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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro | Digital Camera Review | Conclusion
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digital reflex camera
The developments in digital photography, especially in the DSLR cameras, are still advancing quickly. At any given moment you have to choose whether or not you need a new camera. Fujifilm let us know just in time that the S3's successor was coming. The competition was busy getting ahead of Fujifilm, and taking its users with them. But with the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Fujifilm has caught up. The Fujifilm S5 Pro is actually as the S3 Pro should have been.

Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro SLR - Body & Viewfinder
The biggest complaint about the S3 was its slow functioning and outdated body. By using the Nikon D200's body, the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is up to date, and thanks to new processors and a larger buffer the camera has caught up to its competition. The Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro looks as beautiful as the Nikon D200, and much nicer that the S3 Pro with all its strange protrusions. Another big advantage of the Fujifilm S5 Pro is the large, bright viewfinder. This is something you use a lot as a photographer. This might be the reason to switch over to Fujifilm, or Nikon, with an identical viewfinder, if you don't want to use Fujifilm's unique technology.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR - Good image quality
Fujifilm's Super CCD sensor is still very convincing, although I find that the head start has lagged a little now. This concerns the detail and resolution, which are less impressive than its competitors in the 10+ Megapixel class. On the other hand, Fujifilm demonstrates what low noise means. Even at ISO 3200 you can achieve really great images, even with a large dynamic range. When other cameras show washed out results, the Fujifilm S5Pro still allows for details. It produces a much more pleasant picture, without too much white. You do need to set it to at least standard sharpness, because the images in the camera initially seem quite soft. The colour reproduction is excellent, and can be adjusted to taste. Still, I must say that the differences between Fujifilm's Super CCD concept and its competitors' are getting smaller. Fujifilm seems to specialize for a specific user group (wedding, landscape or portrait photography), so that the competition succeeds in reaching a broader range of consumers. On the other hand, it might be a very smart choice to specialize in a certain branch of photography and this demonstrates realism, as the market shares that Canon and Nikon achieve might be a utopian dream at this point.

Fujifilm S5Pro D-SLR - AF technique & i-TTL flash system
The Fujifilm S5Pro SLR is not the fastest camera, but compared with the S3Pro, it's a speed demon. You can just keep shooting, without having to wait all the time. The advantage of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is that it uses Nikon's advanced AF technique. Not to mention the i-TTL flash system. This is the best system that I know of and the S5Pro can operate it wirelessly.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR - Improvements
I'm less enthusiastic about the S5Pro's menu structure, because of the two buttons to survey the menu, and the menu itself. I need to search too much. I know that it just takes getting used to, but still, in my opinion it can be a lot better. I'm also not very enthusiastic about the face detection. It's fun, but it doesn't work as well as I'd hoped, and to be honest, I don't see what its use is. The same goes for the Live View, because you can't shoot in Live View, you can only assess the image beforehand, and this is the camera's limitation.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - Excellent digital SLR camera
Despite these small critiques, I am very satisfied with the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro. It is a fine digital SLR camera to work with, with especially excellent image quality. Finally, the unique Fujifilm technology is combined with the appropriate body. It's a DSLR camera which can accommodate, and won't disappoint, most photographers. Moreover, a great advantage is the price, which is less than the D200's price, which is what makes it very interesting. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is not a product for the masses, but will undoubtedly be loved by photographers that want to get the most out of their daily digital workplace. Image quality is still Fujifilm's featured attraction, in one of the most popular bodies found in a DSLR, Nikon's D200. It's a first rate DSLR camera!

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

"It is clear that Fujifilm have taken their long years of experience with image, both in terms of technology and quality, translated it into a digital version and then used it to create a magnificent semi-professional body. It's a nice stroke of luck that Fujifilm can hitch a lift on the success of the Nikon D200. As far as I'm concerned, the many extras provided by Fujifilm make it interesting enough to be a first choice for photographers in this segment."

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