Fujifilm S5200 Review

 
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Fuji FinePix S5200 Performance


Timing and Performance

Good speed overall, a responsive digital camera.

Operation
Time
(secs)
Notes
Power On -> First shot
1.6
Shutdown
0.2 - 6
First time is simple shutdown, second time is worst-case buffer-clearing time.
Play to Record, first shot
1.2
Time until first shot is captured.
Record to play
3.1 / 1.3
First time is that required to display a large/fine file immediately after capture, second time is that needed to display a large/fine file that has already been processed and stored on the memory card.
Shutter lag, full autofocus
0.62 / 0.55
First time is at full wide-angle, second is full telephoto.
Shutter lag, full autofocus,
High Speed
0.40
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button.
Shutter lag, prefocus
0.015
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button.
Shutter lag, manual focus
0.35
-
Shutter lag, manual focus,
High Speed
0.11
-
Shutter lag, continuous autofocus
0.51
-
Cycle Time, max/min resolution
0.7 / 0.82
First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" mode (640x480) images. Times are averages. In large/fine mode, shoots three frames this fast, then slows to about 1.25 seconds per shot. Buffer clears in 5 seconds. In TV mode, shoots at this rate continuously, and clears the buffer in 2 seconds.
Cycle Time, Flash exposures
6
(Flash at maximum power output)
Cycle Time, continuous High mode, max/min resolution
0.44
(2.27 fps)
First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" size images. Times are averages. Cycle time is 0.44 seconds for three frames, regardless of resolution. Buffer clears in 6 seconds for large/fine images, 3 seconds for lowest resolution.
Cycle Time, continuous Low mode, max/min resolution
0.64 / 0.80
(1.56 / 1.25 fps)
First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for small/basic images. Times are averages. Stops after 40 frames regardless of resolution. In large/fine mode, shoots three frames this fast, then slows to about 1.23 seconds per shot. In TV mode, shoots all forty frames this fast. Buffer clears in 5 seconds for large/fine images, 2 seconds for lowest resolution.
Download speed
Windows Computer, USB 2.0
4,147 KBytes/sec
Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-770=USB 2.0 Low;
Above 770=USB 2.0 High

The S5200 proved a fairly responsive camera, beginning with its quick startup time of 1.6 seconds. Though shutter lag is closer to average at the wide angle and telephoto settings, a High Speed option results in a 0.40-second lag time. And "prefocusing" the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure, results in a shutter delay of only 0.015 second, among the fastest on the market. Shot to shot cycle times are good, at about 0.70 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, though it only captures about three shots this quickly before it has to slow down a 1.25-second interval. Continuous-mode speed is quite good at the high speed setting, at about 2.27 frames/second, for up to three shots in succession (regardless of resolution). The flash takes about six seconds to recharge after a full-power shot, about average for this class of camera. Connected to a computer, download speeds are very fast. Overall, the S5200 is quite zippy, and the high-speed focusing and shooting options are perfect for keeping up with fast-paced action.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Excellent battery life with LCD or EVF.

Operating Mode
Battery Life
Still-image capture mode
LCD on
276 minutes
Still-image capture mode
EVF only
285 minutes
Image playback
553 minutes

The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 uses four AA-type batteries for power, and comes with a set of standard alkaline batteries. The table above shows maximum run times based on our power measurements and the rated performance of its battery. The above runtimes are over four and a half hours on a full charge, which is excellent. Still, we recommend you carry a spare set of NiMH batteries, and perhaps even a set of alkalines. NiMH batteries are great, but they don't have the shelf life of Alkalines (measured in days rather than years).

Storage
A 16MB xD card is included with the FinePix S5200.

Image Capacity with
16MB xD Card
Fine Normal
2,592 x 1,944 Images 6 12
File Size 2.5MB 1.3MB
2,048 x 1,536 Images - 20
File Size - 788K
1,600 x 1,200 Images - 25
File Size - 626K
640 x 480
Images - 124
File Size - 128K

I strongly recommend buying at least a 256MB card, preferably a 512MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.

 

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