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Old Nov 1, 2003, 4:02 AM   #1
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Default Anybody have any news about S3 release date?

Any S3 info....
I don't want to buy the S2 and haave the S3 come out next month
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Old Nov 1, 2003, 6:00 PM   #2
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where did you hear about the new S3 pro coming out?
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Old Nov 2, 2003, 4:35 AM   #3
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One thing I wonder about a future S3 camera from Fuji is whether it will retain the 3:2 aspect ratio and 1.5x FOV Super CCD, or if Fuji will join Olympus in the 4/3 format (after all it was one of the three companies that devised the 4/3 format), abandoning the Nikon bodies and creating one of their own - or possibly modifying an Olympus E-1 to their own specifications. Somehow I doubt Fuji would use the E-1 body, perhaps Kodak would be more inclined to do so with a future DCS camera.
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The best guess for a new S3 is maybe in the spring of 2004.

As for all the speculation about a new chip size or abandoning the Nikon mount, we will just have to wait and see. However, I tend to doubt they will abandon the Nikon mount, unless they want to alienate thier loyal S1/S2 users and the upgrade sales those users represent.

Personally I want a full frame CCD with at least 10MP and a much better body than the N80, maybe an F100 body.

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sepember of 2004
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If you go nto their web site you can see pictures of the S3. The website states catagorically that the camera is out - Although its certainly not available in the US.

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The camera is NOT out. What you are reading is promotional advertising. ie: PR

Maybe by September, but I wouldn't hold your breath. By now, it is pretty much an also ran, unless Fuji revamps the camera completely.

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The last word we had officially was "Fall 2004" - in the meantime here is the official press release info for the S3 Pro:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/fu..._s3pro_pr.html


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Old Jun 16, 2004, 9:59 AM   #9
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Hi Steve

You are apparently only a half step mahead of us in knowledge of this camera.

But I have one question you might be able to answer. I note that Fuji claims 12 Megs, BUT divides this up into two kinds of cells - 6 million, this, six million that (I forget the letter that they assign)

Do you have any idea what this is all about?

Is it a 12 meg camera or something else?

I ask because when the S2 came out Fuji initially claimed 12 Megs, but then acknowledged that this was interpolation. Is this another form or interpolation for the S3?

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The new Fuji SuperCCD SR (as it's called) has 6 million R photosites and 6 million R photosites. They are paired together and each pair is located under the same bayer filter color and microlens, so the CCD only records 6 million pixels of information, but with an R value and an S value for each pixel, which will allow them (hopefully) to get extended dynamic range. Whether this will translate into any additional resolution remains to be seen.

Here is a link (sorry Steve) for the Fuji announcement:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0301/03...superccdsr.asp

But basically, the S3 as currently advertised, will have the same image size, and probably resolution, as the current S2.

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