I was at the marathon meeting in NJ and a Fuji rep was there with an S5 I slipped my CF card in & took these shots -camera is awesome -much faster than the s-3 & 000000000000 noise even at iso -3200 check them out first one is jpeg iso 400 second is jpeg iso 3200 w flash 3rd is iso 3200 no flash I shot a few raw but none of my software will open it -first pic color corrected in acdsee wb was on auto obviously a ltttle off - flash was on camera
Could you crop from some section of the Fuji shot that shows detail so we can see what the noise processing is doing to detail?
Fuji does a good job with high ISO noise processing without making the image look plastic. But detail is lost.
The question is, would you buy an S5 to shoot ISO 3200? I don't shoot at high ISOs so I wouldn't. I shoot at as low an ISO as I can manage and I shoot raw. The S5 in raw mode with full DR range generates huge 25MB files (no compression option provided) with 1.5 fps shooting speed.
If Fuji wants to sell me on a camera that slow and files that bloated, I'll need to see what real quality the camera can deliver. Some snapshots at high ISO don't help me.
The S5 is not intended for you. It is geared towards wedding and portrait photographers that shoot jpg.
From what I hear, it is just as fast as the D200 with a couple of nice playback features that are geared towards wedding and portrait photographers. The High ISO feature is something I will use at each and every wedding.
I am on the list for one as soon as they hit Arlington Camera. Did that at Imaging usa 2007 in SA tx. It is a D200 with a fuji brain and the wireless ttl flash with the sb800 I can not wait. I put rplacing my S2s until now.
I'm well aware of Fuji's targeting of wedding and portrait photogs. But high DR is desireable for landscape shooting and if the camera delivers enough low ISO quality/resolution I may consider it.
For what it's worth, I think it's a mistake for Fuji to be so dominantly driven by the needs of wedding shooters. I think that's one reason Fuji hasn't improved raw file handling by offering a compressed file option. When you're shooting raw, the S5 is certainly not as fast as the D200. And not every wedding shooter wants to live and die by camera-generated jpegs.
So intended for me or not, I'm interested in seeing what the camera can deliver. I considered the S3 but until Fuji's recent fire sale, the price was too high for the mediocre camera body and even slower performance. The S5 gets a big step up in camera capability and a bump in buffer and shooting speed at a lower price than the S3 at introduction. My mileage does indeed vary. I also do studio shooting and that's the only practical use for the live preview feature.
The camera is available in Japan and first reports are coming.However for the real in depth report we will have to wait some more. I've noticed that local camera stores here in Ontario started to run some adds on their website promoting this camera (as they do for anything new). So hopefully it will be here soon. I need second (third) body as my Fuji S3 will be retiring this year to backup only position. Still don't know which camera to get. If second D200 or Fuji S5 or D2X ...
More samples here: http://www.panolux.com/S5proweb/ We need to wait for the real thing methinks to really see. If Nikon do nothing to the D200 this year i may try one myself! As B.J Points out it's a bit of a niche Camera and with low volume sales it's kinda hard to see Fuji in the hunt for very long. More competition is good so i hope it's a little belter!}>
Another one... Here's an original FINE JPEG file - straight from the camera - for you to download: No mention on the Dpreview of ISO but the poster is going to do some ISO:1600 Soon seems to be form a Production S5.
There is lot of more samples online available as the camera is getting into stores all over the world. The Vistek camera store in Toronto announced first shipment to be here on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. They lowered the price as well, but CameraCanada has even better offering: http://cameracanada.com/eNet-cart/Default.asp?cat=C001&subcat=S002&brand=Fuji My contact from Henrys said that it may hit under $2k Can very soon - mind the camera is not even here and they lowered the price twice already! Which brings it to very competitive offering with D200! I also heard from UK photographers that S5 hit the stores there. Therefore I am hoping to see some more serious reviews soon. So far I am considering to add one of these to my arsenal.