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By Mike Collins and Jonas Bugatsch
Editors@digitalreview.ca

Sept 3rd, 2003

Since publishing our Nikon D100 versus Canon 10D overview, we have received a number of emails requesting a similar comparison of the D100 and Fuji S2 Pro. We have therefore completed a brief overview of the Nikon D100 compared to the Fuji S2 Pro. Below are some of our personal observations on the advantages of each camera.

Product Comparison

Nikon D100

Fuji S2

Sensor

CCD

Super CCD III

Effective CCD Resolution

6.1 MP

6.1 MP

Interpolated resolution

None

12 MP

Focal Multiplier

1.5 x

1.5 x

Lens mount

Nikon F mount

Nikon F mount

Lens compatibility

D-type/G-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible.

D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except AF possible.

AF Nikkor other than D-type/G-type: all functions possible except 3D Matrix metering.

AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Matrix and AF.

D-type/G-type AF Nikkor: All functions possible.

D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except AF possible.

AF Nikkor other than D-type/G-type: all functions possible except 3D Matrix metering.

AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Matrix and AF.

Image recording mode

JPEG, TIFF, RAW (NEF)

JPEG, TIFF, RAW (CCD)

RAW resolution

3034 x 2024

4256 x 2848 (Interpolated)

Image sizes

3008 x 2000 (L), 2240 x 1488 (M), 1504 x 1000 (S) Thumbnail 160 x 120, variable compression settings

3024 x 2016, 2304 x 1536, 1440 x 960, variable compression settings

Continuous frame rate

3 fps max 6 frames

2 fps max 7 frames

Color space

sRGB #1 (Skin tone) and #2 (more green for landscapes) , Adobe RGB, Color adjustment available +/- 3 steps for each setting

sRGB

Image processing parameters

Image sharpening (auto, norm, low, high, none), Tone Compensation (auto, normal, less contrast, more contrast, custom) Hue adjustment -3 to +3 in 1 increments

Image sharpening (norm, high, none), Tone Compensation (normal, less contrast, more contrast), Color density (norm, high, low, B&W)

ISO sensitivity

ISO 200-1600, Hi-1 (3200) Hi-2 (6400)

ISO 100-1600

Exposure modes

P, A, S, M and P*

P, A, S, M and P*

White Balance

Auto, Manual Preset, 6 modes: (Sunny, Shade, Cloudy, Lamp, Fluorescent, Speedlight) WB bracketing, WB Fine Tuning -3 to +3 in one step increments

Auto, Manual Preset (Custom 1 and 2) 6 modes: Sunny, Shade, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (warmer), Fluorescent 2 (cooler)

AF areas

One of five focus areas can be selected.
Single area AF
Dynamic AF (Dynamic AF mode with closest subject priority is available)

One of five focus areas can be selected.
Single area AF
Dynamic AF (Dynamic AF mode with closest subjectpriority is available)

AF modes

Single Servo AF
Continuous Servo AF
Manual Focus

Single Servo AF
Continuous Servo AF
Manual Focus

AF Assist Illuminator

Yes

Yes

Metering

  • 10 segment 3D Matrix metering
  • Center Weighted Average
  • Spot
  • 10 segment 3D Matrix metering
  • Center Weighted Average
  • Spot

Auto bracketing

2, 3 frames +/-2 EV (1/3 to 1 step)

+/-2 EV (1/2 stop increments)

Exposure compensation

Exposure compensation range +/- 5EV in EV (custom function # 9) or 1/3 EV steps (default)

Exposure compensation range +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

Shutter speeds

30 to 1/4000 sec and Bulb

30 to 1/4000 sec and Bulb

Flash sync

Up to 1/180 sec

Up to 1/125 sec

Flash control

5 segment D-TTL with built in or external DX speedlights. 3D multi balanced fill flash, Red eye reduction, slow sync, front and rear sync, Red eye reduction + slow sync

3D multi balanced fill flash, Red eye reduction, slow sync, front and rear sync, Red eye reduction + slow sync

Pop Up Flash

Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m)

Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m)

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV (1/2 [custom mode], 1/3 steps [default])

-3 to +1 EV (1/2 steps)

LCD viewfinder

1.8 inch (120,000 pixels) with white LED backlight, screen brightness adjustable

1.8 inch (110,000 pixels),

Optical viewfinder

Frame coverage Approx. 95% (with 50mm lens)

Frame coverage Approx. 95% (with 50mm lens)

PC Sync terminal

AS-15 adapter on hotshoe

Yes, on camera

Self timer

2, 5, 10 (default) or 20 seconds

2, 5, 10 (default) or 20 seconds

Storage

CompactFlash Type I and II

CompactFlash Type I and II
SmartMedia 2nd slot

Custom settings

28 settings available

15 settings available

Voice memo

Yes with optional MB-D100 grip (speaker on grip)

Yes (no speaker) 60 sec maximum

Comment input

Possible to select and input alphabet/numeral data (max 36 characters) using multi-selector

No

Computer interface

USB

USB or Firewire IEEE 1394

Video output

NTSC/PAL

NTSC/PAL

Remote control

10 pin remote terminal on optional MB-D100 grip

No support for 10 pin remote (connecting) accessories

Power

Nikon EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (1400 mAh) and charger included, or 6 x AA using optional MB-D100 grip. (One or two EN-EL3 Lio-Ion batteries can be used in the grip)

2x CR 123 and 4x AA

Software

NikonView 6, Nikon Capture 3.5 (remote capture etc.) for RAW NEF support (Optional) Finepix EX software (remote capture) , RAW converter, Adobe Photoshop Elements

Printer support

Exif 2.2/DCF format, DPOF

Exif 2.2/DCF format, DPOF

Weight w/o battery

700 g

760 g

Dimensions

(5.7 x 4.6 x 3.2 in)

(5.6 x 5.2 x 3.1 in)

Other
Noise reduction on/off (custom function), Memory Bank 1 and 2, Anti-mirror shock mode (Custom function)

Multiple exposure (custom function)

Accessory grip

MB-D100 with microphone and speaker, vertical release, AE/AF-lock, main and sub command dials (exposure + other functions.) 10 pin remote connection, uses 6 x AA or can use 1 or 2 EN-EL3 batteries

No accessory grip



Main advantages of Nikon D100

  • 3fps continuous shooting versus 2 fps with S2 Pro
  • Expanded color space control with sRGB #1 (for skin tone) and sRGB #2 ( for landscape) and Adobe RGB versus only sRGB on D60. D100 also offers 3 to +3 color adjustment for each setting
  • RAW NEF (Nikon Electronic File Format) recording provides more flexibility with Capture 3.5
  • 2 saveable custom menu settings for individual shooting preference (Bank A and Bank B)
  • Auto exposure bracketing at 2 or 3 frames +/-2 EV (can be set from 1/3 to 1 step)
  • Expanded image processing parameter control
    5 settings each for Sharpening and Tone Compensation versus 3 on S2 Pro
  • ISO sensitivity settings Hi-1 (3200 ISO) and Hi-2 (6400 ISO)
  • Exposure compensation range +/- 5EV versus +/- 2EV on S2 Pro
  • Faster flash sync up to 1/180 sec
  • White Balance bracketing, WB Fine Tuning -3 to +3 in one step increments
  • Screen brightness adjustable LCD monitor
  • 28 custom settings versus 15
  • Voice annotation with speaker playback using optional MB-D100 grip
  • Possible to select and input alphabet/numeral data (max 36 characters) using multi-selector
  • Nikon EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (1400 mAh) and charger supplied, or 6 x AA using optional MB-D100 grip.
  • NikonView 6 and optional Nikon Capture 3.5 offers greater versatility for post image editing

Main advantages of Fuji S2 Pro

  • 4256 x 2848 maximum resolution file size (12MP interpolated file)
  • Two custom WB settings can be created and stored versus one on the D100

  • TTL flash support with older non DX Nikon Speedlights (SB-25, SB-26, SB-28 and more)
  • Studio light PC sync terminal on camera versus AS-15 adapter required for D100
  • Two memory media slots: CompactFlash and SmartMedia compatibility
  • ISO sensitivity down to ISO 100 compared to ISO 200 on D100
  • Voice annotation possible without optional accessory grip

  • Firewire IEEE1394 for fast download capability
  • Multiple exposure capability through custom function


 

 

Looking at the specifications above, it can be seen that there are a number of advantages for each camera. Which camera to buy is a personal choice and depends on a number of factors. We recommend that you look at what is the most important to you. (Ultimately, there really is no way to make the wrong decision.)





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