Fujifilm has announced the FinePix S20 Pro, a 6Mp compact zoom camera with full manual control. This is the second FinePix camera to offer Fujifilm’s Super CCD SR technology which uses paired photodiodes in place of a solitary pixel.

Fujifilm claims that these paired photodiodes combine to capture tonal detail missed by conventional single-pixel CCDs, particularly in low-light and high contrast scenes. The result they claim is greater dynamic range, sensitivity and signal to noise ratio.

The camera is also supplied with Hyper Utility HS-V2, a new software tool that enables the user to fine-tune aspects of an image such as sharpness, colour balance and the full extent of the camera’s dynamic range.

The S20 is fitted with a f2.8 - f11 Super EBC Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 35 - 210mm in 35mm format. A macro facility gives a minimum focal length of 10cm. An external flash can be connected via hot-shoe or PC sync socket, useful for macro work.

The camera offers Firewire and USB 2.0 connectivity, full-resolution sensitivity settings up to ISO 800 and cable release. The S20 offers file outputs in RAW or jpeg format. The sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 160 - 800.

As well as auto and scene modes the camera has program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes. The shutter speed range in auto modes is 1/4 - 1/1,000 sec, in manual modes, 30 - 1/10,000 sec.

The S20 has a compact, SLR-style body shape, measuring 121-x-81.5-x-97mm and weighing around 500g without battery and media. Pricing and launch date is yet to be announced.