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Compared to the Nikon D100

Nikon's D100 is also based around the F80 (N80) body design and so looks quite similar to Fujifilm's S2 Pro. However the D100 is slightly smaller and lighter. The D100 features a six megapixel sensor and is priced approximately $400 less than the S2 Pro.

 
Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

Nikon D100
Kit price (street) US - $2399 US - $1999
Sensor 6.2 megapixel SuperCCD III 6.3 megapixel CCD
Final image size 4256 x 2848 / 3024 x 2016 3008 x 2000
FOV crop 1.5x 1.5x
Lens mount Nikon F mount Nikon F mount
Colour space sRGB (Adobe RGB only from RAW) sRGB (2), Adobe RGB
Sensitivity ISO 100 - 1600 ISO 200 - 1600, HI-1, HI-2
Metering 3D Matrix (10 segment)
CW Average
Spot
3D Matrix (10 segment)
CW Average
Spot
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/4000 sec
Bulb Yes Yes
Flash X-Sync 1/125 sec 1/180 sec
Exposure compen. +/-3 EV in 0.5 EV steps +/- 5 EV in 0.3, 0.5 EV steps
Exposure steps 0.5 EV 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
AF TTL, 5 AF points TTL, 5 AF points
AF system Nikon Multi-CAM900 Nikon Multi-CAM900
AF assist lamp Yes Yes
Self-timer 2, 5, 10 or 20 secs 2, 5, 10 or 20 secs
Continuous 2 fps, max 8 JPEG images 3 fps, max JPEG 7/8 images
White balance Auto, 6 settings, 2 manual Auto, 6 settings, manual, fine tuneable
WB Bracket No Yes
Image params. Color
Tone
Sharpening
Sharpening
Tone
Color mode
Hue
Image formats JPEG, RAW, TIFF JPEG, RAW, TIFF
Flash Pop-up Pop-up
Flash hot-shoe Yes Yes
Mirror lock-up No Yes, 'Anti-mirror-shock'
PC Sync terminal Yes No
LCD monitor 1.8" 117,000 pixel 1.8" 118,000 pixel
LCD cover Yes, semitransparent Yes, transparent
Status panel Yes, illuminated Yes, illuminated
Viewfinder 92% coverage, grid lines 95% coverage, grid lines
User memories 1 2 (A or B)
Storage CF Type I/II
SmartMedia
CF Type I/II
Connectivity Firewire (IEEE 1394)
USB 1.1
USB 1.1
RAW Conversion Yes, included RAW converter LE
Optional Converter EX for full features
Yes, included Nikon View Editor
Optional Nikon Capture 3 for full features
PC Remote control Optional software Yes, supplied software
Portrait grip None Optional
Power 2 x CR123A Lithium batteries
4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Supplied Lithium-Ion 1400 mAh
Weight (no lens) 874 g (1.9 lb) 775 g (1.7 lb)

From this comparison the D100 is certainly looking like the stronger camera. The main advantage points for the D100 are: lower price, smaller and lighter weight, Adobe RGB in-camera, 0.3 EV exposure steps, 3 fps continuous shooting, fine tuneable white balance and single battery solution.

Studio scene comparison (S2 Pro at 6.1 mp)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from the same tripod position within about a minute of each other. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. Crops magnified 200%.

  • Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro: Color/Tone/Sharpness: Standard, Self-Timer, White balance: Manual Preset, Manual Exposure, Manual Focus, Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 lens, 6.1 mp/Fine JPEG
     
  • Nikon D100: Sharpening: Auto, Tone: Auto, Color Mode: I, Self-Timer, White balance: Manual Preset, Manual Exposure, Manual Focus, Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 lens, Large/Fine JPEG

Note that this comparison was made at the S2 Pro resolution of 6.1 mp. This is to enable a fair comparison to the D100, to make the crops easier to compare and also because I believe the S2 Pro's 6.1 mp resolution will be the most commonly used. You can download a 12 mp version of this scene from a link at the bottom of this page. Note also that the S2 Pro was set to ISO 200 for fair comparison to the D100.

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro (JPEG) Nikon D100 (JPEG)
ISO 200, F8, 0.5 sec ISO 200, F8, 0.5 sec
2,481 KB JPEG 2,635 KB JPEG

Colour response is very similar, the D100 seems to manage with slightly overexposed reds better than the S2 Pro. Tonal balance was also very similar, both cameras 'clipped' at almost the exact same place. Resolution and sharpness is another matter, the S2 Pro's visibly higher resolution and stronger sharpening do make the D100 image look soft. Note also though that a in a couple of places in the S2 Pro image there are some hints of moiré.

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* Softer than the 'Auto' setting

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