Kyocera Finecam S5R

Kyocera Finecam S5R

Kyocera Finecam S5R Review

The Kyocera Finecam S5R offers little to distinguish itself from the pack of compact 5-megapixel cameras. That’s not to say it lacks useful features. For instance, its 35mm-to-105mm (35mm equivalent) lens retracts into a shutter in its stainless steel case, allowing it to be easily tucked into a pouch or pocket.

The S5R is predominantly a program-mode camera, though it also offers a selection of two user-selectable aperture settings, f/2.8 and f/9.6. A 1.6-inch LCD, a knurled mode-selector knob, a five-way switch, and several other control buttons are arranged sensibly on the rear of the body. Belying their small size, all controls are easy to operate. As the user scrolls across the horizontal main menu, options pop up in vertical stacks. The S5R’s notable features include adjustable ISO and white balance, three metering modes, and video with sound.

Kyocera Finecam S5R

The camera also incorporates Kyocera’s RTune Technology, which delivered mixed performance results in our testing. It excels at continuous shooting: When equipped with an accelerated, 256MB or larger SD  card, it yielded a frame rate of 2.4fps, for more than 100 highest-quality shots. Dropping to the lowest resolution let us capture more than 300 shots at about 3fps. With a fast card, it can also capture VGA-resolution movies with audio, up to the capacity of the SD card.

The S5R takes about 4.5 seconds from power-on to first shot, which is a bit long. Shutter lag runs between 0.6 and 0.9 second, depending upon contrast conditions, which is fairly average for the S5R’s class. Typical shot-to-shot duration was more than 3 seconds–a relatively long wait. But with the flash, it took less than 4 seconds, which is better than most competitors. Charging the lithium-ion battery took about two hours and provided power for a mere 140 shots.

Kyocera Finecam S5R

Unfortunately, the S5R’s photos look subpar. Its white balance is generally acceptable, though in auto mode, it couldn’t handle our indoor lighting test. Exposure and dynamic range were also pretty good. But excessive postprocessing artifacts make the photos look noisy and fuzzy. All in all, camera shoppers could probably do better for the money.

Kyocera Finecam S5R

Body type
Body type Ultracompact
Max resolution 2560 x 1920
Other resolutions 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 5 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.8″ (7.144 x 5.358 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 35–105 mm
Optical zoom 3×
Maximum aperture F2.8–4.8
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Single
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.3x, 1.6x, 2x, 3x, 4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 60 cm (23.62)
Macro focus range 17 cm (6.69)
Screen / viewfinder
Screen size 1.6
Screen dots 70,000
Touch screen No
Live view No
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 1 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority No
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 2.50 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, Fill-In, Flash Off, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 3.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 640 x 480, limited only by storage
Storage types SD/MMC card
Storage included 16 MB SD card
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Weight (inc. batteries) 205 g (0.45 lb / 7.23 oz)
Dimensions 92 x 58 x 33 mm (3.62 x 2.28 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensor No
Timelapse recording No
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