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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
It won't be that special for most DSLR users, but for Fujifilm it is. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR camera does not use AA batteries, nor can it accommodate xD Picture flash memory cards. Instead, the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro uses a Lithium Ion battery and CompactFlash type I and II memory cards. A second card slot can be handy, as you can copy from one card to the other or just use it for extra storage capacity.
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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - CompactFlash memory card
The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera does not make small files. A regular RAW file takes up some 12MBs. If you work with an extended dynamic range, it could take up to 24MB. For JPEG it doesn't matter anymore, because those images have already been converted to an 8 bit file. With such large files, there is no escaping the high capacity. It's a good thing that CompactFlash has such high capacities. A 4GB CompactFlash card is not exaggerated. The following table shows how many images fit on a 1GB CompactFlash card.

Considering a storage capacity of 1GB:
Normal dynamic range
RAW - 4256 x 2848 pixels - 12.8MB - 78 pictures
RAW+JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Fine 18.1MB - 55 pictures
RAW+JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Normal - 15.7MB - 63 pictures
RAW+JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Fine - 16.3MB - 61 pictures
RAW+JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Normal - 14.8MB - 67 pictures
RAW+JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Fine - 15.1MB - 66 pictures
RAW+JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Normal - 14.2MB - 70 pictures
JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Fine - 5.3MB - 189 pictures
JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Normal - 2.9MB - 345 pictures
JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Fine - 3.5MB - 285 pictures
JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Normal - 2.0MB - 495 pictures
JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Fine - 2.2MB - 442 pictures
JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Normal - 1.4MB - 718 pictures

Extended dynamic range
RAW - 4256 x 2848 pixels - 25.1MB - 39 pictures
RAW+JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Fine - 30.3MB - 32 pictures
RAW+JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Normal - 28.0MB - 35 pictures
RAW+JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Fine - 28.6MB - 34 pictures
RAW+JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Normal - 27.1MB - 36 pictures
RAW+JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Fine - 27.3MB - 36 pictures
RAW+JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Normal - 26.5MB - 37 pictures
JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Fine - 5.3MB - 189 pictures
JPEG - L - 4256 x 2848 pixels - Normal - 2.9MB - 345 pictures
JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Fine - 3.5MB - 285 pictures
JPEG - M - 3024 x 2016 pixels - Normal - 2.0MB - 495 pictures
JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Fine - 2.2MB - 442 pictures
JPEG - S - 2304 x 1536 pixels - Normal - 1.4MB - 718 pictures
Fujifilm S5Pro - SanDisk Extreme IV CF memory card
To write the files quickly requires a fast card, like the Extreme III and IV. SanDisk CompactFlash cards are recommended, as the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro does well with these. The camera's internal buffer is reasonably large. You notice immediately when you have increased the dynamic range. The buffer becomes a lot smaller. Even in JPEG you'll notice this. The camera needs more configuration time, though. A buffer filled with RAW images needs a half a minute to write to the card, which is pretty good. If the buffer is full, you can still shoot at one frame per one to two seconds, depending on the dynamic range. This seems reasonable to me, compared to the S3Pro it's even fast.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
The images can be transferred directly from the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera to a PC or notebook via the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. Combine this fast connection with a fast memory card like the SanDisk Extreme III, and the digital workplace will not be delayed easily. Those that prefer not to use the camera to transfer the data can opt for a card reader. This device is indispensable in the digital workplace and makes data transfer a much more pleasant experience. SanDisk's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Extreme card reader is currently the fastest, next to FireWire, and transfers data at a maximal speed up to 20MB/sec.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - NP-150 Lithium Ion battery
A new feature for Fujifilm is the Lithium Ion battery. The NP-150 has a capacity of 1500mAh and compares with Nikon D200's battery. Of course they are not interchangeable; the connectors are exactly on the opposite sides. This is understandable in the eye of the manufacturer, but annoying for the consumer. But this is in the end every manufacturer's game. According to Fujifilm, a fully charged battery can last up to 400 shots. This seems realistic to me. You can also place a second battery in the optional grip. Via the menu you can see exactly how many photos have been made, how the battery is doing and how charged it is. It is thus a very intelligent battery, which we run into quite frequently nowadays.
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