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Customer Review

on September 19, 2003
the s5000 has a very nice professional feel. it also has 10x optical zoom which is great. but the superCCD system that fuji uses doesn't give as much detail as hoped for, and in the end, you have to conclude that there are better camers at this price point out there.
pros:
- 6-megapixel interpolated still mode.
- vivid colors.
- 10x optical zoom!
- flexible: point and shooters have automatic selections and scene modes while creative shooters have plenty of control with manual and priority exposure modes.
- continuous shooting mode.
- RAW file output.
- bright LCD works well even in low light.
- xD card features short write times, less battery usage.
- non-proprietary batteries used. this means replacement batteries are as close as the nearest convenience store (i recommend rechargeables though).
- good macro performance.
- supplied lens adapter gives camera a more professional look and serves as a lens protector.
- supports add-on lenses.
- unlimited 30 fps 320x240 video.
- adapter ring (which doubles as lens hood) included.
- low redeye occurrence.
- built-in AF illuminator.
- not as big or heavy as i thought. dimensions are 4.4"W x 3.2"H x 3.1"D, weighing 11.9 oz. (excluding batteries and media).
cons:
- image quality not as good as competition - too noisy and over-compressed.
- visible purple fringing.
- noticeable vignetting.
- lens shading visible in everyday shots
- no gain in resolution using the 6MP image size setting.
- no direct adjustment for tone or color saturation.
- no manual white balance.
- limited night exposure capability.
- flash exposures slightly underexposed.
- ISO 800 limited to one megapixel image size (1280 x 960).
- you're on your own when using manual focus - it doesn't show focus distance.
- this camera is made of plastic and it doesn't feel very solid.
- no exposure info for photos in playback mode.
- slowest shutter speed available is 2 seconds.
- although i like the fact that fuji uses non-proprietary AA batteries, 4 of these definitely add bulk.
- the supplied 16MB xD card is inadequate. be prepared to shell out a few more bucks for more memory (at least 128MB).
- the AA batteries supplied by fuji are not rechargeable so add a few more bucks to your budget to buy a charger and rechargeable AAs.
i hope this helps your buying decision. peace.
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