|The Fujifilm FinePix S5000 is a fine camera to work with. The compact SRL like model of the camera fits perfectly in one’s hand. The buttons are directly accessible; in fact the camera can be controlled by only 3 fingers. The thumb from the right hand can easily control the control centre at the back of the camera while the forefinger can react quickly to take a picture. The forefinger of the left hand doesn’t have to stay watching unemployed; it can operate the built-in flash or the focus function. The amount of buttons is kept limited while the functionality stayed the same. The zoom button might seem small, but in practice it turns out to function quick and to the point.|
The camera starts up in an average speed, it takes more than 4 seconds for the optical zoom lens to be completely positioned. This is also noticeable when the camera is being turned off. The optical zoom lens does its job silently and enlarges in 17 accurate steps. Beside the use of an optical zoom lens a 2.2x digital zoom is also possible which means there is a total zoom range of 22x! The digital zoom is available until the 3M (2048x1536) resolution. The 6M (2816x2120) is only allowed by an optical zoom. Switching from reproduction mode to record mode is very fast, after one second it is possible to take an image. The often mentioned interval of release is something that most cameras suffer from. The FinePix S5000 is not slow, neither very quick. With an average of 0.5 to 1 second of interval, depending on the focal range and the light circumstances the camera belongs to the middle class.
|The real speed of the FinePix S5000 appears at continuous shooting. To begin with, pressing the release shutter button once per image, it is possible to fill up a memory card, with a time span of one second without having to wait until the memory buffer is emptied. This is possible in a resolution up to 6M. One step further making the real series of images in the highest resolution the FinePix S5000 really shows its power. In this powerful resolution a speed of 4 images per second at a maximum of 5 images is reached, very impressive! One who feels the need of taking a series of 40 images has to switch back to the 1M (1280x960) resolution, and this way images will be captured at a rate of 2 images per second so after 20 seconds the whole series of 40 images are nicely captured and stored. But take in account that a 64MB xD-Picture card or higher has a faster processing time than the standard delivered 16MB memory card. A last handy function is the possibility to shoot a series of images, and with letting go of the shutter release button, the last 5 images will be captured. A very useful function when making action images!
||When you look at the FinePix S5000 for the first time, you'll see in the first instance a camera with an optical lens with a large diameter. The camera as a whole has a quiet appearance, and makes the first experience for a starting photographer very promising. The way of handling the camera is rather instinctive. The fingers don't have to search but fall into the right spot automatically. The command wheel has proved its value over the many years of traditional photography and it is good to see that these functional objects are adopted by the digital variant. The menu of the camera is very direct, not many clicks are needed to change certain settings. Fujifilm has chosen its own way of showing the menu since a few years and I must admit it is not without success! The nice, clear symbols and the rich contrast of the colours contribute to the user-friendliness. The famous F-button that Fujifilm introduced a while ago is also present on the S5000 camera. Ergonomically the camera is well made and one who has the patience and takes the time to read the manual will soon find out it is like a manual should be: well-organised, well illustrated and to the point!