Fujifilm S3 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro front

Fujifilm S3 Pro summary

Fujifilm S3 Pro is FujiFilm's Pro DSLR digital camera initially released on March of 2005. It includes a 6 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4256 x 2848.

FujiFilm brought out this model to update the older Fujifilm S2 Pro (Read Full Comparison) & then brought out the more recent Fujifilm S5 Pro (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to replace this camera.

The Fujifilm S3 Pro places at #25 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & over-all #607 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should test our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm S3 Pro history

The Fujifilm S3 Pro is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S3-Pro front thumbnailFujifilm S3 Pro6MPAPS-Cn/a fps2005

Fujifilm S3 Pro Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Fujifilm S3 Pro based on features that are normally considered crucial in a digital camera.

change lenses (Nikon F mount)
comes with Top screen
flash built-in
great minimum ISO (100)
has manual focus
has phase detect autofocus
lighter than others in class (930 grams)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
does not have liveview
low MP (6 megapixels)
no articulating screen
no external microphone support
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no image stabilization
no Timelapse recording
no video
screen has low resolution (235 k dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is small (2")
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Fujifilm S3 Pro Sensor specifications

The sensor dimension on the Fujifilm S3 Pro is 23mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 357 mm² sensor is able to capture 4256 x 2848 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 6 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the Fujifilm S3 Pro's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm S3 Pro sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is pointed out in green.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm S3 Pro dimensions

Fujifilm S3 Pro weighs 2.05 lbs (930g or 32.80 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 148mm x 135mm x 80mm (5.8" x 5.3" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g and the Fujifilm S3 Pro is less heavy compared with other rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Fujifilm S3 Pro beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the Fujifilm S3 Pro.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro topview buttons dials

Fujifilm S3 Pro Lens specifications

The Fujifilm S3 Pro works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to select from. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the Fujifilm S3 Pro.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Zeiss-Milvus-25mm-F1.4-Nikon-F-FX lensZeiss Milvus 25mm F1.425mmf/1.41225g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-85mm-f1.8G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.8G85mmf/1.8 350g
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Tamron-AF-28-200mm-F3.8-5.6-XR-Di-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron AF 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical IF Macro28-200mmf/3.8-5.6 354g
Sigma-8-16mm-F4.5-5.6-DC-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM8-16mmf/4.5-5.6 555g
Sigma-30mm-F1.4-EX-DC-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM30mmf/1.4 430g
Tamron-AF-18-270mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-LD-Aspherical-IF-MACRO-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF MACRO18-270mmf/3.5-6.3 560g
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Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-55-200mm-f4-5.6G-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 335g
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Fujifilm S3 Pro Connectivity

The Fujifilm S3 Pro has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy images and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

Photography Glossary

Fujifilm S3 Pro Video specifications

Fujifilm S3 Pro does not capture video. If you are looking for a digital camera to take only images, this might not be an issue.

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Fujifilm S3 Pro Weather Sealing

Fujifilm S3 Pro has got weather proofing making it a very good candidate for use during tough environments. This can be particularly useful if you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Fujifilm S3 Pro Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm S3 Pro includes a 2" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 235k dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen. The Fujifilm S3 Pro also has a Top screen so that you can instantly see camera settings.

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The View Finder specifications for Fujifilm S3 Pro are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 94 percent

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be pretty valuable.

Fujifilm S3 Pro Shutter specifications

The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Fujifilm S3 Pro Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Fujifilm S3 Pro has both built-in flash along with external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/180 seconds.

Fujifilm S3 Pro Autofocusing specifications

Fujifilm S3 Pro has both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and exact compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Fujifilm S3 Pro boasts manual focusing when needed during low light or you need more precise control on focusing.

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Fujifilm S3 Pro Battery life

The usual Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X features the maximum (4400) battery life within this category of cameras.

Following is a number of Pro DSLR cameras that have the highest battery life:

Fujifilm S3 Pro for various forms of photography

The following graph shows a rundown of the Fujifilm S3 Pro for various forms of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Fujifilm S3 Pro Portrait photography information

The Fujifilm S3 Pro gets a score of 50 which is average, meaning that it is fairly suitable to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos in addition to the flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview feature
low megapixels (6MP)

Fujifilm S3 Pro Street photography highlights

Getting a moderate points total of 56, the Fujifilm S3 Pro is relatively acceptable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
lighter than competition in class (930g)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization

Fujifilm S3 Pro Sports photography features

A reasonable sports photography rating of 47 indicates the Fujifilm S3 Pro is reasonably adequate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
low MP (6MP)

Travel photography with Fujifilm S3 Pro

Size is pretty critical in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Fujifilm S3 Pro gets a reasonable 50 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat suitable to take on your vacations.

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lighter than competition (930g)
weather sealing
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
low MP (6 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen

Fujifilm S3 Pro Landscape photography details

In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm S3 Pro and it's moderate rating of 48 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate compared to its competition.

Photography Glossary
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
small screen (2")
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (6 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm S3 Pro Vlogging features

A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Fujifilm S3 Pro is just not suitable for vlogging as it receives a really bad rating of 9.

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no video shooting

Fujifilm S3 Pro Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the Fujifilm S3 Pro, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Pro DSLR.

The graph just below shows you a bird's eye view of the Fujifilm S3 Pro vs it's top scored rivals listed above.

There are more cameras you may view as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Physical type
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23 x 15.5mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
4256 x 2848
RAW format
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mount type
Nikon F
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
235k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
94 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
15.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Max video resolution
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
930g (2.05 pounds)
148 x 135 x 80mm (5.8" x 5.3" x 3.1")
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 2 or 100 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
xD Picture Card, Compact Flash Type I or II
Card slots
Launch pricing