Confirmation that there will be no Fuji S6 SLR

One of the most often searched for item on the blog is for the term “Fuji S6”.  I am sad to confirm that there will be no further Professional cameras coming from Fuji.  The next best thing that will be available is Pro-sumer type cameras.

Fuji has always been great at identifying some of the niche needs of the photography market.  It turns out that the S5 camera was too quickly outdated with cameras released by Nikon & Canon.  It was an easier market for Fuji when there was only a handful of Digital SLRs available.  But it seems like a new digital SLR is released every month now.  Cameras have gone the way of anything in technology.  As soon as you buy something, it’s already outdated.

Because the S5 camera had the unique feature of the barcode reader interface it remains an ideal camera for the niche of school & sports photographers.  However, that niche is too small compared to the broad audience of camera buyers.  99% of the features offered by the S5 was outdated with the Nikon D300, so the general consumer looked past the S5 when shopping for the ‘latest & greatest’ camera.  The only thing Fuji could do is drop the price to make it more competitive than the competitors to keep it selling.

So what happens to the barcode capabilities?  It looks like it might be built into a Prosumer camera.  I have to question out to Fuji right now.  I will post what I find out as soon as I receive a response.

I recieved a response from Darin Pepple, my contact at Fuji.  Sadly, he said that he is being laid off from Fuji.   News has it that there will be other layoffs this week, at Fuji, reaching pretty high up.

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5 Responses to Confirmation that there will be no Fuji S6 SLR

  1. Joseph says:

    There are dozens of digital SLR cameras on the market today; however, there are few clear or consistent guides to which ones are the best quality and most reliable. Well, Which Digital SLR Camera? has personally tested and evaluated these digital SLR cameras so to give you an easy and simple recommendation of which ones you should choose and which ones you should avoid.

    • Hey Joseph, I might be argued with here, but in my opinion, as far as school photography goes, most any modern day camera, even point and shoots works well for school photography. The largest size most school portrait photographers produce is an 8×10. In speaking to our customers, it boils down to personal preferences. Some like to see the images a little warmer than others, or they prefer cameras that work on standard double A’s over rechargeable, or they have Nikon or Canon lenses they want to stay with, etc.

      What needs to be done, if someone hasn’t already done so, is create a chart of what is important to school photographers and then simply mark if those features are available or not with the different camera models. This way it would be easy to parse out what is the better camera based on your personal tastes. I don’t personally have access to all of the different models to do this myself. Most camera reviewers do this, but on a broad scope for general photography use, not based on school or even portrait photography.

      In speaking with our customers, the most popular cameras are definitely Nikon & Canon. The Fuji S5 is good for it’s barcoding capabilities, that is a feature really needed only to any type of photography needing to be identified at the shoot, such as in school photography. We have a couple of customers using Olympus because they like the anti-dust on the ccd.

      I know this doesn’t help much. But if you have a preference Nikon over Canon, I will query some customers to find out exactly which model(s) they prefer.

  2. paigekepple says:

    There are dozens of digital SLR cameras on the market today; however, there are few clear or consistent guides to which ones are the best quality and most reliable. Well, Which Digital SLR Camera? has personally tested and evaluated these digital SLR cameras so to give you an easy and simple recommendation of which ones you should choose and which ones you should avoid.

  3. chris says:

    I am very disappointed to hear that Fuji is not going to continue with digital SLR’s. It is also disheartening to see the industry being lead by marketing and not quality. I would like to see more value and the out of box thinking that Fuji brought to the DSLR market. Ok 6mb but really 12mp due to the Super CCD Sensor they had was a different pill to swallow, as history shoed it was hell to market, but believe me the technology worked.
    I still believe in the work Fuji was doing and my 3 Fuji camers will be put to use till they end their days. Cheers Chris

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