Fujifilm Japan has today announced that it will make available an upgrade for the S3 Pro digital SLR which will increase the camera's internal buffer from 128 MB to 256 MB. This increase in buffer space means up to 8/16 RAW/JPEG frames (Wide dynamic range) or 17/33 RAW/JPEG frames (Standard dynamic range) in a single burst. This addresses at least one of our complaints about the S3 Pro. This upgrade will initially cost ¥21,000 ($190) in Japan. This increase in buffer will also make its way into the normal retail camera (Japan only). UPDATE: This upgrade will initially be made available in Japan but will be rolled out across the world (no date yet), the 'already upgraded' version won't be available in the US or the UK.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, 256 MB upgrade

Below is a table summarizing the increase in continuous shooting buffer space of the original S3 Pro and the upgraded model. Note this memory upgrade does not increase shooting speed. The newer retail S3 Pro with 256 MB of buffer memory will carry a blue 'S3 Pro' logo.

Dynamic range Quality
Wide RAW 3 8
JPEG (Fine/Normal) 6 16
Standard RAW 7 17
JPEG (Fine/Normal) 12 33

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