Compared to...

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 6 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 @ 6 mp output size

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro @ 6 mp
Canon EOS 20D (8 mp)
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
2,824 KB JPEG (3024 x 2016)
2,931 KB JPEG (3504 x 2336)

Dropping down to the six megapixel output size (the one most people will use) the S3 Pro's images have much improved 'per pixel sharpness' (because the output size is more of a match for the input pixel count) as well as fewer noticeable artifacts. Tonal and color balance are fairly similar between these two cameras, the S3 Pro being slightly 'punchier' and more vivid (perhaps with a slight orange hue to pure reds).