Summary: O.K. It is slow in comparison to 2012 models, but BUT everything else about it is still first rate - resolution, tone, reliability. And it doesn't eat up pc memory yet still delivers large print quality.
great camera for pro or amateur or budding pro, for $ nothing beats Fuji
28 December 2012
Summary: I had an s2 for years (is was stolen) and an s3. For the money, there is absolutely no reason not to buy this camera. And it's interface is easier to use than Nikon, which I have been shooting for years. It writes a bit slow and the screen is a tad small, but you can live with that, mostly you get amazing photos with awesome detail in the highlights and shadows because of the patented S pixels. Plus you can mount the great line of nikon lenses on these.
Excerpt: We've used both the Fujifilm FinePix S2 and FinePix S3 for studio work on products for brochures and web work. The Fuji S3 Pro offers a real advantage over other DSLR's because of the wide D range. It makes a big difference under the studio lights. The down side is slow operation, RAW is snail pace. So it's not for action or sports.
Good for IR, much better options for normal photography
1 December 2011
Summary: If you are looking for a beefy professional-style DSLR then this would be one. If you dont want to cary around something that could potentially be used as a blunt object in a backstreet brawl as you are chasing other photographers away from your prized shooting location then look elsewhere. I got this camera for the IR features, and Im still getting used to shooting with out actually seeing what Im doing. The pictures are pretty good, but nothing exceptional..
Summary: I have the S1, S2, and S5 cameras by Fuji and the S3 is my go to body. The really cool thing about Fuji is all Nikon digital lenses mount on their bodies. Whether you use your camera to shoot family pics or you are using the camera professionally this is an easy to use uncomplicated camera. It gives you the ability to shoot jpg or tif and also the RAW format. Lots of versatility and dependability.
Summary: This is an excellent piece of professional equipment. User friendly controls allows the photographer easy image control. Even though it is not a very fast camera, it can be use in photo journalistic work with very good results. The Nikon lens mount allows for a wide range of lens alternatives.