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Timing & Performance

The S5000's big zoom lens slows startup to a to-be-expected four seconds, switching modes and browsing images is very quick with almost no real delay. Auto focus acceptable in good light when you're looking at around one second AF lag at wide angle, that is doubled at telephoto. I was very disappointed however with the S5000's Half to Full-press shutter lag which was a remarkably slow 0.3 seconds (most modern digital cameras don't take longer than 0.1 seconds). Shot to shot times were very good (just over a second). Overall a mixed bag.

Timing Notes

All times calculated as an average of three operations. Unless otherwise stated all timings were made on a 6mp (2816 x 2120) JPEG image (approx. 1,500 KB per image). The media used for all the tests on this page was a 128 MB Fujifilm xD-Picture Card.

Action Details Time, seconds
Power: Off to Record Lens extension 4.1
Power: Off to Play Image displayed 1.5
Power: Record to Off Lens extended 3.5
Power: Play to Off Lens already retracted 0.5
Mode: Record to Play Image displayed 1.1
Mode: Play to Record Lens already extended 2.2
Play: Magnify To 18x magnification 5.8
Play: Thumbnail view 3x3 index, 9 images 0.5

Action Details Time, seconds
Zoom from Wide to Tele Full zoom from 37 to 370 mm (10 x) 2.5
Half-press Lag (0->S1) Wide angle (Multi/Center AF Area) 1.0 - 1.2
Half-press Lag (0->S1) Telephoto (Multi/Center AF Area) 2.1 - 2.3
Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2) Wide angle (Electronic Viewfinder) 0.3
Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2) Wide angle (LCD Monitor) 0.3
Full-press Lag (0->S2) Wide angle 0.7
Off to Shot Taken Wide angle 4.3
Shot to Shot Wide angle 1.1

Lag Timing Definitions

Half-press Lag (0->S1)
Many digital camera users prime the AF and AE systems on their camera by half-pressing the shutter release. This is the amount of time between a half-press of the shutter release and the camera indicating an auto focus & auto exposure lock on the LCD monitor / viewfinder (ready to shoot).
 

(Prime AF/AE)
Half to Full-press Lag (S1->S2)
The amount of time it takes from a full depression of the shutter release button (assuming you have already primed the camera with a half-press) to the image being taken.
 

(Take shot, AF/AE primed)
Full-press Lag (0->S2)
The amount of time it takes from a full depression of the shutter release button (without performing a half-press of the shutter release beforehand) to the image being taken. This is more representative of the use of the camera in a spur of the moment 'point and shoot' situation.
 

(Take shot, AF/AE not primed)


Continuous mode

The table below shows the results of our continuous shooting test, indicating the actual frame rate along with maximum number of frames and how long you would have to wait after taking the maximum number of frames before you could take another shot.

Image Type Frames per sec Max no. of frames *1

Time to store
after last frame
*2

Top-5 (6M / 3M / 2M) 4.2 fps 5 4.0 sec
Last-5 (6M / 3M / 2M) 4.2 fps 5 4.0 sec
Long Period (1280 x 960) 1.8 fps 40 0.8 sec

*1 In a single "burst" (finger held down on shutter release)
*2 The S5000 won't let you take the next burst of shots until the currently buffered burst has been written to the xD card. This timing is from the display showing 'Storing' to the live view returning.

Just like the FinePix F700 we found the S5000's continuous shooting to be slower than specified by Fujifilm, they rate the burst speed as five frames a second, our tests were consitently 4.2 (actually 4.1666667) frames per second. Just like the F700 the S5000 does not blank out the LCD during continuous shooting, it continues to provide a display of the scene (either live or the briefly shot just taken).


File Write / Display and Sizes

Timings shown below are the time taken for the camera to process and "flush" the image out to the storage card, the timer was started as soon as the shutter release was pressed and stopped when activity indicator LED beside the viewfinder stopped blinking. This means the timings also include the cameras processing time and as such are more representative of the actual time to "complete the task".

Image Type Time to write
(secs)

Time to display
(secs)
File size *1
(approx.)
Images on a *2
128 MB xD
6M (2816 x 2120) 2.0 0.8 1,500 KB 86
3M (2048 x 1536) 1.5 <0.5 850 KB 162
2M (1600 x 1200) 1.2 <0.5 620 KB 204
1M (1280 x 960) 1.2 <0.5 470 KB 275

*1 All file sizes are an average of three files. As is the case with JPEG it's difficult to predict the size of an image because it will vary a fair amount depending on the content of the image (especially the amount of detail captured). For example, take a photograph of a fairly empty wall and you'll get a small JPEG, take a photograph of a bush with a lot of detail and you'll get a larger image. File sizes here are closer to the later, the larger size of file you should expect.
*2 Camera estimation.

As you can see the S5000 had very short processing and write times, taking just two seconds from shutter release to the image being written to the xD card for the largest 6M (2816 x 2120) image size. Kudos Fujifilm.


Low Light Auto Focus

This test is designed to measure the minimum amount of light under which the camera can still focus. The focus target is our lens distortion test chart (shown here on the right), camera is positioned exactly 2 m (6.6 ft) away.

Light levels are gradually dropped until the camera can no longer focus. This is carried out at both wide angle and telephoto zoom positions (as more light reaches the focusing systems with a larger aperture).

This test target is the optimum type of subject for most "contrast detect" AF systems (as it has a vertical line at its center), you should consider the results below the best you could expect to achieve.

Lens position Aperture Lowest light focus
Wide angle (37 mm equiv.) F2.8 Complete darkness
Telephoto (370 mm equiv.) F3.2 Complete darkness

Light intensity (Lux) = 2.5 x 2^EV (@ ISO 100), 10.76391 Lux = 1 foot-candle (fc)

The S5000 Zoom appears to use the same green LED AF assist lamp as the F700, however on the S5000 it did seem to work notably better. The S5000 appears to have a larger lens over the LED and produced a brighter light which was better concentrated around the center of the frame. This meant that the camera could focus in complete darkness at both wide angle and telephoto.


Battery life

We ran the camera through our new battery life test. This test is designed to be fair and comparative to each camera and battery type:

  • Take 4 shots without flash
  • Wait 2 minutes (50% of the time powering the camera off)
  • Take 1 shot with flash
  • Wait 1 minute
  • Repeat

Batteries are fully discharged and recharged before the test and all cameras were reset to their factory default settings. Here are the results:

Camera
Prosumer / SLR-Like
Battery Power Battery life Number of shots
Minolta DiMAGE 7 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 1 hr 14 mins 125
Minolta DiMAGE 5 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 1 hr 56 mins 195
Nikon Coolpix 5700 EN-EL1 4.8 Wh 2 hr 08 mins 215
Canon PowerShot S40 NB-2L 3.9 Wh 2 hr 13 mins 225
Minolta DiMAGE S304 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 2 hr 18 mins 235
Canon PowerShot S45 NB-2L 3.9 Wh 2 hr 28 mins 240
Nikon Coolpix 4500 EN-EL1 4.8 Wh 2 hr 27 mins 250
Fujifilm FinePix 6900Z NP-80 4.1 Wh 2 hr 29 mins 250
Nikon Coolpix 990 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 2 hr 30 mins 255
Nikon Coolpix 995 EN-EL1 4.8 Wh 2 hr 30 mins 255
Nikon Coolpix 5000 EN-EL1 4.8 Wh 2 hr 32 mins 260
Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 2 hr 33 mins 260
Canon PowerShot Pro1 BP-511A 10.2 Wh 2 hr 36 mins 265
Canon PowerShot S50 NB-2L 3.9 Wh 2 hr 39 mins 270
Minolta DiMAGE S404 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 2 hr 39 mins 270
Sony DSC-V1 NP-FC11 2.8 Wh 2 hr 39 mins 270
Olympus C-7000 Zoom LI-12B 4.5 Wh 2 hr 44 mins 280
Nikon Coolpix 8700 EN-EL1 5.0 Wh 2 hr 45 mins 280
Minolta DiMAGE 7i 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 2 hr 46 mins 270
Olympus E-20 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 2 hr 48 mins 285
Canon PowerShot G1 BP-511 8.1 Wh 3 hr 00 mins 300
Nikon Coolpix 5400 EN-EL1 4.8 Wh 3 hr 06 mins 315
HP Photosmart 850 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 3 hr 12 mins 325
Sony DSC-S75 NP-FM50 8.6 Wh 3 hr 15 mins 330
Nikon Coolpix 8800 EN-EL7 8.1 Wh 3 hr 27 mins 350
Fujifilm FinePix S602Z 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 3 hr 29 mins 350
Canon PowerShot G2 BP-511 8.1 Wh 3 hr 32 mins 355
Casio QV-4000 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 3 hr 38 mins 365
Olympus C-5050 Zoom 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 3 hr 48 mins 380
Casio EXILIM EX-P700 NP-40 4.5 Wh 3 hr 48 mins 385
Sony DSC-S85 NP-FM50 8.6 Wh 3 hr 50 mins 400
Sony DSC-F717 NP-FM50 8.6 Wh 4 hr 02 mins 405
Pentax Optio 750Z D-LI7 6.6 Wh 4 hr 03 mins 415
Sony DSC-V3 NP-FR1 4.4 Wh 4 hr 05 mins 415
Nikon Coolpix 8400 EN-EL7 8.1 Wh 4 hr 09 mins 420
Sony DSC-F707 NP-FM50 8.6 Wh 4 hr 20 mins 440
Fujifilm S7000 Zoom 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 4 hr 23 mins 445
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 NP-400 11.1 Wh 4 hr 26 mins 450
Canon PowerShot G3 BP-511 8.1 Wh 4 hr 32 mins 455
Canon PowerShot G5 BP-511 8.1 Wh 4 hr 33 mins 460
Pentax Optio 550 D-LI7 6.6 Wh 4 hr 36 mins 465
Minolta DiMAGE A1 NP-400 11.1 Wh 5 hr 02 mins 515
Leica Digilux 2 BP-DC1-E 10.1 Wh 5 hr 05 mins 515
Sony DSC-F828 NP-FM50 8.6 Wh 5 hr 28 mins 540
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 4 x AA NiMH 1600 mAh (GP) 7.7 Wh 5 hr 31 mins 555
Canon PowerShot G6 BP-511A 10.3 Wh 5 hr 38 mins 570
Olympus C-8080 WZ BLM-1 10.8 Wh 5 hr 52 mins 595
Other test notes:
 • LCD monitor is left on during the battery test
 • The camera is powered off half of the time and left on half of the time (switch every 10 iterations)
 • There are now higher capacity AA NiMH batteries available, however in the interests of fair
    comparison we will continue to use our 1600 mAh test set

The Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom lasted longer than any other camera tested to date, an amazing five and a half hours on a set of 1600 mAh AA batteries. Considering that these batteries are now showing their age (2300 mAh batteries are available) you could easily expect more than that in real life. Kudos.

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