Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro vs Nikon D50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro and Nikon D50. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is manufacturered by Fujifilm but Nikon D50 is from Nikon. Both Fujifilm and Nikon are well known brands though.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro were released 2004 and Nikon D50 was released 2005. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro 2004
Nikon D50 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has a "Fujifilm APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D50 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro 75 mm
Fujifilm sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D50 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:

Resolution

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D50 has 6 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro 6 MP
12121088 pixels
4256 x 2848
Nikon D50 6 MP
6016000 pixels
3008 x 2000

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has a 101 % larger resolution than Nikon D50. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D50. Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 1600 while Nikon D50 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro 100-1600
Nikon D50 200-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D50

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro can shoot up to 1,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D50 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro 1,5
Nikon D50 2,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro or Nikon D50 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro weighs 930 gr (equal to 2.05 lb) which is 50% heavier than Nikon D50 and its 620 gr (or 1.37 lb).

Camera Weight
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro 930 gr
2.05 lb
Nikon D50 620 gr
1.37 lb

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro vs Nikon D50 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro and Nikon D50, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Name Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Nikon D50
Manufacturer Fujifilm Nikon
Release Date and Price
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Release Year 2004 2005
Release Date 2004-02-05 2005-04-20
MSRP N/A 799 USD
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Camera Type
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CCD CCD
Resolution 4256 x 2848 pixels 3008 x 2000 pixels
Megapixels 6 MP 6 MP
Image Processor EXPEED
Image
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
ISO Range 100 - 1600 200 - 1600
White Balance Presets 7 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points N/A 5
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Articulated LCD N/A Fixed
Screen size 2 2
Screen dots 235000 130000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 94% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.75 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Frames per second 1,5 fps 2,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 15 meters 11 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation N/A +/- 5 (at 1/2 EV, 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Memory Card Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Nikon D50
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Nikon EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 400 shots
Width 148 mm 133 mm
Height 135 mm 102 mm
Depth 80 mm 76 mm
Weight 930 gram 620 gram