Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro Review
The S2 Pro has two dials, both of which are mounted horizontally in the body. The dial at the rear of the camera ('under your thumb') is called the main command dial. The dial at the front of the camera is called the sub command dial. It's important to remember which is which when reading the next few pages of this review.
|Main command dial (rear)||Sub command dial (front)|
Top of camera controls (left)
Just as with the D100 I wasn't pleased to see ISO on the mode dial. ISO sensitivity is one setting which can be changed fairly frequently and yet the camera requires you to come out of shooting mode to change it. I really would like to have seen ISO sensitivity on the rear panel or as its own dedicated button (instead of the seldom used flash compensation button?). This complaint aired, at least Fujifilm didn't overload the mode dial with too many settings.
Mode / Settings Dial: Settings
Mode / Settings Dial: Mode
Programmed Auto (Flexible)
The S2 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 1/2
Aperture Priority Auto
Range depends on lens max. and min.
apertures (in 1/2 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 rolling the main command dial, a setting change can be made by rolling 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.
1/2 EV Steps
A pity but because the S2 Pro inherits the F80 (N80) exposure system you are limited to making exposure adjustments only in 1/2 EV steps. This can at times feel limiting, especially when trying to pick an aperture in aperture priority mode or select an exposure compensation that isn't 'too much'.
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 no perceptible delay between turning the dial to the On position and being able to shoot.
+/-3EV in 1/2EV steps
+/1EV in 1/2EV steps
This button illuminates the top LCD panel in green and the rear display panel in orange. A single press of this button toggles the backlight on or off. You can also program the backlight to come for a set amount of time after any button press (custom function 15).