*Full* review posted for Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro|
(Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 12:23 EDT)
This one has been a long time coming, but it's worth it: The Fuji S3 Pro has without question the broadest dynamic range of any digital camera I've tested, especially when you process its RAW-format files through Adobe Camera Raw 2.
The S3 Pro uses Fujifilm's unique "SR" sensor technology, combining normal- and low-sensitivity photosensors in each pixel, producing a tonal response much more like color negative film than anything anyone has seen coming from a digital camera before. The dynamic range results are nothing short of amazing, but some other aspects such as shot to shot times and battery life are less than stellar. Even with these minor limitations, if you're commonly faced with shooting situations involving extreme tonal range and difficult highlights (wedding photography comes immediately to mind), the decision to buy an S3 Pro should take all of about 3 seconds to make. Read our review of the Fujifilm S3 Pro for all the details! (With extensive examples of the ins and outs of its phenomenal dynamic range capability.)