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Fujifilm FinePix S5100 (S5500) prosumer digital camera

kemot1984 Avatar
1d, 11m agoPosted 1 decade, 11 months agoFeedback:4 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
Here is my ebay listing draft. But maybe someone wants to grab it for £150 before I list it on ebay.


Fujifilm FinePix S5100 (S5500)
prosumer, dSLR-style digital camera

I'm a hobbyist photographer and usually use a professional dSLR camera, but I must say I was VERY impressed with this prosumer Fuji S5100/S5500. It clearly offers the best value for money on the market. Don't be fooled that it was released over a year ago. It takes better pictures and 99% of the cameras released now. If you are looking for a camera that will deliver pictures with quality close to dSLR, but don't want to spend over £1000 for new gear and don't want to swap lenses all the time, then this is the camera for you. You can even leave it on full Auto mode and it will take picture that no other camera in this price range will match - just have a look at the sample gallery at

You can buy a compact camera for under £200, but for the same money here you have have something that looks serious and takes serious pictures.

Main features:
4.23 megapixels
VERY low noise, even in low-light conditions
impressive auto-focusing capabilities due to the powerful AF-assist lamp
10x optical zoom
640x480 movie 30fps movie mode
full manual control
professional dSLR look
powerful flash (pop-up, so no red eye effect)
uses AA batteries
impressive battery time (I managed to get a few hundred shots on a single set of rechargeable AA batteries)

Mint, as new, no scratches, marks or whatever. Looks the same as if bought brand new from a High Street shop

Package contents:
Fujifilm FinePix S5100 camera
USB cable
Audio/Video cable
Software CD
Shoulder strap
Adapter ring AR-FX5A
Lens Cap

Overall conclusion (from dpreview.com - biggest independent camera review portal)
When we reviewed the S5500/5100's predecessor a year ago, Phil commented 'Throughout my time with the S5000 I was left wondering what would have been like had Fujifilm used a standard four or five megapixel CCD'. Well now we know; a lot better. All the positive attributes of the S5000, from the good design and handling to the impressive zoom range and wealth of photographic controls are now married to a sensor capable of doing them justice. And the result is a camera that offers an compelling option for those wanting a big-zoom camera on a tight budget.
Like the models that came before it, the S5500/5100 is designed to be a true 'photographer's camera'; offering true SLR-like handling, fuss-free operation, and plenty of options and controls, whilst remaining perfectly usable as a 'point-and-shoot'. The screen could be bigger, the EVF brighter and smoother, and the vignetting is something Fujifilm needs to address in the S5100's successor, but overall this is a significant upgrade to the promising, but flawed, S5000.
Finally, of course, image stabilization would be a seriously useful addition; albeit one that would almost certainly lead to a significant cost increase. As it stands the combination of price, features and reliable focus & exposure stsyems mean the S5100/5500 is pretty easy to recommend.

Full specification:
Body Material
1/2.7 inch square pixel CCD
4.23 million pixels total
4.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes
2272 x 1704
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
Movie clips
640 x 480 (30 fps)
320 x 240 (30 fps)
With sound
M-JPEG (.avi) format
Duration limited only by card size (streaming)
37 - 370mm equiv. (10x optical zoom) Fujinon
F2.8 - 3.1
10 step aperture
Contrast-detect through-the-lens (TTL) AF
Auto and manual focus
Continuous and single shot AF
AF illuminator
Area, Center and Multi (manual AF point selection) autofocus
10cm closest focus (macro mode, wideangle)
Shooting mode
Programmed AE with program shift
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
Night Scene
AE-Compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
ISO 64,100,200,400
White Balance
6 presets
Image parameters
Contrast (3 levels + auto)
Color options (standard, chrome, black & white)
Top 3-frame: up to 3 frames (at intervals as short as approx. 0.3 sec.)
Final 3-frame: last 3 frames before releasing the shutter button
(at intervals as short as approx. 0.3 sec.)
Long-period continuous shooting: up to 40 frames
(at intervals as short as approx. 0.6 sec.)
Built-in pop-up flash
Auto, Manual on/off, Red-eye reduction: on/off, Slow sync: on/off
Range (Auto ISO):W: 0.3 5.0 m (1.016.4 ft ); T: 0.8 4.5 m (2 14.8 ft)
XD-Picture Card
0.33 inches, 115,000 pixels electronic viewfinder
Approx coverage 100%
Dioptre adjustment
LCD monitor
1.5" TFT, 115,000 pixels
approx 100% coverage
A/V out
4x AA batteries
Ni-MH batteries recommended
AC-5VH AC adapter (optional)
Other features
64 Zone Multi, Spot and Average metering
RAW shooting option
Auto Exposure Bracketing
PictBridge compatible
Built-in microphone and speaker
Optional Wide conversion lens WL-FX9/WL-FX9B (0.79x)
Optional Tele conversion lens TL-FX9/TL-FX9B (1.5x)

Weight (inc batts)
480 g (16.9 oz)
112.7 mm × 81.1 mm × 79.3 mm (4.4 in. × 3.2 in. × 3.1 in.)
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1d, 11m agoPosted 1 decade, 11 months agoFeedback:4 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative

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I'm sure it's worth near the £150 you are after on ebay.

They are a couple of quid more here

I've listed it now on ebay. I can't post the link here for obvious reason, but you can search for Fuji S5100 (or S5500 - same thing).

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