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  • 12.34-megapixel SuperCCD SR image sensor (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels)
  • ISO from 100 to 3,200
  • 3.0 fps, 24 RAW or 52 JPEG images in standard dynamic range, 11 RAW / 40 JPEG in wide dynamic range
  • 11-point AF sensor
  • 2.5 inch 235,000 pixel LCD with live view function to check critical focus
  • Compact Flash (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive media
  • Accepts most Nikon F mount lenses and compatible with Nikon i-TTL flash system

(From company literature) The FinePix S5 Pro carries a number of features that made its predecessor, the FinePix S3 Pro, so popular with wedding, portrait and studio photographers. One is increased dynamic range from the Super CCD SR double pixel technology (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels). The new FinePix S5 Pro continues this tradition of expanded dynamic range and goes a step further by coupling the new Super CCD SR Pro sensor with Fujifilm’s new RP (Real Photo) Processor Pro for even more outstanding, film-like results. Moreover, the FinePix S5 Pro will house the two technologies in a fully digital and durable metal alloy body frame. This opens the door for Fujifilm’s digital imaging technologies to expand into other applications such as outdoor and high endurance commercial photography.

Highlight features of the FinePix S5 Pro include:

  • Real Photo Technology Pro, which combines the Super CCD SR Pro sensor and the RP Processor Pro, allows for the wide dynamic range with smoother tonality from brightest light to darkest shadow. The re-designed new Super CCD SR Pro features an optimized low-pass filter that will reduce the noise and minimize moiré. The newly developed RP Processor Pro features two cycles of noise reduction so photographers can snap pictures at light sensitivities as high as ISO 3200 with less noise than comparable cameras at similar ISOs.
  • Photographers can choose from six preset ranges for greater creative control over the FinePix S5 Pro’s expanded dynamic range between 100% and 400%.
  • Three new variations of the original film simulation mode have been added (five modes in total) for improved reproduction of natural skin tones.
  • At the push of a button, the FinePix S5 Pro’s Face Detection Technology detects up to ten faces in a scene immediately after each image is captured. Photographers can zoom in and confirm facial detail, whether eyes are open or closed, focus and exposure on the FinePix S5 Pro’s LCD monitor.

Other camera functions and features:

  • Nikon F-mount compatibility with all Nikkor AF-D/G and the latest AF-S optics.
  • RAW+JPEG (4,256 x 2,848 pixels, 3,024 x 2,016 pixels, 2,304 x 1,536 pixels) dual-save mode.
  • MAC and PC supported tethered shooting mode via USB 2.0 port and optional HyperUtility software.
  • Robust, lightweight magnesium-alloy body.
  • Durable shutter unit stands up to approximately 100,000 releases.
  • Adoption of high-precision i-TTL flash control.
  • 11-point AF sensor for consistent, fast and precise focusing. This is an improvement from the FinePix S3 Pro’s 5-point AF sensor.
  • Supports 1/3, 1/2, and 1 stop lens aperture control.
  • Shutter speed 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec., maximum flash sync speed of 1/250 sec.
  • Remark function enables addition of comments to an image file by connecting a special bar code reader to the camera body.
  • 3 levels of custom Function Locking with password protection.
  • 2.5 inch LCD with 235,000 pixels with 100% frame coverage featuring color or monochromatic 30 seconds, live view function to check the focusing.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery.
  • Compact Flash (CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive compatible.

Optional Accessories:

  • LAN Adapter for wireless, high-speed image transfer
  • New Hyper Utility Software for precise editing control of images taken in CCD-RAW
  • Software also enables PC control of the FinePix S5 Pro
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Power Adapter

FinePix S5 Pro is slated for early 2007 introduction.

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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 1
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro review by ej64
Review Date: 7/24/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,500.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: built, dynamic range, tonal gradation, skin tones, handling, OOC Jpeg
Cons: slow card writing, bulky RAW files, lower FPS than competition, only real 6 MP

Essentially it's a Nikon D200 Body with a Fuji 6+6 MP SuperCCD SR.

That means handling and appearance is the same as with the Nikon D200. It's build like a tank and all buttons are on the right place. However menues are somewhat changed and IMO somewhat quirky -- at least if you are used to Nikon's.

The big plus of that S5 is it's enormous dynamic range, that is still unmatched by others. Highlight headroom is just another world. Full stop. Shooting with DR 400% is like shooting good b&w film, you needn't bother with blown highlights in almost all situations.

Skin tones are just beautiful, greens are "fuji like". Maybe reds are somewhat emphasised.

Out of camera JPGs are as good as any RAW conversion regarding tones and resolution. That said, it's always a good idea to shoot NEFs if you consider stong postprocessing.

Sometimes you can observe aliasing artefacts on diagonal lines. 12 MP images are quite soft, but remember: it's a 6 MP camera. Just downsample your 12 MP JPGs to 6 MP and apply some sharpening and they're really fine.

I switched from a Nikon D80 and I don't regret it . Even matrix metering works very well with the S5 ...

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 1
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro review by eddie23kim
Review Date: 12/27/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,500.00| Rating: 7 

Pros: decent image quality
Cons: a little too bulky, small screen

decent camera, but there are many other cameras that offer better specs for the price.


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