Based on the body of Nikon's D200, which means it accepts a wide range of compatible lenses, the 12Mp Fujifilm S5 Pro is Fuji's only digital SLR camera.
The Fujifilm S5 Pro upgrades the S3 model – there was no S4 – and is again aimed squarely at those who specialise in portraits and landscapes.
The re-designed Super CCD SR Pro sensor at the Fujifilm S5 Pro's heart boasts unique properties. The honeycomb layout is split into six million larger 'S' diodes, which capture most of the light, and a further six million 'R' diodes, which capture 'bright area' information – for example, fine detail on an all-white dress that would be in danger of 'burning out'.
You can also control dynamic range with six incremental settings, plus there are shooting modes that vividly ape the colour-rich qualities of Fuji roll film.
Among the Fujifilm S5 Pro's effective improvements is a new filter to reduce image noise in low light without flash, with light sensitivity up to ISO3200, plus an internal processor that now delivers more life-like colours. Making sure your subject is always sharp, no matter where in the frame it is, there are 11 autofocus points, and, like most DSLRs, you can shoot RAW files alongside JPEGs. It's hard to shoot a duff shot.
The trade off for the Fujifilm S5 Pro's many professional features is a chunky body and brick-like weight, plus a highish price tag (although there are good deals to be done online). So is it worth the money?
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