The FinePix S2 Pro is the second-generation professional-body SLR to feature FujiFilm's next generation Super-CCD sensor system for professional photography. The FinePix S2 offers a full feature set that's perfect for professional photographers, including a resolution of 6.17 million effective pixels and compatibility with Nikon F-mount lenses as well as a majority of Nikkor AF lenses.
Optics and Resolution
The 6.17 million effective pixels translate to 12 million recorded pixels (4,256 x 2,848), or a 4.5 MB file size, due to Fuji's Super CCD (see below for more info). The FinePix S2 Pro has a Nikon F mount and accepts every AF Nikkor and most manual AI or AI-S Nikkor lenses. In addition, the camera has shutter speeds of 30 seconds to 1/4,000 second, and continuous shooting of approximately 2 frames per second, up to a total of 7 frames. Its wide range of ISO equivalents of 100/160/200/400/800/1,600 allow for picture taking under a variety of challenging lighting conditions.
Fuji's Super CCD
Instead of conventional CCDs with square photodiodes and pixel arrangements, Fuji’s Super CCD has octagonal-shaped photodiodes and pixels situated on 45-degree angles. This "honeycomb" pattern increases sensitivity, allowing pixels to be efficiently packed at maximum density. The area of the photodiode in a half-inch Super CCD with 2 million pixels is about 1.6 times as large as the area offered in the conventional CCD with the same number of pixels. The Super CCD improves overall signal-to-noise ratio and offers a much wider dynamic range.
Storage and Transfer
The S2 Pro offers a dual-media approach to storage: SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II memory cards (offering compatibility with optional MicroDrive, which can provide up to 1 GB of storage). It also incorporates dual PC connectivity, via typical USB 1.1 or super-fast IEEE 1394 (FireWire).
The FinePix S2 Pro boasts a variety of controls, including four shooting modes (single frame, continuous, preview, and multiple exposure), four exposure modes (multi-programmed AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, and manual exposure) and five variable program modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sport, and night scene). In addition, there are nine modes for white balance (auto, fine, shade, incandescent light, two custom settings, and three for fluorescent light).
The sharp, bright 118,000 pixel, 1.8-inch LCD monitor provides image review and menu control display; a protective LCD cover is included.
Other features include:
Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by four AA batteries (alkalines included, but NiMH rechargeable recommended). It measures 5.6 by 5.2 by 3.1 inches and weighs 26.8 ounces. This package includes the FinePix S2 digital camera; four AA and two CR123 batteries; USB, FireWire, and AV cables; eyepiece cap, body cap, and LCD cover; and CD-ROM with FinePix viewer, Video Impression, Adobe PhotoShop Elements, and Raw File Converter LE.