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Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro


Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro

Category: Prosumer - Advanced Amateur

The Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro is basically a Fujifilm S7000 with the Super CCD SR image sensor instead of the Super CCD HR. According to Fujifilm, the Super CCD SR image sensor promises greater dynamic range, permitting the capture of details in shadows and highlights at the same time!

What's so great and exciting about the Super CCD SR image sensor is that, unlike a standard image sensor where one photosensor at a photosite captures the light for one pixel, the Super CCD SR has two photosensors at one photosite to do the same job: one large photosensor (which Fujifilm calls high-sensitivity S-pixel) exposes for the shadows at that photosite; and a second, much smaller, photosensor (which Fujifilm calls low-sensitivity R-pixel) exposes for the highlights at the same photosite. Since the R-pixel has low sensitivity to light, it can tolerate highlights without "blowing them." Firmware then combines the signals obtained from the two photosensors to get the information (with greater dynamic range than only one photosensor could obtain) for that photosite. It's a great idea that promises to mimic the tonal characteristics of film.

Note that Fujifilm labels the image sensor in the S20 Pro as 6.2 effective megapixels (3.1 million S-pixels + 3.1 million R-pixels) though it would be probably more correct to view it as really 3.1 effective megapixels (the S-pixel photosensor and R-pixel photosensor at one photosite are capturing data for only one pixel). This gets further complicated in that due to the shape of the photosite (hexagonal), the combined data need to be interpolated and recorded as a 6 MP image. You can choose to either save images at the 6M resolution or downsampled to 3M. Best image quality seems to be at the 3M output setting.

Results show that the Super CCD SR does better than conventional CCDs to preserve details in highlights -- though not as dramatically as Fujifilm marketing would have us believe. This is because the data from the low-sensitivity R-pixel is not used unless the camera measures that there is substantial overexposed highlights in a large area of the image. Fujifilm provides a RAW Converter EX software that allows the photographer direct control over how much of the R-pixel data is to be used in the final image.

The Fujifilm S20 Pro has a 6x optical zoom Super EBC Fujinon lens, maximum aperture is F2.8 and shutter speed ranges from 30 sec. to an ultra fast 1/10,000 sec. (in Manual mode only). It has a high resolution EVF (electronic viewfinder) at 235,000 pixels, dual media slots for xD-Picture Card as well as IBM MicroDrive, a manual focus / zooming adjustment lens ring, a hot shoe mount, and the full range of exposure flexibility.

The Fujifilm S20 Pro promises ISO 1600 at 1MP resolution with minimal noise. It supports CCD-RAW and JPEG file formats and connects to a computer via USB 2 or FireWire. It only includes 4 AA alkaline batteries as standard, so do factor in the price of 2 AA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (2HR-3UF) and a battery charger (BK-NH/BK-NH2; In Canada: Item # 190930). Other optional accessories include an AC Power Adapter AC-5VH/5VHS, Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9B, and Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9B. An Adapter Ring AR-FX9 is required for attaching filters and conversion lenses.

The Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro should appeal to advanced amateur and prosumer photographers who desire an all-in-one advanced digital camera with that extra edge that the Super CCD SR image sensor provides.

Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro Home Page  
  Image Sensor 3.1 effective megapixels
1/1.7 in. Super CCD SR (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million)
  Lens Super EBC Fujinon  
  Focal Length 35-210mm, 35 mm equivalent  
  Aperture F2.8 - F11
13 steps in 1/3 increments
  Optical Zoom 6x  
  Macro Macro: 10 cm / 3.9 in.;
Super Macro: 1 cm / 0.4 in.
  Auto Focus
TTL contrast type
Manual Focus available
  Shutter Speed Auto, SP: 1/4-1/1,000 sec.
Night Scene Mode: 3-1/250 sec.
P/S/A: 3-1/1,000 sec.
Manual: 30-1/10,000 sec.
Bulb: up to 30 sec.
  Exposure Control Programmed AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Normal: Auto, Scene Position (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene), Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual;
Movie: 640x480 Motion JPEG with sound, 30fps;
Voice Memo (30 sec.);
Continuous: Top-10 (4.5 fps, up to 10 frames), Final-10 (4.5 fps, up to 10 frames), Long-Period (max. 1fps, up to 40 frames, only at 1/2/3M mode)
  Exposure Compensation Exposure Compensation available; Auto Exposure Bracketing  
  Light Metering 64-zone TTL metering-multi, spot, average  
  White Balance Automatic (AUTO, SP);
Manual: 9 positions selectable in P/S/A/M
  Viewfinder 0.44-inch (approx. 235,000 pixels) EVF, built-in diopter adjustment, approx. 100% coverage  
  LCD 1.8 in. low temperature polysilicon TFT (approx. 118K pixels), approx. 100% coverage  
  ISO Sensitivity
Auto: equivalent to ISO 160-800
Manual: equivalent to ISO 200, 400, 400, 800, 1600*
*only in 1M mode
  Storage Media xD-Picture Card (16 MB included) or IBM Microdrive  
  Battery 4 AA alkaline batteries (included), 4 AA type Ni-MH batteries or AC power adapter AC-5VH/AC-5VHS (optional)  
  Included Accessories
16MB xD-Picture Card
4 AA Alkaline Batteries
A/V Cable, USB 2.0 Cable, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Cable
Strap (Shoulder); Lens Cap
Software CD-ROM (Image Mixer VCD2, FinePix Viewer, RAW File Converter LE). In Canada: HS-V2 software with RAW Converter EX.
Note: Software offerred may differ depending on country.
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 121 x 81.5 x 97 mm /
4.8 x 3.2 x 3.8 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 500g / 17.6 oz.  
  MSRP US$799.99 / CAD$949  

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