The picture quality is subjective as you may find it OK whilst someone else not.
In any case Digital Images can be manipulated post exposure with a photo imaging s/w like Photoshop.
See this detail review and the sample images taken by the Fuji FinePix 5000S:
Check out the comparison with the upper model 7000S, it has a superior lens with the legendary Super-EDC multi-coating for the lens which the 5000S doesn't have. If you are concern with the image quality this multi-coating would produce a better color rendition.
Also look at the new Minolta DiMAGE A-1 5 megapixel camera. It has an image stabilization feature which will come in handy for low light shooting in a Hockey arena. This will help you produce sharper images handheld which is important in a fast action sport like Hockey.
The DiMAGE lens is also an APO-lens for sharper images but it's zoom range is 7X and equivalent to 28~200mm.
I'm an amateur photographer, and I'm trying to replace my digital camera. I take tons of photos at hockey games and other sporting events, so I need something that can withstand 200+ photos a night. I'm looking for something that has 8x or more zoom. The camera I'm contemplating right now is the FujiFilm - FinePix S-5000 Digital Camera. The zoom and speed looks good, but I read a review here that the photo quality is poor. If anyone has some suggestions, I'm more than willing to hear them!! Thanks.