Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro Review
Conclusion updated 6/8/04
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Fujifilm's proprietary 6.2 megapixel (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million) Super CCD SR (Super Dynamic Range) sensor technology yields pictures with 2,832 x 2,128 (6.03 million) recorded pixels and increased dynamic range. Images can be captured and stored in popular JPEG format or for the best possible image quality you can record the raw data directly from the imager using the CCD-RAW mode. Software is included to post-process these RAW images into standard TIFF or JPEG format.
The S20 Pro can be easily connected to external flash units with its builtin flash hot shoe and standard PC-Sync port. The camera's high-speed flash sync fires at up to 1/1000 a second. To transfer image data from the camera to your computer the S20 Pro offers two of the fastest image transfer protocols: IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and USB 2.0. The transfer of high-resolution images has never been easier or faster.
In addition to still images, the S20 Pro can also capture high quality motion video at 30 frames per second with audio in 640 x 480 (VGA) or 320 x 240 resolution. To store images and movies there are two media slots available, an xD-Picture Card and a CompactFlash Type II slot. Fujifilm xD-Picture Cards are available in 16MB to 512MB capacity or you can use the Hitachi 1GB Microdrive to store thousands of images or up to 15 minutes of VGA-quality video.
The S20 Pro offers a wide range of exposure modes including full AUTOmatic, Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority and Manual plus four Scene Program modes. The ISO sensitivity is selectable from 200 through 800 in all resolutions and can be further extended to 1600 in 1M resolution. The Top-10 and Final-10 continuous modes capture 10 frames at a blazing 4.5 frames per second and you can capture up to 40 frames in the lesser 1M, 2M and 3M resolutions.
Fujifilm includes the Hyper-Utility2 image management software for professionals, giving the photographer the power to change camera settings -- even release the shutter -- from a computer. Also included is the ImageMixer VCD2 for Finepix and the RAW File Converter EX and LE.
Finepix S20 Pro Features:
The FinePix S20 Pro comes bundled with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, four AA alkaline batteries, shoulder strap, USB cable, AV cable, Hyper-Utility2, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix. The camera will be available with a suggested list price of $999.
The S20 Pro compared in size to a standard CompactDisc
The Olympus C-8080 and the S20 Pro for size comparison.
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FinePix S20 Pro Specifications
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