Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro Review

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Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

Review posted 3/29/04
Conclusion updated 6/8/04

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Fujifilm has taken the Finepix S7000 and coupled it with their latest Super CCD SR technology to produce the FinePix S20 Pro. This compact SLR-like camera employs an ultra-sharp Super EBC Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens with an 35mm equivalent focal range of 35-210mm.

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:

  • 6x zoom F2.8 (35-210mm equivalent) with zoom/focus ring
  • Fuji SuperCCD SR 6.2-Megapixel (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million) resolution
  • High-resolution EVF viewfinder with 235,000 pixels
  • 1.8-inch color LCD monitor with 118,000 pixels
  • RAW, JPEG and AVI movie formats
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual and Scene modes
  • Continuous shooting at 4.5fps for 10 frames at full resolution
  • 640x480 or 320x240 movies with sound at 30fps
  • Auto TTL white balance with 6 presets and manual
  • 64-zone Multi, Center-weighted averaging or Spot metering
  • Super Macro focus mode, from 0.4" to 7.9"
  • ISO Auto, 200, 400, 600, 800 (1600 for 1M only)
  • Adjustable image sharpness, contrast and saturation
  • xD Picture Card and Microdrive (2GB max) storage
  • Flash hot shoe and PC sync for external flash
  • FireWire IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Uses four standard AA type batteries
  • Exif Print and PictBridge compatible

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.





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Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro





Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

The S20 Pro compared in size to a standard CompactDisc





Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro

The Olympus C-8080 and the S20 Pro for size comparison.





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FinePix S20 Pro Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels
6.2 million (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million) pixels
CCD Sensor
1/1.7-inch Super CCD SR
Number of Total Pixels: 6.7 million (S-pixel: 3.35 million, R-pixel 3.35 million) pixels
Number of Recorded Pixels 2,832 x 2,128 (6.03 million)
File Formats
Still image: CCD RAW / JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2)
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Storage Media
Slot No. 1: xD-Picture Card (16MB to 512MB)
Slot No. 2: Microdrive (340MB to 2GB)
Lens Super EBC Fujinon 6x zoom lens, F 2.8 - 3.1
Lens Focal Length Equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera
Focus Auto Focus: Area / Center / Multi, Manual Focus
Focus Range
Normal: 50cm / 1.6 ft. to infinity
Telephoto: Approx. 90cm / 2.9 ft. to infinity
Macro: Approx. 10cm - 80cm / 3.9 in. - 2.6 ft.
Super Macro: 1cm - 20cm / 0.4 in. - 7.9 in.
Shutter Speed
AUTO / SP: 1/4 sec. to 1/1000 sec. SP (Night scene mode only): 3 sec. to 1/250 sec.
P/S/A: 3 sec. to 1/1000 sec. M: 30 sec. to 1/10000, Bulb (up to 30 sec.)
Aperture F2.8 - F11 (13 levels in 1/3 EV step)
Sensitivity
Auto: Equivalent to ISO 160 - 800
Manual: Equivalent to ISO 200/400/800/1600 (resolution is set at 1M for shots taken at ISO 1600)
Exposure Control 64-zone TTL metering-multi, spot, average
Exposure Modes Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority, AE, Manual
White Balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom1, Custom2
Viewfinder 0.44-inch Approx. 235,000 pixels electronic viewfinder, built-in diopter adjust
LCD monitor 1.8-inch low temperature poly-silicon TFT (approx. 118,000 pixels)
Flash
Auto flash using flash control sensor
Effective range: Wide angle / 0.3m - 8.5m / 1.0ft - 27.9ft, Telephoto / 0.9m - 7.9m / 3.0ft - 25.9ft
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Self Timer Approx. 2/10 sec. Delay
Video Output NTSC / PAL selectable
Digital Interface USB 2.0, IEEE1394
Sync. Contact X-contact flash synchronization
Power Source 4 AA alkaline batteries (included), 4 AA type Ni-MH batteries, or AC power adapter AC-5VH / AC-5VHS (optional)
Digital Zoom 2.2X (1,280 x 960 pixels), 1.8X (1600 x 1200 pixels), 1.4X (2,048 x 1,536 pixels)
Shooting Modes
Normal: Auto, Scene Position (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene), Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

Continuous:

  1. Top-10 (Max. 4.5 frames / sec., up to 10 frames)
  2. Final-10 (Max. 4.5 frames / sec., up to 10 frames)
  3. Long-period (Max. 1 frame / sec., up to 40 frames. Only 1M/2M/3M mode.)
Color Modes B&W / Chrome / Standard
Movie Recording 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.; 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames / sec. With sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG)
Voice Memo Up to 30 sec. WAVE format
Playback Single frame (with max. 18X Playback zoom), 9 Multi-frame
Dimensions 121.0 (W) X 81.5 (H) X 97.0 (D) mm / 4.8(W) X 3.2(H) X 3.8(D) in
Weight Approx. 500g / 17.6 oz. (excluding battery)
Accessories Included
16MB xD-Picture Card, 4 AA type alkaline batteries, Shoulder strap, Lens cap, Lens cap holder, USB Cable, IEEE 1394 Cable, A/V Cable, CD-ROM, USB driver, FinePixViewer, ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix, RAW File Converter LE
Optional Accessories
xD-Picture Card: DPC-16, DPC-32, DPC-64, DPC-128, DPC-256, DPC-512, PC Card Adapter DPC-AD, CompactFlash Card Adapter DPC-CF, Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1, xD-Picture Card USB Drive DPC-UD1, AC Power Adapter AC-5VH / 5VHS, Battery Charger with Battery BK-NH / BK-NH2, Rechargeable Battery 2HR-3UF (2 AA Type Ni-MH), Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9* /FX9B*, Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9*/FX9B*, *: Built-in Flash cannot be used with these lens adapters, Hyper-Utility Software HS-V2 Ver 2.0, Soft case SC-FX 602

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)







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