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Fuji FinePix S5000
Fuji FinePix S5000

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Fuji FinePix S5000

Editor's Review

The Fuji FinePix S5000 offers a powerful 10X optical zoom that makes taking long-distance shots a snap. With a zoom that is the equivalent of a 37 - 370mm telephoto lens, the S5000 is among a handful of ultra-zoom camera on the market as of September, 2003. Though it lacks a removable lens, The S5000's SLR-styling and design give it a professional look and feel, and its compatibility with AA batteries means that backup power is available anywhere in the world.


  • 3.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 10x optical/2.2x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 160-400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00074101480696
  • Release Date: Sep 03, 2003

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Fuji FinePix S5000 Reviews

Fuji FinePix S5000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Finepix s5000 (Luke — 01/12/2010)

This camera worked good for a number of years and has been carfully handled and is easy to use.
But now it has a pink and green LCD display that streaks right across the screen dose anyone eles have the same prob. I have read others with the same camera i think its a manufacture problem

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great until it broke (Deirdre Mclean — 01/05/2010)

I have had a great time with the camera until I turned it on to find the pink and green on the screen as well. Reading the reviews I decided to buy a new camera but was regretful my camera had died.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Had a great time until it died (Deirdre Mclean — 01/02/2010)

I have had a great time with the camera until I turned it on to find the pink and green on the screen as well. Reading the reviews I decided to buy a new camera but was regretful my camera had died.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great until it broke (Deirdre Mclean — 01/06/2010)

I have had a great time with the camera until I turned it on to find the pink and green on the screen as well. Reading the reviews I decided to buy a new camera but was regretful my camera had died.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful camera - excellent picture quality (Cindy — 12/18/2008)

This camera is AWESOME!! It is very user friendly and takes beautiful pics. I am so glad I purchased this camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fuji S5000 (Tim — 11/30/2008)

It has been a great camera unitl this happened. After reading some of the problems dealing with Fuji I wish I had purchased a different brand.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great compact camera!! (Steve Robson — 07/23/2008)

I have taken many pictures throughout the 4 years I owned this camera. I have taken over 10,000 images and it still works great. For the type of pictures I take, the 10 times zoom works for all my picture taking needs. The digital zoom is OK but I I try to not to use it if possible. The type of picture taking I do is to photogragh my model car collect that I have about 2000 plus pieces now. The pictures on the 1/18th scale cars look great in 8 by 10 prints!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
FinePix S5000 (mariontedcastle — 01/05/2008)

I have used this camera continuously since 2003. It has been used in Europe and the US and I have taken thousands of pictures. I have had no problem with the date/time chip holding its charge over this period of time despite the very high usage of the camera. The pictures are clear and are of a very high quality which I frequently print off on a home computer. I suggest users who are having problems with this camera should put it down to "pilot error"

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Eddie — 12/26/2007)

I've owned my Fuji for 2 yrs. Takes great pics and great vids....Could not ask for a better camera...

  • 1.0 out of 5
programmed to fail (Duane Odonnell — 10/20/2007)

The S5000 has a memory chip in it which retains the day/date/time information, but after 12 months to 2 years this chip losses its capacity to hold a charge therefore losing the date/time. Fuji wants $250 to replace the chip! My camera failed a few weeks out of warranty. Each time I change batteries, I have to reset date and time. What a pain in the neck!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurry/noisy pictures (Vince — 01/15/2007)

I dont know what is wrong with this camera, but all the pictures I take are blurry or with lots of noise. Unless I put the camera straight on a strong light, i got the shake warning on, or the AF! warning on. I am on automatic. Even with the flash, the pictures are blurry, and full of noise.
I have checked all settings, showed it to a professional photographer, he could not find the fault. My gf is so disappointed in the pictures i am taking...Its a total disaster. And I realise I am not the first one to report the fault on this S5600.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Camera Will Not Turn On (Tyler Evans — 11/30/2006)

I have had this camera for 3 years and it has worked fine until now. All of a sudden the camera will not turn on. In the past there have been times when I have "flipped the switch" with no power being delivered to the camera. However, I could always just flip it off and then back on to get it to work. This fix does not work anymore. The authorized repair source tells me the flat rate to repair the camera is $189 not including parts. So, this camera is scrap.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated via email.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sturdy workhorse! (J Coleman — 10/31/2006)

I have had this S5000 nearly 3 years now, a record for me w/ digital cameras. Seems I was getting a new Olympus digicam every 6 mos or so—they just didn't hold up to the knocks and bumps of my everyday photography life. I worked in an animal shelter where I took pictures for our website; I still take kennel pictures at the school I attend + at the vet clinic where I now work, and considering all the rough-and-tumble animals I photograph, the S5000 is a sturdy, durable champ! I've gotten nothing but raves about the photos I've taken. My only complaints would be the long start-up time and some finicky lighting issues, but I will soon be buying another to replace it while I still can.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (Mary Carlson — 10/16/2006)

We love our S5200. Friends and family always comment on the colour and clarity of our photos. Since traveling the first time to China in 2003 we have taken 100's of photos with this camera in many different weather conditions. From Harbin's freezing conditions and the warmer climate of Shandong Province.
The only problems we have are now burning our photos since upgrading to windows Xp - cant do it unless we upgrade pixela and sometimes the buttons for reviewing photos can stick a little but maybe thats because its been used so much.
But overall we love our S5200 and plan to upgrade in the near future to another Fuji digital Camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fuji S5000 (Scott — 09/08/2006)

I just commented tonight that of all the purchases I have made in my lifetime, this by far was the greatest investment I have ever made. I have easily gotten my money's worth 100 times over out of this camera. You will want a bigger memory card, mine is a 512mg, and holds up to 1100 pictures, which is ample between downloads. There are some issues with a slow flash in night settings, especially with artificial lighting, IE Concert Stage Lighting. The flash is slow and actually darkens the picture, but it manages to work very well without the flash in these settings counterbalancing somewhat. I would (and have) highly recommend the Fuji S5000

  • 4.0 out of 5
Tough, simple, effective (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love it... It's been through some rough conditions (backpacking) and still works great. The zoom is awesome. The image quality isn't the best, but definately good enough for 8x10's.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Better than the current (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had an s5000 for more than a year, and used it to take over 16000 photos (yes, 3 zeros). It was an excellent unit that was stolen from my desk at work (possibly by a jealous colleague but more likely by a cleaner one evening). Pictures ranged from slow sunset to fast action, and from infinite distance to the closest macro it would do, in Australia and New Zealand.
I replaced it with the s5600 but am less than impressed with that camera's capabilities compared to the older model. I don't know what Fuji did to the CCD but the first generation super CCD was a much better. The pictures with the s5000 were clearer, sharper and of much more reliable f-stop values than those with the s5600. Given the CCD is the main thing they changed, I am disappointed with the later product.

Give me back an s5000. Like a number of other products, much better than both its predecessors and those that follow.

  • 5.0 out of 5
No-1 cam (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am using this one for two years i got good results but now i have a problem
I am getting reverse colour of the picture that i took and the image seems blured i want a solution for it
kind me to send an e-mail about this to me

  • 5.0 out of 5
fantastic camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owned a minolta X700 35mm camera and was very pleased with it but wanted to move into the digital age. Live in UK but bought the S5000 in America and am very happy with the camera. It has bee used extensively throughout Africa in hot humid and dusty conditions. I have use it for my sports web site and it has never let me down. I can not understand why some people say the zoom causes blurry pics? Are they using it in the correct mode as i have never had any problems. Take at 6m and crop to 3m or take the time to frame perfect at 6m and blow up to A3 no problem. I have taken thousands of pictures from bright light in the Namibian desert to wet damp misty days in Manchester and would not swap it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Disappointed in zoom quality w/ 2x Digital on (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like the camera for many reasons, color is great, wide angle pic are clear. however, I have a love affair with 10x or better optical zoom lens. Most of my pix are taken in this mode for cropping distant subjects. When I use the digital zoom, it produces fuzzy pix that are poor quality and worthless and just about all of pix taken are tossed in the recycling bin. needless to say I am a bit disappointed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A SUPER 3 megapixel camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this one for 2 years now and absolutely love it. I have decided, after much thinking, to upgrade and buy a new 5MP S5200, but my S5000 will remain in my collection as a great camera. Love the 10X zoom and has enough manual controls to do whatever you want (within reason). Not perfect but within spittin' distance.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fabulous Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera after much research and have been exceptionally happy with it. It takes crystal clear photos with very little photographic experience. I have learned that you have to have the flash up for every photo of the pics are a bit blurry.
Great camera for the money.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Blurry (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have a hard time with light with this camera..If my lighting is not perfect my pictures come out blurry.. I had hoped for a good, easy to use camera.. unfortunetely I think it takes more work than I wanted.. Still can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.. my last Digital camera took good pictures, I just wanted an upgrade.. I think I'm going back to my old one..

  • 5.0 out of 5
real nice pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

takes excellent pictures up to 6 megapixel. settings to do whatever you want to, compare to a 35mm camera for options. Love it !!!! Have to get the wide angle lens and try that.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes wonderful Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have went from a 2 pix to a 3 pix to now the Fuji with 4 pix. It has more zoom and a very stable picture ability. I am very happy with the pictures I have taken. I am a semi-pro and I have taken several Senior pics and have been thrilled with what has came out.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes the worst photos of any camera I've ever owned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My prior camera purchase was a Fuji 700 and I loved the crisp clear photos it took. But I wanted more zoom so "moved up" to the S5100. I couldn't use the majority of the photos I took on our European trip because they were so bad. Fuji told me it cannot be treated as a point and shoot camera but I need to adjust my setting more closely. Amazing since it isn't promoted as a high tech camera that needs a lot of know-how! I wouldn't recommend this camera to anyone!

  • 4.0 out of 5
"Wonderful camera" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am extremely happy with my S5000. It takes wonderful pictures and is compact so you can take it everywhere with you. I cannot understand though why it is stated as being a 3.1 million pixel camera but can actually go up to 6 million pixels. Why isn't it advertised as a 6 million pixel camera? The only aspect I am very disappointed in, is the 1.5 telephoto zoom lens. There is hardly any difference in pictures taken with this. I actually bought the telephoto lens based on the Fujifilm brochure for the S5000 which shows various stages of a picture taken with the camera and the telephoto lens. The end result of the picture taken with the telephoto lens is magnified far more than it actually is. I am going to take this matter further with the manufacturers as this could be misleading advertising.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Inexpensive, but poor telephoto stability (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use this outdoors for work. Regular photos are fine, but I can't use the telephoto at all unless I use a tripod. Even that doesn't always produce well-focused shots. Just as I engage the lens, the shake warning hand appears. I've studied the book and set and reset extensively and can't resolve the out of focus shots. My Olympus C-740 has a 10x does not have this problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great on a budget (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used this camera in many light conditions for action shots and for stills. I have been very impressed. I have had the chance to use professional grade cameras though can't invest that for my personal camera. For the price you can't beat the quality. Images are sharp and clear. there is a tendency to overshoot your ability to hold the camera - if using the longer lenses length a tripod is essential

  • 5.0 out of 5
surprised (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is actually my girlfriend's camera. I was covering a ski/snowboard event for a weekend and the camera I was going to use made its way out of state. So I was able to use the s5000, which at first didn't make me feel well at all. I wasn't impressed by just the looks. I went into the weekend skeptical I would pull any worthy shots out of the card, but to my surprise after the event the pictures were very nice quality and were posted to the internet article and other various sources shortly after. For such a bland looker, this camera is a definite life saver and I would recommend for anyone looking for a small camera that would offer big results.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great picture quality - Nice camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My wife & I went on separate trips into Africa
I took a 35 mm while my took our Fuji S5000 - My pictures were terrible in comparison to hers. I still can't get over the clarity and detail of the images she took. For a novice that just wants great pictures at a low price, the S5000 is worth a look at.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Loose mode selector (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
The mode selector knob has a lock detention for each selection Auto, A, S, P etc., but it is too easy to change the setting just by the camera rubbing against your clothing. Several times I had the mode on video, which I didn't want. Fuji says that is the way it is made. Other model's mode selector is a little harder to turn.
  • 5.0 out of 5
The perfect all around digital camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I am very picky when it comes to digital cameras especially when it comes to price, I don't have a lot of money to spend. My first digital camera was a Kodak DC120. My wife and I were spending a lot of money on film and when we saw what this camera could do and with the prospect of not needing having to go to the local Longs or Walmart to get our film processed and only hope the pictures turn out ok, we decided to put up the money and bought our first digital camera and we haven't looked back since. That first camera cost us $699.98 and it was only 1.3 megapixels! Now for the review of the Fuji FinePix S5000. First I want to say that that first camera brought us a lot of family, vacation and special moments photos that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Digital technology has come a quantum leap from our first digital camera. The S5000 is not exception. We tried many different digital cameras before we decided to purchase the S5000. The first thing I noticed was the speed from power up time to photo readiness. Of course the zoom was a very big factor in our decision. I do a lot of photos of wildlife and scenery and the telephoto lens of the S5000 at 10X was something that helped make my decision to get this camera. It is fast, reliable and consistent in quality of photos. The colors come out great and it is perfect all around digital camera for the everyday user to the prosumer so to speak. It has a lot of great features that the higher end cameras have but at a fraction of they cost. This camera would have cost the price of a used car when I first got into digital photography. I know that the "professional" photographer will has some things to pick on as to image quality and other things that they are used to having in their profession, but the S5000 is a camera perfect for the everyday person as well as those who are serious about their photography. It uses AA batteries instead of proprietary batteries and therefore power for your camera is world wide. It is good on battery life easy to use and just simply put, the perfect all around digital camera that will be years of memories to both young and old alike.