Although we haven’t been notified of Australian shipping dates by the local distributor, several overseas websites have posted announcements that the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera is expected to ship in February or March.
December 8, 2006: Although we haven’t been notified of Australian shipping dates by the local distributor, several overseas websites have posted announcements that the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro DSLR camera is expected to ship in February or March.
Built around a Nikon body (see illustrations below), the S5 Pro offers several new features that will appeal particularly to wedding and portrait photographers, such as a new post-capture Face Detection function that can detects up to ten faces in a scene at the push of a button. Using the camera’s LCD monitor, FinePix S5 Pro users can zoom in to the faces of subjects, confirming focus, exposure and whether eyes are open or closed.
Another noteworthy feature is the expanded dynamic range, which results from the double pixel technology (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels) of the camera’s Super CCD SR Pro sensor. Fujifilm claims it is approximately 400% wider than that of a CCD working on a single-pixel design. Coupled with the sensor is a new Real Photo Processor Pro image processor that provides an improved signal-to-noise ratio and allows photographers to shoot at sensitivities up to ISO 3200.
Carried over from the previous S3 Pro model is the ability to simulate the appearance of a range of films. Three additional variations have been added to the S3 Pro’s portfolio. The camera body is made to a professional standard from durable magnesium alloy. It has a Nikon F-mount lens fitting that accepts all Nikkor AF-D/G and the latest AF-S optics. New iTTL flash facilities provide improved flash control. Image data is stored on CompactFlash cards and the camera is also Microdrive compatible. The published US price for the camera body is US $1999. Details of the new camera can be found at www.fujifilm.com.au in the ‘Digital Cameras’ section. (Specifications are listed below.)
Image sensor: 23.0 x 15.5 mm Super CCD SR Pro
File formats: CCD-RAW, JPEG (Exif)
Storage media: CF card and Microdrive
Lens mount: Nikon F mount
Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
LCD: 2.5-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT; Approx. 230,000 pixels
Movie Recording: No
Voice memo: No
Video output: NTSC & PAL
Digital interface: USB 2.0 (High-Speed)
Power source: NP-150 Lithium-ion battery, AC-135VN AC Power Adapter (Optional)
Dimensions (w x h x d): 147.0 x 113.0 x 74.0 mm
Weight: Approx. 830 g (excluding lens, battery and memory card)