Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro 6.17MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)


  • 6.17-effective-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 14-by-19-inch enlargements
  • Recorded resolution increased to 12.3 megapixels (6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels) using in-camera technology
  • Fully compatible with Nikon’s Nikkor F-series lenses
  • 2-inch LCD display with separate LCD data display; PictBridge support; dual shutter release buttons
  • Powered by 4 AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries; stores images on xD or Microdrive media

I bought this camera from Amazon.com couple of months ago (sometime in April of 2007). At the time, the newer model of Fuji DSLR, the S5, was just introduced. Although the S5 offers a lot of improvements, I decided to buy the S3. I had also looked at the Nikon SLR since I have been using Nikon for the past 35 years. I had seen many photographs taken with all of the models that I was interest in (except the Fuji-S5) and they were very close in terms of quality. Now it boiled down to other things and it was not the money issue, but in my case, the battery issue. The S3 uses 4-AA rechargable batteries. I did not buy a Nikon DSLR or the Fuji-S5 because of the use of proprietary batteries.

I have been using the Fuji-S3 along with my Nikon-F4 film camera for the past two months and I am VERY VERY please with the results. I had captured over 3000 images during my 3 week vacation with it. I had carefully examined a few hundred of the pictures I took (just in case that I didn’t like the camera) and I discovered that it can deliver an exceptional quality. It shares the same Nikon lenses and I am fortunate that I have not had any incompatibility issues (I was warned about this). As of this writing, my F4 is probably going to join the F1 in the collection shelf….soon. I also bought two newer lenses from Sigma (I had never bought anything else other than the Nikon lenes) to try with the camera. Those Sigma lenses appear to diliver similar quality or in one case better than my Nikon lenses with this camera.

One complain…the ISO and the timer buttons of the S3 are placed in the most awkward positions. I am lucky that I don’t change the ISO or using timer that offen otherwise this would have been one most inconvenient.

This camera has been very enjoyable to use. Very comfortable large grip when handheld, nice for tripod use too. I decided on this camera when comparing images of those taken by other digital SLR’s. The S3 images were the only ones that didn’t appear “obviously” digital to me. I seem to find film images more aesthetically pleasing, which the S3 provides. This is my first digital SLR and has more features than I could possibly hope for. I still have not explored all the film simulation and wide dynamic range combinations and options. I found the the F2 velvia setting a bit “too” saturated, and the built in sharpening also a bit “hard”. I get the best results in wide dynamic 2 mode, 12mp, and everything else set to “normal”. Usually requires some brief post processing in the contrast and sharpening departments to get the results I’m looking for. I love the results in black and white. Love the aperture and shutter priority modes. My only gripe is that the external USB port became loose after about a dozen uses and just fell into the camera body. I sent it back on warranty however, and it was fixed and sent back to me in about a 4 day window. I was really amazed with Fujifilm service. As for speed, I usually shoot landscapes, and in jpeg mode, so not really an issue. I have shot fast moving birds and wildlife with no problems. As for value, its worth about 3/4 of its original price on the used market after around 9 months of use, not bad for digital cameras I suppose. And the price of a new one has actually increased since I bought one, which is hard to believe, but great! The Fuji S3 continues to please. :) enjoy. great pictures but too slow for anything but still portraits and landscapesi’ve got the fuji s2 for 3 yrs now, been waiting and save for an s3 until now, i got my s3 on ebay used in great cond for 1245$, it came in very good cond like new. my 1st impression was the nicer grip, the body is in flat, dull black, not like s2 is more on shiny side.the rubber parts on s3 is very sticky, gives nicer gripping.the build is more solid than the s2.i’ve noticed the battery door is alot more sturdy than s2,the use of it is pretty much same as s2, so there is no problem with operation to me..i tested shot it about 100 shots, i noticed right away the wide dynamic range on s3, the colors seem brighter and more contrast, the af is faster.the sharpness come from your lenses..i use it with tamron 28-105 f2.8 sp model, it gives me awesome results.works better with my tokina af 80-200mm f2.8.s3 got the new vertical trigger, it uses only 4 aa batts, not like s2 with 2 sets of batts.the s3 body is fatter than s2,not too heavy or light, its just feels right..i shot jpeg only. i shoot mostly weddings and models, plus landscapes..the slow review on s3 is anoying,the refreshing time is slow. to review your shots is slow too, but with my work its not a problem.

in all s3 produces great results, far more better than any other dslrs ive own.thats including canon 300d and olympus e300.will use s3 and s2 for wedding.im a happy fotoman.This is the first digital camera which made me forget the film, after 27 years of photography experience. The image quality is beyond expectation. The performance is much slower compared to current Nikon dSLR models, including much more affordable Nikon D70. However, I owned D70 for about 1 year and could not treat it as a “real camera” because both the resolution of D70 is lower than that of good scams from 35mm film and the dynamic range is not as good. The S3 Pro IS The Real Camera. In terms of color rendition and dynamic range, it OUTPERFORMS the latest 35mm professional slide film. At the beginning, I was not happy with resolution (I could not see visible advantage over 6Mp Nikon D70), but this was actually an issue of lenses used. At 12 Mp mode, images looked too “interpolated” (they ARE partially interpolated but do not confuse this with upscaling of 6Mp files to 12 Mp – the sensor does have more resolution than 6 Mp – please read reviews about Super CCD design elsewhere). This “insufficient resolution” feeling was a result of using medium-quality Nikkor 24-85mm lens. This lens is good at 6 Mp but in 12 Mp mode its resolution is not enough to take advantage of the whole resolution of the camera sensor. When I put on a 55mm Micro-Nikkor, the resolution became shocking great! I could not see interpolation at 100% crop of 12 Mp images! The in-camera JPEGs are great, “robust” and do not usually need postprocessing. I usually stick to “normal” color and “original” tone settings, which helps to preserve more information in different lighting settings but sometimes this results in need of slight fine-tuning of the contrast. If you don’t like postprocessing at all, use “standard” color AND “standard” tone instead. In most cases, images taken in this mode are almost perfect for printing right out of the camera. Downside: the camera performs relatively slow: if you take several shots in a row in RAW mode, the camera may be locked for half a minute (!) to write the files, and speed of reviewing the images is also awfully low. But I can easily accept these because the joy of having images of such high quality makes the incoveniences of slow performance insignificant for me.

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Fujifilm Finepix S700 7.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom


  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen; 10x optical zoom, 48x Total zoom
  • Movie mode at 30fps with sound in Motion JPEG (.AVI) format
  • Picture Stabilization mode; Mode Dial for ease of use
  • Compatible with SD and xD media cards

Fujifilm Finepix S700 7.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom

I cannot get this camera to focus properly – it is just off. I have tried the manual focus which is lame. It does not work. I have used the auto focus, and that is worse. The pictures (indoors with photo lights) are dark, and the colors are a bit off. Outdoors the auto setting works great. This camera needs a great deal of light to get the pictures to look like what you are shooting.As a photo enthusiast, this is my third Fuji upgrade. I have studied many other cameras but always go back to the Fuji brand. I definitely would recommend this camera. This camera would work best on a tripod all the time. The flash overexposes the photos. I bought this oversized camera believing it would do a better job then the more compact digital cameras. I was wrong. The Sony cybershot outdoes this camera and is more compact and lighter to carry. This camera does a good job in low light without a flash. The flash heavily distorts the colors. I haven’t found all the settings very helpful. You can pay half the price and get a more usable camera.that is very fast service. it was telling me about 2 or 3 weeks time. actually, it just be in my hand less a week. goodAfter 15 months and several thousand pictures I am very happy with my FPs700. I use it as a point and shoot camera (I have no special photography experience) but it has advanced features also. I was able to capture hundreds of photos of my dogs puppies. This gave me a great album of memories and also allowed me to upload photos to the internet to find them great homes. The camera has performed as expected and has shown me excelent results for my needs. I chose this larger camera to allow me to better to grip it. It looks and feels like a profesional camera. I have had great battery life. I am using Radio Shacks 1.2v, 2100mAh batteries I purchased with the camera. I very infrequently need to recharge them. I use the LCD display and very often the flash and have never had to change the batteries mid-shoot. I took action photos of the puppies that turned out great. The shoot speed (from shoot to shoot) is not too bad (about 2 secs with the flash). It also has a sequential shoot feature that works ok. I use a SanDisk 4gb SDHC card and use that to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer using the included software. Other photo software, like Picasa, works also. I find the resolution, using it as a point and shoot camera, to be adequate for my needs. The photos I take with the FPs700 is as good as any photo I took using various 35mm film cameras (only I can take hundreds of extra pictures with the digital camera). I can take clear pictures that can be zoomed to see more detail. I do have one problem; there is a spec of debris on the lense below the outer lense. This only shows up on dark backgrounds but it can be seen sometimes. There seems to be a gap between the outer lense and the lower assembly!? I have tried to get to the lower lense but have not been suscessful yet. I have always kept the lense cover handy but the design is just prone to this. I was very fortunate to have been able to purchase mine at Radio Shack for $170.00 March, 08′. A great price for a great camera. I personally would have to reconsider at $400.00 though. When I purchased my camera I was in the less that $200.00 range.

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