As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro's top rivals come from Fujifilm (such as the X-E1 and the FinePix S2 Pro) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX70 HS and the Rebel T1i)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has more storage slots (2 vs 1) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (235k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.1 MP vs 24.2 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
2 years older

Significant advantages of the S2 Pro (vs the S3 Pro)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S2 Pro (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2"

common strengths of the S2 Pro and S3 Pro

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Built-in flashes

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the S5 Pro (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Large (148×135×80 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.9" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the S5 Pro (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the S5 Pro and S3 Pro

  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
8 years newer
$1,457 (body only)
$2,172 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 12.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • None found

common strengths of the D600 and S3 Pro

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D3

Nikon D3
3 years newer
$784 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 235k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much larger: Large (160×157×88 mm) vs Large (148×135×80 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.5" vs 3.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 1,300 g vs 930 g

common strengths of the D3 and S3 Pro

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 20fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (235k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes much lower resolution photos (12.1 MP vs 15.1 MP).

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the K200D (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm) vs Large (148×135×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the K200D (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.1 MP
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the K200D and S3 Pro

  • None found

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
5 years newer
$340 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 235k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the T1i and S3 Pro

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
12 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 235k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and S3 Pro

  • None found

Nikon D50

Nikon D50
1 year newer
$1,342 (body only)
$2,058 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D50 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (133×102×76 mm) vs Large (148×135×80 mm)
  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly lighter: 620 g vs 930 g

Significant disadvantages of the D50 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 12.1 MP
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 130k dots vs 235k dots
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D50 and S3 Pro

  • None found

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
4 years newer
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 235k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the D90 and S3 Pro

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
9 years newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 235k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the T5i and S3 Pro

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 2.8"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (235k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.1 MP vs 16 MP) and much less viewfinder coverage (94% vs 100%).

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1
8 years newer
$1,030 (body only)
$848 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-E1 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Much larger screen: 2.8" vs 2"
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 94%
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the X-E1 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the X-E1 and S3 Pro

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro compared to super zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.1 MP vs 3.9 MP), is thinner (3.1" vs 4.6"), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (235k dots vs 922k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

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14 years newer
$478 - $549

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 235k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the PowerShot SX70 HS and S3 Pro

  • None found

Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1
7 years newer
$1,043

Significant advantages of the X-S1 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the X-S1 (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly thicker: 5.9" vs 3.1"

common strengths of the X-S1 and S3 Pro

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Fujifilm FinePix S5100 Zoom

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5 months newer

Significant advantages of the S5100 Zoom (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (113×81×79 mm) vs Large (148×135×80 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 387 g vs 930 g

Significant disadvantages of the S5100 Zoom (vs the S3 Pro)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2"
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 3.9 MP vs 12.1 MP

common strengths of the S5100 Zoom and S3 Pro

  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3.1"