Fujifilm FinePix S5500

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Fujifilm FinePix S5500

The FinePix S5500 Zoom features a 4 million effective pixel sensor with a 10x optical zoom lens, all housed in a neat and tidy SLR-styled body. Thanks...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix S5500"

published 14/02/2005 | Mex5150
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Pro Price, Looks, Feel, and most importantly images.
Cons Speed from off to ready to shoot
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Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use
Durability
Reliability

"Fujifilm S5500"


Background:
I bought the S5500 by accident. I teach PhotoShop and one of my students has an S5500 so I knew it was a nice bit of kit, but I was not looking for a new camera (I already had a cam that was fine for the time being) so it was academic. My Girlfriend had said a few times that she wanted a digi-cam, but the S5500 was not an option here either. This is where luck and/or fate stepped in, I had to fly to Bangkok with a colleague on business, and he wanted to buy a camera there, as they were cheaper. I had rather stupidly left my camera at home, so decided to accompany him and get a cheap disposable. While at the shop I noticed the S5500 on the shelf for far less than I had seen it for in the UK, I bought it as my new main camera and phoned my girlfriend to tell her my old camera was now hers, everybody was happy.

The Look and Feel:
The S5500 looks the business, if you show up with one of these in your hand you will look like you are serious and know exactly what you are doing (even if you don?t). Although smaller than an SLR, it retains the look and handling of one. It is big for a digital though, so be warned if you just want something to stick in your shirt pocket, this baby will not fit. I keep mine on me most of the time, worn in a Lowepro pack on my belt, and I have got wedged in chairs because of it on more than one occasion. The grip and most of the camera has a non-slip rubberised feel to it, which makes it very nice to use on extended shoots.

Power:
It takes four standard AA batteries, which I was concerned about to begin with, but the original batteries lasted several days of intense use and when they ran out, I just nipped into the nearest shop, got replacements, and carried on. Otherwise, it could have meant stopping half way through for a trip back to base to recharge, and anybody who has ever held a camera before will know you can not always just stop and pick up again a few hours or a day later.

In Use:
The camera has two ways of targeting, a largish LCD on the back and a smaller EVF in the more traditional viewfinder. They are mutually exclusive and you switch between them using a button located just above the LCD. Personally, I prefer to use the viewfinder for most things, which might be why I am getting such good battery life, so if you prefer to use the LCD you may want to check out some other reviews.

The One slight problem I do have is it takes a little time to get ready to shoot. From the off position, flicking it past playback to shoot, waiting for the lens to extend, focus, and shoot, takes a little longer than I would like. I quite often deactivate the auto-power off if I know I am going to want to catch something quick. Once the camera is ready though, speed, or lack of speed, is not an issue.

Something that could be both a pro and a con is the 10x optical zoom. This is much better than anything the cigarette box size cameras can offer, and you can get close enough to feel you can touch distant subjects. However, at maximum magnification it can be hard to avoid the shakes. An icon appears on screen to warn you, so it is not the problem that it could be but it does warrant extra care. This is not actually a fault with the camera, just high magnification.

Picture Quality:
The biggie with digital cameras, and honestly I cannot fault it. The S5500 is a 4.0 mega pixel camera, which some people consider a little on the low side, but unless you are going to be printing very large images at very high resolution, you are not going to need more. The colour balance is very good and the only time I have noticed much noise was on some low light images taken without flash that I pushed a little far when trying to clean up in PhotoShop, but still noticeably less than I have seen on cameras several times the price of the S5500.

Overall:
A great solid camera that will do all you ask of it, and it will do it with great panache too. I would like to see the time from off to ready to shoot reduced, but I am just splitting hairs here with that gripe.

Worth buying:
In a word yes. For the price I paid, unbelievable, for the standard price, an excellent buy you will not regret. Go get and one.

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  • holdfast published 24/09/2005
    Thanks for the tip regarding power off, I know its in the instructions but....Great review
  • derek-j-a published 17/06/2005
    Great review, excellent detail... Welcome to ciao... Derek
  • traxy published 22/02/2005
    Very well-written, and by someone who knows what he's talking about. He even mentions how many batteries it takes and how long they're expected to last!
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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix S5500

Manufacturer's product description

The FinePix S5500 Zoom features a 4 million effective pixel sensor with a 10x optical zoom lens, all housed in a neat and tidy SLR-styled body. Thanks to its ergonomic design and easy-to-use controls, the FinePix S5500 Zoom is ideal for the enthusiast who wants to work closely with the camera.

Product Details

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix S5500 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 10 x zoom lens - f/2.8-3.1, 10 x zoom lens - 5.7 - 57 mm - f/2.8-3.1

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 90 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.6 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.33" - colour

Display: LCD display - 1.5"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.3 cm x 7.9 cm x 8.1 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg

General

MPN: N076020A, P10N076020A, 40471230, 171901128, S5500

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 4,230,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 4,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.7"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 3.6 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 320, ISO 64

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot, matrix

Exposure Metering Zones: 64

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night scene, sports mode

Special Effects: Black & White, chrome

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fine, incandescent, shade, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps

Lens System

Type: 10 x zoom lens - f/2.8-3.1, 10 x zoom lens - 5.7 - 57 mm - f/2.8-3.1

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 37 - 370mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 90 cm

Macro Focus Range: 0.1-2.0m

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 4.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames per second, 1.6 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, built-in speaker, auto power save, DPOF support, PictBridge support

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.33"

Viewfinder Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%

Display

Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, ImageMixer VCD, FinePix Viewer

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens cap, shoulder strap, adaptor ring, USB cable, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Supported Memory Cards: xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M

Included Memory Card: 16 MB xD

Image Storage: RAW 2272 x 1704 : 1 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 8 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 16 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 25 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 1280 x 960 : 33 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 : 122 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 13 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps - 26 sec - with 16MB card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 11.3 cm

Depth: 7.9 cm

Height: 8.1 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS 9.2.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.6 - 10.3.3

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME - Pentium - 200 MHz - 64 MB - 450 MB ¦ Windows XP - Pentium III - 800 MHz - 128 MB - 450 MB ¦ MacOS 9.2.2 or later - PowerPC G3 - 64 MB - 400 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.x - PowerPC G3 - 192 MB - 200 MB

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