|The present generation of Fujifilm digital cameras feature the xD-Picture card slots and so does this model. The xD-Picture memory card has grown in a short time to a respectable storage capacity of 512MB and has a potential growth to an impressive storage capacity of 8GB! In the next period we expect 1 and 2GB xD-Picture cards. |
This rather new memory card is very compact, smaller than a stamp (who on earth can still remember a stamp?) and is feather light. Beside Fujifilm, Olympus also uses this storage medium. In fact they were the only ones to bring the card on the market. Recently it is announced that SanDisk, an important manufacturer of memory cards amongst other things, is also going to produce the xD-Picture cards under the brand of Fujifilm. The xD-Picture card got accepted by the industry and the consumer in an extreme short period of time, an excellent performance!
|The Fujifilm FinePix S5000 is standard delivered with a 16MB memory card. It's a nice gesture, but someone who wants to make serious use of the camera will soon switch over to 128MB capacity. To get an idea of the right storage capacity for this FinePix S5000, the following table might help:
Considering a storage capacity of 64MB:
Resolution 6M (2832x2128): 43 images – appr. 1.5MB
Resolution 3M (2048x1536): 81 images – appr. 790KB
Resolution 2M (1600x1200): 101 images – appr. 630KB
Resolution 1M (1280x960) : 137 images – appr. 470KB
Resolution 320x240 30fps video – appr. 109 seconds.
When a CCD-RAW format is stored, the data will be as large as appr. 7MB. These data can be read using the delivered FinePix viewer software. The RAW file converter LE converts raw data into TIFF data.
|The FinePix S5000 needs four (rechargeable) AA batteries. The camera is standard delivered with alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries. It is advisable to get a battery charger and some NiMH batteries. Nowadays 2100mAh batteries are not an exotic product anymore. Compared to a few years ago a digital camera has now learned to economise its power. There were times when a camera seemed to be pleased to turn itself of after taking 10 images! In other words, the batteries were empty again! But not with this FinePix S5000 camera. This model holds through with one set of alkaline batteries. Taking over 240 images is no problem for the FinePix S5000 and it doesn't make that much of a difference whether the LCD or the electronic viewfinder is activated while taking the pictures. However: using a set of high quality NiMH batteries can count on 80% more images. And of course there is no need to buy a new set of batteries every time, better for the environment and your purse! The FinePix S5000 is a very economical camera, in spite of the lack of an optical viewfinder when a camera usually uses more energy. But obviously the designers have learned how to control the energy management of the Fujifilm cameras, a great job!