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Fuji FinePix S5000

Fuji's latest electronic SLR offers a full 10x optical zoom lens.

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Review First Posted: 10/01/2003

3.1-megapixel Super CCD HR produces 2,816 x 2,120-pixel images. (Interpolated)
10x Fujinon optical zoom lens equivalent to 37-370mm lens on a 35mm camera.
"Top 5" and "Final 5" continuous shooting modes are great for capturing fast action
Full range of exposure control includes Auto, Scene Program, and Full Manual options.
Excellent color.

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The Fujifilm S5000 is the latest in Fuji's line of FinePix digital cameras sharing a similar style, with a prominent lens on the left side of the body, balanced by a larger handgrip on the right. The new S5000 is a digital SLR, in that both the rear-panel LCD and eyelevel viewfinder are both electronic displays, showing a "live" view through the lens. The lens on the S5000 is a full 10x optical zoom, with a relatively fast maximum aperture range of f/2.8-3.1. This is a longer zoom than Fuji has previously offered, placing the S5000 squarely in the midst of what has become a popular category, the long-zoom digital camera. Where the Finepix S5000 differs from much of its competition though, is in its flexible continuous-shooting modes, which sport a very fast 5 frame/second capture rate, and a very handy "Last 5" capture mode, which records five shots spanning the last second of time before you released the shutter button. (A real help for catching fast-breaking action, if your reflexes are as slow as mine.) The S5000 carries the other features we've come to expect from Fuji, foremost of which is very appealing, natural color, particularly under outdoor shooting conditions.

With list price at introduction of $499 (and street pricing reaching well below $400), the S5000 appears well-positioned in the long-zoom marketplace, and its unique continuous-shooting modes make it well-suited for shooting sports, wildlife, and other distant, active subjects. If you're in the market for a long-zoom camera, the Fuji FinePix S5000 deserves a good look - Read on for all the details.

High Points

  • 3.1-megapixel Super CCD HR with interwoven pixels, interpolated to produce images as large as 2,816 x 2,120 pixels.
  • 0.33-inch electronic optical viewfinder with dioptric adjustment, plus 1.5-inch color LCD monitor.
  • 10x Fujinon 37-370mm equivalent zoom lens, with f/2.8-3.1 maximum aperture.
  • Adjustable ISO setting with 200, 400, and 800 equivalents, plus an Auto setting.
  • Up to 2.2x digital telephoto.
  • Auto and manual focus options, with an adjustable AF area.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2,000 to two seconds.
  • Built-in, pop-up flash with six operating modes.
  • Seven user-selectable white balance settings.
  • Movie with sound and Voice recording modes.
  • Program AE, Auto, Scene Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
  • Three Continuous Shooting modes, plus Auto Exposure Bracketing.
  • Three image quality recording modes in JPEG format, and an uncompressed RAW option.
  • Image storage on xD-Picture Cards (16MB card included).
  • A/V cable included for connection to a television set.
  • Power via four AA-type batteries or optional AC adapter (four AA alkaline batteries included).
  • USB cable and interface software for connecting to a computer.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Compatibility.

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