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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

alaTest has collected and analyzed 361 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and image quality. The battery and value for money are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and software, while there are mixed reviews on the reliability and shutter.

color, value for money, battery, image quality, usability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR Digital Camera Review


In the film era, shooting infrared was just a matter of buying the right film. If you wanted to be serious about it, you would also need a special-use filter. Digital photography changed that. Photographers who wanted to shoot infrared digitally could...

UV and IR capabilities- Live preview- Both Firewire and USB2- Extended dynamic range

No exposure meter (for IR or UV)- No autofocus (in IR or UV)- Live preview limited to 30 seconds- Slow operation

The S3 UVIR is a potent and complex tool for technical photographers, with a steep learning curve. Fujifilm doesn't offer training in the UVIR's use. Company representatives say that the real experts on the S3 UVIR aren't at Fujifilm: they're users who...

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR


Not yet reviewed by editors.

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Accepts Nikon lenses ; Unique wide dynamic range feature

Pricier than competitive models

This massive SLR offers very high resolution and accepts Nikon lenses, and it can be controlled via FireWire or USB 2.0.


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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro


Media Format: CompactFlash, Type: D-SLR, Megapixels: 12.3, Maximum Resolution: 4256 x 2848 pixels

Excellent picture quality. Wide dynamic range. Lots of control over settings.

Slow burst mode. Menus and displays on LCD are a little confusing. Very expensive.

Some professional portrait photographers may enjoy the quality, but the S3 Pro is too expensive to have such a slow burst rate.

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro reviewed had a look at the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, the 12.3 megapixel DSLR touted for an extended dynamic range that aims to rival the tonal range of 35mm film. They found the unit does indeed impress in its 9-stop expanded dynamic range,...

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FinePix S3 Pro


Since the advent of digital photography, photographers, and particularly wedding and portrait photographers, have complained that digital SLRs have lacked the dynamic range of film. Fujifilm hopes the S3 Pro will fill this void and provide those...

Impressive range of tones - expanded dynamic range far exceeds other DSLRs ; Images contain minimal noise ; Addition of vertical hand grip ; Inclusion of live preview helps with focusing ; Application of Nikon F-Mount ; Includes FireWire connection ;...

Slow shooting speeds ; 1/2 second startup delay ; Weak autofocus ; Powered by AA batteries ; Menu structure lacks icons ; Slow flash sync (1/180)

The FinePix S3 really does offer expanded dynamic range, with beautiful color and excellent noise control. Maybe we should stop right there, because that's the news. That's what the competition has to try to match.

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Pricey Fujifilm S3 Pro Offers Fine Photos


The FinePix S3 Pro digital camera takes high-quality images and accepts Nikon lenses.

The FinePix S3 Pro digital camera takes high-quality images and accepts Nikon lenses.

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro


The S3 Pro was first announced on 5th February 2004, in the run up to the PMA show in Las Vegas. At that time the announcement was strictly the 'development of' type with very brief specifications and an expected completion date of 'second half of...

Good resolution, better than the average six megapixel ; Good color and tonal balance, vibrant 'pleasing' color response, can be toned down ; Unique extended dynamic range SuperCCD, although crippled by in-camera algorithms ; Low noise throughout the...

Almost $1,000 more than the competition ; SuperCCD artifacts still visible, more so at the 12 mp size (which delivers the best res) ; Disappointing continuous shooting capability, especially in wide dyn. range mode ; Crippled extended dynamic range...

There's plenty to like about the S3 Pro, there's a new body design which is comfortable, includes a portrait grip and feels robust. There's the image quality, resolution which for a six megapixel is really fairly impressive (if you can ignore some of...

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro SLR


The FinePix S3 Pro features a 12.34 million effective pixels Fujifilm Super CCD SR II image sensor designed specifically for professional photography. It creates a wider dynamic range to produce images that approach true photographic quality. As a result,

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Fuji FinePix S3 Pro Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Fuji has long been a player in the digital camera arena, creating a broad line of popular consumer-level models over the last couple of years. From the email I receive, it's apparent that they've been very successful in doing so, as I consistently note...

Exceptional (!) dynamic range, thanks to "SR" sensor technology, Ability to select dynamic range in-camera, Extensive control over dynamic range and tonality via RAW-file conversion software, Excellent color accuracy, Better resolution than typical 6...

Adobe Photoshop/Camera Raw 2 is needed to take full advantage of the extraordinary dynamic range. (It's still excellent, straight from the camera though.), Sluggish shot to shot cycle times by current standards, Mediocre battery life when compared to...

Product Specifications

Among the FinePix S3 Pro's list of enhanced features is its one-of-a-kind Super CCD SR sensor technology designed specifically for professional photography. This proprietary technology creates a wider dynamic range to produce images that approach true photographic quality. As a result, the FinePix S3 Pro will capture highlight and shadow detail often lost by digital cameras in high contrast scenes. In addition, Super CCD SR sensor technology provides a higher level of sensitivity, improved signal-to-noise ratio and more natural color reproduction. With 12.3 million (S-pixel: 6.17 million, R-pixel: 6.17 million) effective pixels, the APS size (23x15.5mm), professional Super CCD SR sensor of the FinePix S3 Pro offers wider dynamic range plus overall improved quality for beautiful digital images, capturing more detail across a range of brightness in the same image. The FinePix S3 Pro has a unique body designed and crafted to Fujifilm specifications. The solid, one-piece body is made from a durable polycarbonate and has a F-mount lens fitting for Nikon lens compatibility. Dual shutter release buttons facilitate both horizontal and vertical shooting. Newly developed two-inch, 235, 000 pixel horizontal display delivers crisp, clear images and approximately 100% frame coverage. The FinePix S3 Pro is extremely efficient power-wise, running solely on four AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. The PC-Sync connection allows strobes or other external flash systems to be connected to the FinePix S3 Pro. Flash sync speed is 1/180th of a second. The FinePix S3 Pro offers Intelligent Flash with the D-TTL full-aperture exposure metering system providing outstanding results with all Nikon compatible speed lights. A first-time offering in a Fujifilm digital camera, this allows a new level of creative lighting options for FinePix S3 Pro users. The FinePix S3 Pro provides IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and USB 2.0 interfaces for camera control (IEEE1394 only) and high-speed image transfer.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / xD-Picture Card / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M/CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Model:S3 Pro/S3 Pro UVIR
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Fujifilm FinePix

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.5 x 23.0mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.5 x 23.0 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Super CCD SR/Super CCD SR II
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 160 / ISO 1600/ISO 100 / ISO 160 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800/ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW/JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical