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Fujifilm FinePix S5100

Fujifilm FinePix S5100 Digital Camera

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10 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this camera. DP Review gave this Fujifilm camera a "Recommended" award.

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Several Fujifilm FinePix S5100 reviewers thought the product was strong and durable. Sam Judge said in his review of the Fujifilm FinePix S5100 “It handle locations very well and is durable, I've taken it out in all weathers” . Sam Judge also wrote “Durable, reliable, power efficient, easy options”.

One customer who reviewed the product said that it was well made. Neocamera.com said “Well built, seems v” in their review of this digital camera.

One Fujifilm FinePix S5100 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Fujifilm FinePix S5100 was reliable. Neocamera.com said in their review “Very reliable focus and exposure” but in spite of that they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some Fujifilm FinePix S5100 owners considered that the product had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com said on expert review site CNET.com “Digital camera, 4,000,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 16 MB - XD-Picture Card” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “High resolution, lots of detail”.

One Fujifilm FinePix S5100 owner who bought the product thought it was good in terms of colour rendition. Neocamera.com wrote “Excellent color rendition” however despite that they gave this digital camera a rating of 60 out of 100.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Dcresource.com wrote “The biggest change here is that Fuji has left the SuperCCD sensor behind in exchange for a traditional 4 Megapixel CCD” in their Fujifilm FinePix S5100 review.

One person who purchased the Fujifilm FinePix S5100 concluded that it was able to produce good images.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who purchased the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Sam Judge said in his review “The 10X optical zoom works nicely and doesn't produce that much noise in the final image”. Expert website Dcresource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The FinePix S5100 ($399) is an updated version of Fujis popular S5000 ultra zoom camera”. Neocamera.com mentioned “Sharp, bright 2.8 3.1 10x zoom lens” in their review.

One person thought it had a good autofocus. One Fujifilm FinePix S5100 reviewer who reviewed it said that it had a good lens.

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Good Technical Features

A number of Fujifilm FinePix S5100 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it had good features. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Compact for a megazoom model; 10X zoom lens; fairly extensive set of advanced features; responsive performance; raw mode is more usable than on most consumer cameras”.

Easy to Use

One Fujifilm FinePix S5100 owner who reviewed it considered that it was easy to handle. Neocamera.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent handling” but even so they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

One Fujifilm FinePix S5100 owner concluded that the product was easy to use. Nine years ago Sam Judge mentioned “I bought the Fujifilm S5500 after seeing the great review it got in Practical Photographers magazine (voted best choice” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good screen.

One customer reckoned that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. K. O'rourke mentioned on Amazon “It has a electronic viewfinder for those days when the sun is just to bright to see the lcd screen” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Size

One Fujifilm FinePix S5100 owner who bought it said that it was compact.

Good Brand

Cameras built by Fujifilm have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just cameras) and found that Fujifilm also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Support

One customer concluded that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their review twelve years ago “Offers mid-level digital photographer 4.0 million pixels combined with both point-and-shoot simplicity as well as a more advanced manual feature set including continuous shooting, cont”.

11 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 69% based on three expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag and Neocamera.com.

Poor Exposure Control

One customer said in their reviews that it did not have good exposure controls. Cnet.com said on CNET.com “Exposure compensation is difficult to activate; raw-mode selection buried too deep in the menus; limited JPEG compression choices; fuzzy, grainy electronic viewfinder; included raw converter is almost useless” in their review.

Poor Product Quality

One person who reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix S5100 reckoned that it was not good quality. Sam Judge mentioned on Amazon nine years ago “The first thing I did was to buy a 128mb card for it enabling me to store up to 969 low quality photos and 128 high quality photos”.

Not Waterproof

The FinePix S5100 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the FinePix S5100 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other latest cameras, the Fujifilm FinePix S5100 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The FinePix S5100 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the FinePix S5100 also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D Compatible

The FinePix S5100 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the FinePix S5100 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Fujifilm FinePix S5100 does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched in the last year also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The FinePix S5100 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other new similar spec digital cameras also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most recently released cameras do not support video recording. The FinePix S5100 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most latest similar spec digital cameras do not have a built-in flash. The Fujifilm FinePix S5100 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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1 Other reason to consider the Fujifilm FinePix S5100

Released Ten Months Ago

It was ten months ago when this camera was released.

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(9)
31 December 2006

The Fuji Finepix S5100 turns out to be a decent ultra-zoom camera which can produce high-quality images except at wide-angle where vignetting is noticeable. Vignetting appears to be the compromise... Read more…

High resolution, lots of detail
Sharp, bright 2.8 3.1 10x zoom lens
Low distortion
Excellent color rendition
Comprehensive photographic controls
Minimum focus distance too long in normal mode
Small screen
Some exposuredynamic range problems in high contrastvery bright scenes
No image stabilization
Occasional focus errors at long end of zoom in low light
1 March 2005

The fit and finish of the camera is impeccable and the cameras in-hand feel is broadly similar to that of a larger SLR type design. The body is made of a tough black plastic, and much of its... Read more…

7 February 2005

The 4MP FinePix S5100 conventional CCD outperforms the previous models proprietary SuperCCD HR image sensor. Its speedy and Specs: Megapixels: 4, Maximum Resolution: 2272 x 1704 pixels, Included... Read more…

13 January 2005

When we reviewed the S5500/5100s predecessor a year ago, Phil commented Throughout my time with the S5000 I was left wondering what would have been like had Fujifilm used a standard four or five...

DP Review

The Fujifilm FinePix S5100 was announced in August 2004 and made its debut on the market at the retail price of $499. The successor to the FinePix S5000, the S5100 adds more megapixels on a... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 9 February 2012 by K. O'rourke

This camera is ideal for the low to mid range buyer. It has a electronic viewfinder for those days when the sun is just to bright to see the lcd screen. It has a 55mm screw fitting lens adapter... Read more…

Reviewed 9 August 2007 by Sam Judge

As a student photographer I was about to set off to university to study the subject further. I bought the Fujifilm S5500 after seeing the great review it got in Practical Photographers magazine... Read more…

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