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Fujifilm FinePix S5600
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Our Score:


As you may recall, I was very enthusiastic in my praise for the superb Fujifilm FinePix S9500 back in October. Well it’s been a while, but I’ve finally got around to taking a look at its kid brother, the S5600. The S9500 is a tough act to follow, so can junior keep up?

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, 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.

Its body format is what has become known as SLR-style, and indeed it does look exactly like a tiny SLR. Its diminutive size isn’t really apparent until you place it next to a real full-size SLR; even compared to my small *ist D the S5600 looks like a half-scale model of a real camera.

However it is still big enough to have a large and extremely comfortable rubberized handgrip that wraps right around the camera and includes a nice textured thumb grip on the back. It has to be large to provide room inside for the four AA batteries that power the camera, but it also gives one of the most secure grips of any camera I can think of; you’d have to be a real butterfingers to drop it.

The batteries also give some much needed weight to what is a very light camera for its size. It weighs 370g minus batteries and card, which sounds heavy when compared to a pocket compact, but when you compare it to its siblings the S7000 (500g) and the S9500 (645g) it does look like the runt of the litter. The body shell is made of plastic presumably over a metal frame, but despite this the S5600 does feel quite solid and businesslike once you put the batteries in. I wasn’t able to accurately judge battery duration, but other users have reported that it is exceptionally good.


August 27, 2009, 5:37 pm

I have this camera and I have taken some amazing pictures with it. A feature that I find very useful is the ability to shoot in RAW which makes a lot of difference when it comes to image quality. 10/10


April 15, 2010, 11:58 am

I've been using this kind of camera for almost 3 years now, the Fujifilm Finepix S5600. And this camera is quiet satistying. Only I have been tempted to try another product. The Olympus SP510UZ. Wich one is the better camera, actually? Anyone can inform me about this? Please, share me your experience.


May 23, 2010, 2:50 am

I'm still using mine too. The on/off switch is getting a bit temperamental but it's still producing the goods after thousands of pictures. Will eventually have to replace it I guess....

Jorge Arguello

June 4, 2010, 5:36 am

It is very compact with many functions, It is almost a professional camera for amateurs (almost an DSLR)

I bought this 3 years ago. I am quite happy with it. I am able to take a high quality photos. The continues shotting is 0.5 sec. Means that 2 photos per second. The bracketing and white balance brings the option for play and get the picture expected. My kids (5 & 1) has through it on the floor (not sure what they have done when I don’t see them) We took pictures under the rain, in dusty and country side. It is easy to carry, good zoom (equivalent to 320mm).

The ISO 400 is able to have good A4 printings, sometimes up to 12”x16”. The ISO 64 allows me to have big enlargements. I am still amazed of get a such good camera.

I also have an SLR canon with 2 lens (20-70, 50-200) but it is more difficult to carry them having 2 kids.

You will not be disappointed but read the manual to use it well.

Only one thing: The quality of the EVF (neither the TFT LCD screen) has not enough quality to see if the subject is on focus. But for the price I consider it fair.


June 6, 2010, 6:14 pm

The only criticism I have of the S5600 is the ease at which the battery compartment door can be opened and I have on a few occasions spilled the batteries all over the floor.

I now use a piece of Sellotape to prevent the above.

I suppose the displays COULD have a higher resolution but as they don't impact image quality I'm not really concerned.

I would think the camera can now be got on eBay for fifty quid-ish or even less and would be a great buy as most more modern cameras of this nature don't seem to produce better images.


August 3, 2010, 1:36 am

I have owned this camera for over 5 years and am so happy with it. I still have to try out RAW images yet and I can only see two issues with the camera over this time namely...

1) Due to the small footprint of the bpdy, it is impossible to remove the batteries without unscrewing it from the tripod. The thread is too close to the hinge.

2) When recordiong video although the quality of the image and sound is excellent, you can't change the zoom length once recording.

Other than these two small issues I can live with, I love this camera and invested in the excellent Fuji S5500/S5600 tailored camera case with a 2Gb XD card.


March 27, 2014, 7:32 pm

Trying to download pics to my Ubuntu (Linux) computer, the software seems to be limited to work only on Microsoft systems, which is weird.

Ian Cole

September 19, 2016, 7:15 am

I lost my S5200 recently (had it for about 10 years) and would like to replace it. Can anyone recommend a replacement now that we're in 2016. Fuji recommended the S8600 though it doesn't have a viewfinder, not that I really need that.

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