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Fujifilm S1 Pro

First Look posted 8/20/00
full review posted 9/14/00

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Early in 2000 Nikon introduced the D1 digital camera and the world of professional digicams would never be the same. Before the D1 came on the scene only working photojournalists or the rich and famous could afford the benefits of a high performance SLR digital camera. What once cost $13,000 or more is now available for less, much less. The price of professional digicams is falling as each new generation is introduced.

Fuji Photo Film now makes it more affordable than ever to get into professional digital photography by merging Fujifilm's Super CCD image sensor technology with Nikon's N60 SLR camera to create the FinePix S1 Pro. This camera uses a Nikon F lens mount so photographers with a substantial investment in Nikkor lenses can make the move to digital as economically as possible.

Fujifilm S1 Pro

The FinePix S1 Pro has a 1.1 inch Super CCD sensor that delivers ultra-high resolution 3042 x 2016-pixel images files. Other features include a 1.5 frames/second burst rate (up to five frames), adjustable ISO sensitivity of 320/400/800/1600, shutter speeds from 30 to 1/2000 seconds and both SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II card slots.

Choose from a variety of exposure modes: General Purpose Program, Auto-Multi Program (Flexible Program possible), Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, 5 Variable-program modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sport, night scene) or full Manual.   3D Matrix exposure metering with D-type AF Nikkor lenses, 6-segment Matrix with non-D-type AF Nikkor or AI-P Nikkor lenses and Center-weighed in Manual exposure mode or with AE Lock. 3 EV range of exposure compensation in 1/3 EV increments. White Balance settings for Auto, Sunny, Shade, Incandescent, 3 modes for Fluorescent or Custom.

Fujifilm S1 Pro

On the back is a 200,000 pixel 2-inch TFT color LCD. There's also an illuminated monochrome data LCD that allows you to change record and playback features without using the big color LCD. Image playback is available in fullscreen with zoom (up to 19x !), four or nine thumbnails plus a master histogram indication as well as histograms for each color channel.

Fujifilm S1 Pro

Looking down on the top, the S1 Pro has all the same camera features as the Nikon N60. On the left is the Mode Dial (more on this on the next page) and selftimer button, Nikon-TTL flash hot shoe, shutter release (with threaded hole for cable release), power switch, exposure compensation, aperture and flash mode buttons plus the large data LCD for the camera settings.

Fujifilm S1 Pro

As you'd expect from a professional camera, the S1 Pro has a wide and flat bottom and mounts securely on a tripod. The access door is for the camera batteries, not to be confused with the digital section's batteries.

Fujifilm S1 Pro Fujifilm S1 Pro

Here's the left and right side views

The FinePix S1 Pro is available as a camera body only, camera + battery kit and camera + battery + Microdrive (340MB, 512MB or 1GB).

The FinePix S1 Pro (body only) kit includes:

FinePix S1 Pro body, 16 MB SmartMedia, USB and AV Cables, 2 x CR123A Lithium-Ion Batteries (for camera operation), 1 x CR2025 Lithium Ion Battery (for date etc.), 4 x AA Alkaline batteries (for LCD and electronics), Battery Adapter Shortcut Device, Software CD, PC & Mac: (Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE, Exif Viewer, Camera Shooting Software, USB Drivers for Windows 98/2000) Manual, Neckstrap, Eyepiece Cap, Camera Body Cap.

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FinePix S1 Pro Specifications

Type Interchangeable lens digital SLR
Imaging Device 23.3mm x 15.6mm (1.1 inch)
3.4 megapixel Fujifilm SuperCCD
Interpolated to 6.13 megapixels
Image sizes 3040 x 2016
2304 x 1536
1440 x 960
Image format JPEG Exif 2.1 (Basic/Normal/Fine quality)
ISO Sensitivity 320, 400, 800, 1600
Lens mount Nikon F mount
Useable Lenses AF Nikkor and AI-P-type Nikkor lenses
(IX-Nikkors cannot be used)
Focal length multiplier 1.5x   (50mm = 75mm)
Auto Focus TTL Phase detection with automatic AF assist lamp. Detection range: EV-1 to EV 19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
AF modes Single Servo
Continuous AF
or Manual
Metering modes 1. 3D Matrix (with D-type AF Nikkor lens)
2. 6-segment Matrix
3. Center-weighted average (in Manual or with AE Lock)
White balance modes

Auto, Sunny, Shade, Fluorescent 1, 2 or 3, Incandescent and Custom

Sharpening control

Original, Normal, Hard

Color control

Original, Standard, High, Black & White

Tone control

Original, Standard, Hard

Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 30 to 1/2000 seconds
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO-type with hot-shoe contact, ready-light contact, TTL flash contact, monitor contact; mount receptacle for Posi-Mount system provided
Built-in flash Guide No.15 (ISO 100)
effective for 28mm lens coverage
Flash modes Normal, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync, Slow sync
Exposure adjustment -3EV to +3EV in 1/3EV steps
Exposure modes Variable-program (portrait, landscape, close-up, sport, night scene)
Program AE
Aperture priority
Shutter priority
Full Manual
Shooting modes Single frame shooting
Continuous @ approx. 1.5 fps (up to 5 frames)
Preview mode
Multiple exposure
Tripod mount Yes
Selftimer 2 or 10 seconds
Video out NTSC (USA/Canada model)
PAL (European model)
Storage types (two slots) CompactFlash Type I or II (Microdrive compatible)
SmartMedia (3.3v up to 64MB)
Viewfinder Optical, 90% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal
LCD 2.0" low-temp polysilicon color TFT 200,000 pixel
Playback Function One frame
Thumbnails in four segments
Thumbnails in nine segments
Playback zoom
Histogram indication
Standard chart
Playback zoom Up to 19.0 x
Digital I/O USB (download or camera control)

4 x AA NiMH, NiCd or lithium
2 x CR123A lithium batteries

Weight (no lens) 800 g (28.2 oz)
Dimensions 149 x 125 x 80 mm (5.8 x 4.9 x 3.1 ")

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