Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR Review

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Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

First Look posted 7/25/02
full review posted 8/12/02

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The FinePix S2 Pro employs Fujifilm's third generation 6.17 million pixel Super CCD and is capable of producing an image file with 4,256 x 2,848 (12.1 million) recorded pixels. The S2 Pro can store its high resolution images in compressed JPEG, uncompressed TIFF-RGB and Fuji's proprietary CCD Raw mode. Images can be stored on a wide variety of media via the dual card slots for SmartMedia and CompactFlash (Type I or II and Microdrive compatible.) To get that image data into your computer you can choose from the USB 1.1 or the fast IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface.

The FinePix S2 Pro is built on the popular Nikon N80 chassis and offers the same handling characteristics that photographers expect from an SLR camera. It has a Nikon F mount and accepts every AF Nikkor and most manual AI or AI-S Nikkor lenses. It offers a shutter speed range of 30 secs. to 1/4000 second with a continuous shooting rate of approximately 2 frames/second up to a maximum of seven frames. To cover any possible lighting situation the S2 Pro has a wide range of ISO equivalents ranging from 100 up to 1600.

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

The S2 Pro is fully featured with four shooting modes (single frame, continuous, preview and multiple exposure) and four exposure modes (multi programmed AE, shutter- priority AE, aperture-priority AE and manual exposure.) In addition, there are nine modes for white balance (auto, fine, shade, incandescent light, two custom settings and three for fluorescent light).

The FinePix S2 Pro can record images at four resolutions (4,256 x 2,848, 3,024 x 2,016, 2,304 x 1,536 and 1,440 x 960 pixels) and in three file formats (TIFF-RGB, CCD-Raw and JPEG). There are two compression modes (fine and normal) within the JPEG file format, and captured images can be viewed on the camera's 1.8-inch color TFT display. The voice annotation feature allows the attachment of 30-second voice notes to each photo, which enables you to easily keep track of important image data.

FinePix S2 Pro Features:

  • 6.17-Megapixel Fujifilm Super CCD
  • Compact and lightweight digital SLR camera
  • Nikon F-mount lenses (with 1.5x focal multiplier)
  • Program AE w/Shift, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and full Manual
  • Auto Bracketing of exposure
  • 3D Matrix, center-weighted or spot metering
  • TTL auto white balance, presets and custom set
  • Shutter speeds from 1/4,000 to 30 seconds plus Bulb
  • Continuous drive at 2fps up to 7 frames
  • 1.8-inch color TFT LCD
  • Onscreen menus for Record, Play, Custom settings and Setup
  • Review with thumbnails, histogram and zoom
  • ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600
  • In-camera finished JPEG in two quality levels and sizes
  • Uncompressed TIFF and CCD-raw formats
  • SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II storage, Microdrive compatible
  • Selectable video output with NTSC or PAL format
  • IEEE 1394 FireWire and USB 1.1 data interface
  • Powered by standard AA type batteries

The S2 Pro package contains: FinePix S2 Camera Body, Shoulder Strap, 4 AA and 2 CR123 Batteries, AC Power Adapter, USB, FireWire and Video Cables, Eyepiece, Body and LCD Screen Caps, CD-ROM Application and Drive Software, USB Driver, FinePix Viewer, Video Impression, Adobe PhotoShop Elements, Apple QuickTime 5.0, Raw File Converter LE, 16 Bit Raw File Converter Software, FinePix S2 Camera Shooting Software.

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Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

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Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro SLR

Compare the FinePix S2 Pro and the Nikon D100 SLRs.

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FinePix S2 Pro Specifications

Type of camera Interchangeable-Lens SLR-type digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling, AF contacts)
Number of effective pixels 6.17 million pixels
CCD sensor 23.0 x 15.5mm Super CCD
Number of total pixels: 6.49 million pixels in an interwoven pattern
Number of recorded pixels 4,256 x 2,848 pixels (12.1 million)
3,024 x 2,016 pixels
2,304 x 1,536 pixels
1,440 x 960 pixels
File format JPEG (DCF compatible)
TIFF-RGB (8bit)
CCD-Raw (12bit)
Storage media Slot No.1: SmartMedia (4MB to 128MB/3.3V)
Slot No.2: CompactFlash Type II (Microdrive compatible)
Number of images (4,256 X 2,848 pixels) Mode 16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 1GB Microdrive
TIFF-RGB 0 0 1 3 29
CCD-Raw 1 2 5 10 84
JPEG (FINE) 3 6 13 26 220
JPEG (NORMAL) 6 13 28 56 469
Usable lenses D Type AF Nikkor lenses: All functions possible
AF Nikkor other than D type: All functions except 3D Matrix Metering possible
Non-CPU: Usable in Manual exposure mode (exposure meter cannot be used)
IX-Nikkor: Cannot be used
View finder Fixed-eyelevel pentaprism, built-in diopter adjustment (-1.8m-1to+0.8m-1)
Picture angle Approx. 1.5x focal length in 35mm[135] format equivalent
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 30 to 1/4000 sec, Bulb
Shooting modes Single frame shooting
Continuous shooting: approx. 2 frames/ sec up to 7 frames
Preview mode
Multiple exposure
Exposure modes P: Multi-programed AE (Flexible program possible)
S: Shutter-priority AE
A: Aperture-priority AE
M: Manual
White balance Auto / Fine / Shade (fine weather) / Incandescent light / 3 modes for Fluorescent light / Custom setting (Custom 1,Custom 2)
Metering range 3D Matrix Metering: EV 0-21
Center-Weighted Metering: EV 0-21
Spot Metering: EV 3-21
Exposure compensation ±3 EV range, in 1/2 steps
Built-in flash Guide No.12 (ISO 100・m), flash coverage: 28mm or longer lens
Accessory shoe Standard ISO-type with hot-shoe contact (Sync contact, Ready-light contact, TTL auto flash contact, Monitor contact, GND), Safety lock provided
Self timer Electronically controlled: timer duration: 20sec, 10sec, 5sec, 2 sec
LCD monitor 1.8-inch, Low-temperature polysilicon TFT (approx. 117,600 pixels)
Playback function 1 frame
Thumbnails in 4 segments
Thumbnails in 9 segments
Playback zoom
Histogram indication
Standard chart
Video output NTSC (USA/Canada model)
Interface USB for data storage
IEEE1394 for data storage & shooting
Power source 4 x AA type Alkaline or NiMH batteries
AC power adapter AC-5VHS
2 x 3V Lithium batteries: CR123A or DL123A
Dimensions 5.6"(W) x 5.2"(H) x 3.1"(D)
Weight Approx. 27 ounces (without batteries and lens)

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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