Alas the S5 has arrived! Maybe not so soon as we would like. I have contacted Fuji and it was stated the S5 Pro has just entered the developing stages. It is expected to be released Mid 2007 (next summer) and a price has not been determined.
>Alas the S5 has arrived! Maybe not so soon as we would like. >I have contacted Fuji and it was stated the S5 Pro has just >entered the developing stages. It is expected to be released >Mid 2007 (next summer) and a price has not been determined.
Probably too little and too late for 99.9% of DSLR customers.
As a current S3 owner/user ........... shame on you Fuji JohnG
Fuji doesn't want or need to sell to anything but a fraction of the DSLR market. Folks who want an excellent camera body (a first for Fuji) with high dynamic range capability will buy the S5. The market is small, but I very much doubt that any new camera will come along in the next few months that will approach Fuji's high DR capability.
The Fuji S3 was the "shame on you" moment for this former Fuji S2 user. The camera had minor improvements over the S2, but with most of the core limitations. Raw performance was and is incredibly slow. I could never bring myself to buy an S3, even when the price finally dropped through the floor. I may consider an S5, however. It's a much better body with better metering, build, flash system and AF performance. But Fuji may lose me again if they continue to penalize raw shooters with massive uncompressed files and slow write times.
I'm actually fairly pleased with the S3. The DR is great and under certain lighting conditions will generate an image that my Nikons can't come close to. Overall good camera considering it's 3(ish) years old now.
I'm hoping but not expecting much more performance/speed from the S5. That's the real nut that Fuji has to crack if they want ever sell more than a few of these things.
Looks like they got nothing radically new at the moment. Some minor "refinements", salp a new model number and hope it sticks. Pity. This market could use another major DSLR competitor, specifically one with more advanced sensors. Otherwise dear Nikon and C#$ will continue milking the same sensor research that is getting way too old by now.
>Looks like they got nothing radically new at the moment. >Some minor "refinements", salp a new model number and hope >it sticks. Pity. This market could use another major DSLR >competitor, specifically one with more advanced sensors. >Otherwise dear Nikon and C#$ will continue milking the >same sensor research that is getting way too old by now.
I am sure it will have a nice sensor but I am afraid they will cripple the body of its Nikon performance. We can expect crappy obsolete buffer with ultra slow speed and other stuff from 90's. I would love to see otherwise and let Fuji to be up to date in par with other DSLR makers! For the price they will ask they should let it perform...
I had a very brief chance to hold this camera in my hand for a few minutes. Not sure about it's potential yet, but I will say, it's white balancing and focusing mechanism is awesome. Hopefully I get to try one out in the near future in depth.
The thing that sold me was the "auto-face find" feature. That's not what it is called officially. But that's pretty much the function.
You can take a shot, then press a button on back of the camera. It will automatically zoom into the face of the person you took a shot of, for quick previewing to see if it was shot in focus on the person's face.
Not only that, there were multiple people in the scene. I was able to press this button right after I took the shot, and I was able to toggle through faces of people in the same image at the click of a button.
You can buy it now in Hong Kong for about USD 1,900. The camera store that I deal with has two and I played with one today for about an hour. My sense is that it has inherited quite a bit from the D200 beyond the body - for instance, the AF system has almost the exact same settings in the menu, and many other settings are the same or similar to the D200.
The image control looks very extensive and promising and I liked the look of the colours on the LCD. Very little noticable noise at 1600 in the shots I took. Tomorrow I may bring a compact flash card and take a few photos away for closer examination.
One thing that irked me is that the instant review is anything but instant. Also the menus leave much to be desired. And there is no red "V" on the grip!
But it certainly looks like a great leap forward from the S3. Now if only Nikon would source its sensors from Fuji...it would be just like in the Old Days: Nikon provides the gear and Fuji provides the "film".
Alan, thanks for your mini review. I was hoping to hear that the instant review is as fast as on D200. Why the earth they couldn't do that? My P&S does that! I hope you will manage to get some samples for us.
to tell u the truth I'm tired of waiting raideer games...and when it is finally came out, there's always bagage of bugs and unfixed things may be the moire is worse or things like that...but if you want to see the test you can chek it out at http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/longterm/2007/02/16/5591.html and see how well this camera perform. for me I gave up already on any SLR camera with CCD sensor.
I was told that the S5 is coming out in March, 2007. I looked on Ebay and saw the S% for sale . There is 1 vendor selling it from Brooklyn Ny, their name is Barclay Photo. I never heard of this company. Is it safe to buy from them ? Does anyone else selling it now or is it NOT out yet ? thank you, rollsman
rollsman, anyone advertising an S5 in USA would very likely be a gray market camera. i would only buy from very trusted companies such as b/h photo, calumet, and cameta camera who have not recieved the S5 in their stores...hint hint!