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Command Dials

The S2 Pro has two dials, both of which are mounted horizontally in the body. The dial at the rear of the camera ('under your thumb') is called the main command dial. The dial at the front of the camera is called the sub command dial. It's important to remember which is which when reading the next few pages of this review.

Main command dial (rear) Sub command dial (front)


Top of camera controls (left)

Top of the camera on the left side of the viewfinder are situated the mode / settings and drive dials. The mode dial is free to move, the drive dial is 'locked', this means you must hold down the small locking pin to move this dial.

To change ISO sensitivity you turn the dial to the required position and then use the main or command dial to change the setting. The special CSM position puts the camera in custom setting mode.

Just as with the D100 I wasn't pleased to see ISO on the mode dial. ISO sensitivity is one setting which can be changed fairly frequently and yet the camera requires you to come out of shooting mode to change it. I really would like to have seen ISO sensitivity on the rear panel or as its own dedicated button (instead of the seldom used flash compensation button?). This complaint aired, at least Fujifilm didn't overload the mode dial with too many settings.

Mode / Settings Dial: Settings

Dial
position
ISO ISO Sensitivity

• ISO 100
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
No action

Mode / Settings Dial: Mode

Icon
 
Mode
P

Programmed Auto (Flexible)

The Program AE on the S2 Pro is flexible, that means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by rolling the main command dial (rear of camera) left or right. Example:

     • 1/15 F4.0 (roll left a click) P*
     • 1/20 F3.3 (roll left a click) P*
     • 1/30 F2.8 (metered) P
     • 1/45 F2.4 (roll right a click) P*
     • 1/60 F2.0 (roll right a click) P*

The S2 Pro remembers the selected offset from default metering, the only way to reset this is to quickly turn the camera off and on again.

S

Shutter Priority Auto

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture for the exposure (based on the reading of the current metering mode). Shutter speed is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and on the top LCD, roll the main command dial (rear) to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the aperture will show 'Lo' or 'Hi'.

    • 30 seconds - 1/4,000 sec (in 1/2 EV steps)
 

A

Aperture Priority Auto

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the correct shutter speed for the exposure (based on the reading of the current metering mode). Aperture is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and on the top LCD, roll the sub-command (front) dial to select different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will show 'Lo' or 'Hi'.

    • Range depends on lens max. and min. apertures (in 1/2 EV steps)
 

M Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above. Main command dial selects shutter speed, sub-command dial selects aperture. The meter on the viewfinder status bar and top LCD will immediately reflect the exposure level compared to the calculated ideal exposure, if it's outside of +/- 2EV the indicator bar will add an arrow '<' or '>' on the end of the meter. Bulb shutter release can only be accessed when enabled by a custom setting.
CSM Custom Setting Menu

This mode enters the cameras custom setting menu. Custom settings can be selected by rolling the main command dial, a setting change can be made by rolling the sub-command dial. A numerical indication of the custom setting is shown on the top LCD panel, a full descriptive version is also shown on the rear LCD monitor. This menu is detailed later in this review.

Drive Mode Dial

Symbol
 
Mode
Single frame shooting

One frame is taken when shutter release is pressed. You can take another shot almost as quickly as you can re-press the shutter release.

Continuous shooting

Press and hold the shutter release and the camera will shoot frames at approximately 2 frames per second (depending on shutter speed). Generally you can take between 7 and 8 frames in JPEG or RAW mode.

Self-timer shooting

Camera takes a single frame after a predefined delay, this delay can be set to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds via a custom function.

1/2 EV Steps

A pity but because the S2 Pro inherits the F80 (N80) exposure system you are limited to making exposure adjustments only in 1/2 EV steps. This can at times feel limiting, especially when trying to pick an aperture in aperture priority mode or select an exposure compensation that isn't 'too much'.


Top of camera controls (right)

Top of the camera on the right side are the two sub and main command dials (front and back), the power switch, shutter release, exposure compensation, flash compensation and LCD illumination button.

Power switch

Symbol
 
Mode
OFF

Camera Off

The camera will only power off once it has completed writing any buffered data. This means that you can shoot a burst of frames, turn the power switch to the OFF position safe in the knowledge that the camera will write all your images to the storage card before powering off.

ON Camera On

Switches camera on, this is virtually instant, there's no perceptible delay between turning the dial to the On position and being able to shoot.

Buttons

Button
Exposure Compensation

• +/-3EV in 1/2EV steps
No action
Flash Compensation

• +/1EV in 1/2EV steps
No action
Illuminate

This button illuminates the top LCD panel in green and the rear display panel in orange. A single press of this button toggles the backlight on or off. You can also program the backlight to come for a set amount of time after any button press (custom function 15).
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BobFoster

As I know the S2 offers slightly better resolution (just a small part of overall image quality) and slightly lower speed and practicality than the obsolete Nikon D100. The S2 also costs more than the D100. For my uses I would prefer the D70, and since it costs only half as much as the S2 and is more practical for me. The only real advantage of the S2 is very slightly higher image resolution, which to me is much less significant than all the other disadvantages.

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