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Fujifilm FinePix S5200 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.46 (out of 10)
Review: "Launched in July 2005, The S5600 (also known as the S5200 for the US market) is based on the successful S5500 launched the previous year. It is available from a number of online retailers for under £200 ($299-$349 U.S.), which is remarkably cheap considering the specification. It is a five megapixel camera featuring Fujifilm's advanced SuperCCD HR sensor and acclaimed Real Photo image processing engine, coupled with a powerful 38-380mm equivalent (10x ) optical zoom lens, and the promise of top quality pictures even at high ISO speeds.

For under £200 the Fuji S5600 offers big-camera handling in a small and easy-to-use package. It has lightning-fast performance, a good list of features, massive zoom range and amazingly good low-light capabilities. Image quality is generally very good under most circumstances, but how I wish Fujifilm could shake of those damn purple fringes."

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XYZ computing 9.25  11-30-05 Read Full Review
The move from film to digital cameras has been fast and decisive. This transition has not only meant that the number of digital cameras produced has grown, but also that the technology used in these cameras has seen rapid development. While a decreasing percentage of the market has yet to move to digital, and ever increasing number of people are looking to replace their early generation products. Consumers are getting a better feel for what the digital still camera (DSC) can do and many are starting to move from the point-and-click style to something more advanced.

Overall, I was very happy with FujiFilm's S5200 camera. Though it is in a murky region between the consumer and enthusiast level it has the features and performance which will satisfy any weekend photographer. It Super CCD shoots very well and even indoors it minds its manners and produces a solid image. Using features like the AF Assist illuminator and Natural Light setting even a person with limited photography experience can take some great shots. This camera offers reliable shots which are of a quality with most consumers will be more than happy with. Even the battery life was good, our four AA batteries lasted for about 350 shots.

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Imaging-Resource 8.83  03-23-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Fujifilm's greatest success has been in creating good-quality midrange cameras that sell at very competitive prices, and the new Fuji S5200 aims to continue that success. A couple of years ago, Fuji introduced long-zoom digicams at affordable price levels with their FinePix 2800 and 3800 models. Now, the Fuji S5200 advances the cause even further, with a 5.1-megapixel CCD (up from the S5100's 4.0-Mp CCD), a 10x optical zoom lens, and a host of exposure modes and features.

Given its price and its 5-megapixel resolution, its lack of stabilization really can't be counted against it. For everyday shooting indoors or out, under bright or dim lighting, the S5200 does very well and really sets a benchmark for an affordable long-zoom digicam with enthusiast features. Recommended, and a Dave's Pick as one of the best digital cameras on the market, thanks to its combo of features, image quality, and price."

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Pocket-Lint 8.80  12-22-05 Read Full Review
"The 5600 (5200 in the U.S.) retains a 10x zoom lens offering 38mm to 380mm zoom range, so more than enough to play with, but unlike the 5500, which had a F2.8 optic, the 5600 has a less bright F3.2 maximum aperture, meaning that extra noise reduction processing is called into play sooner than would otherwise be needed. Moreover and ultimately, it is this processing that I believe is creating the odd crowds of artifacts within shadows.

The 5600 provides just enough in terms of new kit and more advanced shooting options to make it a worthy upgrade of the 5500. The EVF is a nightmare, as was macro focusing, but the overall package, with its improved image noise suppressions and manual controls make it worthy of scrutiny if you've got £299.99 to spare on a digital camera."

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Photoxels 8.56  11-08-05 Read Full Review
The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 is easily the best looking long zoom digital camera as well as being very comfortable to hold and use in the field. It is extremely fast in operations and consistently gives excellent image quality, including low noise up to ISO 400, with very usable ISO 800. ISO 1600 is a bonus, no noise visible at 4x6 in. or even 800x600 pixels displayed on screen. It's one of those cameras that you just pick up and start using right away - "so easy even mom can use it.
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Digital Camera Info 7.50  11-30-05 Read Full Review
The SLR-like Fujifilm FinePix S5200 is a 5.1 megapixel (effective) 10x ultra zoom camera with the typical priorities of a long zoom Fuji: it lacks optical image stabilization, but attempts to compensate with extended ISO settings up to 1600 and a pretty wide maximum aperture to allow fast shutter speeds, minimizing the need for image stabilization. Its images are captured with a 1/2.5" CCD and will appear on a 1.8" LCD monitor, as will its 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 video clips in AVI (Motion JPEG) format. The S5200 is a light, compact camera that offers manual control options, high sensitivity settings and a long telephoto lens to a range of consumers at a list price of $399.95 – going as low as $320 online.

The FinePix S5200 will be a satisfying camera for certain types of snapshooters: it's the right camera for someone who wants something more versatile than a typical point-and-shoot, but whose primary uses are ones that a typical point-and-shoot could handle. With strong color reproduction and a sharp lens, the S5200 will do an excellent job taking that kind of picture. This camera is ideal for the user who won't use the maximum zoom too much – if that focal length is important, then image stabilization is too.

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CNET Reviews -----  12-19-05 Read Full Review
"The 5.1-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix S5200 is a well-designed, well-built camera with very good image quality and performance. While smaller than any digital SLR, it's not the kind of camera you thoughtlessly toss into your purse or jacket pocket. But those shooters willing to tote it around will enjoy the benefits of a high-quality 10X zoom lens (38mm to 380mm in 35mm-camera terms), a comfortable, well-balanced body that fits nicely in the hands, and a high-speed sensor that provides usable natural and low-light images at sensitivities up to ISO 1,600."
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DigiCam Review -----  01-22-06 Read Full Review
"Announced on the 28th of July 05, the Fujifilm FinePix S5600 / S5200 is a new 5 megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens - an update to the popular 4 megapixel Fujifilm S5500 / S5100, and 3 megapixel Fujifilm S5000. The cameras 10x optical zoom lens has a 38mm - 380mm film equivalent. The camera features an "Anti-blur" mode using high ISOs upto ISO1600 in order to avoid blur in photos.

The Fujifilm FinePix S5600 is a good ultra zoom digital camera, better than it's predecessor, it's nice to see Fujifilm are developing and improving their digital cameras, rather than simply releasing the same camera with more megapixels. The easy to use camera offers very speedy performance, good battery life, a good camera body and controls, and good image quality, although with higher than average purple fringing, and slightly soft images. The high ISO settings may come in handy on occasion, at the cost of image quality. I would recommend this camera, especially to people who like it's SLR styling, and rubber body, as it is a good camera, and the cameras negatives are mainly minor complaints, but due to the very good competition, I would recommend having a look at some of the other ultra zooms featuring image stabilization."

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