Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro camera for the professional photographer
Compared with the FinePix S2 Pro Fujifilm improved an awful lot and added some useful functions to the S3 Pro. It is obvious right away that the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is a camera for the professional photographer. Speed is not the strongest side of the camera, to put it mildly. But then, speed is not of great importance to the portrait, wedding and nature photographer. He needs high resolution and the FinePix S3 Pro delivers 12 Megapixels which is the top at this moment. And of course the camera has an attractive price tag. It’s a good alternative for the Kodak Pro SLR/n and the Nikon D2H for example. Although the other cameras have different strong points.
Fujifilm S3 Pro digital camera - Well-organized housing
Fujifilm has housed the FinePix S3 Pro in a nice housing, which is clear and well-organized. You might have to get accustomed to one or two things, but once you are, you will enjoy working with this camera. The grip is incredibly improved, the vertical shooting release button was a anxiously awaited item.
Fujifilm S3 Pro camera - Special characteristics
The S3 Pro’s image quality is convincing. A fine signal/noise ratio and beautiful colours offer a huge range of possibilities. The brightness is excellent and the colour edges are no problem. The extended dynamic range is obviously more than just an advertising stunt. It offers a solution in certain circumstances. The Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro might not be that much better than for example the Canon EOS 20D or the Nikon D100 but it features its own special characteristics. It seems an exceptionally fine camera for portrait, wedding and nature photographers. Only, Fujifilm ought to change and improve the storage speed. That seems to be the one disappointment we found on this camera.
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro - Excellent digital camera
Resuming we can say that the Fujifilm FinePix Pro S3 is an excellent camera, worth every penny! The camera is professional and offers sufficient possibilities. It is a camera you have to get accustomed with, but once you know this camera inside out, it proves to be a faithful companion. Third time lucky, we’d almost say!
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As mentioned before, the FinePix S3 Pro’s files are extremely large, most certainly when photographing in RAW format. Which I recommend, looking at the possibilities it offers. A 1GB card will only be able to store 41 images in extended dynamic range. A 2GB card therefore is advisable. Fortunately the prices of these high storage memory cards have dropped drastically lately, and fortunately for us, they are still dropping.
Considering a 1GB storage capacity:
Resolution FINE - JPEG - 4256x2848 - 4,7MB - 220 images
Resolution NORMAL - JPEG - 4256x2848 - 2,4MB - 427 images
Resolution FINE - JPEG - 3024x2016 - 3,0 MB - 349 images
Resolution NORMAL - JPEG - 3024x2016 -1,5MB - 698 images
Resolution FINE - JPEG - 2304x1536 - 1,7MB - 597 images
Resolution NORMAL - JPEG - 2304x1536 - 880KB - 1173 images
Resolution FINE - JPEG - 1440x960 - 1MB - 995 images
Resolution NORMAL - JPEG - 1440x960 - 520KB - 1932 images
Resolution RAW - extended - 4256x2848 - 25MB - 41 images
Resolution RAW - normal - 4256x2848 - 13MB - 81 images