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Old Mar 28, 2006, 12:16 AM   #1
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Hi

I purchased a Fujifilm s5100 a while back and although I love the camera I would be happier if it did better in low light situations. Just wondering if the s5200 is a better camera and if it is worth it for an upgrade?

I know s5200 has the following advantages(compared to s5100):
- 1.8" screen compared to 1.5"
- iso 64/100/200/400/800/1600 compared to only up to 400.
- faster startup times as lense is always extended.
- 5MP compared to 4MP.

But the s5200 has these disadvantages too (compred to s5100):
- automatically popping up flash.
- can't control the power of the flash (ie. 1/2, 1/3,1/4).
- sample images look more washed out and like they've gone through a waterbrush filter. (possibly just because of the higher iso's in Steve's sample pics).

Also, is it true that in Manual mode you can only select ISO 200? Or is that completely wack?

I would love to hear opinions of people who have had the s5000, s5100, or s5200 to comment. Thanks!

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Old Mar 28, 2006, 3:48 AM   #2
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Let me know what you decide, because I have also considered upgrading from my S5100 to the S5200. My biggest objection is the automatic popup flash...what brainpower at Fuji decided to add that feature? They increase ISO to permit pics in low light, then they make the flash go off when you might not want it? I wonder if you can turn that feature off - permanently?

Add to your list of pros, shorter shutter lag.

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Old Mar 28, 2006, 8:52 AM   #3
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sfu_engineer wrote:
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- sample images look more washed out and like they've gone through a waterbrush filter. (possibly just because of the higher iso's in Steve's sample pics).
That's exactly the reason, sensor is such small that there's no way for achieving clean shots at higher ISOs without heavier processing.
(regardless that sensor is better than most)


You'll find good range of test shots from here:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S5200/S52PICS.HTM


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My biggest objection is the automatic popup flash...what brainpower at Fuji decided to add that feature?
Same marketing clowns who tout digital zoom/fraud, menu surfing controls and always more megapixels.
(or Panasonic's detail free high ISO and Canon/Sony's colorless high ISO with chroma/color noise)


Sure you can turn flash off completely, by menu surfing, but you have to also turn it on by menu surfing when you need it.


All ISOs are available for manual selecting.
(of course inside menus)
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Old Mar 28, 2006, 5:14 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies guys...

The s5200 pics at ISO 64-400 look good and the ISO 400 has much less grain then the s5100:

s5200 at ISO 400:
http://69.93.231.164/PRODS/S5200/FULLRES/S52INI0400.JPG


s5100 at ISO 400:
http://69.93.231.164/PRODS/S5100/FULLRES/S51INI400.JPG

but the image quality really takes a hit at ISO 800-1600:
http://69.93.231.164/PRODS/S5200/FULLRES/S52INI0800.JPG
http://69.93.231.164/PRODS/S5200/FULLRES/S52INI1600.JPG

I'm hoping that the ISO 800 pics would be usuable in small 4x6 inch prints but the 1600 pics look .

Also, would the quality of pictures be diminished as the s5200 has F3.2 as its lowest aperature setting while the s5100 has up to F2.8 which would normally allow in more light.

The pop-up flash is truly a hassle but I am sure one will learn to live with it, as I have already mastered the annoyingly confusing "MANUAL" modes of the S-series of Fuji cams.

Oh this is becoming a difficult choice. I am sorta in a predicament where I one a s5200 on Ebay already but I don't really know if I really want it. Either I go for the upgrade at around $100 Canadian or tell the seller my situation and offer to just pay his Ebay seller fees and have him relist the item....

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Think of the alternatives...compare the S5200 ISO 800 picture from Steve's sample pics with some of the competition's ISO 400 efforts. Compare a similar area of the full size pic, like the football helmet.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...017_iso800.jpg

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_...s/IMG_0048.JPG

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/p1000048.jpg

Doesn't seem too much worse, does it?

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