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Published : Monday, January 29th 2007
Written by Dennis Hissink
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With 3 pictures per second, regardless of resolution or file format, the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR camera is not a pure action photography camera. You do however, benefit from the large buffer of approximately 288MB and the opportunity to take photographs with various dynamic range settings. The Fujifilm S5 Pro is more a camera for studio work, portraits, reporting or for a wedding photographer, as its priority is image quality without sacrificing handling speed. You can manage perfectly well in these sorts of situations with a maximum speed of 3 fps. The camera works quickly and accurately and the comprehensive AF system gives a lot of flexibility when you are using it. The Fujifilm S5 Pro's quick start-up time in combination with the quick reproduction time both contribute to the quick reaction times that you see in this camera. Anyone switching from a S3 Pro to a Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro will immediately notice several improvements. The Fujifilm S5 Pro is a bang up-to-date camera with two pieces of technology that sets it apart; Super CCD SR Pro and Real Photo Processor Pro. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro as I tested it comes with Fujifilm FinePix Studio, software with which RAW files can be converted and all sorts of camera settings can be re-set. Think of Adobe or sRGB colour space, tone curve, white balance, exposure compensation in 1/6EV, colour, focus, dynamic range and noise suppression. You can also save the files via FinePix Studio software in diverse JPG compressions, 16 or 8bit TIFF en BMP formats. I am curious about the optional Fujifilm HS-V3 software that enables you to take tethered photographs with live preview. Wireless photography is also possible with the Wi-Fi sender expected to be out in June 2007. Another handy function lets you print contact sheets quickly. This can also be done via Fujifilm FinePix Studio, but HS-V3 gives you more freedom. The new HS-V3 software is expected in February 2007.
Non-CPU lenses Fujifilm noise reduction Colour space
Non-CPU lenses Fujifilm noise reduction Colour space
Fujifilm S5 Non-CPU Lenses Fujifilm S5 Pro Noise reduction Fujifilm S5 Colour space
If you want to work with a lens without inbuilt CPU, you could consider the combination of a Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and an attractive Carl Zeiss lens with Nikon mount. You can set this via the menu to maintain certain functions. Via the menu, you can set the focal point (from 6 - 4000 mm) and the maximum aperture (from f/1.2 - f/22). In this way, you can get information for exposure that will allow the camera to work with more functions in combination with these lenses. As you would expect, the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro has a colour space in which to work. This function can be found in the record menu where you can choose from AdobeRGB or sRGB. sRGB will be the standard choice for anyone taking photos and printing them immediately without any form of reworking. AdobeRGB is the first choice for the photographer who wants to profit from the comprehensive colour pallet and rework digital pictures before printing them.
Looking back at the pictures we took, we can see that the noise reduction functions very well. You can set the noise reduction to be less active in the camera menu, by choosing between STD of ORG. STD always produces less noise while ORG is less active. It is typical of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR that it is possible to make refined adjustments even to noise suppression.
USB MTP Protocol Face detection White balance
USB MTP Protocol Face detection White balance
Fujifilm S5 Pro MTP protocol Fujifilm S5 Reproduction face detection Fujifilm S5 Pro White balance
The Fujifilm S5 Pro has an interface for connecting it to a computer. Fujifilm uses a MTP protocol. MTP stands for Media Transfer Protocol and is, in fact, a PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) with extensions. What is original is the MTP component in Windows Media framework that connects it to Windows Media Player. This protocol elevates the communication between the camera and PC to a more intelligent level and means that the PC no longer has to play an active role all the time. Although the standard range of white balance in the Fujifilm S5 Pro's menu is quite large, the refined Kelvin adjustment allows you to adjust the white balance even more precisely. In this setting you can adjust the proportion of red/cyan and blue/yellow more precisely, set it all accurately within -3 - +3 in 1/3EV and save the setting in one of the Pre Custom white balance settings. You will need to turn this setting on or off manually!
An example of the inbuilt face detection; it is really incredibly handy to use, and is the perfect aid to help you quickly check your focus when capturing precious moments, especially when making portraits. This system works practically flawlessly and I wasn't able to detect one mistake when I was testing it. I can imagine that this is just the beginning of what Fujifilm's face detection is capable of.
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Rating
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Editor's Conclusion:
"I was able to try out the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro for a short period. Although I only had access to a pre-production sample, which unfortunately means that we cannot deliver a final judgement, the practise pictures were very convincing. It is not just the way in which you take photos with this camera, as this does not differ much from the Nikon D200, it is more the way in which you are more or less forced to take a different approach to picture quality. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro's settings options make you think and approach photography in a different way. The results speak for themselves. Fujifilm S5 Pro knows how to get the best out of pictures, even high ISO pictures, which are always problematic. With these, we see lots of detail and even attractive noise. This last comment probably sounds very strange, but you can almost appreciate the noise with high ISO in the FinePix S5 Pro. It is very similar to the grain in a film, has hardly any annoying colour noise and after it has been treated with noise reduction software, the high ISO end results are fantastic. The additional price that you pay for the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro in comparison to the competition can be clarified at once and will definitely not form a barrier to photographers with high requirements. The FinePix S5 Pro has definitely put Fujifilm back at the head of the race!
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