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Fuji's FinePix S5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji announces new S-series digicam, FinePix S5000
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(Monday, July 28, 2003 - 22:00 EDT)

Regular Imaging Resource readers have known for a week that it was on the way, and now Fuji has made the S5000 digital camera official

Unusually, when the camera was first leaked by Fuji Israel last week, Mike hadn't heard anything from Fuji - and hence wasn't under a non-disclosure agreement and could comment. The leaked info was removed shortly afterwards, but IR readers already knew that the camera would have a 3.1 megapixel SuperCCD HR CCD imager giving a final image size of just under 6 megapixel interpolated (2816 x 2120 pixels), as well as an electronic viewfinder, 10x optical zoom lens, 2.2x digital zoom, xD-Picture Card storage, power from 4 AA batteries, and the ability to shoot images in RAW mode.

We speculated at the time that the camera seemed to be a replacement for the S602 Zoom, but that turned out to be incorrect (although all the other specifications were spot-on). Instead, the FinePix S7000 will take the place above the S602 at the head of the line, whilst the S5000 will occupy a position somewhere in between the FinePix 3800 Zoom and the FinePix S602 Zoom. The camera is designed to have the point-n-shoot capabilities of the 3800 (in other words, offer a fully automatic mode that anybody can use without needing to learn how the camera works) - but also offer some of the more advanced exposure capabilities of the 602 that more advanced photographers need.

The S5000 has a whopping 10x optical zoom, but unlike that in the S602 and S7000 which is f/2.8 across the zoom range, the S5000's lens stops down from f/2.8 to f/4 as you zoom in. The S602's 30 frames per second VGA video doesn't make it onto the S5000 either; instead the new model has a 30fps QVGA video mode. It also adopts the continuous autofocus mode and focus assist lamp from the FinePix F700 and the SuperCCD image sensor of the FinePix F410. The blue button that appeared on both those cameras, allowing immediate access to color, resolution and ISO settings, also appears on the S5000.

The Fuji FinePix S5000 should ship in August at a price of $499. Full specifications and a press release follow...

Fuji FinePix S5000
Fuji's FinePix S5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Number of Effective Pixels 3.1 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7-inch 4th Generation Super CCD HR System (Number of Total Pixels: 3.14 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 2,816 x 2,120 (6.0 million), 2048 x 1536 (3.0 million), 1600 x 1200 (2.0 million), 1280 x 960 (1.0 million) pixels
File formats
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), CCD RAW
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), WAV
*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage media xD-Picture Card (3.3V, 16MB to 512MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included)
Still Images
6MP 3M 1M
10 19 33
Movie
320 x 240
Approx. 26 sec.
Lens focal length Equivalent to 37-370mm on a 35mm camera
Optical zoom 10x
Digital zoom 2.2x (at 1280 x 960 pixels mode)
Focus TTL contrast multi-zone auto, center point auto, focus lock, continuous auto focus (C-AF), manual focus, AF assist illuminator
Focus Range
Normal: 3.0ft to infinity (W), 6.6ft to infinity (T)
Macro: 0.3-6.6ft (W), 3.0-6.6ft (T)
Aperture
F 2.8-F8 (W), F3.2-F9 (T)
10 segments in 1/3 increments
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (0.33inch with 110,000 pixels)
Exposure control
Auto / manual EV / scene position
S / A / M modes
Exposure modes TTL-64 zone multi, average, spot
Sensitivity
Auto: equivalent to ISO 160-400 with flash off and 200-400 with flash on
Manual: equivalent to ISO 200 400 800*
* only in 1M mode
Shutter speed 2 sec. – 1/2000 sec.
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash
Auto flash using flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective range (at ISO 200): 1.0ft-19.7ft (W)/2.6ft-18.0ft (T)
LCD monitor 1.5-inch TFT (110,000 pixels)
Camera terminal USB interface, power-input socket
Power source 4 AA alkaline batteries or AC-5V AC Adapter (optional)
Dimensions 4.4(W) x 3.2(H) x 3.1(D) inch
Weight 11.9 oz. (excluding batteries and media)
Shooting modes Auto, Exposure Combination, Macro, Movie
Movie recording
320 x 240 pixels up to 26 sec. on 16MB xD-Picture Card, stored directly to media
30 fps, QVGA  (Motion JPEG) with sound
Video out NTSC and PAL switchable
Voice memo 30 seconds
Playback Single frame (with max. 18x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Special shooting modes Programmed auto, aperture-priority AE, shutter-priority AE and manual EV control, scene modes, continuous auto focusing, auto bracketing, photo mode control - ISO / resolution / color
Continuous shooting modes
Continuous top or final 5 frame 6MP shooting (5 frames / second)
40 frame 1MP continuous shooting (1.8 frames / second)
Accessories included
16MB xD-Picture Card
4 AA alkaline batteries
Shoulder Strap
USB Cable
AV Cable
FinePix Viewer
ImageMixer VCD for FinePix
Lens adapter ring
Lens cap
Optional lens adapters
0.79x Wide
1.5x Tele
(Cannot use built-in flash when using lens attachments)
Optional accessories
AC-5V AC Adapter
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Battery Charger with Battery BK-NH/BK-NH2
Rechargeable Battery 2HR-3UF (2 AA-type Ni-MH)
Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9/FX 9B
Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9/FX 9B
Soft Case SC-FX 602
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* Specifications subject to change without notice.

Original Source Press Release:

FUJIFILM UNVEILS NEW CONSUMER DIGITAL SLR MODEL WITH 10X ZOOM

FinePix S5000 offers advanced photographic features at affordable price for photo enthusiasts

VALHALLA, NY, July 29, 2003 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today announced the launch of the FinePix S5000, a consumer digital SLR camera model.  The camera carries Fujifilm's proprietary Super CCD HR (High Resolution) sensor, offering 3.1 million effective pixels for crisp, vivid images.  The FinePix S5000 also offers a 10x optical zoom and 2.2x digital zoom (at 1280 x 960 pixels), allowing photo enthusiasts to capture images of distant subjects.  Its traditional styling, pre-programmed scenes, and optional full manual controls create a pleasurable experience for consumers who want to combine the artistry of photography with the convenience of digital.

The FinePix S5000 offers 3.1 million effective pixels, which can produce images of 2,816 x 2,120 (6 million) recorded pixels for high-quality prints up to 16 x 20 inches in size.  In addition to powering the camera’s resolution, the Super CCD HR sensor provides rich color reproduction and life-like detail in captured images.

"We're pleased to introduce the FinePix S5000, an outstanding addition to our digital camera product line," said Eric Thorng, Senior Marketing Manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Photo Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.  "Fujifilm understands the photo enthusiast's need for control and quality.  That's why the FinePix S5000 offers fully manual controls combined with our leading-edge sensor technology and long zoom capacity.  In this camera, we've leveraged our traditional film and film camera expertise to provide a high quality consumer digital camera."

Fujifilm's FinePix S5000 digital camera offers the following array of features:

  • Improved color saturation - The FinePix S5000's Super CCD HR sensor system enables the digital picture-taker to capture images with rich, vibrant colors that radiate in prints.
  • Increased resolution and reach - The camera's Super CCD sensor maximizes 3.1 million effective pixels to produce a true-to-life 2,816 x 2,120 (6.0 million) recorded pixel output file.  The camera also offers an amazing 10x optical and 2.2x digital zoom and optional wide and telephoto lens adapters.
  • Traditional SLR styling - The FinePix S5000's traditional body and large lens provide a familiar feel to photo enthusiasts.  The FinePix S5000 measures 4.4 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 3.1 (D) inches, and weighs 11.9 ounces without batteries and media.
  • Full manual controls - Consumers who want maximum image control will be pleased with the FinePix S5000's fully manual controls.  The camera offers a range of focus systems including TTL contrast multi-zone auto, center point auto, focus lock, continuous auto focus (C-AF), manual focus, and AF-assist illuminator.  In addition, shutter speed, aperture range and white balance can be manipulated.
  • Movie recording with sound - The camera can capture QVGA digital video at 30 frames per second, with sound, to create short clips that can be replayed for friends and family at later dates.  Movies can be burned onto CD-ROMs for storage using the ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 2.0 software included with the camera.  The FinePix S5000 can record 26-second 320 x 240 pixel movies with a 16MB xD-Picture Card.

The FinePix S5000 comes bundled with four AA alkaline batteries, a 16MB xD-Picture Card™, USB cable, AV cable, shoulder strap, FinePix Viewer, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix. The camera will be available for purchase in August 2003 at the suggested list price of $499.95.

Fujifilm Makes Digital Photography Easy:
Now, consumers can get high-quality photos produced from their digital cameras just as easily as they get pictures from film cameras.  It’s as simple as bringing their media storage card to one of thousands of Fujifilm Digital Camera Developing services providers nationwide.  Consumers are encouraged to visit www.digitalcameradelveloping.com to find a retailer in their area offering Fujifilm Digital Camera Developing services.

To help simplify digital camera technology and educate consumers about the choices available to them, Fujifilm is now traveling the country for a third year with its "Picture of America™" Tour featuring its FinePix Truck. The tour highlights Fujifilm's complete line of shoot, store, print and share digital photography solutions.  Details about the truck, as well as information about where it will be next, can be found at www.fujifilm.com/finepixtour.

About Fujifilm
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is the U.S. marketing subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. of Tokyo (FUJIY), a leading global manufacturer in three business segments, including Imaging Solutions, Information Solutions and Document Solutions. Recognized for its technological innovation and high quality, Fujifilm offers a complete portfolio of imaging, information and document products, services and e-solutions to retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers.

The complete Fujifilm product portfolio in the U.S.A. includes: professional and consumer film and cameras; digital imaging products, including cameras and printers for commercial and consumer use; digital minilabs and kiosks; photographic paper and photofinishing supplies; professional motion picture film; high-capacity floppy disks, CDs and DVDs, tape cartridges and other data storage media; videotape and audiocassettes; professional and consumer optical discs; microfilm and other micrographic products; and graphic arts film, conventional and digital printing plates, analog and digital color proofing systems, drum and flatbed scanners, imagesetters and computer-to-plate systems. Fujicolor Processing, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., provides wholesale photofinishing through a network of laboratories across the country. Fujifilm e-Systems is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., that develops workflow solutions to support the company's photofinishing labs and consumer photographic businesses, including online imaging services such as Fujifilm.net. Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., is the largest U.S. distributor of equipment, consumables and technical services for the graphic communications industry.

For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.  

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