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Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom Review

September 2003 | By Phil Askey

Review based on a production FinePix S5000 Zoom

Fujifilm announced the FinePix S5000 Zoom on 29th July 2003. It represents an affordable, compact, lightweight three megapixel (SuperCCD pixels) digital camera with a ten times optical zoom lens and an SLR-like appearance. To my eye it's one of the best looking 'SLR-like' digital cameras of recent times. Including four AA batteries the S5000 weighs just 430 g (15 oz, just under 1 lb) and thanks to its grip design feels very comfortable to use. Although the camera has a certain amount of manual control it doesn't seem to be aimed directly at the serious prosumer, it's lacking some features (such as manual white balance) which those users will only get from a camera like the S602 Zoom. That said this is a camera which could be taken on holiday as a 'full range' camera, used for casual sports events and more.

Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom vs. FinePix S7000 Zoom (differences)

FinePix S5000 Zoom

FinePix S7000 Zoom
Sensor 1/2.7" SuperCCD IV HR 1/1.7" SuperCCD IV HR
Effective pixels 3.1 million 6.3 million
Image sizes 2816 x 2120
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
4048 x 3040
2848 x 2136
2016 x 1512
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
Lens 10x Zoom
37 - 370 mm equiv.
F2.8 - F3.2

6x Zoom
35 - 210 mm equiv.
F2.8 - F3.1

Lens glass Fujinon Fujinon Super-EBC
Lens thread 55 mm (with supplied adapter) 55 mm (with optional adapter)
Lens hood Included Optional
Auto focus TTL TTL
External AF sensor
AF assist lamp Yes No
Manual focus Yes, buttons Yes, lens ring
Focus range Normal: 90 cm - Infinity
Macro: 10 cm - 200 cm
Normal: 50 cm - Infinity
Macro: 10 cm - 80 cm
Super-Macro: 1 cm - 20 cm
ISO Sensitivity 200, 400, 800 *
* Only at 1 MP (1280 x 960)
200, 400, 800 *
* Only at 3 MP, 2 MP or 1 MP
Metering 64-zone Multi
Center-weighted Average
64-zone Multi
Center-weighted Average
Shutter speed 2 - 1/1000 sec 15- 1000 sec
+ up to 1/10000 sec elec. shutter
Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8.0
Tele: F3.2 - F9.0
Wide: F2.8 - F8.0
Tele: F3.1 - F8.0
White balance Auto, six presets Auto, six presets, two manual
Continuous 5 fps up to 5 images
First 5 or Last 5
1.8 fps up to 40 images *
* Only at 1280 x 960
3.3 fps up to 5 images
First 5 or Last 5
2.0 fps up to 40 images *
* Only at 1280 x 960
Movie clips 320 x 240, 30 fps, with audio
Only limited by storage card
640 x 480, 30 fps, with audio
320 x 240, 30 fps, with audio
Only limited by storage card
Flash Pop-up Pop-up
Flash hot-shoe No Yes
Flash range Wide: 0.3 - 6.0 m
Tele: 0.8 - 5.5 m
(ISO 200 - 400)
Wide: 0.3 - 8.5 m
Tele: 0.9 - 7.9 m
(ISO 200 - 400)
Storage xD-Picture Card xD-Picture Card
Compact Flash Type I/II & Microdrive
Viewfinder 0.33" 110,000 pixel LCD 0.44" 180,000 pixel LCD
LCD monitor 1.5" 114,000 pixel 1.8" 110,000 pixel
Connectivity USB 1.1
Video Out
USB 2.0
Video Out
Power 4 x AA batteries
(NiMH recommended)
4 x AA batteries
(NiMH recommended)
Weight (inc. batt) 430 g (0.9 lb) 597 g (1.3 lb)
Dimensions 113 x 81 x 79 mm
(4.4 x 3.2 x 3.1 in)
121 x 82 x 97 mm
(4.8 x 3.2 x 3.8 in)

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