In a move no doubt timed to coincide with Canon's announcement of the EOS-D30 yesterday, FujiFilm today announced the S1 Pro will be available (on sale) on July 8th at 375,000 YEN in Japan. That (at todays exchange rates) works out at around US$3,500 which is almost identical to the price stated by Canon US yesterday for the EOS-D30. (Although notably Canon Europe state a price of 3000 EUR; $2700 and Canon France 20,000 FFr; $2700).
Roll up, Roll up, get yer S1 Pro samples here, they're free ladies and gentlement... The Japanese Digital Camera webzine DCEX have published six sample images in a range of situations from FujiFilm's S1 Pro digital SLR. The camera features a 3.2 megapixel SuperCCD which (when combined with internal interpolation algorigthms) generates a 6 megapixel image. Each image is a 2.5MB JPEG (3,040 x 2,016).
Phil says: Bit soft at 1:1, but downsampled they're pretty sweet, you can't fault the colour balance or metering. A couple of the PC Watch samples show good dynamic range.
UPDATED!! PC Watch post EVEN MORE SAMPLES...
According to JEIDA (Japan Electronic Industry Development Association) Japanese shipments of digital camera almost doubled to 5.82 million over the past year. This number rose to 82% in the year to March, 31. By value shipments rose 72% from a year earlier to 255.88 billion Yen ($2.34 billion). These rises were attributed to new 2 and 3 megapixel models.