Fujifilm FinePix S5200 review posted|
(Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 14:08 EST)
The updated Fujifilm FinePix S5200 offers great value with a 10x optical zoom and 5.1-megapixel CCD in an amazingly small package.
The S5200's higher resolution is a welcome improvement, providing great image quality for a budget-priced digital camera, and its 10x optical zoom is excellent for distant subjects. Its color is more accurate than that of most consumer digicams, although that means it's less saturated on bright colors than most consumer cameras.
The S5200 has a lot going for it in terms of appearance, as well, seeming for all the world like a digital SLR; this translates into a great grip on a superbly balanced camera with a solid feel. The Fujifilm S5200 has just about all an enthusiast user could want in terms of expanded photographic controls, including full Manual exposure mode for ultimate creativity.
About all it lacks relative to its competitors in the 10x zoom category is image stabilization. Given its price and its 5-megapixel resolution, its lack of stabilization really can't be counted against it. For everyday shooting indoors or out, under bright or dim lighting, the S5200 does very well and really sets a benchmark for an affordable long-zoom digicam with enthusiast features. See our FinePix S5200 review for more.