• Price When Reviewed: 850

  • Pros: Superb colour rendition profiles, excellent resolution, wider than average dynamic range and superb Nikon D200-based environmentally sealed body.

  • Cons: Lacks any built-in automatic sensor cleaning. RAW processing software is an optional extra. No compressed RAW file option.

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The new FinePix S5 Pro replaces the popular S3 Pro adding a redesigned 12.34-megapixel sensor, a larger 2.5-inch screen, usable ISO 3200 top sensitivity and a new environmentally-sealed magnesium-alloy body.

Like the S3 Pro before it, the S5 has a Fujifilm-made APS-C size sensor with two different size photodiodes (S + R pixels) located at each photo-site. It’s this unusual twin-photodiode structure that gives the S5 Pro its extended dynamic range, reducing the annoying blown highlights seen in overexposed areas.

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From our labs tests, in wide-dynamic mode the S5 has a distinct 1-2 stop advantage in dynamic range over its peers. Although a clear benefit, it’s still around the same as the earlier S3.
Given the sensor has the same pixel count and structure as before, improvements to the filter pack and image processor means the S5 Pro has measurably higher resolving power, revealing greater levels of detail over its predecessor. Low light performance is impressive too, with the S5 producing very clean looking files. 
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