Compared to...

For our standard studio scene comparisons we have selected the Canon EOS 20D (because it's pricing makes it an attractive proposition for anyone at this end of the market) and the Nikon D70 (considerably cheaper but similarly specified and with a Nikon mount).

Camera Price (body) Sensor Lens mount
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro $2,499 / £1,599 6 mp SuperCCD SR II Nikon
Canon EOS 20D $1,499 / £1,149 8 mp CMOS Canon
Nikon D70 $999 / £669 6 mp CCD Nikon

Studio scene comparison (vs. Canon EOS 20D)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. All crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings:

  • Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG 12 mp/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
  • Canon EOS 20D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer

Fufjiilm FinePix S3 Pro @ 12 mp output size

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro @ 12 mp
Canon EOS 20D (8 mp)
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
4,506 KB JPEG (4256 x 2848)
2,931 KB JPEG (3504 x 2336)

At the twelve megapixel image output size the S3 Pro's detail crops obviously look a lot larger than the EOS 20D and yet (as we'd expect coming from a 6 mp sensor) don't yield as much detail as the Canon. That said there does appear to be more detail than we'd expect to see from a traditional six megapixel. There are also some noticeable SuperCCD artifacts (as discussed earlier) and lower 'per pixel sharpness' (again, as we'd expect from interpolation).