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"Picky Details" for the Fujifilm FinePix S5200 Digital Camera
(Timing, Power, and Storage Info)

 

Timing

When you press the shutter release on a camera, there's usually a lag time or delay before the shutter actually fires. This corresponds to the time required for the autofocus and autoexposure mechanisms time to do their work, and can amount to a fairly long delay in some situations. Since this number is rarely reported on (and even more rarely reported accurately), and can significantly affect the picture taking experience, I routinely measure both shutter delay and shot to shot cycle times for all cameras I test, using a test system I designed and built for the purpose. (Crystal-controlled, with a resolution of 0.001 second.) Here are the numbers I collected for the Fujifilm FinePix S5200:

 

Fujifilm FinePix S5200 Timings
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.

 

Power

The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 uses four AA batteries for power, and ordinary alkaline batteries are included with the camera.

Operating Mode
Power
(@5 volts on the external power terminal)
Est. Minutes
(four 1600 mA cells)
Capture Mode, w/LCD
333 mA
276
Capture Mode, w/EVF
324 mA
285
Half-pressed shutter w/LCD
427 mA
216
Half-pressed w/EVF
417 mA
221
Memory Write (transient)
396 mA
n/a
Flash Recharge (transient)
635 mA
n/a
Image Playback
167 mA
553

 

Storage Capacity

The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 stores its photos on xD memory cards, and a 16 MB card is included with the camera. (I strongly recommend buying at least a 64 MB card, preferably a 128 MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.) The chart below shows how many images can be stored on the included 16 MB card at each size/quality setting.

Image Capacity vs
Resolution/Quality
16 MB xD Memory Card
Fine Normal
2592 x 1944 Images
(Avg size)
6
2.5 MB
12
1.3 MB
Approx.
Compression
6:1 12:1
2048 x 1536 Images
(Avg size)
- 20
788 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 12:1
1600 x 1200 Images
(Avg size)
- 25
626 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 9:1
640 x 480
Images
(Avg size)
- 124
128 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 7:1

 

Download Speed

The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 connects to a host computer via a USB interface. Downloading files to my Sony desktop running Windows XP (Pentium IV, 2.4 GHz), I clocked it at 4147 KBytes/second. (Cameras with slow USB interfaces run as low as 300 KB/s, cameras with fast v1.1 interfaces run as high as 600 KB/s. Cameras with USB v2.0 interfaces run as fast as several megabytes/second.)

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