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Published : Monday, January 29th 2007
Written by Dennis Hissink
Fujifilm Face detection Fujifilm S5 - Real Photo Processor Pro
Fujifilm Face detection Real Photo Processor Pro
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Digital SLR Camera Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Real Photo Processor Pro
This advanced function is based on the Image Intelligence technology that is used in Fujifilm's Frontier Digital Minilab Systems. The function can be activated in the camera via the button to the bottom left of the LCD display, and is fantastic when taking photographs of people. The Face detection is based on hardware and you notice this in practise when I compared it to the software based systems that the competition were using in their compact cameras. The super speed detection was very convincing. Face detection is part of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology. I tested how it worked and found that it works perfectly. Pictures of people are detected faultlessly and up to ten faces can be recognised. When taking portraits or group photos, you can assess the faces nice and quickly and work up to a higher quality. Another handy thing is that if there are no people in the photo, the screen will be at 100% reproduction on the centre. If you press the button in again, the screen will return to normal reproduction. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR camera has an improved Super CCD SR image sensor. Despite this we may not draw any conclusions about this pre-production model, but we can say that the test pictures have excellent detailing in both highlights and shadow. A new possibility with the Fujifilm S5 Pro allows you to set the dynamic range in more refined steps. Via the record menu, the D-Range has a series running from 100% (STD) to 130%, 170%, 230% (W1), 300% to 400% (W2). It is handy that the settings for the dynamic range can now be turned both on and off directly via the camera's DR menu. This is in contrast to the S3 Pro which must be set via Set-up. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro has newly developed noise reduction and it is striking how little noise there is with high ISO pictures such as the 3200 ISO setting. In addition to this, a new sharpening algorithm gives much more detailing than the S3 Pro. The anti-noise filter can also be switched off if you prefer; this is ideal for astro photography or for people who want to work with noise reduction software like Neat Image or Noise Ninja.
Exposure compensation Fujifilm BC-150 charger AC-135VN power supply
Exposure compensation Fujifilm BC-150 charger AC-135VN power supply
Fujifilm S5 Exposure compensation Fujifilm S5 Pro BC-150 charger Fujifilm S5 AC-135VN power supply
Sometimes it's necessary to adjust exposure using exposure compensation. If you shoot in JPEG, you will soon recognise the necessity of acting in advance. With the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro you can compensate the exposure with -5EV - +5EV in 1/3 stop. This range gives enough room for manoeuvre to be able to get the picture even in difficult lighting situations. Photographing in RAW format will not totally remove the need to compensate in advance. This format is ideal for assessing afterwards and reworking the picture if necessary. Another new feature is the power supply designed for the Fujifilm S5 Pro; the AC-135VN. This large block gives 13.5V instead of the 5V power supply used for the S3 Pro. The AV-135VN is indispensable in, .e.g., the studio where the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is used in combination with the Fujifilm HS-V3 software that will become available this year. You can connect the S5 Pro to a computer and operate it via the software. Live View also Works in this mode! It will also be possible to control the Fujifilm S5 Pro wirelessly via the Wi-Fi sender planned for June 2007.
The Fuji camera comes with a BC-150 charger and a 1500mAh Li-Ion battery. The battery is a new type of battery, a more intelligent battery that gives all sorts of information in detail about, e.g. the percentage battery capacity, but also the condition the battery is in. On the display on top of the camera, the approximate battery capacity at that moment is shown via a battery symbol, but more detailed information can be gained via the camera's Set-up menu. Charging the Fuji battery takes roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Fujifilm Auto focus LCD Screen protection Large top LCD screen
Exposure compensation Fujifilm BC-150 charger AC-135VN power supply
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Auto focus Fujifilm FinePix S5 Screen protection Fujifilm FinePix S5 Top panel LCD screen
On the front of the Fujifilm S5 Pro digital SLR's body, there is a focus setting select button. You can select the focus mode by turning this button until it clicks at the setting you want (C, S of M). If you turn the button to S, the auto focus is in the Single-servo stand. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro will then focus automatically if you hold the shutter release half pressed in and stop focussing until the subject is in focus. In the C stand the camera will keep focussing as long as the shutter release is held pressed in and M is manual and necessary, if for example, you want to use the Live View. One of the advantages of borrowing the Nikon D200 body is that the large format top LCD screen is part of the permanent equipment. This format of top panel was previously unknown in the digital SLR market. There is enough space to show a selection of information on the screen. This can include ISO value, shutter speed, white balance, image quality, exposure, etc. Counted quickly, the camera gives you information on about 45 punts via the top panel. The on/off switch has an extra function which can used to light the LCD panel. The button has been placed so that it can be found without looking and this is extremely useful when taking a photograph.
The transparent protection cap that comes with the camera is very handy. It is invaluable for protecting the large 2.5-inch screen and keeping it clean. It is easy to fit; simply place the top of the protection cap just above the LCD screen and click it into place. You can remove it by pulling on the bottom until it comes loose. The cap is so transparent and practical that I can imagine a lot of users leaving it on the screen permanently. On the other hand, the LCD monitors quality can best be appreciated by removing it. It's a personal choice, I guess.
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