Fujifilm Finepix S2 Pro

The S2 Pro is a successor of the hugely acclaimed Fuji’s S1 Pro. The S2 Pro employs a 6.17 mega pixel SuperCCD III which has the ability to produce a magnificent 12 mega pixel image. The basic idea behind the S2 Pro is to further improve all the successful features present in the S1 Pro and also counter problems that might have occurred in the S1 Pro.

The working of the S2 Pro might remind you a lot about the N80 Nikon, based on which the S2 is built.  Having dimensions of 5.6 x 5.2 x 3.1 inches and weighing approximately 26.8 ounces without batteries and lenses. The S2 pro uses an array of Nikkor lenses in its Nikon “F” lens mount, something that would surely appeal to all Nikon fans.

The S2 Pro has an optical view finder which is used for taking pictures while the LCD screen which is basically there for image playback and viewing of menu. A sliding diopter adjustment control is present so that the focus of the viewfinder can be adjusted to accommodate eyeglass wearers. Information such as focus area indicators, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, metering, AE lock, exposure and flash compensation, frame counter, ready light, and five sets of focus brackets are displayed in the view finder. One can also make use alignment grid which helps while taking shots from difficult angles. The LCD screen is used to display previously captured images and related information such as image file number, date and time of capture, image compression level and resolution, white balance setting, shutter speed and aperture, ISO, and the settings for color, tone, and sharpening.

The S2 Pro shows good picture quality and following its predecessor’s footsteps provides natural and vibrant colours. The resolution provided by the S2 surprisingly better than most its competitors would provide. Low lighting conditions are well handled by the S2 Pro and because it dose not make use of the “dark frame” noise reduction approach thus the delay between successive shots are less.

The S2 has three focus control modes which include Single Servo, Continuous Servo and Manual mode. In Single Servo the focus is set just once, whenever the Shutter button is pressed halfway. In Continuous Servo mode the focus is adjusted continuously until the shutter button is pressed. While Manual Mode allows the photographer have complete control over the focus. To assist the photographer a focus indicator does appear in the form of a green dot, on the left-hand side of the viewfinder readout letting the photographer know the camera’s idea of the focus being perfect at which instance of time.

The various exposure modes available are Full Auto, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual modes. The aperture varies on the lens being used while the shutter speed has a range between 30 to 1/4,000 seconds. The manual exposure mode allows the photographer have complete control over the aperture and the shutter speed. The various ISO sensitivities present in S2 Pro is 100, 160, 200, 400, 800, and 1600. The images using various ISO settings are decent although the image noise becomes a factor when an ISO setting higher than ISO 400 is used. The various White balance options include Auto, Incandescent, Sunny, Shade, Fluorescent and two separate Custom settings. The S2 Pro has a pop up built-in flash and if more light is required then a hot shoe is also present to connect an external flash unit.

The S2 Pro takes 1.3 seconds to start up. It can store images in four resolutions which are 4256×2848, 3024 x 2016, 2304 x 1536 and 1440 x 960. Compact Flash Type I and II or Smart Media memory cards can be used to increase the storage space of the S2 Pro. The camera can also be connected to a computer by the help of USB and FireWire computer interface ports. The S2 Pro requires 4 AA batteries to work with.

The S2 Pro is surely a worthy successor to the hugely successful S1 Pro. Anyone looking for a camera with good picture resolution and intricate detailing of various objects the S2 Pro is surely one you want to have a look at or should I say have a look through.

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