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Fujifilm's FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces S5 Pro pricing, availability (UPDATED)
(Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 00:00 EST)

In the runup to the Photokina trade show held in Germany last September, Fujifilm announced its development of the FinePix S5 Pro, the latest model in its FinePix S-series of single-lens reflex digital cameras.

Today, the company has reiterated the specifications announced at that time (with a few more points detailed, such as ISO sensitivity options) - and for the first time provided full information on pricing and availability. Full coverage of the announcement can be found in an earlier news item, however in brief the S5 Pro retains the same resolution as the S3 Pro (6.17 effective megapixels from 12.34 million photodiodes) - but with a greatly improved body that looks to be based on Nikon's D200 DSLR. This new body allows 11-point AF, i-TTL flash metering, a 2.5" LCD display, Lithium Ion battery, a shutter with a rated lifetime of 100,000 cycles offering speeds from 30 to 1/8000 second, a slightly higher viewfinder magnification, 1/250 second flash sync, and lens aperture control of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 stop - all improvements over the predecessor camera.

When first announced, Fujifilm predicted the S5 Pro to ship in the first quarter of 2007. The company looks to be on track with predicted availability now confirmed for February 2007, and retail pricing set at $1999.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Fujifilm's FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypePro SLR
Model NumberS5 Pro
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1.09" Fujifilm SuperCCD SR
6.45 megapixels (total)
6.17 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image Dimensions4256 x 2848 (12.1 megapixels, interpolated) 3024 x 2016 (6.1 megapixels) 2304 x 1536 (3.5 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 3.0 frames per second, 24 RAW or 52 JPEG images in standard dynamic range, 11 RAW / 40 JPEG in wide dynamic range
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, SLR
LCD2.5", 235,000 pixels
100% field of view
Lens TypeInterchangeable Lens
Lens MountNikon F-mount
Focusing System 7 or 11-point TTL phase detection
Manual Focus possible
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, or 3200 equivalent
Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 second
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Recording MediumCompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2, Microdrive
File Format CCD-RAW, JPEG
ComputerUSB 2.0
OtherDC In, Bar Code Reader, Optional wired / wireless LAN
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
More Photos
Fujifilm's FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2006-12-07 15:29ET: Official press release added (see below).

Original Source Press Release:

Fujifilm Introduces FinePix S5 Pro To Market

Full Specifications, Availability and Pricing Also Determined

Valhalla, NY, December 6, 2006 - FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today announced the full specifications, availability and retail price for the highly anticipated FinePix S5 Pro. Announced in development at Photokina 2006, the FinePix S5 Pro is scheduled for nationwide market availability February 2007 at a price of $1,999.
FinePix S5 Pro digital camera

Confirming Fujifilm's commitment to professional photographers, the FinePix S5 Pro carries a number of features that appeal to wedding, portrait and studio photographers. One is an expanded dynamic range from the double pixel technology (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels) of the camera's Super CCD SR Pro sensor that is approximately 400% wider than that of a CCD working on a single-pixel design. In addition, the FinePix S5 Pro goes a step further by coupling the new Super CCD SR Pro sensor with Fujifilm's new RP Processor Pro for smoother tonality from brightest light to the darkest shadows. An ISO equivalent sensitivity of 3200 is also available on the FinePix S5 Pro, thanks to the RP Processor Pro technology.

Additionally, the camera features Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology. A post-capture function on the FinePix S5 Pro, the technology detects up to ten faces in a scene at the push of a button. Using the camera's LCD monitor, FinePix S5 Pro users can zoom in to the faces of subjects, confirming focus, exposure and whether eyes are open or closed.

Additional highlighted features of the FinePix S5 Pro include: excellent ergonomics with weatherproof seals, a robust shutter mechanism tested to exceed 100,000 cycles, and advancements to the Film Simulation Mode with the addition of three new settings for varying skin tones.

About Fujifilm
Fujifilm brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company provides products and services that contribute to the advancement of culture, science, technology and industry, as well as to improved health and environmental protection. It is the global leader in digital minilabs; Computed Radiography systems; ink dyes, pigments and UV inks for inkjet printers and materials used in the production of flat panel displays. It was ranked number 18 for U.S. patents granted in 2005, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2006, had global revenues of $22.8 billion.

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., Valhalla, NY, is a U.S. marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses.

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