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Fujifilm FinePix S5600 - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

By Cliff Smith



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A range of test shots are shown over the next three pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The following pages consist of resized images so that you can evaluate the overall exposure. For those with a dial-up connection, please be patient while the pages download.


Note: These ISO test shots were taken in the late 11th century, which was the last time we had any sunshine in this country. I used automatic white balance and program exposure, and all shots were hand held at the widest zoom setting.


1/30th sec, F3.2, ISO 64

At the lowest ISO setting the image quality is superb, with lots of fine detail, zero image noise and excellent colour and contrast.


1/45th sec, F3.2, ISO 100

At 100 ISO the results are indistinguishable from ISO 64.


1/90th sec, F3.2, ISO 200

ISO 200 is the default setting in automatic mode, and produces superb results that are still completely noise-free.


1/180th sec, F3.2, ISO 400

400 ISO and still no image noise. With a shutter speed of 1/180th of a second at this speed there’s no chance of any camera shake.


1/400th sec, F3.2, ISO 800

At 800 ISO there is some image noise starting to appear in the darker areas, and some fine detail has been lost to the noise reduction system, but the results are still extremely good.


1/350th sec, F5, ISO 1600

At the maximum sensitivity setting of 1600 ISO there is some image noise present, and a lot of fine detail has been sacrificed, but colour rendition is still very good and the image would still make a decent print.



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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