Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Review
|The S5 Pro's viewfinder is bright with no distortion. Despite the DX (1.5x) crop the view through the viewfinder is surprisingly big (and shows around 95% of the frame). To the right side is a dioptre adjustment dial. Note that the S5 Pro does not have an internal viewfinder curtain.|
The S5 Pro has two AF area modes; Normal Zone (11 area) and Wide Zone (7 area), as shown in the diagrams below. In Normal Zone mode you can select from any one of the eleven areas and the camera will focus on the center of the selected area, this mode is generally used for mostly static subjects. In Wide Zone mode you can select from any one of seven areas which cover a wider area of the frame, this mode is more useful to focus on the general area of a moving subject.
|Normal Zone 11 Area Focus mode||Wide Zone 7 Area Focus mode|
The image below represents an example viewfinder view (apart from the status bar which has all information displayed for descriptive purposes). Here you can see we are using the normal zone 11 area focus mode with the center area taking the AF lock (as indicated by the brackets). The focus areas are illuminated (red) in low light. Also shown are the grid lines and two status overlay items; battery low and no CF card inserted. Unlike the D200 there is no viewfinder indication that you are shooting in black and white mode.
|1||Focus indicator||10||Electronic analog exposure display / compen.|
|2||Metering mode||11||Flash compensation indicator|
|3||Auto exposure lock||12||Exposure compensation indicator|
|4||Flash value (FV) Lock||13||ISO / Auto ISO indicator|
|5||Flash sync indicator||14||ISO sensitivity|
|6||Shutter speed||15||Exposures remaining / buffer / exp. value|
|7||Aperture stop indicator||16||Thousands indicator|
|8||Aperture (f-number / number of stops)||17||Flash-ready indicator|
Diagram reproduced with permission from the Nikon D200 user manual.
Battery and Charger
In a move that can only be commercially motivated the S5 Pro introduces yet another variation of the EN-EL3 battery used in many Nikon DSLRs, and - you guessed it - the camera only works with the Fuji battery. Like the EN-EL3e used in the D200 the Fuji NP-150 is 'chipped' to provide considerably more sophisticated information on the battery status, but the chipping is slightly different. This means that despite being externally identical you can't use the Nikon battery in the S5 Pro (and presumably the converse is true). This incompatibility also extends to the MB200 battery grip, which allows you to use two NP-150 cells, though again, not the Nikon versions (of course the MB200 also lets you use AA batteries).
The NP-150 battery is charged using the supplied BC-150 quick charger. The battery simply slides onto the charger and an indicator light will blink until the battery is fully charged (which takes around 2 hours from empty).
Battery information available on the camera:
- Top control panel has a five segment battery life indicator
- Set Up Menu -> Maintenance -> Battery Info provides:
- Battery meter (as a percentage)
- Picture meter (estimated frames on current power)
- Charging Life (a scale from 0 to 4 indicating if the battery has come to the end of its useful life)
The battery compartment is located in the base of the hand grip. The compartment door is opened by pulling on a small lever, inside the battery holds itself part of the way in without dropping and without the use of a catch (NB pictures show D200 battery compartment).
Battery pack / Vertical grip (optional)
With the introduction of the D200 we also saw the introduction of a new battery pack / vertical grip. The MB-D200, which is also compatible with the S5 Pro, fits into the camera via its battery compartment (the door can be unclipped and removed) and screwed in place via the tripod mount. The MB-D200 has an additional main and sub command dial as well as alternative buttons for shutter release and AF start. The battery compartment can support two NP-150 batteries or six AA's (via the provided MS-D200 cartridge).
Compact Flash Compartment
The S5 Pro's Compact Flash compartment is set in the side of the camera as part of the hand grip. To open the door you turn a small dial on the rear of the camera below the AF area mode selector. The door opens automatically on a spring loaded hinge, and when closed fits flush into the body contour. The door itself has a rubber gasket around its edge to form a water resistant seal. The S5 Pro can take Compact Flash Type I or II and supports FAT32 (for cards over 2 GB). Fuji has dropped support for xD-Picture Card with the S5 Pro (we're guessing this would have required expensive re-tooling for a feature that is simply never going to be used by 99.9% of owners).
All of the connectors are located on the left side of the body (viewed from the rear). On the front of the camera is the 10-pin remote terminal, on the side the Flash PC Sync terminal (normally protected by screw caps). On the left side of the body covered by two rubber covers are the A/V out, DC-IN and USB 2.0 connectors. The S5 Pro also supports GPS units which conform to version 2.01 of the NMEA0183 protocol, these can be connected to the remote terminal using the optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord. When connected GPS data is recorded in the header of the image taken.
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