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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro | Digital Camera Review | Control
If you are used to the Fujifilm S3Pro, you won't have much trouble using the S5Pro, but you will have to get used to it a bit. You will probably miss the second LCD screen on the back with the handy function buttons. This new way of working has its advantages though; the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro is comfortable to use. If you go from a Nikon to a Fujifilm you might have even less trouble adjusting, because the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro has a lot in common with the D200. But not everything. Fujifilm has some different and peculiar functions.
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Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro - Optical viewfinder
Just like all modern SLRs, the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro has a quick start-up. Immediately after you turn it on, it's ready to shoot. The delay is almost unnoticeable, and not even worth mentioning. The differences between the modern cameras are only for the nitpicker; in any case, it is not very relevant. An important feature of the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro is the optical viewfinder, it's fantastic. It is the same viewfinder as the D200, which is one of the best viewfinders at the moment, as far as I'm concerned. I had some trouble getting right behind the viewfinder, because it is placed very close to the camera, but this can be overcome. The viewfinder's image is large and clear, and this is what the photographer will use the most. It is many times superior to its big competitor Canon. The viewfinder also displays ample information. Naturally you see the lighting information, but also the sensitivity, the selected light metering and the remaining pictures that can be taken. Normally you will see the remaining amount of shots that the memory card can store, and if you push the shutter release halfway, you see the remaining amount that will fit in the buffer.

Fujifilm S5 Pro D-SLR - Auto focus
A lot of the camera's functions are taken directly from Nikon, such as the auto focus. It is one of the most reliable systems that exist these days. The viewfinder displays the eleven points, which can be selected manually. Most of the sensors are cross-sensors, as they are sensitive in two directions. This increases the speed considerably. The AF-system is very extensive; it offers a wide selection of choices. If we were to discuss all the options, we would need a lot more pages. It is advisable to read the instruction manual thoroughly and to try diverse setups. A small disadvantage is the tumble switch which is used to select the field of focus. This is easy to use, but if you have your camera slung around your shoulder, it might choose a different focal point without you knowing. This can also occur while shooting; your nose can hit the tumble switch easily. That's why it's important to keep a watch on the viewfinder to see if the right focal point is being used.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR - Speed
One of the biggest cons of the S3Pro was the speed. Not only while writing the images, but also while reviewing. Fujifilm has mostly resolved this problem with the FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera. The buffer memory has been increased quite noticeably, although this depends on whether or not you use the extended dynamic range. You have to wait until the images have been written to the card each time you want to look in the menu or review the images. With the increased dynamic range the writing takes a lot longer, because extensive calculations need to be made. But it is still a lot faster than the S3 Pro, although the FinePix S5 Pro is not a speed demon. It tested my patience now and then as I could not review the image immediately. I can imagine that most users won't experience it this way, as not every photographer requires speed.
Fujifilm S5Pro DSLR - 3 Frames per second
Fujifilm is also not very fast in making a lot of images in a row. This is also due to the increased dynamic range. But this was a conscious choice. Either you have more speed, or you get more out of your images. With three frames per second you can still photograph action, and this is fast enough for most photographers, even for journalists. A real sports photographer might find this too slow, but the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro was not designed for this audience. The world of digital photography is all about choices.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - Live view
Just like the S3 Pro, the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro has the Live View option, although the possibilities are a bit limited. You can only use Live View to examine the images beforehand. When in Live View, you cannot press the shutter release. This might be a possibility when it is combined with the WiFi component. In Live View, the mirror flips up for 30 seconds, so that the light falls onto the sensor. Everything is exposed, so there is a chance dust can collect on the sensor. When the mirror is folded out, the auto focus does not work, so that you have to focus manually. This is only a preview, however, so it is only meant to check focus, and you can zoom in quite closely. The advantage of the live preview, which is a more appropriate name for it, is that you see the entire frame, as the viewfinder always cuts off a bit.

Fujifilm S5 Pro camera - Menu & Setup
The Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro has two menu buttons. One is named menu, and the other one is named setup. The setup has all the functions which you have to install less quickly. The menu functions would be used more often, like white balance, image setup, extended dynamic range, and Live View. The two different menus are confusing, though. I have to stop and think about where I need to be, every time. By habit I looked under menu for everything, only to find that some things were under setup. The structure of the menu itself is very clearly organized. Undoubtedly it's just a matter of getting used to, but the competitors show that it is possible to do it differently. For example, the Nikon D200, which has the same functions, is a lot easier to use. The amount of options is enormous, perhaps there are even too many. It's a good thing the Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro also uses the i-TTL, just like Nikon. The Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro allows you to use the best flash technology that exists; especially when wireless activated it has unprecedented possibilities.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - Face detection
The large screen is especially useful for reviewing images. The details of the shots can be projected onto the image, so that you can check the light details, or acquire a histogram. The Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro's histogram can use an update, though, as it is the same type which you can find in a compact camera. While reviewing the images, you can also use the face detection technology. If there is a face on the photo, you can zoom in on it. Although this system is excellent in Fujifilm's compact cameras, I am less enthusiastic about it in the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro. I don't actually see the point of having it in a DSLR camera. But seeing as how this is a very new technology, I expect that we will discover its use in the near future. Now it is just a fun gadget.
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