Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Zoom

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Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Zoom

This camera packs an almost unimaginable level of capability into its contoured, compact body. Not only does it feature Fujifilm's acclaimed Super CCD...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Zoom"

published 29/06/2006 | bitesizepankakes
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Pro Good image quality, Exceptional Zoom, Good look and Feel, Full manual controls.
Cons No external flash port, Manual controls somewhat awkward, No MF/Zoom Ring, no image stableizer.
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"SLR Styling & feature, point and shoot in nature."

I would love to think myself a great photographer. I liked that I knew how to use aperture and shutter speed get a desired effect. In truth however, I was a fraud.

In my life, I have owned but two digital cameras. The first, an old 2 Megapixel Kodak point-and-shooter, and more recently the "stills" option on my Panasonic Mini-DV camera. Still, using the limited manual features on that camera inspired me.

Enter the Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Zoom. As it's SLR styling would suggest, this camera includes all the features you would expect from Pro cameras, yet, as it's price point implies, at it's heart, this is a point-and-shoot camera.

The S5600 includes a number of modes, all chosen by a convenient rotary selector on the top right, behind the shutter button. These modes include all the standard fare (Portrait, Landscape, Anti Blur/Motion) and a very useful "natural light mode", which turns off the flash, adjusts the shutter speed and aperture to take in more light and increases the ISO. On top of this, it features a very good "auto" mode, which is where this camera will spend most of it's time.

The camera runs quite happily in auto mode, and will give very good results in most situations. Most people will successfully pick up this camera, and within a few shots be taking beautiful 5 Megapixel shots.

The shutter button is conveniently located (front right) for my slightly large hands (though people with particularly small hands may have some issues), and provides good feedback. It is clear when the button is half/fully depressed. It is surrounded by the off/review/shoot selector. When choosing these modes, there is a large distance between them, and it is sometimes a little easy to miss the mode you are looking for, especially since there is a less distinct "click" than i would like when you hit the mode.

The built in "filler flash" does an average job at short distances, but i would have preferred the option to attach a larger external flash. Still, natural light mode and 1600 max iso makes it un-necesarry in most circumstances.

The lack of image stabilisation on the face seems undesirable when you conceder it's 10X optical zoom. Thankfully an excellent sensitivity range (ISO 64 to 1600) and minimal noise even at ISO-1600 thanks to its fifth generation super CCD sensor mean this is also somewhat un-necesarry. The noise that is there can be minimised even more by shooting in RAW mode.

For the more avid photographer, it includes all the bells and whistles you would expect from the more expensive SLR cameras it seeks to emulate. With Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual modes, and a somewhat cumbersome manual focus mode, photographers with an eye for that "something more" photo, will achieve results simply impossible for the typical point and shoot camera.

While the pro would laugh at how awkward these modes are, It is certainly in these modes that serious amateur/aspiring pro photographers will have most fun. They are usually surprisingly easy to adjust, through the 4 way selector, and basic changes soon becomes second nature.

However here again, the cameras desire to be used in "auto" mode once again shows up. The features pro's will take for granted often take 3 or more button presses to find and it is a little cumbersome at times. For example "White Balance" is third in the main menu, below "Self Timer". Manual Focussing is a similarly taxing process requiring you to press multiple buttons (EV Compensate+W/T) to set, and the LCD and Electronic Viewfinder are both a little small and low res to effectively determine exactly how in focus your subject is.

In spite of these drawbacks, with a little patience and conditioning, you will be able to duplicate most if not all of the results you would see on much more expensive DSLR cameras.

The look and feel of the camera is perhaps it's most pleasing feature. Between it's fixed lens barrel, matte black (plastic) finish and rubberised grips it feels like a much more expensive camera than it really is, and moreover, except from very close, the average person will not be able to tell this is not a DSLR from looking at it. The only drawback here is that the rubberised grip around the barrel is... well, just that. Looking at it, and even holding it, you expect to be able to twist it to adjust either zoom or focus, but this is not the case, and both of these options are provided by button presses on the back.

All in all, this is an excellent camera which i can highly recommend to both point and shooters looking for a long range zoom lens, serious amateurs, or aspiring pro's looking for a springboard into the world of manual photography, and even pro's as a cheap extra camera.

One final thing of note is that like most Fuji cameras it uses only the proprietary and somewhat expensive xD picture card format, which may be a little off-putting to those who already have large SD or CF cards from prior cameras. It also only includes a 16 MB card which is only good for a hand full of images at 5 Megapixel, and only one in CCD-RAW mode.

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  • traxy published 21/05/2007
    Very good summary, I agree with it completely. Seems like we got the camera for the same kind of reasons. :) The only drawback for me is that I find the picture quality quite poor indoors on 5M(F) setting. Other than that, I think you're spot on. Good review!
  • Forbiddon published 03/05/2007
    Wow I wish I could review as well as this.....thanks every thought and query I had you covered. Top notch
  • mackaltman published 15/04/2007
    Great review keep up the great work.
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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Zoom

Manufacturer's product description

This camera packs an almost unimaginable level of capability into its contoured, compact body. Not only does it feature Fujifilm's acclaimed Super CCD HR sensor technology, ensuring the best image quality possible, but you also benefit from manual control and the immense optical reach of a 10x Fujinon zoom lens. What's more, this camera has the crucial 1600 ISO setting, meaning that all forms of blur are much less likely to occur. Five million pixels is only part of the story. Super CCD technology has long been associated with class-leading performance in top-end digital cameras. Unlike generic image sensors, this system is developed and manufactured entirely in-house, and is performance only available from Fujifilm. First-rate color reproduction, image sharpness, low noise and excellent tonal response. Never mind the pixels. Feel the picture quality. This camera has real optical reach contained within it. There is also one major advancement on the previous models - the lens is fixed in place. This has two advantages. There is no delay, waiting for the lens to extend or retract, when the camera is turned on or off. The S5600 Zoom is blisteringly quick off the mark. The new design keeps the lens mechanism permanently housed within the exterior of the camera, rather than allowing the extending moving parts to be exposed to knocks and bumps. This makes the camera a more solid package overall. Just as you'd expect from a camera that echoes SLR design, the FinePix S5600 Zoom gives you full creative rein to influence shutter speed, aperture, ISO and focus selection. It is a real reassurance to know that the camera's performance can be directed in the way that you wish it. Then again, you could just take the easy route, and leave it on auto... The FinePix S5600 Zoom is designed to increase the likelihood of you getting a shot. Not only is it switched-on and ready in a double-quick 1.1 seconds, but its reaction to you pressing the shutter release is much quicker than previous models - a mere 0.01 seconds. You won't be missing out on much action with the S5600 Zoom. Anyone who doesn't think that much of movie modes on digital cameras has not tried this one. The S5600 Zoom offers the top-level 30 fps VGA benchmark, which plays back on television sets with remarkable clarity. Team the S5600 Zoom up with a big xD-Picture Card, and you will realize the full potential of this camera's multifunctionality.

Product Details

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Zoom - digital camera, Fujifilm FinePix S5600 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Sensor Resolution: 5.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 10 x zoom lens - 6.3 - 63 mm - f/3.2-3.5

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 90 cm

Digital Zoom: 5.7 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.33" - colour

Display: LCD display - 1.8"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.4 cm x 8.5 cm x 11.2 cm, 11.4 cm x 11.2 cm x 8.5 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg, 370 g

Manufacturer: Fujifilm

General

MPN: N077080A, N078280A, P10N077080A, P10NO77080A, 172101132, FPS5600, 10210

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 5.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: Super CCD HR

Total Pixels: 5,220,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 5,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 5.7 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 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot, average

Exposure Metering Zones: 64

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

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night scene, natural light

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 in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 10 x zoom lens - 6.3 - 63 mm - f/3.2-3.5

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 38 - 380mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 90 cm

Macro Focus Range: 0.1-2.0m

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 8 groups / 11 elements

Filter Size: 55 mm

Features: AD (anomalous dispersion) glass, aspherical lens

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 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2 frames per second, 0.9 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, histogram display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.33"

Viewfinder Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%

Display

Type: 1.8" 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, FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2

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 MacOS X 10.2.8 or later

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP - Pentium - 200 MHz - 256 MB - 450 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.2.8 or later - PowerPC - 256 MB - 400 MB

Miscellaneous

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

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

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, 256 MB xD

Image Storage: RAW 2592 x 1944 : 1 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 6 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 12 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 2736 x 1824 : 12 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 19 - with 16MB card ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 25 - 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: 11.4 cm

Depth: 8.5 cm, 11.2 cm

Height: 11.2 cm, 8.5 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg, 370 g

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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