Fujifilm FinePix S5Pro - Sharpening

Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro Digital SLR Camera with Nikon Lens Mount, Body Only Kit, 12.3 Megapixels, Interchangeable Lenses - USA

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Fujifilm S5 Pro D-SLR - Excellent body

So what else is new on the Fujifilm S5 Pro? Added this time around is what is claimed to be a new and improved low-pass filter to ensure moiré patterns and noise is kept to a minimum (needed perhaps, as the S5 offers light sensitivity up to ISO3200), plus a new Real Photo Processor Pro to reproduce colours closer to how they're seen by the human eye. Ensuring your subject's always in focus no matter where it is in the frame, you also get an 11-point AF system to play with. Added to this is the popular feature on DSLRs in this price bracket – £1000+ in the UK – namely the ability to capture JPEG and RAW files simultaneously. You therefore have the ability to quickly proof via the former and play around later with the latter. Plus there's the ability to choose from six stepped dynamic range settings, ranging between 'normal' dynamic range (100%) and 400% (dynamic range expanded by two stops). There are also three 'negative film' presets, but, as your head may by now be spinning with all this pro-level specification, more later.

Pick the camera up and straightaway you have the reassurance that this is a professional model: a moisture and dust proof metal alloy body that is broad and chunky in build and, with battery and optional CompactFlash card inserted, weighty enough to require two handed operation before any optic has even been attached. You'll need to budget for that extra lens too, as Fujifilm's RRP is for body only. Though Fujifilm doesn't make or brand any of its own optics, its Nikon F-mount is unsurprisingly compatible with a wide range of Nikon lenses (all Nikkor AF-D/G and AF-S optics). That's just as well; as Fujifilm's PR hadn't provided us with one for review, Nikon UK kindly stepped in with a AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED for the duration of our test (thanks also to Nigel Atherton at What Digital Camera for the short term loan!). Another gripe – our review sample hadn't been properly cleaned at the outset, meaning that an initial batch of our test shots revealed dust marks on the sensor that transferred to our images. Still, this gave us an opportunity to test the Fujifilm S5 Pro's self cleaning functionality (it immediately solved the problem as it happens).

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro - Connections

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  • Fujifilm S5 Pro - 2.5 inch LCD screen

    New for the DSLR is the face detection. Fujifilm is the first manufacturer to offer this technique in this class. It only works during the review mode, unlike compact cameras in which it can operate during shooting mode. When you review the images, you can zoom in quickly and control the faces to see if they are in focus. The face is always the most important part of the photo, after all. It wouldn't surprise me if this technique is just the tip of the iceberg. Another special feature is the Live View. Panasonic and Olympus already have it, and Canon is also applying it, but it is still rare for the SLRs. The Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, just like the S3 Pro, has a mirror that is flipped up for half a minute, so that the light can fall directly on the sensor and the data are displayed on the 2.5-inch screen.

    Below you can see the front view size comparison of Fujifilm S5 Pro and Pentax K-S2. Pentax K-S2 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 24mm narrower, 22mm shorter and 1mm thinner than Fujifilm S5 Pro