Updating the S7000 model, the advanced performance and compact design of the FinePix S20 Pro digital SLR-style camera promises to find use in a variety of professional applications--studio portrait and wedding photography to baby photos, school photos, and event photos. The camera has a 3.1-megapixel Super CCD SR sensor, which can produce a 6-megapixel image thanks to its innovative layout of paired photodiodes. It also features a 6x optical zoom, dual memory slots (for XD and CompactFlash cards), and manual focusing ring.
Optics and Resolution
The FinePix S20 Pro's Super CCD SR sensor uses 3.1 million S-pixels and 3.1 million R-pixels (for 6.2 million effective photodiodes) to deliver 6 million recorded pixels and noticeable image improvements to that of single-pixel cameras. The SR sensor's unique double photodiode design broadens tonal capability, from bright highlights to deep shadows. It produces the following resolution modes: 2832 x 2128, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, and 640 x 480.
It's fitted with a Super EBC Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera), and you also have the option of smooth digital zooming of up to 2.2x. In addition to the zoom button, you can manually control focal length by turning the zoom ring on the lens barrel, just as you would with a conventional SLR camera.
Fourth-Generation Super CCD SR
FujiFilm's Super CCD SR provides a truer representation of the actual subject being photographed, revealing highlight detail and offering a four-fold increase in dynamic range. By using an innovative layout of paired photodiodes--in a "honeycomb" pattern--the technology enables confident shooting in both bright and cloudy conditions. The Super CCD improves overall signal-to-noise ratio and offers a much wider dynamic range. It also combats the bleached-out effect created by flash photography and increases exposure latitude, a great advantage in difficult lighting conditions.
Movie Mode and Audio
In addition to still images, the FinePix S20 Pro can also capture high-quality, 30-fps (frames per second) video with audio at 640 x 480 and 320 x 240 pixel resolutions. Additionally, the FinePix S20 Pro's live video function enables you to view the subject on a monitor without having to rely on the LCD display or electronic viewfinder.
You can also record voice memos of up to 30 seconds and append them to images (in WAV format).
The FinePix S20 Pro's CCD RAW mode offers photographers the chance to save full image data uncompressed, guaranteeing every element of the captured file is ready for careful out-of-camera manipulation.
The FinePix S20 Pro lets you manually select ISO-equivalent sensitivity from 160 to 1600 (in 1280 x 960 pixel mode), just as you would choose film type depending on subject and shooting conditions.
Other features include:
- Hot Shoe, for studio or location photography requiring a more powerful external flash
- Cable release socket to prevent camera shake during long exposures, macro photography, etc.
- 1.8-inch low temperature polysilicon TFT (118,000 pixels)
- Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, and slow synchro modes
The FinePix S20 Pro is PictBridge compatible, which enables you to transfer pictures from your digital camera to your printer, without a PC or image-editing software. All PictBridge devices share three basic features: camera-to-printer connecting, single-image printing, and uniform error messages (in case something goes wrong)
Storage and Transfer
The FinePix S20 Pro offers a dual-media approach to storage: XD and CompactFlash Type II memory cards (offering compatibility with optional Microdrives, which can provide up to 1 GB of storage). It comes with a 16 MB XD card. It also incorporates dual PC connectivity, via super-fast USB 2.0 or IEEE 1394 (FireWire, also called i.Link).
Power and Size
The camera is powered by 4 AA batteries (alkalines included, rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). It measures 4.8 x 3.2 x 3.8 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 17.6 ounces (excluding battery and storage media).
What's in the Box
This package contains the FinePix S20 Pro digital camera, 16 MB XD memory card, 4 AA alkaline batteries, shoulder strap, lens cap, lens cap holder, synchro terminal cap, and USB, A/V, and FireWire cables. The included CD-ROM features FinePixViewer, ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix, and RAW File Converter LE software.