Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Review
Rear of Camera Controls
The control layout on the S3 Pro has been cleaned up with a more logical layout for the BACK, 4-way controller and MENU/OK buttons. At the top of the rear are four photographic setting controls (Bracket, Flash, Metering mode, AE/AF Lock), on the left the Control Panel and FUNC button. Sadly, just like the S2 Pro the camera can only be woken from 'sleep' mode by half-pressing the shutter release button, it is not possible to wake it by pressing any of the rear buttons (such as PLAY or MENU).
Photographic settings buttons
|BKT||Auto Bracketing Enable
Auto Bracketing: Shots / EV
|Flash sync mode
Front-curtain sync (normal flash)
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
3D Matrix Metering with 10-segment SPD
|Center Weighted Metering
The camera uses the entire frame for light measurement but assigns a greater weight to an area in the center of the frame (indicated in the viewfinder by the circle).
Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock
Control Panel buttons
The function of the four buttons below the control panel display panel depends on the status of the display and selected menu. By default the display is used to relay information such as ISO sensitivity and frames remaining, press the FUNC button and the display switches to a menu of four options, each controlled by one button. In play and preview modes a menu is always displayed. Each of the available menus and the function of each button is described below.
||Button 1||Button 2||Button 3||Button 4|
|Record / shooting mode|
|Record 1||White balance
4256 x 2848
3024 x 2016
2304 x 1536
1440 x 960
F1 (Portrait) *
F2 (Velvia) *
|Record 2||Dynamic Range
Wide 1 *
Wide 2 *
Black & White
|Record 3||Focus area mode
Single Area AF
* Camera must be in 'Wide' Dynamic Range mode (record menu option)
Rear Display Panel Function
|Camera menu / Confirm
Display or cancel the camera menu or confirm a selection (detailed later in this review).
In shooting mode where AF point selection is enabled the 4-way controller is used to choose AF points. In playback mode this control reverts to image navigation / menu movement. The 4-way controller can be locked by turning the small lever below the dial to the 'L' position. Unfortunately the 4-way controller lock is a physical lock which disables the controller for use in menus too.
Back out or cancel the display of a menu.
Front of camera controls
On the front of the camera are two controls, on the left side of the lens is the depth of field preview button, pressing this button stops the lens down to the selected (or metered) aperture allowing the photographer to preview the depth of field of the final shot. On the right side of the lens mount is the focus mode selector (modes defined below).
|S||Single servo AF (focus priority)
If the subject is stationary, the camera focuses when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. Focus remains locked while the shutter release button is held in this position (focus lock). The shutter can only be released when the in-focus indicator is displayed.
Continuous servo AF (release priority)
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