PIX 2015

FujiFilm FinePix S5100 Zoom (FinePix S5500)

Announced Jul 28, 2004 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 37 – 370 mm (10×)

If you are looking for a SLR impersonation and you do not care much about image quality or you are a beginner ready to impress your friends this is the right stuff. For the rest of you - there are better options out there. Problems: -Noisy images and very small LCD. -Yet another card format... -Poor dynamic range. -Hard to focus at full zoom. Must focus in a nearby- more contrasty- area and return for shooting. This kills action photos on stadiums etc. -Sometimes awkward auto mode...

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In AUTO mode it take pictures w/ flash and ISO 250. Why? The noise level is unacceptable for a respectable camera. Most manufacturers have offered 5-6 MP average/low cost cameras during last year. Fuji is a little late with a 4MP imager at the end of 2004. Problems: No in-camera picture rotation when downloading and ridiculous 1.5" LCD for nowadays standards. C'mon Fuji, you can still do better than 5000 and 5100 at the same price as others!

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