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Fujifilm S5 Pro digital SLR camera

£1,249 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Fujifilm

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Based on the body of Nikon's D200, which means it accepts a wide range of compatible lenses, the 12Mp Fujifilm S5 Pro is Fuji's only digital SLR camera. It comes highly recommended.

Based on the body of Nikon's D200, which means it accepts a wide range of compatible lenses, the 12Mp Fujifilm S5 Pro is Fuji's only digital SLR camera.

The Fujifilm S5 Pro upgrades the S3 model – there was no S4 – and is again aimed squarely at those who specialise in portraits and landscapes.

The re-designed Super CCD SR Pro sensor at the Fujifilm S5 Pro's heart boasts unique properties. The honeycomb layout is split into six million larger 'S' diodes, which capture most of the light, and a further six million 'R' diodes, which capture 'bright area' information – for example, fine detail on an all-white dress that would be in danger of 'burning out'.

You can also control dynamic range with six incremental settings, plus there are shooting modes that vividly ape the colour-rich qualities of Fuji roll film.

Among the Fujifilm S5 Pro's effective improvements is a new filter to reduce image noise in low light without flash, with light sensitivity up to ISO3200, plus an internal processor that now delivers more life-like colours. Making sure your subject is always sharp, no matter where in the frame it is, there are 11 autofocus points, and, like most DSLRs, you can shoot RAW files alongside JPEGs. It's hard to shoot a duff shot.

The trade off for the Fujifilm S5 Pro's many professional features is a chunky body and brick-like weight, plus a highish price tag (although there are good deals to be done online). So is it worth the money?

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 reviews verified by Reevoo

Fujifilm FinePix S5Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
12.3Mp (S 6.17Mp, R 6.17Mp)
CCD SR Pro Technology
metal alloy frame with password protected feature lockouts
Nikon F-mount compatibility
dual cycle noise reduction algorithms for pristine pictures at 3200 ISO (ISO range from 100 – 3200)
Dynamic Range settings from 100% to 400%
simultaneous RAW + Jpeg shooting
i-TTL flash control
Li-Ion rechargeable battery
CF Card and Microdrive compatible
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

In short, if you're not stuck firmly in the Canon or Nikon user camp, the Fujifilm S5 Pro is a reliable digital workhorse of a camera and comes highly recommended.

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