The forthcoming Fuji S5 Pro
Specification for the new Fujifilm S5 Pro, which is set for release in
early 2007, has been updated, modified and enhanced. Below are the
features that have changed or been upgraded since the original
specification was released.
(Standard Output Sensitivity
Up to max. 3 frames/sec. D-RANGE set
to 100% STD
Up to 1.5 frames/sec. D-RANGE set to WIDE
Exposure metering system
Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering. 3D Color Matrix
Metering II (metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor) /
Center-weighted / Spot
Automatic / Incandescent light / Fluorescent lamp(1-5) / Fine / Flash /
Shade / Colour temperature / Preset Custom(1-5) Fine tuning can be set.
Manual pop-up with button release. Guide No. 12 (ISO 100, m).
i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash. Flash
synchronisation up to 1/250 sec.
Equipped with ISO 519 synchronisation terminal as standard, lock screw
Camera mass (weight)
Approx. 830 g/29.3 oz. (not including accessories, battery and memory
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation
Approx. 400 frames
Rechargeable Li-ion battery NP-150, Battery charger BC-150, Shoulder
strap, Camera body cap, Eyepiece cap, LCD cover, USB cable (mini-B),
Video cable, Accessory shoe cover, Synchronizing terminal cap, Remote
release socket cap, CD-ROM [ image browser with CCD-RAW converting
In standard mode, shooting RAW plus Fine quality JPEG - 21 shots, just
RAW is 24 shots, and Large Fine mode JPEG is 29.
In wide tonal range mode RAW plus Fine JPEG drops to 8 shots, while RAW
is 10 and Fine JPEG on its own is 19.
Fujifilm's ultimate goal in development of its DSLR cameras has been to
maximise image quality through constant research and development into
its sensor technology. With the introduction six years ago of its
acclaimed Super CCD, Fujifilm moved away from increasing the pixel
density of its sensors in favour of image quality developments that
increase the overall performance of the sensor. The FinePix S5 Pro will
see the refinement of a winning formula - Fujifilm's Super CCD SR II
will be updated to the new Super CCD SR Pro. Using a unique layout of
twelve million paired photodiodes (6.17 million larger 'S' photodiodes
for main image information, combined with 6.17 million smaller 'R'
photodiodes for bright area information), the S5 Pro will deliver
improvements in noise, dynamic range, colour and tonality. Further
improving the capability of the sensor, a new, improved low-pass filter
will ensure that moiré and noise are kept to an absolute
minimum. Fujifilm believes improvements in these key areas will be of
more true value to professional photographers - the challenge is
quality of information, not quantity of information.
The redesigned Super CCD SR Pro sensor will be at the centre of the
camera's performance. However the new Real Photo Processor Pro will
ensure that the information is handled in such a way to produce images
that are beautifully vibrant, with colour recorded as the human eye
sees it. The processor's two stages of noise reduction will deliver an
impeccably clean image, and also permit light sensitivity up to ISO
3200 whilst achieving sharp, low-noise images. A new dark noise
reduction process, subtracting the residual, ambient noise on the
sensor from the actual exposure, helps the camera produce smooth, clean
images when long shutter speeds are used.
The FinePix S5 Pro will also introduce one particularly sought-after
feature; the ability to record jpeg and RAW files simultaneously to the
card. This will enable photographers to view and distribute
smaller-sized jpegs, whilst retaining the ability to work on the larger
RAW files later on a PC or Mac. This dual option is available with a
variety of image sizes, giving the option to store either a small,
emailable file size, or a larger, more detailed jpeg.
With its predecessor achieving recognition for its excellent
ergonomics, the FinePix S5 Pro will take the system into a different
league, using a tough, professional magnesium alloy shell. With
weatherproof seals, and first-rate design, the S5 Pro will be a camera
truly deserving of the term workhorse, equally at home in the
studio as on a nature assignment in a humid rainforest. The camera's
shutter mechanism will be testament to its durability, as it has been
tested to exceed the key benchmark of 100,000 cycles.
The FinePix S5 Pro will also afford the user much greater control over
the unique image parameters that its technology provides. Six stepped
dynamic range settings between 100% (normal dynamic range) and 400%
(dynamic range expanded by two stops) will enable the photographer to
achieve exactly the tonal feel to their images that they want. In
addition, three distinct settings for the negative film preset
option will further enhance the customisable nature of the camera,
giving portrait photographers precisely the look that they
have in their mind's eye.
Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Photo Products, said: "The
development of the FinePix S5 Pro reflects Fujifilm's commitment to the
professional photographer. We remain determined to develop professional
level products with the sort of image quality that made the FinePix S3
Pro a favourite among studio, portrait and wedding photographers. The
introduction of the FinePix S5 Pro brings heightened performance,
handling and image quality to our DSLR product group and we expect this
to attract an increasingly diverse range of professional users. These
are exciting times for us."