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Fujifilm FinePix S5600 - Fujifilm FinePix S5600

By Cliff Smith



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The S5600 has both an LCD monitor and an LCD viewfinder. Due to the restricted space the monitor is only 1.8in with 115k pixels, which is slightly larger than the screen on the S5500, but with the same fairly low resolution. Its surface is quite reflective, and despite the one-touch monitor brightness control it is very difficult to see in bright daylight. Unfortunately the electronic viewfinder is also 115k pixels, which isn’t really high enough resolution in my opinion. It appears to be the same viewfinder used on the S5500. It would have been nice if it could have been fitted with something similar to the larger and much sharper 235kp LCD viewfinder found on the S9500.

Start-up time is very quick, taking just over a second if the flash is turned off, or under three seconds if the flash has to charge, a massive improvement over the glacially slow S5500. Focusing is also very quick and accurate, with virtually non-existent shutter lag. For low-light photography the S5600 has one of the brightest AF illuminators I’ve ever seen, and is capable of focusing quickly and accurately in total darkness at well over the four metre flash range.

The S5600 is aimed more towards the enthusiast end of the market, so it has a pretty good range of features and options, including auto, program, aperture and shutter priority as well as full manual exposure. It also has optional manual focusing, although this is difficult to use effectively due to the poor resolution of the viewfinder and the lack of any distance readout. More importantly it also has a CCD-RAW mode, although it is hidden away in the setup menu, rather than on the same menu as image quality where it belongs.

If you just want to use the camera for snapshots it also has a good range of program scene modes, including natural light, portrait, landscape and night scene. Menu options include centre weighted, spot or 64-segment evaluative metering, and center, multi-point or selectable area focusing. Sharpness can be adjusted, but there is no option to adjust saturation or contrast. What it does have is the usual Fuji F button, which provides a small second menu for adjusting image size and quality, ISO setting and colour mode (standard, vivid or monochrome). I’ve whinged about the redundancy of the F button menu before in other Fuji camera reviews, so I won’t bore you with it again here.


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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