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Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. FinePix S3 Pro: Specs and photos
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 14:15 EST)

In the runup to this year's PMA show, Fujifilm announced a replacement for its existing FinePix S2 Pro digital SLR.

At the time it was announced on February 5th , specifications for the new FinePix S3 Pro weren't available, but we've now received a spec sheet from Fujifilm. We also had the opportunity to see the camera behind glass on Fujifilm's booth, and took a number of images of the camera from various angles. Note that whilst Fujifilm is describing the S3 Pro as having 12.3 million effective pixels, only 6.17 million of the photosensors on the camera's SuperCCD SR sensor are actually going towards image resolution - the remainder being used to increase dynamic range. See our earlier item for a more in-depth commentary on this...

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
CCD Sensor 23.0 x 15.5mm Super CCD SR
Effective Pixels 12.3 million (S-pixel: 6.17 million, R-pixel: 6.17 million) pixels
Total Pixels 12.9 million (S-pixel: 6.45 million, R-pixel: 6.45 million) pixels
Number of Recorded Pixels 4256 x 2848 pixels (12.12 million) / 3024 x 2016 pixels / 2304 x 1536 pixels / 1440 x 960 pixels
File Formats JPEG FINE / NORMAL / BASIC (Exif Ver. 2.2), DPOF-compatible CCD-RAW (14 bit) (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Storage Media
Slot No. 1: xD-Picture Card tm (16MB - 512MB)
Slot No. 2: CF type II (Microdrive tm)
Number of images
Mode 512MB
JPEG (Fine) Approx. 107
JPEG (Normal) Approx. 227
CCD-RAW Approx. 20
Usable Lenses
D-type AF Nikkor lenses: All functions possible
AF Nikkor other than D-type: All function except 3D matrix metering possible
Non-CPU: Usable in Manual exposure mode (exposer meter cannot be used)
Picture Angle Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm format equivalent
Shutter Speed 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec. bulb, max. 1/180 sec. X-contact
Exposure Modes
P: Auto-multi Program (Flexible Program Possible)
S: Shutter-priority Auto
A: Aperture-priority Auto
M: Manual
Lens Servo
Single Servo AF (S), Continuous Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Focus Tracking automatically activated in subject's status in Single Servo AF (S) or Continuous Servo AF (C)
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100/160/200/400/800/1600
Accessory Shoe
Hot-shoe contact (Sync contact, ready-light contact, D-TTL auto flash contact, monitor contact, GND)
Safety lock provided
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch, low-temperature poly-silicon TFT (235,000 pixels), wide-type LCD, approx. 100% frame coverage
Video Output NTSC/PAL selectable
Interfaces USB 2.0 for data storage, IEEE1394 for data storage and shooting
Power Source 4 AA Ni-MH batteries (sharing power with camera body), AC power adapter
Dimensions 147.8 (W) x 135.5 (H) x 80.0 (D) mm / 5.9 (W) x 5.3 (H) x 3.2 (D) in.
Weight Approx. 835g / 29.5oz. (excluding battery and lens)
More Photos
Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
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