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PMA 2005 | Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro digital camera review
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro digital camera review: The Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro was already announced in February 2004, right before the PMA in Las Vegas kicked off. However it took until September before the S3 Pro was actually finished. So finally during the last Photokina show the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro was available. A camera with a number of highly interesting and new features. Especially the new Super CCD SR leaps to the eye, containing pixels that can have a high or low sensitivity, the so-called S and R pixels. These pixels enable extending the dynamic range, the combination of these pixels decides the extension of the range. According to Fujifilm 400% or 2 stops are possible. Fujifilm has already gathered sufficient experience with the phenomenon of the two different pixels on a sensor. It has become common on the Fujifilm compact cameras.
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- S3 Pro Introduction
- S3 Pro Camera
- S3 Pro Control
- S3 Pro Adjustments
- S3 Pro Storage & Energy
- S3 Pro Conclusion
However the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is the first digital SLR camera featuring this technique. The sensor actually contains 12 Megapixels. Another novelty for a digital reflex is the "live view". It enables watching a photo on the LCD and focusing manually very precisely on the live image after zooming in, just like a digital compact camera. Unfortunately, the time is limited, live view only lasts for 30 seconds. It would take too much energy from the camera, beside that chances that dust gets onto the CCD are high. The Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is the successor of the Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro. Both cameras are based on the Nikon F80, just like the Nikon D100 and the Kodak Pro SLR/n. The FinePix S3 Pro is a so-called semi-professional camera and finds itself in the €2000.00 class. This means that the FinePix S3 Pro has some strong competitors, for example the Canon EOS 20D. But also the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D and the Olympus E-1.
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro close up front
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro close up front
A lot has improved compared to the Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro. Which already shows on the outside; the FinePix S3 Pro looks better. And finally the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has a release button for vertical photography. The monitor on the back of the camera is also larger than the one on the FinePix S2 Pro. The second screen has been changed slightly and so have the buttons. Although the latter ones are still more or less on the same position. The S2 Pro user doesn't have to search for them. Whereas the Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro used 2 kinds of batteries, the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro only uses (rechargeable) AA batteries, four of them. The camera is standard delivered with a set of 4x 2300mAh and a quick battery charger. The SmartMedia slot has been replaced by an xD slot which means the FinePix S3 Pro supports the CompactFlash as well as xD. Another improvement is the flash system, Fujifilm now also uses Nikon's D-TTL metering. So a so-called DX flash unit is required. Read on to learn more about the tests we made with the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, that accompanied us for a while.
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