By Cliff Smith
Reviewed: 16 May 2006
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
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
Trying to download pics to my Ubuntu (Linux) computer, the software seems to be limited to work only on Microsoft systems, which is weird.
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