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musicarvind Oct 7, 2005 11:44 PM

Lots and lots of talk about the S9500/S9000.

goomer Oct 8, 2005 2:13 AM

Hey Arvind,
Great idea to start a new thread for this camera. I just received my 5200 on Thursday, and due to a small injury have been unable to get out and put the camera through it's paces. Here however are my observations so far. The zoom on the S5200 is in fact motorized, and yet remains very, very quiet. The camera has much improved start up times, and greatly foreshortened shutter is much quicker than the 5100. I have also been very impressed with the new ccd so far. Although many of the snaps I've taken have been indoors, the images show great detail and colour reproduction with relatively low noise. As I like to shoot in Raw (which Adobe's latest Camera Raw plugin 3.2 doesn't yet support by the way), the S5200 now let's you go all the way to iso 1600 in Raw mode. The 5100 was limited to iso 200 in Raw. The histogram display in playback mode I think will be of real benefit to many shooters as well. With the 5100 I often found it difficult to get a real sense of a shot's success based on the lcd display....what looked fine on the screen often was over/under exposed once on the computer.
On the down side, the flash on the 5200 is tied to the ccd, and so doesn't have the flexibility that I enjoyed with the 5100. In addition to popping up when I forget to suppress it, there is no longer the ability to control flash output in 1/3 increments....although I imagine the ccd makes these decisions for you based on subject distance etc. I still would have liked total control over flash settings/performance.
Hopefully I will be posting some pics over the next few days, so you can judge image quality/low light performance for yourself.

jphess Oct 8, 2005 2:40 AM

Gosh! I guess those of us who are forced to just stick with our old Fuji S5100s are just out of luck. Didn't realize that all these pictures I have enjoyed were so terrible. I guess I will have to just throw this 5100 away and not take any more pictures until I can move up to the latest and best. After all, the camera is so slow and nonresponsive that nobody wants to talk about it anymore.

musicarvind Oct 8, 2005 9:13 AM

Hi Goomer,

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