Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Review
AF Assist Lamp
The AF assist lamp on the S3 Pro will automatically illuminate the subject if light levels are too low for the AF system to make a good focus. The lamp can be enabled or disabled via a custom function.
The S3 Pro has a Nikon F lens mount, it can accept almost any Nikkor F mount lens. Full camera features are only available when you use G or D type AF Nikkor CPU lenses. Note that because of the smaller size of the S3 Pro's sensor it effectively crops the field of view provided by a 35 mm lens. Thus a 17 mm lens on the S3 Pro will provide approximately the same FOV as a 25.5 mm lens would on a 35 mm SLR (with 35 mm film).
Shutter Release Sound / Continuous drive
In some of our digital SLR reviews we are providing a sound recording of a continuous burst of shots. Below you can see waveforms of a recording made of the Fujifilm S3 Pro, Nikon D70 and Fujifilm S2 Pro shooting continuously for 30 seconds each. The cameras were set to manual focus, shutter speed 1/250 sec and aimed at our standard resolution chart. Image quality was set to six megapixels JPEG Fine on both cameras. The CF card used was a SanDisk Ultra II 1 GB (Type I).
As you can see the S3 Pro improves on the S2 Pro with both a faster initial shutter speed and a larger buffer, once the buffer is full the camera manages to process and flush images more quickly and allows a total of 29 frames to be shot in 30 seconds. While good it's still not a patch on the excellent Nikon D70.
|30 seconds, total 29 frames (JPEG)|
|30 seconds, total 69 frames (JPEG)|
|30 seconds, total 16 frames (JPEG)|
- Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR body
- Neck strap
- Body cap
- LCD cover
- Eyepiece cover
- Accessory shoe cover
- 4 x AA NiMH batteries (2300 mAh)
- AA Battery charger BCH-NH2
- Video cable
- USB cable (mini-B)
- IEEE 1394 (Firewire) cable (4-pin to 6-pin)
- Cable holder
- CD-ROM: FinePix AX (FinePix Viewer etc.)
- CD-ROM: FinePix Hyper-Utility2 Version 3.0 *
- User Manual, Quick Start Guide
* Included in UK, optional in other regions