Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Review

Overall 36
Imaging 9
Features 20
Size 68
Price 0

Main Features

  • 6.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 148 x 135 x 80 mm
  • Weight: 930 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Fujifilm S2 Pro.
  • Replaced by Fujifilm S5 Pro.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Summary

This review is devoted to FinePix S3 Pro that Fujifilm has first introduced to the public in Mar 16, 2005. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 6.0 MP and a APS-C (23 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Fujifilm developed this model to replace their older product S2 Pro and, after some time, Fujifilm has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one S2 Pro.

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #177 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1125 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.5
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2″
  • Continuous Shooting: No fps
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 346
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Dust Proof: No

Complete Comparison of Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has the following external dimensions 148 x 148 x 80 mm (58.27 x 53.15 x 31.5″) with the weight of 930 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 80mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro — 80 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro — 930 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Photo and Sensor Features

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro boasts of a resolution of 6.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23 x 15.5 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro features a 6.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 60 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

LCD and ViewFinder

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is equipped with a Fixed Type 2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 235k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in FinePix S3 Pro has quite nice characteristic. It provides a coverage of 94%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro are its fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

FinePix S3 Pro features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect FinePix S3 Pro to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the FinePix S3 Pro to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23 x 15.5 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(23 x 15.5 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (148 x 135 x 80 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro can be called a 88 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (148 x 135 x 80 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (346)

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (930 g)
  • Big size (148 x 135 x 80 mm)
  • Video is not available

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23 x 15.5 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.5)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (6 MP)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (346)

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Detailed Specs

General
Brand Fujifilm
Model FinePix S3 Pro
Announced Mar 16, 2005
Body Type Large SLR"
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2″
Screen Resolution 235k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 94%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 15
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 60
DxO Color Depth 20.9
DxO Dynamic Range 13.5
DxO Low Light ISO 346
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23 x 15.5 mm
Sensor Area 356.50 mm2
Sensor Resolution 6.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4256 x 2848
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 930 g
Physical Dimensions 148 x 135 x 80 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type xD Picture Card, Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage Slots 1

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