Phil Askey at DPReview has posted links to two sites showing samples from a beta Fuji S2 Pro.
Of particular interest is the RAW format resolution chart (warning: 4.5Mb image) on the Miscall site: the camera appears able to resolve the finest detail on the chart with no visible aliasing.
#1. "RE: Fuji S2 Pro samples online" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 03-Jun-02 08:51 PM
I looked at that image and the resolution is impressive. No info on the lens used that I could see.
But is that really a RAW file? The gamma is adjusted to a normal level and I see a distinct light fringe around the black image areas. That certainly isn't what a NEF file would look like (not that it would be viewable to many people). What do you think?
I noticed rather strong aliasing on the image with that poor, sickly cat. Look at the whiskers. Otherwise it's hard for me to judge much by a number of shallow DOF macro flower shots...
#2. "RE: Fuji S2 Pro samples online" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 04-Jun-02 12:20 PM
The camera has a RAW mode, so I guess that's the result of processing the file through whatever software Fuji provide. I noticed the 'halo' effect as well: could it be down to image sharpening?
As to the other photos, did you notice the camera seems to have a really bad problem with diagonals? Look at the power lines in this shot: horrible! This and the aliasing you mention are also visible in the taxis on Yamada Kumio's test shots. I find it strange these problems didn't show up in the test chart images - RAW or otherwise.
What I like about the S2 is the colour: Fuji's digital cameras always seem to do well in that respect.
#3. "RE: Fuji S2 Pro samples online" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 05-Jun-02 08:29 PM
I surmise the RAW file had to have been converted and the halo was from unsharp masking. That begs the point of posting something labelled as "RAW", but the resolution is still impressive.
I've baffled as to how the real world images so so much aliasing while the test charts are very smooth. Suspiciously smooth, even in the spots that would be most problematic.
It will be interesting to see if the price is close to the D100 or if it ends up substantially more expensive... the reports go both ways that I've seen.
#4. "RE: Fuji S2 Pro samples online" | In response to Reply # 3Thu 06-Jun-02 05:25 PM
I think it's definitely worthwhile to see a converted RAW file, in fact I'd have liked to see a few more. One of the things that came out in Phil Askey's D1 review was that the sophisticated beyer interpolation algorithms used by applications like Nikon Capture, QImage and Bibble could give significantly more resolution than the camera processed JPEGs: This may well also prove true for the S2.
It should be interesting to see whether the authors of QImage and Bibble decide to support the Fuji RAW format, and whether their SuperCCD interpolation algorithms can beat Fuji's.
The price is the big question. I've not seen anything since the original announcement - £3000 in the UK, which makes it look very expensive in comparison to the D100 at £1900.