Fujifilm FinePix S5100 / S5500 Review
The S5500/5100 has a the same 'SLR-like' appearance as its predecessor (to which it is virtually identical externally). The serious black body, molded hand grip and all-round rubberized coating give it a rugged, professional appearance - and feel. The camera's proportions are in my opinion just right as are the subtle design hints and practical touches like the finger grip indent on the front of the camera and thumb grip on the rear. The S5000 looks and feels like a modernized, lightweight and compact version of the S7000 (and the S602 that came before it). The camera is supplied with a screw-on lens hood / thread adapter which is designed to protect the lens system but also gives the camera a more solid appearance (though leaving it on makes the camera more bulky when powered down).
In your hand
In your hand the S5500/5100 feels very nicely balanced, the weight of the camera almost equally split between the lens system and the four AA batteries (which are in the camera's hand grip). For extra stability there is a rubber ring around the lens barrel (it doesn't move and isn't a manual focus or zoom ring). Fujifilm has implemented a similar grip design to the S7000 Zoom with a notable 'bump' at the top rear of the camera which sits in the V formed by your thumb and forefinger. The entire camera is 'wrapped' in a textured, rubberized coating which helps single-handed shooting feel very secure and stable.
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