Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
The options and functions of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro seem endless. You need to consult the manual a couple of times while trying everything out, and even then I feel like I'm missing half of what's possible. The auto focus alone has a dozen or so possibilities. To prevent someone, or yourself, from changing your selections by accident, you can add a password for the functions you choose. Unfortunately, you can't save your selections, but the password protection is a reasonable solution.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - ISO values
The Super CCD SR Pro's sensitivity has quite an ISO Range, from 100 to 3200. Fujifilm needs to uphold its reputation for low-noise images, and the S5Pro certainly does the trick. Even with the highest ISO rates, the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro makes amazing images. It is not so unique anymore to have low-noise images above ISO 800, but the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro certainly outdoes itself, and without even turning on the noise reduction. I did see some spots when I put my nose to the screen, and the images at 100%, but normally this wouldn't be noticeable, which is very impressive.
Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro - Sharpening
Normally I turn off the sharpening in the camera and sharpen the images afterwards in Photoshop. Increasing sharpness can always be done after the fact, but decreasing it cannot. With the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, though, I noticed that the photos seemed really soft. Adjusting the sharpness in the camera or in the RAW converter improved it a lot. With the sharpening on 'standard' you can get a good image. With more sharpness you will get negative effects with diagonal lines, due to the interpolation which needs to take place. The sharpness of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera is generally very good. But the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro failed a little bit shooting the test chart, as far as resolution is concerned. I compared the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro with a 'real' twelve Megapixel camera, the Nikon D2Xs, and the Nikon's images had more detail. It seems that the Fujifilm S5 is more like an eight Megapixel camera. This is still more than sufficient for many applications, and with normal shots it won't really be noticeable.
Fujifilm S5 Pro digital SLR - Colour rendition
The colours of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro are good. Only in artificial light the automatic white balance is off a bit. Luckily there is a manual white balance, and you can adjust it in RAW manually afterwards as well. The pictures look very natural. Fujifilm is truly a film manufacturer and the S5 Pro's applications can simulate the films. This is really fun to experiment with, and to discover which reproduction you like the most, because this is always subject to personal taste. For analogue film you always choose a type of film consciously because of its colour reproduction, while another photographer might have a different taste. One is not better than the other, it is just different.
Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro - Extend dynamic range
The extended dynamic range is very special, which is made possible by the S and R pixels. In a normal dynamic range only the large pixels are used to make the photo. If you increase the dynamic range, the information in the smallest pixels is also used. The smaller pixels especially catch high lighting so that you can draw further into the light parts of the photograph. Fujifilm expresses the dynamic range in percentages. At 100% you have a normal range, at 400% you are at maximum range. 400% percent means that there is four times as much light, so that you win two stops. This is exactly what we found with the test shots. The other possibilities are 130%, 170%, 230% (W1, or 1 stop) and 300%. By increasing the dynamic range, the RAW files are twice as large, though, as twice as many pixels are used to make the photo. Another side effect is that the camera slows down as the range is increased. More calculations need to be made, so that you have to wait before you can review the image. But on the flipside, this produces a gorgeous picture. The differences are subtle, but determine whether or not the photo is perfect. But be warned; do not set your expectations too high. The extra dynamic range does not mean you have two stops of extra play, you still have to do the lighting well, but the difference is in the details.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - JPEG & RAW
The photos can be saved in RAW or in JPEG, or in both formats simultaneously. The advantages of RAW are well known, and the extended dynamic range of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera allows for even nicer images. You can adjust the dynamic range in the software. This is not possible in normal range, because the small pixels are not used. I always shoot in RAW myself, and the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro works pretty fast with the RAW files. You don't have to buy extra software for the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro to be able to work extensively with RAW. The standard software offers the most important possibilities, if you choose the setting ‘Custom'. I personally don't find the software itself so easy to use. It is a little chaotic and slow. It has a lot of separate tabs, which is not my style. ACR 3.7 can work the files, but it has its limitations. Another possibility is using SilkyPix, or just the Hyper Utility Software, which allows you to operate the camera from the computer.