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Taking pictures with this digital camera is very easy, and the results are excellent. You can point and shoot it while using one of several program modes, choose aperture- or shutter-priority mode, or use fully manual settings. The S1 Pro is Fujifilm's first professional digital SLR. Built on a modified Nikon N60 body, it has a Nikon F lens mount that makes it compatible with AF and AI-P series Nikon lenses, as well as various after-market lenses. Compared to other Nikon-based pro cameras, such as the Kodak DCS 330 and DCS 620x, the S1 Pro is a bit shy on advanced features. For example, it lacks auto-bracketing and auto flash-exposure compensation settings. The features this camera has, however, you'll find readily accessible -- more so than those of the Kodaks. The S1 Pro's menus display on a bright color LCD display and a smaller, monochrome LCD screen; the larger screen also provides a means for viewing images and exposure information when not showing the camera's menu. Overall Fujifilm's menu system just seemed more intuitive to us than Kodak's. All camera controls on the lightweight body are well placed and logically grouped. This smart design reduces the camera's learning curve. My greatest complaint about the physical design of the S1 Pro is that the latch feels as though it might snap off in a moment of hurry or carelessness - especially a drawback in a professional product. It has a 16MB SmartMedia card, USB cable, and AC adapter come with the camera. The 16MB card can hold a maximum of 82 images at the camera's lowest resolution settings, it's too small to hold even one image in the camera's best mode. Luckily, the S1 Pro can also use more capacious SmartMedia cards, IBM Microdrives, and CompactFlash media. I recommend this model to anyone who has the enough money to spend on a digital camera because its priced at around £1500.
Definitely a camera for those with a bit more cash and looking for an SLR Nikon bodied camera. You buy the camera with no lens but then Fuji assume you have Nikon Lenses to fit. It also comes with no memory card and you will probably need something large like an IBM Micro Drive It is a 6 Mega Pixel output which means huge prints and has every manual control of any good SLR. Unlike the Nikon D1 it comes with all the cables and some seriously useful camera control software. All in all an affordable solution to those wishing to switch to digital from their existing SLR. There are many different 'kits' available. Keep your eye on content and price and shop for the best buy.
Early in 2000 Nikon introduced the D1 digital camera and the world of professional digicams would never be the same. Before the D1 came on the scene only working photojournalists or the rich and famous could afford the benefits of a high performance SLR digital camera. Fuji Photo Film now makes it more affordable than ever to get into professional digital photography by merging Fujifilm's Super CCD image sensor technology with Nikon's N60 SLR camera to create the FinePix S1 Pro. This camera uses a Nikon F lens mount so photographers with a substantial investment in Nikkor lenses can make the move to digital as economically as possible. A shrewd move by Fuji ( how many commercial photo journalists already have NIKON lenses in their bag, eh ?) The S1 Pro will be available by the end of August 2000, but as a dealer myself, i have found there to be a long waiting list. A strong alternative to the Niokn D1.