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Press Releases - September 23, 2004
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro: The Digital SLR That's Tuned For Image Quality
Representing the company’s pursuit of film photography standards for the digital world, the FinePix S3 Pro introduces Fujifilm's unique Super CCD SR II – dual pixel technology that is technically inspired by the structure of silver halide crystals in colour negative film.
The new sensor produces 12.34 million effective pixels in 6.17 locations, combining 6.17 million high-sensitivity S-pixels and the same number of low-sensitivity R-pixels. Thanks to a newly developed image processor, the FinePix S3 Pro achieves exceptional image quality with a fourfold increase in dynamic range over non-SR Super CCD sensors, rich colour reproduction, high signal to noise ratio (lower noise at higher sensitivities) and tonality that was previously impossible to generate with digital cameras.
The FinePix S3 Pro’s designers have been able to make full use of Fujifilm’s extensive colour film expertise. For instance, rather than force photographers to shoot in RAW mode and spend time on an extensive workflow process, Fujifilm has introduced Film Simulation Modes, dynamic range presets and colour space selection.
Once the photographer is familiar with these settings, they will be able to produce JPEG images straight from the camera, which require no post-production. Photographers can choose between smooth, extended tonality and natural skin tones, or the dramatic impact of highly saturated colour. The FinePix S3 Pro’s Film Simulation Mode is the equivalent of changing film type to suit shooting conditions, and achieves this at the touch of a button.
The FinePix S3 Pro is designed from the photographer's viewpoint. The body design of the camera has been developed with significant improvements in versatility and ease of use. Dual shutter release buttons are provided for both landscape and portrait compositions, and dual LCD monitors confirm shooting settings and composition at a glance, without the need to scroll through menus. In addition, the body has been sculpted and rubberised to provide a solid grip.
For the first time on any digital SLR, a pre-exposure Live Image Mode has been incorporated to enable photographers to frame and focus images without the need to use the viewfinder. Activated for up to 30 seconds prior to a normal exposure, Live Image Mode is ideal for shots using a tripod as well as effective capture of candid images.
The FinePix S3 Pro features two D-TTL compatible flash interfaces (hot shoe and synchro terminal) and dual media slots, making it compatible with xD-Picture Cards™ , CompactFlash™ and Microdrive™ cards up to 4GB capacity.
Expandable shooting options are achievable thanks to the FinePix S3 Pro's compatibility with Nikon-fit lenses and accessories, including the latest ‘DX’-designated options, giving plenty of scope for further shooting control.
The FinePix S3 Pro comes bundled with Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 Ver. 3.0 which enables high-quality RAW data conversion, and incorporates an image viewer, PC control functions and expanded colour processing options.
FinePix S3 Pro features at a glance:
Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm’s Director of Consumer Products, said, "Photographers obsessed with image quality will identify with the technicians who developed the FinePix S3 Pro. The S3 Pro is what DSLR photography is all about – not compromising matters by adding yet more pixels, but instead concentrating on adding pure picture quality.
"Moreover, it offers the professional photographer more versatility than ever before. Anybody whose best work is on conventional Fuji film won’t need to look any further for the digital equivalent."
Availability & pricing
The FinePix S3 Pro will be available from retailers in late October 2004. Pricing will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and delivers technology solutions to meet the imaging and information needs of retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers. As a global leader in digital imaging, Fujifilm pioneered the development of digital medical systems, and today is the leader in digital minilab systems. The company was ranked in the top ten for U.S. patents granted during the last decade, employs 73,100 people worldwide and in the year ending March 31, 2004, had global revenues of more than billion.
In the U.S., Fujifilm is a leader in delivering high quality, easy-to-use imaging and information solutions in the following categories: Digital Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media, Film and Imaging Systems, Motion Picture Film, Graphic Arts and Printing Systems and Medical Imaging and Diagnostics Systems. Fujifilm is committed to being an environmentally friendly, humane enterprise and an exemplary corporate citizen.
For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the Fujifilm U.S.A. Web site at www.fujifilm.com.
S3 Pro Specifications
|Number of Effective Pixels**||12.3 million (S-pixel: 6.17 million, R-pixel: 6.17 million) pixels|
|CCD Sensor||23.0 × 15.5mm Super CCD SR with Primary Color Filter|
Number of total pixels: 12.9 million (S-pixel: 6.45 million, R-pixel: 6.45 million) pixels
|Number of Recorded Pixels||4256 × 2848 pixels (12.1 million)|
3024 × 2016 pixels
2304 × 1536 pixels
1440 × 960 pixels
|File formats||JPEG FINE/NORMAL (Exif Ver. 2.2), DPOF-compatible|
[Design rule for Camera File system compliant/DPOF-compatible]
|Storage media||Slot No.1: xD-Picture Card™ (16MB to 512MB) |
Slot No.2: CF type II (Microdrive™)
(Some CompactFlash™ cards may not work properly)
(4256 x 2848 pixels)
|JPEG (FINE) Approx. 107|
JPEG (NORMAL) Approx. 214
CCD-RAW To be determined
(The number of images will vary slightly depending on the type of subject.)
|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 (exposure meter cannot be used)
|Picture angle||Approx. 1.5X focal length in 35mm format equivalent|
|Exposure modes||P: Auto-Multi Program (Flexible program possible) |
S: Shutter-Priority Auto
A: Aperture-Priority Auto
|Shutter speed||30 sec. to 1/4000 sec, Bulb, Max. 1/180 sec. X-contact|
|Advance Function Modes||White Balance: Auto, Custom 1, Custom 2, Sunny, Shade, Fluorescent 1, 2, 3, Incandescent |
Film Simulation:F1, F2
Dynamic Range: Auto, Wide 1, Wide 2, Standard
Color, Tone, Sharpness
|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|
|Shutter Release||Dual; horizontal and vertical positions|
|LCD monitor||2.0-inch, Low-temperature polysilicon 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) × 135.3 (H) × 80.0 (D) mm/5.9 (W) × 5.3 (H) × 3.2 (D) in.|
|Weight||Approx. 835g/29.5 oz. (excluding batteries and lens)|
* Specifications subject to change without notice.
** Number of effective pixels: The number of pixels on the image sensor which receive input light
through the optical lens, and which are effectively reflected in the final output data of the still image.
Note: The FinePix S3 Pro is compatible with the PictBridge standard.
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