Fujifilm has announced details of its FinePix S5 Pro digital SLR camera, which is slated for release in early 2007.

According to Fujifilm, the FinePix S5 Pro retains a number of features that made its predecessor, the FinePix S3 Pro, popular with professional studio and portrait photographers. These include an increased dynamic range from the Super CCD SR double pixel technology (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels), which the new FinePix S5 Pro takes a step further by coupling the new Super CCD SR Pro sensor with Fujifilm’s new RP (Real Photo) Processor Pro for film-like results.

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Real Photo Technology Pro, which combines the Super CCD SR Pro sensor and the RP Processor Pro, allows for the wide dynamic range with smoother tonality from brightest light to darkest shadow. The re-designed new Super CCD SR Pro features an optimized low-pass filter that will reduce the noise and minimize moiré. The newly developed RP Processor Pro features two cycles of noise reduction so photographers can snap pictures at light sensitivities as high as ISO 3200 with less noise than comparable cameras at similar ISOs.
Photographers can choose from six preset ranges for greater creative control over the FinePix S5 Pro

Three new variations of the original film simulation mode have been added – giving five modes in total – for improved reproduction of natural skin tones, while the FinePix S5 Pro's Face Detection Technology detects up to ten faces in a scene as soon as an image is captured, allowing photographers to zoom in and confirm facial detail, focus and exposure on the the camera's LCD monitor.

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Other features of the FinePix S5 Pro include:<BR>
-- Nikon F-mount compatibility with all Nikkor AF-D/G and the latest AF-S optics<BR>
-- RAW+JPEG (4,256 x 2,848 pixels, 3,024 x 2,016 pixels, 2,304 x 1,536 pixels) dual-save mode<BR>
-- MAC and PC supported tethered shooting mode via USB 2.0 port and optional HyperUtility software<BR>
-- Robust, lightweight magnesium-alloy body<BR>
-- Durable shutter unit stands up to approximately 100,000 releases<BR>
-- Adoption of high-precision i-TTL flash control<BR>
-- 11-point AF sensor for consistent, fast and precise focusing. This is an improvement from the FinePix S3 Pro -- Supports 1/3, ½, and 1 stop lens aperture control
-- Shutter speed 30 sec. to 1/8000 sec., maximum flash sync speed of 1/250 sec.
-- Remark function enables addition of comments to an image file by connecting a special bar code reader to the camera body.
-- 3 levels of custom Function Locking with password protection
-- 2.5 inch LCD with 235,000 pixels with 100% frame coverage featuring color or monochromatic 30 seconds, live view function to check the focusing
-- Li-ion rechargeable battery
-- Compact Flash (CF) Card (Type I / II) and Microdrive compatible