Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro vs Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.5 EV
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.5 EV
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing

galleries

Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro.

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"
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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
147×113×74 mm vs 148×135×80 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
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
95% vs 94%
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Almost the same
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 2 f-stops better
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recommendations

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 Pro930 g
              S5 Pro920 g
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              S3 Pro94%
              S5 Pro95%
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S3 Pro2"
              S5 Pro2.5"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S3 Pro235k dots
              S5 Pro230k dots
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.1 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S3 Pro20.9 bits
              S5 Pro21.6 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S3 Pro1,600 ISO
              S5 Pro3,200 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S3 Pro60.0
              S5 Pro65.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S3 Pro346 ISO
              S5 Pro448 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,007 with 55-300mm 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 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
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $3,500 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,898 body only

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Thickness Thicker

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