Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro Review
Rear of Camera Controls
On the rear of the S2 Pro we have a row of photographic settings along the top of the camera (bracket mode, flash mode, metering, AE-Lock & AF-Lock, Main command dial). On the main back of the camera is the rear display panel (illuminated orange in this shot) with its four soft-buttons, the 4-way controller, LCD monitor and four other buttons.
Photographic settings buttons
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
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
Rear Display Panel buttons
The function of the four buttons below the rear 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 1||White balance
|Focus area mode
Single Area AF
4256 x 2848
3024 x 2016
2304 x 1536
1440 x 960
Black & White
Yes (3 x 3)
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, first on the right side (from the back) 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 (obviously the viewfinder view becomes dimmer when the lens is stopped down). On the left side of the lens mount is the focus mode selector (modes defined below).
|S||Single servo AF
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)
The procedure for cleaning the SuperCCD is summarized in the S2 Pro manual. It requires the optional AC adapter and a blower. You must then switch to manual mode and press the flash mode and illumination button at the same time as powering the camera on, the mirror will flip up and the shutter will open. At this stage the mirror and shutter will remain locked open until the camera is powered off. Cleaning can be carried out with either a blower (without a brush) or a sensor swab.
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