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Summary: The S3 Pro looks overpriced compared to many of the D-SLRs appearing on the market now. But, while this is not a sports photographer’s snapper, it offers uniqueness with its wide dynamic range thanks to the dual pixel layout. This makes it a real social photographer's tool where skin tones and whites are intrinsic to a good shot. It is, in fact, a real belter albeit one for a niche within a niche of the photo market.
Pros: Nice design, improved handling, built-in vertical grip with single battery, new sensor Super CCD SR II.
Cons: Slow, the AF ‘hunts’ on some subjects, batteries don’t last long enough, best of the dynamic range only comes into play using CCD RAW format.
Conclusion: Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro camera for the professional photographer Compared with the FinePix S2 Pro Fujifilm improved an awful lot and added some useful functions to the S3 Pro. It is obvious right away that the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is a camera for the professional photographer. Speed is not the strongest side of the camera, to put it mildly. But then, speed is not of great importance to the portrait, wedding and nature photographer.
Summary: The S3 delivers top quality images in a range of professional situations. Whether it's a true 12Mp camera is a moot point, but you'll certainly be able to print your pictures up to A2 size. At a list price of £1,450, it's over-priced compared to rivals, but if you can find it at a reasonable street price it’s certainly worth considering.
Summary: This medium-resolution Fujifilm stands out for its unmatched handling of highlights and excellent overall image quality, but it's not meant for rapid-fire shooting of sports and action
Pros: The widest dynamic range we've seen in a dSLR, Top-notch overall out-of-camera image quality, Histograms for both luminosity and individual colour channels, D-TTL flash exposure control and PC terminal
Cons: Skimpy buffer when using wide dynamic range mode, ISO setting clumsily located on main mode dial, Exposure controls operate only in half-stop increments, Somewhat heavy-handed noise reduction in ISO 1,600 JPEGs
Summary: As a current S2 user I found the camera very easy to adapt to, in fact it was harder using the S2 when the camera was returned. Immediate reaction was the grip had been vastly improved, as had the weight and balance. Using just one set of batteries offered a better solution as well.
Pros: Ergonomic Grip, Extended Dynamic Range for improved highlight and shadow detail, Single set of batteries, Vertical grip and Shutter release, Optional 12 million pixel image capture, User friendly controls
Cons: Slow write speeds with dynamic range enabled for RAW capture, Vertical shutter release does not wake the camera from sleep, Menu options locked out when writing image to card, Pricing in comparison to competitor models (at time of release)
Pros: The S3 Pro replaces the multi-award winning S2 Pro, a better body shape the improved handling, a built-in vertical grip and single battery use are all improvements as is the new sensor Super CCD SR II sensor.
Cons: Slower than I expected in use, the AF ‘hunts’ on some subjects and batteries still don’t last long enough and the best of the improved dynamic range only comes to the for using the CCD RAW format.
Conclusion: Ten opzichte van de FinePix S2 Pro heeft Fujifilm ontzettend veel verbeterd en een aantal handige dingen toegevoegd. De Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is een camera voor de professionele fotograaf, dat blijkt uit alles. Snelheid is niet het sterkste punt, om het maar voorzichtig uit te drukken. Voor de portret-, bruids- en natuurfotograaf is dat echter niet zo heel belangrijk.