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Monday, January 22, 2007

Hot New D-SLRs

How seven recently introduced models stack up

Fujifilm FinePix S5 ProFujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Similar in appearance and camera features to the Nikon D200, the FinePix S5 Pro differs largely in its Fujifilm Super CCD SR Pro image sensor and RP Processor Pro imaging engine. It's fully compatible with current Nikkor AF-D/G lenses and flash units.

The Super CCD SR Pro sensor, which made the FinePix S3 Pro camera quite popular with wedding, studio and portrait pros, utilizes 6.17 million high-sensitivity S-pixels and 6.17 million low-sensitivity R-pixels to provide a wide dynamic range. The S5's new RP (Real Photo) Processor Pro works with the latest version of the sensor to further extend dynamic range and provides two cycles of noise reduction for good image quality, even at ISO 3200. Six preset dynamic ranges and three new film simulation modes make it easy to get just the "look" you want.

The S5's strong, lightweight magnesium-alloy body incorporates a 2.5-inch, 235,000-pixel LCD monitor with 30-second color and monochrome live-preview function. The 100,000-cycle shutter tops out at 1⁄8000 sec., with flash sync up to 1⁄250 sec. Performance is good, since the 11-point AF and 1005-segment metering systems are essentially the same ones used in the excellent Nikon D200.

Unlike previous FinePix Pro models, the S5 comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery. The new camera stores images on CompactFlash cards and Microdrives, but doesn't have the S3's second slot for xD-Picture cards. A useful feature for people photographers is Face Detection Technology, which at the touch of a button, detects up to 10 faces in a recorded scene, then lets you quickly zoom in on them to check expressions, focus and exposure on the LCD monitor. Estimated Street Price: TBD. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilmusa.com.


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