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Fujifilm FinePix S5000 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Fujifilm FinePix S5000 digital camera is certainly special if we look at its design. At first sight it looks like it hasn’t got a compact size, but seeing the large optical lens en experiencing the range of the 10x optical zoom lens, the size all of a sudden changes, to very compact! Not even 3 years ago the size of a 2 Megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom lens was at least twice as big! The FinePix S5000 has its own typical appearance. The optical zoom lens is placed at a prominent spot and it looks like the designers built the camera around the lens, with emphasis on designing the camera as compact as possible. Second striking aspect is the big handgrip that the camera is equipped with. Taking the camera into your hand you feel it fits like a glove! The rubber around the handgrip offers stability. A digital camera equipped with a large optical range doesn't feature an optical viewfinder. In stead it has an electronic viewfinder next to the LCD monitor. The 10x optical zoom lens has a 37-370mm focal range equivalent to a 35mm camera. This range corresponds with a high brightness of f2.8 at wide angle and a f3.1 aperture in telephoto.
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The optical zoom lens dominates the front of the camera. Above it we find the built-in pop-up flash. On the left side of the built-in flash the AF assistant illuminator is placed and on the right side a silver coloured microphone. The side of the camera features the well-known USB connection and the A/V video out and also an A/C power interface. All of them neatly covered by small plastic caps. Right above we find the loudspeaker right underneath the possibility to connect a carrier strap. In the middle next to the loudspeaker the memory slot is placed. The slot is covered by quite a simple cover, but can be reached easily.

The top of the FinePix S5000 features a Focus Mode button. The button operates just a little bit different from the other buttons we usually find on a camera for this function. The button can be on "Lock" or it can be unlocked. Usually you'd have to turn the button to make a choice but on this one you just have to press it, different but functional! Also on the top of the camera on the far right side there is the well-know command wheel with the most important settings. The continuous shooting and the exposure compensation button are placed right in front of the command wheel and on top of the handgrip we find a large on/off/play button.
The back of the camera has room for the essential LCD monitor. The 1.5-inch size monitor could have been a size bigger in my opinion (1.8-inch). Around the LCD monitor we find some small buttons, among them the well-known “Fujifilm” F-Button, the zoom button and the multi functional button to navigate for example through the menu. The right side has a rubber edge so the thumb goes automatically direction zoom button. Above the LCD monitor we find a small mini display functioning as an electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder has a rubber ring, pleasant for people wearing glasses. A small dioptre switch enables you to adjust the electronic viewfinder to the eye.

The bottom of the FinePix S5000 contains the battery compartment that has room for 4 AA rechargeable batteries. The cap covering the compartment is rather big and is rather loose when opening it, but it still covers well. In the centre of the bottom the universal plastic tripod opening is placed. This connection is placed exactly in the right spot to give the camera a perfect balance.

The body of the FinePix 5000 consists mainly of plastic, but on the whole it leaves a neat and solid impression. The weight of the camera combined with the handgrip offers a perfect stable feeling holding the camera. The optical zoom lens is protected by a separate lens cap.
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