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Opinions on Fuji S5600 please

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by greengiant, 27 Dec 2005.

  1. greengiant

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Sep 2003

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    I'm hopefully going to order my new digital camera in the new year.
    At the moment I have an Olympus C5000.

    I'm looking at a Fuji S5600. I realise I won't gain any more pixels as they are both, however the 10x optical zoom and Raw mode are selling points for me. However lack of flash hotshoe means I won't have anywhere to put my hotshoe spirit level which I use most of the time when taking landscape photos. (But a wee bit of self adhesive velcro would sort that?)

    Another thing I like about the Fuji is that the zoom lens is enclosed, no bits zooming in or out which should make it a bit more rugged.

    However not read of anyone who has actually used one so I don't know how good it actually is.

    So, any thoughts about this camera? I'd prefer not to spend too much more than the price of the S5600 (currently 220 or so) as I want money spare for accesories.

    Thanks in advance
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    Brian
     
  2. james.miller

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    Location: Woburn Sand Dunes

    dont know if it helps, but the s5500 that it has replaced is a very capable camera. the zoom is useful and they take some lovely pictures:)
     
  3. DarkShadow

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    Location: Sheffield

    Shop around, it's at £200. It's meant to be a fantastic camera!

    I really need to get round to buying mine, it's just that I happend to spend some of the money on some new speakers :o
     
  4. greengiant

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Sep 2003

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm pretty certain about the S5600 now. Just got to wait until pay day on the 24th Jan. (Got other things to buy beforehand!)

    cheers

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    Brian
     
  5. TomWilko

    Mobster

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    Location: UK

    Its pre-decessor the S5500, I had that and loved what it produced - www.meangasoline.co.uk ;)

    Heard good things about this one to, the zoom just goes forever on these things!!
     
  6. james.miller

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    yeah. i personally cant understand why some people want to spend £200 on a camera only to limit themselfs to 3x optical zoom. i love my 5500
     
  7. TomWilko

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    People are obsessed with getting things as small as possible thats why!
     
  8. james.miller

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    that's right. Their loss, really:p
     
  9. Pee

    Hitman

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    Location: Notts

    just got a S5600 for chrimbo, highly recommend it!
     
  10. Psilonaught

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    used to have a fuji s7000, and every single image I took with it was rejected by istock for too much noise, even at 100 ISO.
     
  11. TomWilko

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    Never any problems with a S5500 and Photobox here...
     
  12. greengiant

    Wise Guy

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    TomWilko, nice pictures on your site. If they were taken with the S5500, then I think the S5600 is the camera for me!

    Will probably be waiting until I get paid end of january (Extra holiday pay time! + payrise!)

    Thanks for all the replies.
     
  13. james.miller

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    i've not long got back from paris, but i thought id show you a few pictures taken with my s5500. Nothing has been altered, cleaned up or had anything added. These are straight from the camera so the wont be perfect, but they aren half bad either:)

    just a few here:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/james.miller700/Paris/
     
  14. SHANEY-33

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    great pictures vey clear , ive just got a S9500, was the camera settings om Auto or Manual ?
     
  15. james.miller

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    mostly manual, but i'm still learning so a found quite a few shots actually came out better with auto. Auto is actually very capable on this camera. I'm still trying to master manual settings lol.

    i just added these. I'm not quite happy with the final pictures, but its nothing Photoshop cant fix lol

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    Last edited: 2 Jan 2006
  16. KIMMETT

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    I got some nice pictures of Paris when I was there last summer as well (hint: http://www.freepgs.com/kimmett/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=20 :)).

    I took the paris shots with my Fuji S3000, and have now upgraded to the S5500, which is a very good camera, all of the latest shots on my site are taken with it. I would imagine that the 5600 is even better, I especially like the idea of ISO speeds up to 1600! I belive the lens is the same/very similar to the 5500, so it should be a good camera indeed, a little soft at the extreme end of the telephoto, but definately useable.

    Kimmett
     
  17. SHANEY-33

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    very good , i cannot wait to use my S9500 , i was going to get a D50 but i think my S9500 is a good platform to start Photography
     
  18. greengiant

    Wise Guy

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    Hi Guys.

    Just to say that I have now got my S5600, and am now getting into the swing of using it.

    I have added a 55mm UV Filter, and I tend to be shooting mostly in RAW mode.

    Planning a nice walk / photo session tomorrow, so I should hopefully have more pics soon!

    regards

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    Brian
     
  19. Joe T

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    Good tp hear you are getting on well with it.

    Looking forward to seeing some pics. :)
     
  20. hoodmeister

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    Bit late, but my cousin who I go shooting with uses an S5600, we occasionally swop cams, I really like the S5600 - and for the money, well, it's outstanding.