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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

alaTest has collected and analyzed 373 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the screen and usability are on the whole positive. The image quality and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the size and software, while opinions about the finish and value for money are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro


The FinePix S5 Pro combines the much sought-after picture quality of Fujifilm's Super CCD SR sensor with a fully digital and durable professional metal alloy body. With this superior combination of truly professional handling and image quality,...

umer (26) ; Wireless (6) ; Hybrid (3) ; Webcam (3) ; Show more ; Maximum Resolution ; 3264 x 2448 pixels (59) ; 3072 x 2304 pixels (57) ; 2592 x 1944 pixels (34) ; 3648 x 2736 pixels (33) ; 2560 x 1920 pixels (29) ; 2048 x 1536 pixels (28) ; 2816 x...

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro SLR


In this vein, Fujifilm's Super CCD SR II has been updated to the new Super CCD SR Pro. Using a unique layout of twelve million paired photodiodes (6.17 million larger 'S' photodiodes for main image information, combined with 6.17 million smaller 'R'...

This redesigned Super CCD SR Pro sensor is the main reason for the S5's improved performance. The CCD's two stages of noise reduction deliver a remarkably clean image, and permit light sensitivity up to ISO 3200 with low-noise photos. The new dark...

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro


The successor to Fuji's FinePix S3 Pro made its first, fleeting appearence at Photokina in September 2006, though it didn't start shipping until the spring of 2007 - keeping in line with Fuji's approx two-year gap between SLR models. The S5 Pro may...

Huge step up in body quality and performance thanks to Nikon D200 platform ; Class-leading dynamic range with up to 12 EV in a single exposure ; Superb out-of-camera JPEG with subtle color, tone, DR (though poor sharpness) ; Visible improvement in...

Default settings produce very soft results (over-strong AA filter?) ; 12MP mode doesn't produce 12MP of detail, is very soft, shows artefacts and doesn't sharpen that well ; High ISO noise reduction works well but again it is at the expense of fine...

Let's start with a little history. In the earliest days of digital photography the DSLR market was a free-for-all of alliances between camera companies such as Nikon and Canon and those like Kodak and Fuji who supplied the electronics and image...


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FinePix S5 Pro


The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro is Fujifilm's latest attempt at the perfect camera for wedding photographers. It has a new version of the company's extended-range SR sensor, with new adjustments that are meant specifically to handle facial highlights and...

Extended dynamic range ; Excellent noise control ; Excellent color ; Excellent Nikon D200 mechanicals ; Nikon's great autofocus

Slow shooting ; Menus are a mess ; Files are huge ; Battery incompatible with Nikon

The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro's image quality makes it a viable choice for pros and other quality-conscious photographers. Dynamic range, noise and color are all excellent. The S5's mechanicals - a Nikon D200 body, with Nikon autofocus, metering and...

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro First Impressions Review


Dynamic range is unique, and great (pending testing), ISO 3200 setting from the company that really knows how to handle noise, D200 body is durable and ergonomically great, Nikon's great autofocus

Slow operation and write speeds, Low resolution for a $1999 DSLR, Clumsy menu structure

The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro depends on its image quality - if it's not great, the camera doesn't compete. That makes it difficult to reach a solid conclusion in a first impression because we can only guess about image quality. Our educated guess is...

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro


The S5 is a full-featured, professional grade camera that produces outstanding images. While the resolution looks closer to 6MP than 12MP, the dynamic range and lack of noise artifacts in high ISO settings is impressive. If most of your work is done...

Unique Super CCD 6MP with two sensors at each photositeAccepts Nikon lenses and flash unitsExcellent dynamic range in imagesExcellent high ISO results

If you're a professional or advanced amateur photographer, and image...

Highly Recommended!

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Fujifilm S5 Pro Review


While other camera manufacturers ? both with traditional photographic and electronics backgrounds ? have rushed to capitalize on the growth of the DSLR market by rushing out several models spread across staggered price points, Fujifilm, like fellow...

The Fujifilm S5 Pro is a bit of an odd fish, and stands out from Fujifilm's range as such, primarily because it's the only one of its cameras that isn't really aimed at the consumer market. Though a pro photographer can't very well grumble about the...

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First Look: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro


In Fujifilm's new math, the successor to the FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR is not the S4 but the S5 Pro, a camera that's essentially a moderate tweak in a new body

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro digital camera Review and Prices


If you're buying an advanced, enthusiast-class digital camera, you know you're going to receive top-of-the-line performance. The little things can set these models apart, and the FinePix S5 from Fujifilm includes quite a few very good features that...

Outstanding image quality, excellent low-light performance, good shutter speeds, LCD magnification is handy, dual image file option

Add-ons can be expensive, realistic resolution is lower than advertised

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Fujifilm's FinePix S5 Pro; A Real-World Test Of A Viable Alternative D-SLR


We all know that the professional D-SLR market is dominated by Canon and Nikon. But there are other viable alternatives out there, including the FinePix S5 Pro. It's always good to consider options so, with that in mind, I'm going to give you my...

Add to the above a new battery that never seems to die; I got well over 400 shots on each full charge. Other items worthy of note include the big viewfinder, high ISO options, availability of a wide range of Nikon lenses, faster focusing, and extremely...

Product Specifications

The FinePix S5 Pro is further affirmation of Fujifilm's goal to achieve professional D-SLR image quality consistent with Fujifilm's professional film heritage. The FinePix S5 Pro carries a number of attributes that make it so popular with wedding, portrait and studio photographers. One of them is increased dynamic range from the Super CCD SR double pixel technology (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels). The 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 houses 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.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Fujifilm NP-150

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive/CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix/TFT active matrix / Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS)
Type:LCD display


Model:S5 Pro
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Fujifilm FinePix

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.5 x 23.0mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.5 x 23.0 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Super CCD SR Pro
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 125 / ISO 1250 / ISO 160 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2000 / ISO 250 / ISO 2500 / ISO 320 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 500 / ISO 640 / ISO 800/ISO 100-3200/ISO 100-3200 / ISO auto (100-3200)
Special Effects:Film Simulation
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical