Fujifilm FinePix S5500

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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 09/05/2005 | jcmagic
Member since : 31/01/2005
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"Fujifilm FinePix S5500"

I have always been a compact camera user and very much the amateur snapper, However after spending some time with a friend of mine who is a semi-pro photographer I discovered just how addictive it can be to get "The right Shot". Following this I recently decided to move up a step and get a better camera.

I was concidering going down the Digi SLR road but decided that would be too expensive in these early stages and was recommended to have alook at the Finepix S5500.

They Retail at about £280 but after a bit of internet bargin hunting I managed to get one with 256mb of XD memory for £200.

The only downfall with this was that the entire user manual was in GERMAN!!

This ceased to be a problem when I Registered the camera on the Fuji website and was able to download the English version in PDF format.

The camera itself is superb and has most of the functions that a digi SLR ( such as the Canon EOS 300d) would have apart obviously from the megapixel count and the SLR action and the ability to change lenses.

In Auto mode it is simply point and shoot, with some great results.
In manual mode you are in complete control of the camera functions including apeture, Focusing and shutter speed.

in between there are several settings for specific situations such as sports or night shooting, as well as apeture and shutter priority modes which give optimum settings but still alow you to compensate manually for desired effects.

there are a selection of Tele/wide lens's and filters avilable, both Fuji and compatible makes which can broaden your scope without having to change camera.

The inbuilt zoom lens however gives 10X magnification and is adequate for most everday applications.

the 4.3 MP sensor gives great resolution.
The Built in flash is adjustable , both in brightness and duration for Rd eye reduction Etc.
and it is easy to interface via USB connection.

The only draw back I found is that it is quite heavy on battery power if you use the LCD screen to view images but I solved this by switching to rechargeable batteries and just keepng a couple of extra sets with me in the bag.

Overall I am very pleased with the camera and would reccomend it to anyone who want to take the next step up from simple point and shoot cameras.

I still have much to learn but feel that my money was well spent!

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  • zrxsheep published 19/10/2005
    I am going to buy this camera thankyou for the good review well done..zrxsheep..
  • RICHADA published 09/05/2005
    A good review - I was going to go for a full size digital camera like this but am now glad that we decided on a Sony Sybershot P100. It's small, can be taken anywhere and produces stunning results. To me digital now means going smaller so for the first time I am nw a convert to compact camera's from big bulky Nikon SLR kit.
  • TallPaul73 published 09/05/2005
    Sounds like a good camera, although personally I prefer Kodak easyshare. Good review. Paul
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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


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 Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.33"

Viewfinder Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%


Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


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

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, ImageMixer VCD, FinePix Viewer


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


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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