Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Review
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. (Can we please have a shortcut to ISO from one of the rear buttons?)
Just like the S2 Pro the S3 Pro is limited to 0.5 EV (half stop) exposure steps, this is because its exposure system is inherited from the Nikon F80 (N80).
Mode / Settings Dial: Settings
Mode / Settings Dial: Mode
Programmed Auto (Flexible)
The S3 Pro remembers the selected offset from default metering, the only way to reset this is to quickly turn the camera off and on again.
Shutter Priority Auto
30 seconds - 1/4,000 sec (in 0.5 EV steps)
Aperture Priority Auto
Range depends on lens max. and min. apertures (in 0.5 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 turning the main command dial, a setting change can be made by turning 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
|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.
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.
(Still no mirror lock-up option either here or via the menu / custom functions)
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.
Switches camera on, this is virtually instant, there's only a slight delay (perhaps a third or half a second) between turning the dial to the On position and being able to shoot.
+/- 3.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps
+/- 3.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps
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