FujiFilm FinePix S1 Pro Review
We used our standard Windows 2000 test PC to perform the following tests / connections. Supplied with the S1 Pro was a CD-ROM with the following applications:
- Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE
- FujiFilm Camera Shooting Software for FinePix S1 Pro
- FujiFilm USB drivers for Windows 2000, 98 and Mac
- FujiFilm EXIF Viewer
- FujiFilm EXIF Launcher
- FujiFilm DP Editor (DPOF editor)
To setup for normal use you need to install the USB drivers, EXIF viewer & launcher and DP editor (if you intend on doing any DPOF printing). EXIF launcher installs itself as a tray icon application which monitors for connection of the S1 Pro.
S1 Pro USB driver (downloading)
Via the record setup menu you can put the USB connector on the S1 Pro into either Downloading or Shooting mode. Connect the S1 Pro in Downloading mode and (assuming you've installed the USB driver) the storage media in the camera will appear as new drive on your computer. Copying files directly from this new drive we timed transfer rates of about 400 KB/s which was quite a bit slower than my normal USB card reader which manages about 660 KB/s.
Another thing which we found interesting (odd?) was that this new drive was write protected, that is although you can copy images from the card in the camera you cannot copy to it, delete files or format the card. This means a normal download sequence using the S1's built in USB conenctor would be: Connect USB, transfer images, disconnect USB, enter PLAY mode, format card (or erase all images).
FujiFilm EXIF Viewer
If you've installed EXIF Launcher it will detect the connection of the S1 Pro and automatically launch EXIF Viewer opened with a thumbnail view of images on the storage card in the camera:
EXIF Viewer can then be used to browse through images on the card, it supports drag and drop (meaning you can grab a selection of images and drop them onto your hard disk), you can even set bookmarks of folders on your hard disk to jump to quickly. Double-click on a thumbnail and you can view the image in a larger window, zoom in or out, rotate 90 degrees, save to a local file or print. (Note that exposure information is shown in the status bar of all windows).
Clicking on the information button displays more detailed information about the exposure:
This information dialog allows you to also attach comments and copyright information to the image (embedded into the header of the image) here's a list of all information in the detailed information dialog box:
As you can see, a good range of exposure information. Two improvements I'd like to have seen: reporting of Colour and Tone settings (there's sharpness, why not colour and tone?) and being able to list this information in a detailed view of all images rather than having to select an image then click on Information each time...
One thing that will be of interest to certain photographers is the inclusion of GPS information, this isn't mentioned anywhere in the S1 Pro's documentation so I can't assume that this information is specifically for the S1 Pro nor that it doesn't support some kind of GPS extension.
The final feature which may be useful is automatic renaming, this allows you rename a single file or group of files using the date & time stamp (or a user definable rename mask).
It's a shame there's no automatic card transfer feature (like PIE) which combines renaming with a batch copy of images directly from the media card into a specified directory on the local hard disk.
FujiFilm Camera Shooting Software
Main Application Window: previews of images taken are shown in a scrolling frame in the bottom of the window, if you have the full screen review window open a larger size image is displayed in it as you select images (or shoot). You can choose to shoot using the shutter release button on the camera or from the Host. When "Shoot" is in Host mode clicking on the Shoot button will actually take a photograph, if Auto Acquire is selected that image will be transferred and saved automatically to your local hard disk. You can even print or review a histogram of the image.
Shooting Conditions: Setup the camera settings for the next shot, everything from sensitivity to exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, compensation and white balance can be set here. Clicking on Apply will see these settings transferred to the camera (you'll see them appear on the top LCD of the camera).
Time-Lapse settings: Shoot between 1 and 9999 images at intervals between 15 seconds and 120 minutes, you can select the output folder, image format and output image size. When enabled the computer will wake up the camera for each shot.
What a great application! Why aren't more manufacturers doing things like this?? Transfer of the medium resolution image (the one you can see in the first picture here) takes less than a second.. That means you can click on "Shoot" and see the results almost instantly. If you do a lot of studio or product shooting this has got to be an invaluable piece of software (and it's free!).
|.....the ROYAL LOTUS 2017/08/25-NEW YORK..... by Chiwat|
from Wild flowers
|Coffee and Mango cake by clicker88|
from Another cup of coffee
The new iZugar 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens offers an insane 220-degree angle of view. That means it can basically see behind itself... good luck keeping your feet out of the shot.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking directions.
A Craigslist poster has discovered the worst possible way to photograph a car: taking pictures of pictures displayed on a cracked and scratched up smartphone screen.
With the iPhone X coming out soon, the title probably won't last, but the iPhone 8 Plus is officially the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested, and the iPhone 8 is second.
Kodak's new Facebook Messenger chatbot is trying to bring back the 'Kodak Moment' by digging up your old social media photos and trying to sell you prints and custom coffee mugs.
Affinity Photo for iPad was touted as "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." This update makes it that much more convenient.
Yashica has released a new teaser video, and this one claims they'll be releasing an "unprecedented camera" in October on Kickstarter. Ready... set... speculate!
Storage solutions company Synology has just released its very first 6-bay NAS tower. Combined with the DX1215 expansion units, it can hold and control up to thirty drives.
We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6.
The venerable Canon PowerShot G1 was announced seventeen years ago this week, marking the start of a line of enthusiast-focused compacts that's still alive and kicking.
Super macro photographer Can Tuncer captured these incredible close-ups of a single peacock feather using a special setup and three different microscope lenses.
After successfully crowdfunding the Biotar 75mm F1.5, Oprema Jena is at it again. This time they're bringing back the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 17-blade aperture.
Adobe's move to a subscription model is treating it very well indeed. The company has posted record revenue for the second quarter in a row, hauling in a mind-boggling $1.84 billion.
More details have emerged about the potential sale of Blackstone's 45% stake in iconic camera brand Leica.
Popular mobile editing app Snapseed just got a major update that includes a new interface and 11 new presets for both Android and iOS, as well as adding the Perspective tool to the iOS version.
It might sound like a strange idea, but taking macro photos of boiling water can actually result in some really cool photographs. A good photo experiment for a rainy day.
The database was created to "break with the narrow lens through which history… has been recorded" by equipping those who commission photography with "the resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments.
Lensbaby has released two new optics for their special "optic swap system." The Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic gives you that trademark sweet spot of focus, while the Creative Bokeh optic gives you 9 different drop in aperture plate options to play with.
TechCrunch has already posted their review of the upcoming iPhone 8 (not yet the iPhone X), and they're calling it "a look into the augmented future of photography."
Affinity Photo is a $50 photo editing software with no subscriptions. That's it – pay for it once and you're done. And we think it's actually pretty darn good.
Instagram is currently testing a major change to the app's profile layout: replacing the 3-photo across grid with a 4-photo grid... and some users are NOT taking the news well.
A report by USSRPhoto is shedding some light on the return of the famed Zenit camera brand. It seems the full-frame mirrorless camera they're working on will be made in part by Leica using components from the Leica SL.
According to a reliable Korean report, Samsung is developing a smartphone sensor that's capable of super slow motion. Translation: Samsung's next batch of Galaxy smartphones may be able to shoot 1,000fps.
This simple photograph of a seahorse and Q-tip has taken the internet by storm. We spoke to photographer Justin Hofman about how it was captured, and what it means to him.
After a massive leak last week, Profoto has officially debuted the Profoto A1: the company's first on-camera flash system that they're calling "the world's smallest studio flash."
"When the first hyperfocal distance charts were designed, someone decided that an acceptably sharp background contained some blur — enough to notice in a medium-sized print [...] After that point, nearly every other hyperfocal chart followed suit."
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (also known as the EOS 200D) is the company's impressively compact entry-level DSLR. Packing a 24MP APS-C sensor, DIGIC 7 processor and Dual Pixel AF, it promises a lot of bang for the buck. And while not mind-blowing, it handles most tasks very well.
Correct these four common composition mistakes and your photos will be more balanced, tell a better story, and lead your viewer's eye where you want it to go.
The rugged, compact 360° action camera Kodak unveiled at Photokina in 2016, the Kodak PixPro Orbit 360, is finally available in the United States.
iOS 11 launches tomorrow, and it'll save all of your pictures in a new high efficiency image format called HEIC. Fortunately, there's now a converter that will let you turn those photos back into JPEGs.