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Fuji FinePix S5600 Zoom

£226 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Fujifilm

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

If this superb Fuji camera, sporting a 10x optical zoom complemented by anti-shake technology, was a fraction cheaper, it would have dropped into the budget price category. That might give the impression that the FinePix S5600 is a limited camera – but if you thought that, you'd be wrong.

If this superb Fuji camera, sporting a 10x optical zoom complemented by anti-shake technology, was a fraction cheaper, it would have dropped into the budget price category. That might give the impression that the FinePix S5600 is a limited camera – but if you thought that, you'd be wrong.

This is the cheapest big-zoom model on the market, and it's packed to the rafters with impressive features. While you can get more megapixels for your money, when it comes to balanced specifications, you don't get much better value for money than this.

Fuji has managed to cut costs in a couple of places; there's no lithium battery, recharger or adapter in the bundle, for example. But at least Fuji has put in four AA alkalines rather than a paltry two – and you can stock up on replacements anywhere.

The rest of the feature set is excellent. The 5.1Mp CCD has a maximum resolution of 2,592x1,944 and images are stored on the supplied 16MB xD card. The lens itself is fixed, making the S5600 somewhat bulky, but it still feels nicely balanced in the hand. We had no problem getting a steady grip to eliminate camera shake.

The movie mode and 1.8in LCD are of a high quality, and it's easier to set up shots this way than with the electronic viewfinder. The jogdial that sits on the top right allows you to switch from full auto to preset shooting and aperture or shutter priority. The menu also gives you a wide array of shooting options if you want to dip in.

We found the FinePix S5600 Zoom extremely pleasurable to use. Startup and shot-to-shot time – even on high res – are very speedy, which is handy for capturing those action shots. Image detail lacks a bit of bite, but colours are vibrant without being overbearing and the anti-blur technology does the trick while focusing is pin-sharp.

Fuji FinePix S5600 Zoom Expert Verdict »

Fujifilm Finepix S5600 Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 58 reviews
5.1Mp
max res 2,592x1,944
10x optical zoom
16MB xD Card
4x alkaline batteries
1.8in LCD
movie mode at 640x480 and 30fps
max photos on 16MB=122
min=7
1-year return-to-base warranty
113.5x112x85mm
370g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The FinePix S5600 Zoom is one of those cameras that gets better and better with use. It really grew on us as we explored the multitude of shooting options, and it helped immensely that it feels right in the hand. And that price is incredible.

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