If you compare the Nikon D200 and the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, you might not see a difference at first. The only differences are that the Fujifilm S5 Pro doesn't have a red border, the other brand name and other buttons that distinguish the Fujifilm S5Pro. That doesn't matter, the body is exquisite and, most importantly, very solid. It is water and dust resistant, due to its sealing. The biggest differences between the S5 and the S3 are that the S3 has a second LCD on the back and all the strange curves that it needed to fit the Fujifilm electronics into the body of the F80. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro looks a lot more like a regular camera. Like a real Fujifilm, not like an altered Nikon. And that is, in my eyes, a bonus point for the camera design.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR camera
The rubber handle ensures for a good grip. On the top there is a setup dial, which you use to select the stop, among others. In between the handle and the viewer there is a light which signals the auto focus. Its light is very bright; you can almost use it as a flashlight. The depth of field control button is underneath. Because you can hear the stop closing, it almost sounds like the shutter release. Underneath the aperture is the programme function button. You can set it up via the menu. The mount is of course, made of metal. The mirror is small, but it projects a large image in the viewfinder. At the right of the clip are the lens release and the switch for auto focus. Above, next to the viewfinder, are the flash compensation and the button to release the built-in flash upwards. The flash does not flip up high enough, however, so that you can not achieve an even flash fill for some lenses, when using a hood. All the way to the right, underneath a lid, is the connection for the optional remote control. Be sure not to lose the lid.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - Connections
On the left side, on top, next to the loop for the camera strap, there is a connection for a studio flash. This connection is also protected by a small, easy-to-lose lid. Underneath are two rubber flaps for the video connection, cable and a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. These flaps are well made, and protect the connections from moisture and dust. The compartment for the CompactFlash memory card is on the other side of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro. The support for the xD card has disappeared. The door to the compartment has a rubber strip, so that moisture and dust can't get in.
Fujifilm S5 Pro - 2.5 inch LCD screen
The 2.5-inch LCD screen is on the back, underneath a protective cap. I personally don't like those caps all that much. You simply lose them, they reduce the view and condensation is formed between the cover and the screen. I usually don't use them; the LCD is fairly scratch resistant. The viewfinder is above the monitor. It's very close to the camera, so that your nose or cheek is pressed up against the monitor. The cover might actually be the solution for this. The viewfinder allows for a very fine view of the scene. Just like Nikon D200 it is especially big! This is the kind of viewfinder that makes me happy. On the left of the viewfinder are the buttons for bracketing and the recycle bin to throw away the photos. This button also performs the light metering and serves as an instant button to format the flash memory card.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - Buttons
The buttons to the left of the monitor have diverse functions. They are different from the D200, but you only realize that later. The top button is for viewing the photos, the next one is the menu button, which also confirms your changes, and the next button changes the display mode, so that you can view the thumbnails.
You can also use this display button to zoom in and to cancel programming. This is a little confusing, because the setup button is the next one underneath. Fujifilm decided not to put all the functions in one menu, so that you actually have two menu buttons. The lower button is used for zooming in and activating the face detection.
Fujifilm S5 Pro - Focussing & Auto focus
To the right of the viewfinder is the diopter adjustment, so that you can look through the viewfinder without your glasses on. To the right of that are the light meter and AF-lock and the light metering switch. A bit farther to the right is the AF-ON button to activate the auto focus independently of the shutter release. To the far right is the main function dial. To the right of the monitor is the tumble switch so that you can survey the menu and select one of the 11 focus points. You can switch off the tumble switch with the ring around it. A small LED down and to the right of it signals the memory card processing. Underneath it is the switch to combine the focus points, and the handle underneath that opens the door to the flash memory card. It can simply be opened with the thumb, while you remove the card with the index finger.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - Built-in flash
The buttons for adjusting the quality, sensitivity and white balance are on top of the Fujifilm S5Pro. Around these three buttons is a ring that needs to be unlocked with a pallet. This ring allows you to select the continuous drive speed, and to flip up the mirror. On top of the prism is the flash shoe, as the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro works completely with Nikon's iTTL system. A built-in flash is of course also included. At the right is the status screen, which displays the battery power clearly. If you turn off the camera, the counter is still visible. Above the handle are the buttons for lighting mode and lighting correction. Naturally the release button is also here, with a wireless automatic release, surrounded by the main switch.
Fujifilm S5 Pro D-SLR - Excellent body
Centered on the bottom of the Fujifilm S5Pro are universal metal tripod mount and the flap for the Lithium Ion battery. This flap also has a rubber strip. Clearly, everything is sealed very well. A rubber layer on the bottom of the camera prevents the camera from slipping or turning when it is placed on a table or on a tripod. These are small details, but deserve attention. The body of the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro is excellent; it is very pleasurable to work with!