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Fuji FinePix S5200
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. While it still sports a fully automatic mode, the Fuji FinePix S5200 goes beyond basic “point & shoot” capability with Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual modes, as well as a few Scene modes. The Fuji S5200 offers very long-zoom capability and greater exposure control at a surprisingly affordable price.
Fuji FinePix S5200 User Report
Featuring a miniaturized, “SLR-style” body design that brings to mind a scaled-down dSLR, the Fuji FinePix S5200 offers a 10x optical zoom lens complemented by a 5.1-Mp CCD. To accommodate the camera’s long zoom lens, the Fuji S5200’s body is hardly pocketable, but still compact compared to many long-zoom digicams. Very portable and surprisingly lightweight, the S5200 is definitely easy to bring along to impromptu outings and social gatherings. An included lens cover provides protection from impact damage. Too large for a standard shirt pocket, the Fuji S5200 should fit into larger coat pockets and purses, and comes with a shoulder strap, which is the likely way you’ll bring it with you. Measuring 4.4 x 3.3 x 4.4 inches (113.5 x 85 x 112 millimeters), the S5200 weighs 17.25 ounces (489 grams) with batteries and xD-Picture Card, and feels great in one hand. A substantial handgrip provides a very firm hold, nicely balancing out the weight of the lens barrel. The Fuji S5200’s 5.1-megapixel CCD delivers clear, sharp images as large as 2,592 x 1,944 pixels, suitable for printing as large as 11×14 inches with great detail, or 8×10 inches with some cropping. (A lower resolution is also available for more email-friendly file sizes.)
The Fujifilm FinePix S5200’s Fujinon 10x, 6.3-63mm lens is the equivalent of a 38-380mm zoom on a 35mm camera, representing a focal length range from moderate wide-angle to substantial telephoto. A small, plastic lens cap protects the lens when not in use, and tethers to the camera so you don’t have to worry about losing it. Apertures range from f/3.2 to f/8, and can be manually set. Focus can be set automatically or manually (using the zoom buttons with the Exposure Compensation button held down), with a focal range from 3.0 feet (90cm) to infinity in normal mode, and from 3.9 inches to 6.6 feet (10cm to 2 meters) in Macro mode. In addition to the 10x optical zoom, the S5200 also offers as much as 5.7x digital enlargement, depending on the image size selected. The digital zoom works at all image sizes in the S5200, so the usual caution about reduced image quality applies. There is no image stabilization on the S5200; instead the camera has an Anti-blur mode that relies on a fast shutter speed to reduce both camera shake and blur from subject movement.
The FinePix S5200 offers a TTL electronic optical viewfinder (EVF) and a 1.8-inch, TFT color LCD monitor. The viewfinder display switches between the EVF and LCD monitor via a button on the rear panel, which means that the complete display is available on the EVF, including the settings menus. The viewfinder’s information display reports various camera settings with a central AF target, and an optional framing guide display divides the image into thirds horizontally and vertically for more accurate framing. Though they’re both 115,000 pixels, the EVF view seems more coarse than the LCD.