Fuji Photo Film USA today announced the availability of the FinePix S1 Pro Digital Camera, a professional single-lens reflex camera that uses Fuji's new Super CCD technology. Super CCD, which gathers more image information than conventional CCDs of the same sensor count, offers an increased signal to noise ratio, greater sensitivity and a wider dynamic range.
The FinePix S1 Pro has adjustable ISO equivalents of 320, 400, 800 and 1600, shutter speeds of 30 to 1/2000 second and continuous shooting of approximately 1.5 frames/second up to five frames. It also has a Nikon F lens mount, making the FinePix S1 Pro compatible with most Nikon series lenses.
The FinePix S1 Pro offers a variety of image capture controls. These include four shooting modes (single frame, continuous, preview and multiple exposure), five exposure modes (general-purpose program, auto-multi program, shutter-priority auto mode, aperture-priority auto mode and manual exposure control) and five variable program modes (portrait, landscape, closeup, sport and night scene). In addition, there are eight modes for white balance (auto, fine, shade, incandescent light, custom and three for fluorescent light.)
The FinePix S1 Pro has a 1.1" Super CCD with 3.4 million sensors. It can record images at three resolutions (3,040 x 2,016, 2,304 x 1,536 and 1,440 x 960) and in three file formats (TIFF-RBG, TIFF-YC and JPEG). There are three compression modes (fine, normal and basic) within the JPEG file format, and captured images can be viewed on the camera's 2" LCD.
In addition, the camera provides users with a number of removable storage options including SmartMedia (up to 64 MB), CompactFlash (Card Type II) and the IBM Microdrive.
The USB-compatible FinePix S1 Pro has dimensions of 5.8" x 4.9" x 3.1" and weighs 29 ounces. Packaged along with the camera are a CD-ROM with camera-shooting software, USB and video cables, a 16 MB SmartMedia storage card, four AA alkaline batteries for the image-handling system and two Lithium batteries for controlling the camera system.
The FinePix S1 Pro is available now for about $4,000. It's bundled with rebate coupons for Tamron Special Performance lenses. If purchased within 30 days of the final FinePix S1 Pro purchase receipt, buyers will receive a $200 rebate for Tamron's SP AF14 mm F/2.8 Aspherical Rectilinear, SP AF20-40 mm F2.7-3.5 Aspherical or SP AF28-105 mm F/2.8 LD Aspherical lens. There will be a $100 rebate for the purchase of the SP AF90 mm F/2.8 1:1 macro lens. The offer will end March 31, 2001. For more information visit http://www.fujifilm.com.
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