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FujiFilm FinePix S3 Pro Owner's Manual

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  • Page 1 OWNER’S MANUAL This manual will show you how to use your FUJIFILM DIGITAL CAMERA FinePix S3 Pro correctly. Please follow the instructions carefully. Getting Ready Basic Photography Advanced Photography Advanced Features Playback Settings Connection BL00430-201 ( 1 )
  • Page 2: Warning

    To comply with Part 15 of the FCC rules, this product must be CAUTION used with a Fujifilm-specified ferrite-core video cable, IEEE 1394 This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the cable, USB cable and DC supply cord.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Warning ... 2 Top display panel ... 12 EC Declaration of Conformity ... 3 LCD monitor ... 12 Preface ... 7 Rear display panel ... 13 Accessories included ... 8 Viewfinder display ... 15 Camera parts and features ... 9 1 Getting Ready ATTACHING THE STRAP ...
  • Page 4 ■ Exif Print (Exif ver. 2.2) quantities of water and induce vomiting. Then seek medical assistance. Exif Print Format is a newly revised digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information ■ Notes on Electrical Interference for optimal printing.
  • Page 5 Accessories included h AA-size Ni-MH Batteries (HR-AA) (4) h Camera body cap (1) Fitted on the camera body h Battery charger BCH-NH2 (1) h Video cable (1) ✽Plug-in and cord-attached types are provided (approx. 1.5 m (4.9ft.), mini-plug (3.5 mm-dia.) to depending on the intended country of use.
  • Page 6 Camera parts and features Diopter adjustment knob Rubber eyecup Viewfinder F4 button F3 button F2 button F1 button Synchro mode button (P.68) Auto Exposure Bracketing button (P.64) Rear display panel (P.14) FUNC button (P.76, 84) PLAY button (P.43) LCD monitor (P.12) Tripod mount Access lamp...
  • Page 7: Top Display Panel

    Camera parts and features Top display panel Shutter speed / Exposure compensation value Flash exposure compensation (P.73) Exposure compensation (P.63) Flexible Program (P.56) Flash synchro mode (P.68) Auto Exposure Bracketing (P.64) ● The LCD used in the top display panel will turn dark at high temperatures and will respond a little more slowly at low temperatures.
  • Page 8: Viewfinder Display

    ◆ About Advanced Focusing Screen Display The new Advanced Focusing Screen Display of the FinePix S3 Pro employs the convenient Vari-Brite Focus Area display system; it enables clear display of the focus brackets at the selected focus area in the viewfinder for easy identification. When the finder image is bright, the focus brackets are displayed in black and when the finder image is dark, the focus brackets are momentarily illuminated in red.
  • Page 9: Attaching The Strap

    ATTACHING THE STRAP Getting Ready Pass one end of the strap through the strap mount on the camera body. Pass the end of the strap through the fastener A and B as shown in the figure. Fastener B Fastener A Adjust the strap length.
  • Page 10: Metering Systems

    MOUNTING THE CAMERA LENS Using CPU Nikkor lenses other than G-type lenses Set the aperture ring to the minimum aperture. Lock the aperture ring. If you turn the camera on without first selecting the minimum aperture (the aperture setting with the largest number), “ flashes on the top display panel and in the viewfinder, and the shutter will not operate.
  • Page 11: Charging The Batteries

    ◆ Nikkor lenses/accessories that cannot be attached to the FinePix S3 Pro The following Nikkor lenses/accessories cannot be attached to the FinePix S3 Pro (otherwise camera body or lens may be damaged): h TC-16A Teleconverter h Non-AI lenses h 400mm f/4.5, 600 mm f/5.6, 800 mm f/8 and 1200 mm f/11 with Focusing Unit AU-1...
  • Page 12: Loading The Batteries

    LOADING THE BATTERIES Compatible Batteries h AA-size Ni-MH batteries (HR-AA) (4) ◆ ◆ How to use the battery h Use only Ni-MH (nickel-metal hydride) batteries. h Never use the following types of batteries, as they could cause serious problems such as battery fluid leakage or overheating: 1.
  • Page 13: Inserting The Media

    If an xD-Picture Card and a CF/Microdrive are inserted at the same time, images will be recorded onto the media selected as the “MEDIA” (➡P.102). h Data cannot be copied between the two media types on the FinePix S3 Pro. Set the Power switch to “OFF” and check that the Access lamp access lamp is off.
  • Page 14: Turning On And Off / Setting The Date And Time

    TURNING ON AND OFF / SETTING THE DATE AND TIME To turn the camera on, set the Power switch to “ON”. To turn the camera off, set the Power switch to “OFF”. After purchasing the camera, first time when turning camera on, the date and time are cleared. Press the “MENU/OK”...
  • Page 15: Selecting The Language

    SELECTING THE LANGUAGE 1 Turn the camera on. 2 Press the “MENU/OK” button to display the SET- UP screen. 1 The “SET-UP” screen appears. Press “d” or “c” to move to option 4 and then press “a” or “b” to select “...
  • Page 16: Basic Operation Guide

    Basic BASIC OPERATION GUIDE Photography xAccessory shoe Mount an external flash here. xPower switch Turns the camera on and off. xFocus mode selector switch Selects AF-S (Single-AF servo), AF-C (Continuous-AF servo) or M (Manual) as the focus mode. xExposure mode dial xRelease mode Allows you to select the exposure mode, the custom settings and...
  • Page 17 2Setting selection : ab 3Confirmation : MENU/OK Cancel : BACK Command dials The FinePix S3 Pro’s Main- and Sub-command dials are used alone or in combination with other buttons to select/set various functions or modes. x4-direction button Use this button to select menu options or the focus area.
  • Page 18 TAKING PICTURES ( P Auto-Multi Program ) Set the focus mode selector switch to “S” (Single- AF Servo). ● Make sure to turn the focus mode selector switch until it clicks into position. 1Press the “FUNC” button to display the AF setting on the rear display panel.
  • Page 19: Number Of Available Shots

    TAKING PICTURES ( P Auto-Multi Program ) Press the shutter button down halfway to focus the shot. The focus indicator “● ” appears in the viewfinder display. ● If the focus indicator is flashing, the camera cannot focus and the shutter will not release. Without releasing the shutter button, press it down all the way (fully pressed) to take the shot.
  • Page 20: Af-assist Illuminator

    AF-ASSIST ILLUMINATOR When the subject is dark and the shutter button is pressed down halfway, the camera’s AF-assist illuminator automatically turns on and enables autofocus operation in a dark environment. AF-assist illuminator automatically turns on in the following situations: Focus mode is Single AF servo, AF Nikkor lens is used, subject is dark and center focus area is selected or Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority is activated.
  • Page 21: Using Af Lock

    USING AF LOCK If you take a shot with this type of composition using Single-area AF with the focus area in the center, the subjects (the two people in this case) are outside the focus area and will not be in focus. Move the camera slightly so that one of the subjects is in the AF frame.
  • Page 22: Depth Of Field Check Button

    ◆ Still images viewable on the FinePix S3 Pro This camera will display still images recorded on the FinePix S3 Pro or still images (excluding some uncompressed images) recorded on any FUJIFILM digital camera that supports xD-Picture Cards or CF/Microdrives.
  • Page 23: Playback Zoom

    VIEWING THE IMAGES ( w PLAYBACK ) PLAYBACK MODE Playback zoom Press the “a” or “b” during single-frame playback to zoom (enlarge) the still image. A zoom bar appears. Press the “BACK” button to return to single-frame playback. Zoom bar PANNING...
  • Page 24: Selecting The Af Area Mode

    SELECTING THE FOCUS MODE FOCUS SETTINGS Use the focus mode selector switch to select the focus mode. AF-S AF-C ■ Focus modes AF-S AF-C (S: Single-AF servo) (C: Continuous-AF servo) Features Focus priority mode. The Release priority mode. The shutter will only release if the shutter will release even if the focus indicator...
  • Page 25: Selecting The Focus Area

    SELECTING THE FOCUS AREA FOCUS SETTINGS Unlock the 4-direction button. 1 Press “d”, “c”, “a” or “b” to select the focus area. 2 Once you have specified the focus area, lock the 4-direction button to prevent accidental improper use. h The specified focus area is automatically illuminated in red according to the brightness of the subject.
  • Page 26: Continuous Shooting

    , SINGLE-FRAME / RELEASE MODES . CONTINUOUS SHOOTING The release mode is normally set to Single-frame. Set the release mode to Continuous Shooting to take sequential shots of moving subjects or to take a series of shots using Auto Exposure Bracketing.
  • Page 27: Multiple Exposure

    p MULTIPLE EXPOSURE RELEASE MODES This is a photography technique that allows you overlay photographed images on top of each other. You can use this technique to compose shots that cannot be obtained normally. Hold down the release mode switch unlock button and set the release mode switch to “...
  • Page 28: Matrix (10-segment) Metering

    METERING SYSTEMS Normally, the Matrix metering system will provide the optimum exposure for your shot. However, you can choose from 3 metering modes for shots where you want to select a different exposure level (AE lock or exposure compensation) or for particular scenes (such as backlit shots or shots with very strong contrast).
  • Page 29: Exposure Modes

    P AUTO-MULTI PROGRAM EXPOSURE MODES This mode automatically controls the shutter speed and aperture setting to give the optimum exposure for the photography conditions. This mode is useful when you want to be able to take pictures quickly and easily to take advantage of snapshot opportunities. Set the Exposure mode dial to “P”.
  • Page 30: S Shutter-priority Auto

    S SHUTTER-PRIORITY AUTO EXPOSURE MODES In this mode, the photographer sets the shutter speed (1/4000 sec. to 30 sec.) and the camera automatically controls the aperture setting. This mode is best when the shutter speed takes priority, such as shots where a fast shutter speed is used to freeze the action or a slow shutter speed is used to convey the sense of movement.
  • Page 31: M Manual

    M MANUAL EXPOSURE MODES In this mode, the photographer is free to set any shutter speed (1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. or “ or aperture setting (narrowest aperture to widest aperture). This allows the photographer to determine the exposure to suit the conditions and the desired effect while watching the in the viewfinder.
  • Page 32: Exposure Compensation

    M MANUAL EXPOSURE MODES Set the Exposure mode dial to “M”. h Bulb photography can only be used in Manual exposure mode. h A tripod should be used for bulb photography. 1 Use the Main-command dial to set the shutter speed to “...
  • Page 33: Auto Exposure Bracketing

    c AUTO EXPOSURE BRACKETING Use auto exposure bracketing when you want to take the same shot with different exposure settings. Using the correct exposure setting displayed by the camera (the value set in “M” exposure mode) as a reference, the camera can automatically offset the exposure by a set value (up to ±2 EV steps without exposure compensation) in either direction.
  • Page 34: Flash Photography

    Increase the ISO setting. The built-in flash for FinePix S3 Pro camera covers the field of view of a 20 mm lens. It has a guide number of 12 (ISO 100-m) and is controlled using the dedicated TTL mode (D-TTL mode) that controls the monitor brightness.
  • Page 35: Synchro Modes And Their Features

    SYNCHRO MODES AND THEIR FEATURES FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY You can select any of 5 modes to suit the type of shot and the desired effect. 1 Press the flash pop-up button to pop up the flash. 2 Hold down the “ 3 Turn the Main-command dial to select the synchro mode.
  • Page 36: Taking Pictures Using The Built-in Flash

    FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY TAKING PICTURES USING THE BUILT-IN FLASH Operation described in this section applies when the built-in flash and D- or G-type AF Nikkor are attached. Set the metering system selector dial to “Matrix Center-weighted metering metering” or “Center-weighted metering”. ●...
  • Page 37: Lenses That Can Be Used With The Built-in Flash

    FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY LENSES THAT CAN BE USED WITH THE BUILT-IN FLASH ■ Usable lenses with built-in flash h 20 mm to 300 mm CPU lenses can be used with the built-in flash. h To prevent vignetting, remove the lens hood when using the flash. h The built-in flash cannot be used at shooting distance less than 0.6 m (2.0 ft.).
  • Page 38: Nikon Flash Units That Can Be Used

    An optional flash, i.e. SB-80DX, 800, 600, 50DX, 27, 23, 22s or 29s can be attached directly to the ✽7 To use AF mode or M mode with the accessory shoe of the FinePix S3 Pro camera without a cord. This accessory shoe is equipped with SB-11 or SB-14, use the SU-2 on the a safetylock which prevents accidental drop when a flash with a safety-lock pin (i.e.
  • Page 39: Photography Function Menu

    PHOTOGRAPHY FUNCTION MENU USING THE FUNCTION MENU WHEN TAKING PICTURES You can use the Function menu to change the quality settings (White Balance, Quality, Resolution, Film simulation, Dynamic range, Color, Tone, Sharpness) of saved images and the AF area settings. Turn the camera on and set the camera to Photography mode.
  • Page 40: Quality

    PHOTOGRAPHY FUNCTION MENU QUALITY / RECORDED PIXELS / FILM SIMULATION ISO200 ISO200 09 / 23 / 2004 09 / 23 / 2004 10 : 00 AM 10 : 00 AM Press the “FUNC” button to switch between functions. Quality Recorded pixels QUALITY Sets the quality of the photographed image.
  • Page 41: Color

    PHOTOGRAPHY FUNCTION MENU DYNAMIC RANGE / COLOR / TONE / SHARPNESS ISO200 09 / 23 / 2004 10 : 00 AM Press the “FUNC” button to switch between functions. Dynamic range Color Tone DYNAMIC RANGE Sets the dynamic range used for photographed images. h Factory default setting: AUTO Display...
  • Page 42: Function Lock

    PHOTOGRAPHY FUNCTION MENU AF AREA / FUNCTION LOCK / FUNCTION RESET Press the “FUNC” button to switch between functions. AF area Function lock AF AREA Auto Focus provides two AF modes. In Single-area AF mode, the shot is focused using the selected focus area, while in Dynamic AF mode, multiple focus areas are used to set the focus.
  • Page 43: Playback Function Menu

    PLAYBACK FUNCTION MENU Advanced USING THE FUNCTION MENU Features Playback You can use this menu to work with a displayed image (histogram display, erase, protect) and switch between multi-frame and single-frame playback. Turn the camera on and press the “PLAY” button to select Playback mode. If the Auto Power Off function has turned the camera off, press the shutter button down halfway to turn it back The functions change each time the “FUNC”...
  • Page 44: Erasing Single-frame

    ERASING SINGLE-FRAME PLAYBACK FUNCTION MENU Unlock the 4-direction button. Erased frames (files) cannot be recovered. Back up important frames (files) onto your computer or another media. Press the “F2” button to display the erase confirmation screen. 100-0001 ● If “ ”...
  • Page 45: Single-frame

    MULTI-FRAME PLAYBACK PLAYBACK FUNCTION MENU Unlock the 4-direction button. Press the “F4” button. Single-frame 100-0001 playback Multi-frame playback ● If “ ” does not appear on the rear display panel, press the “FUNC” button to change the screen. Press “d”, “c”, “a” or “b” to move the cursor (the orange frame) and select a frame.
  • Page 46: Protecting Images: Set All / Reset All

    o ERASING ALL FRAMES PLAYBACK MENU ALL FRAMES ALL FRAMES ALL FRAMES Pressing the “MENU/OK” button erases all the frames (files).  ERASE ALL OK? ERASE ALL OK? IT MAY TAKE A WHILE IT MAY TAKE A WHILE  CANCEL CANCEL YES YES ● Protected frames (files) cannot be erased. Unprotect the frames (files) before erasing them (➡P.87). If “...
  • Page 47: How To Specify Print Options (dpof)

    DPOF stands for Digital Print Order Format and refers to a format that is used for recording printing specifications for images shot using a digital camera on media such as an xD-Picture Card and CF/Microdrive. The recorded specifications include information on which frames are to be printed.
  • Page 48: Dpof Set Frame

    u DPOF SET FRAME PLAYBACK MENU 1 Press the “PLAY” button to select Playback mode. 2 Unlock the 4-direction button. 3 Press the “MENU/OK” button to display the menu screen. Press “d” or “c” to select “ DPOF DPOF RESET ALL RESET ALL...
  • Page 49: Dpof (reset All)

    u DPOF ( RESET ALL ) PLAYBACK MENU 1 Press the “PLAY” button to select Playback mode. 2 Unlock the 4-direction button. 3 Press the “MENU/OK” button to display the menu screen. 1 Press “d” or “c” to select “ Press “a”...
  • Page 50: Trimming

    ] TRIMMING PLAYBACK MENU 1 Press the “PLAY” button to select Playback mode. 2 Unlock the 4-direction button. 3 Press the “MENU/OK” button to display the menu screen. 1 Press “d” or “c” to select “ 2 Press the “MENU/OK” button. TRIMMING...
  • Page 51: Lcd Brightness

    = LCD BRIGHTNESS PLAYBACK MENU 1 Press the “PLAY” button to select Playback mode. 2 Unlock the 4-direction button. 1 Press the “MENU/OK” button to display the menu screen. 2 Press “d ” or “c ” to select “ BRIGHTNESS. MONITOR BRIGHTNESS...
  • Page 52: Set-up Menu Options

    SET-UP ✽ How to display the SET-UP menu (➡P.101) ■ SET-UP menu options Settings Display Factory default Specifies whether the preview images (the photographed IMAGE DISP. OFF/ON/PREVIEW image) is displayed after taking a picture. Use this setting to specify an the correct white balance CUSTOM WB —...
  • Page 53: Setting The Custom Wb

    CANCEL CANCEL SET SET STANDARD: The dynamic range is 100%, as on the previous digital camera (FinePix S2 Pro), but the continuous shooting speed and the number of continuous shots available are increased for easier shooting. measured...
  • Page 54: Auto Rotate

    SET-UP ✽ How to display the SET-UP menu (➡P.101) AUTO ROTATE Detects whether the camera is used horizontally or SET−UP SET−UP vertically so that images are automatically rotated when opened in the optional dedicated software, AUTO ROTATE      ON AUTO ROTATE      O Hyper-Utility Software HS-V2 Ver. 3.0. MEDIA           :...
  • Page 55: Live Image

    SET-UP ✽ How to display the SET-UP menu (➡P.101) LIVE IMAGE To manually focus the image more sharply or to SET−UP SET−UP check the image, you can view the image in black and white on the LCD monitor while adjusting the RESET          :O...
  • Page 56: Cancelling Custom Settings

    CUSTOM SETTING ( CSM ) The custom settings allow to modify camera functions such as how information is displayed in the viewfinder and which functions are assigned to which buttons. Set the Exposure mode dial to “CSM”. 1 Turn the Main-command dial to select an option. CUSTOM SETTING...
  • Page 57: Connecting To A Tv

    AC power adapter connector into the “DC IN 5V” socket. Then plug the AC power adapter into a power outlet. ● Use only the FUJIFILM products listed above. ● See P.130 for notes on using the AC power adapter. ●...
  • Page 58: Connecting To A Computer

    ✓ IEEE 1394 ✓ ✽1 Contact Apple Computers ( for information on software updates. ✽2 Versions 10.2.6 to 10.3.5 as at November 2004. Refer to the FUJIFILM website for information on supported operating systems. IEEE 1394 photography function For information on taking pictures using IEEE 1394, refer to the Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 Ver.3.0 (or later) Quick Start Guide.
  • Page 59: Disconnecting The Camera

    CONNECTING TO A COMPUTER Disconnecting the camera Quit all applications (FinePixViewer etc.) that are using the camera. Perform the steps shown below before you turn the camera off. This procedure differs depending on the operating system software (or PC) you are using. Check that the access lamp is off (no data is being exchanged with the computer).
  • Page 60 To use DPOF printing, the DPOF settings must be specified PRINT PRINT DPOF DPOF on FinePix S3 Pro beforehand (➡P.94). ● Even when “WITH DATE” is specified in the DPOF settings, the date is not inserted on printers that do not support date SET...
  • Page 61: Disconnecting The Printer

    (mini-B) DC IN 5V socket System Expansion Options eBy using the FinePix S3 Pro together with other optional FUJIFILM products, your system can be expanded to fill a wide range of uses. ■ Image input/output to the PC FinePix S3 Pro...
  • Page 62: Accessories Guide

    (16-bit/8-bit TIFF or Exif JPEG). h Allows images shot on a FinePix S3 Pro to be downloaded directly to a PC without using a recording media by connecting the camera to the PC’s IEEE 1394 interface (Photography function).
  • Page 63: Notes On Using Your Camera Correctly

    ■ Notes on Immersion in Water or Sand The FinePix S3 Pro is particularly adversely affected by water and sand. When you are at the beach or close to water, ensure that the camera is not exposed to water or sand. Take care also not to place the camera on a wet surface.
  • Page 64 Take great care to avoid scratching or damaging the CCD during cleaning, as you will be responsible for the possibly high cost of repairs (or replacement) by an authorized FUJIFILM dealer. Check whether the dust has been removed from the CCD surface.
  • Page 65: Notes On The Power Supply

    Then wipe the other side of the Sensor swab across the full width of the CCD from left to right once more. Do not reuse Sensor swabs. If this does not remove the soiling, repeat steps authorized FUJIFILM dealer. Turn the camera off and mount the lens or body cap on the camera.
  • Page 66 Save your important data to another media (i.e., MO Card types approved for use with the FinePix S3 Pro disk, CD-R, hard disk, etc.). are listed on the FUJIFILM website.
  • Page 67 In certain cases, due to static electricity or poorly loaded batteries, the FinePix S3 Pro microcomputer may turn the camera off, even with fresh, properly installed batteries. For the same reason, the operation of camera may not advance properly during either “USB mode”...
  • Page 68 This message appears when printing is Displayed for PictBridge. performed from a FUJIFILM printer that supports PictBridge. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for the printer for details. An attempt was made to use DPOF DPOF printing cannot be used with RAW printing for a RAW image file.
  • Page 69 Troubleshooting eIf you think the camera is faulty, check the following once more. Troubleshooting Possible causes The camera won’t turn i The batteries are exhausted. i The batteries are loaded the wrong way round. i The AC power adapter is not connected correctly.
  • Page 70: Specifications

    Optional accessories See P.122-123 ✽1: CCD-RAW is a format specific to the FinePix S3 Pro. The enclosed “FinePixViewer” software or the optional Hyper-Utility software “HS-V2 Ver. 3.0” is required to interpret the images. ✽2: Images shot in high-sensitivity photography (ISO 400 or higher) may appear coarse and may also be affected by noise such as white dots.
  • Page 71: Explanation Of Terms

    This adjustment is called matching the white balance. Exif Print Format is a newly revised digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
  • Page 72 This could cause a fire or electric shock. The charger is designed for Fujifilm HR- Do not cover or wrap the camera or AA Ni-MH batteries. Using the charger the AC power adapter in a cloth or to charge conventional batteries or blanket.
  • Page 73 26 - 30, Nishiazabu 2 - chome, Minato - ku, Tokyo 106 - 8620, Japan Printed on recycled paper. FGS - 406110 - FG Printed in Japan...

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