The images can be transferred directly from the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera to a PC or notebook via the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. Combine this fast connection with a fast memory card like the SanDisk Extreme III, and the digital workplace will not be delayed easily. Those that prefer not to use the camera to transfer the data can opt for a card reader. This device is indispensable in the digital workplace and makes data transfer a much more pleasant experience. SanDisk's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Extreme card reader is currently the fastest, next to FireWire, and transfers data at a maximal speed up to 20MB/sec.
The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro came to life and got off a shot in 0.4 seconds, which is not fast for a DSLR. The best take about half that long. It's not likely that the distinction will make a practical difference, though.
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The photos can be saved in RAW or in JPEG, or in both formats simultaneously. The advantages of RAW are well known, and the extended dynamic range of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera allows for even nicer images. You can adjust the dynamic range in the software. This is not possible in normal range, because the small pixels are not used. I always shoot in RAW myself, and the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro works pretty fast with the RAW files. You don't have to buy extra software for the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro to be able to work extensively with RAW. The standard software offers the most important possibilities, if you choose the setting ‘Custom'. I personally don't find the software itself so easy to use. It is a little chaotic and slow. It has a lot of separate tabs, which is not my style. ACR 3.7 can work the files, but it has its limitations. Another possibility is using SilkyPix, or just the Hyper Utility Software, which allows you to operate the camera from the computer.
Normally I turn off the sharpening in the camera and sharpen the images afterwards in Photoshop. Increasing sharpness can always be done after the fact, but decreasing it cannot. With the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, though, I noticed that the photos seemed really soft. Adjusting the sharpness in the camera or in the RAW converter improved it a lot. With the sharpening on 'standard' you can get a good image. With more sharpness you will get negative effects with diagonal lines, due to the interpolation which needs to take place. The sharpness of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera is generally very good. But the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro failed a little bit shooting the test chart, as far as resolution is concerned. I compared the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro with a 'real' twelve Megapixel camera, the Nikon D2Xs, and the Nikon's images had more detail. It seems that the Fujifilm S5 is more like an eight Megapixel camera. This is still more than sufficient for many applications, and with normal shots it won't really be noticeable.