Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.5 EV
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.5 EV
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro

Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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Advantages of the Fujifilm S5 Pro

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Screen size
Much larger screen
2.5" vs 2.0"
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Around 30% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
21.6 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 60.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Significantly smaller
147x113x74 mm vs 148x135x80 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
448 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The S5 Pro has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
95% vs 94%
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S5 Pro's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.5 EV
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              S3 Pro:930 g
              S5 Pro:920 g
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              S3 Pro:94%
              S5 Pro:95%
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S3 Pro:2.0"
              S5 Pro:2.5"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.1 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S3 Pro:235k dots
              S5 Pro:230k dots
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S3 Pro:20.9 bits
              S5 Pro:21.6 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S3 Pro:1,600 ISO
              S5 Pro:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.0x15.5mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S3 Pro:60.0
              S5 Pro:65.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S3 Pro:346 ISO
              S5 Pro:448 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range

              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
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              Nikon D2X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,250 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Significantly larger

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $410

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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