saw-tooth pattern. Super CCDs can capture more light information than ordinary CCDs.

The FinePix S5000 features the fourth generation Super CCD HR (High Resolution), which is capable of nearly doubling the number of effective pixels that are processed and stored as additional detail in the recorded pixel file.

Movie Mode and Voice Memo Feature
The S5000 captures continuous QVGA-quality MPEG video with audio at a length only limited by the size of your memory card. You’ll get 320 x 240 pixel video at 30 frames per second. With the included 16 MB XD memory card, you can capture 26 seconds of video.

The voice memo feature enables you to attach short audio recordings (up to 30 seconds) along with your captured photos to help you remember details. The voice memos are saved as WAV files and can be e-mailed along with image files.

More Features
The S5000 has an accurate, state-of-the-art, high-speed autofocus (AF) system that makes focusing quicker and more precise. The AF Assist illuminator ensures accurate focus on specific areas in low light conditions. The continuous autofocus feature automatically adjusts focus as the camera moves. The continuous shooting mode enables you to capture 5 frames per second at 6 MP (megapixel) mode, or up to 40 frames at 1 MP mode.

Other features include:

  • 1.5-inch LCD monitor and .33-inch electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, and slow synchro modes
  • Shutter speed: 2 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Still image formats: JPEG and CCD RAW
  • Exposure modes include automatic, manual, aperture priority, exposure compensation, program AE, and shutter priority auto mode.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on XD memory cards, and a 16 MB card is included. When shooting images at 6 MP, the 16 MB card will store approximately 10 images; at 3MP, you can store approximately 19 images. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 4 AA batteries; alkaline batteries are included, but rechargeable NiMH batteries are recommended. It measures 4.4 by 3.2 by 3.1 inches and weighs 11.9 ounces (excluding batteries and media).

What’s In The Box
This package includes the FinePix S5000 digital camera, 16 MB XD memory card, 4 AA alkaline batteries, USB and A/V cables, shoulder strap, and lens adapter ring. The included CD-ROM features FinePix View 4 imaging software, Image Mixer VCD for FinePix, QuickTime 5, and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.

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