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



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
Power On -> First shot
0.2 - 6
First time is simple shutdown, second time is worst-case buffer-clearing time.
Play to Record, first shot
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
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button.
Shutter lag, prefocus
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button.
Shutter lag, manual focus
Shutter lag, manual focus,
High Speed
Shutter lag, continuous autofocus
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.



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

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


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
16 MB xD Memory Card
Fine Normal
2592 x 1944 Images
(Avg size)
2.5 MB
1.3 MB
6:1 12:1
2048 x 1536 Images
(Avg size)
- 20
788 KB
- 12:1
1600 x 1200 Images
(Avg size)
- 25
626 KB
- 9:1
640 x 480
(Avg size)
- 124
128 KB
- 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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