Camera Test: FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro 00074101403008FujiFilmFinePix S5 ProThe moment of truth has come for the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro ($1,900 street, body only). We've completed full lab tests on a production model, and with Excellent marks across the board in resolution (average 1970 lines), color accuracy (a stellar Delta E of 6.61), and noise ratings of Extremely Low through Low at ISOs 100-1600, the S5 gains an overall Image Quality rating of Excellent by a comfortable margin. While these scores put it no higher than the ranks of current 10MP DSLRs, there is more to the imaging quality of this camera than the numbers suggest. The S5 uses a combination of 6.17 million small pixels and 6.17 million large pixels to record a wider-than-normal dynamic range between highlight and shadow, with a choice of six ranges from 100% (narrow) to 400% (very wide). The camera produces both sharp and smooth rendering of detail, with little if any jagged edges at the limits of resolution, resulting in what are best described as creamy images. It also offers an extensive array of imaging controls, including film-emulation modes, any of which can be captured with a simultaneous RAW file. During field testing, we shot highest-quality JPEGs with 400% dynamic range, operating on the principle that it's easier to increase contrast later, rather than reduce it. This produced low-contrast images, even in fairly harsh daylight. When we wanted more snap in the shots, it was simple to boost contrast in image-editing software. Doing this is a bit like making a straight print of a soft, full-range negative on No. 3 or 4 paper (if you remember things like that). See the image gallery for examples.