Fuji S5000 -- Jump to S5200?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Desdinova, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Desdinova

    Desdinova Guest

    Hey all, first post here.

    I was just given an S5000 in like new condition.
    This is the first digital camera that I have owned. I have, in the
    past, used Canon A-series, Nikon CP990 and some sony jobber.

    It seems like kind of a toilet but I do like the control layout better
    than other cameras I've used, even if it comes at the expense of fine
    control. (white balance, sharpening, jpeg compression, etc)

    I come from the late 70s/early 80s Nikons where everything is pretty
    much just there. My bodies were usually the FE or F3HP, falling back on
    an FT2 for bad and/or cold weather situations.

    Are there other cameras out there that have similar control layouts? I
    noticed that fuji recently released the S5200(5600) with rather
    impressive spec for its price point. I'm wondering if I should look
    into getting one of those.

    I haven't really looked into DSLRs because they're generally out of my
    price range and none of my glass would, to my knowledge, play nice with
    them. NAI and AI, none chipped.

    Any insight on the 5200/5600 would be appreciated. If you've got one,
    how do you like it so far?

    Take care,
    Desdinova, Oct 26, 2005
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  2. Desdinova

    ASAAR Guest

    I'm not very familiar with the S5000, but the S5100 was a nice
    improvement based on forum reports I read last December. It allows
    for control of white balance, choice of compression level (at least
    in the highest resolution) and also can capture RAW images. I've
    been very happy with the S5100, and I like the fact that it uses
    inexpensive AA batteries. While I generally use NiMH batteries in
    it, I tested it with alkalines and it performed exceptionally well.
    Using the method mentioned in the manual (lots of flash, frequent
    zooming, etc.) over 200 shots per set of batteries. If flash isn't
    needed, over 800. NiMH should provide about twice that. I assume
    that the S5200 will provide the same battery life.

    I'll eventually get a DSLR body, which should put several of my
    AI-s lenses back into service. Someone just identified in another
    message a person that can add chips to older lenses. It's in the
    thread "Re: Nikon D50 & Older Lenses" and offered this URL:

    ASAAR, Oct 26, 2005
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  3. Desdinova

    Desdinova Guest

    I've been using 1700mAh NiMHs and I am VERY surprised at the battery
    life with this camera. I spent a couple hours hiking and shooting with
    and without flash and it worked swimingly. Even had plenty of juice
    left over to transfer the images to my computer via USB.
    Nice, thanks for the link.

    Take care,
    Desdinova, Oct 27, 2005
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