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Fuji's new cameras: 18x zoom, blog-mode, Panorama

updated 02:40 am EST, Thu January 24, 2008

Fuji debuts new cameras

Fujifilm on Friday unveiled several new digital cameras, including its SLR-styled 18x ultra-zoom S81000fd, the new 10MP FinePix Z20fd with new colors and video technology, the 12MP FinePix F100fd with ISO equivalency speeds up to 12800, and its most advanced consumer model: the FinePix S100FS with advanced dSLR control and functionality. In addition, the company claims to have introduced the world's smallest digital camera with a 12x optical zoom, the FinePix S1000fd. The advanced FinePix S100FS (Film Simulation) digital camera provides an all-in-one solution with manual controls and functionality of a Digital-SLR, including both digital and manual stabilization through a mechanically stabilized "floating" lens element to reduce blur from the photographer's hand-shake, with Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization Technology, to reduce blur caused by subject movement.

The S100FS also features a 14.3x Fujinon manual zoom lens, an 8th generation Super CCD sensor with 11MP of resolution, a 2.5" tiltable LCD and ISO speeds up to ISO 6400 at 6MP and up to ISO 10,000 at 3MP.

Bolstered by Fuji's Face Detection 2.0 Technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal, the camera's lens design can achieve maximum resolution at all focal lengths of 28mm-400mm equivalent and all aperture stop settings, according to the company. In addition, the camera also features JPEG or RAW capture, support for xD/SD/SD-HC media, three bracketing functions, a 30fps movie mode (VGA quality) with a manual zoom ring (while in movie mode).

Borrowing from the its high-end S5 Pro, Fujifilm's FinePix S100FS also includes film simulation modes and settings that expand the camera's dynamic range (100%, 200%, 400%), which is similar to that of negative film.

The FinePix S100FS will debut in February for $800.

Fujifilm offers 18x ultra-zoom camera

The SLR-styled FinePix S8100fd delivers 10MP of resolution along with a Fujinon 18x Wide Angle Optical Zoom fixed lens, which offers a 27mm-486mm equivalent. The camera, with an electronic 2.5-inch LCD view-finder, leverages face detection technology that operates by identifying and prioritizing up to 10 faces in a framed scene and then adjusting the focus and exposure accordingly to ensure the sharpness and clarity of human subjects in the picture. It also features a new Instant Zoom function that captures moving subjects at high zoom settings--with an additional 1.4x or 2x digital zoom at the center focus region of the frame.

Like the FinePix S8000fd, the FinePix S8100fd features a 2.5-inch 60Hz LCD, xD/SD/SD-HC media support, and Fujifilm's Dual Image Stabilization along with fast shutter speeds and ISO levels of up to ISO 6400 (at 5MP). A new Continuous Shooting Mode allows users to shoot moving subjects and allows high-speed shooting of up to 33 frames at 13.5fps at 3MP and 6.8fps at 5MP (users are offered playback speed of 10fps).

The camera's Intelligent, automatic pop-up flash detects subtle lighting differences within a scene and then varies the flash intensity accordingly and also features a dual-shot mode that shoots two images in succession - one with and one without flash.

For advanced photographers, the camera offers manual adjustment options for various camera settings including resolution, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed as well as a wide range of 13 pre-programmed scene modes a Super Macro Mode for shots as close as 1cm (0.4 inch).

The camera, which operates on four AA batteries, is expected to be available in March for $400.

FinePix F100fd offers Face Detection Technology 3.0

The company's new F-Series model, the FinePix F100fd digital camera, delivers 12MP resolution and a large 2.7-inch high-resolution 230,000 pixel wide angle view LCD; the compact digital camera offers advanced technologies, such as Wide Dynamic Range, Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 3.0 Technology with an Automatic Red Eye Removal function and ISO settings of up to ISO 12800.

Using technology from its advanced professional FinePix S3 Pro digital camera, the FinePix F100fd offers advanced Dynamic Range to determine the gradations of light that exist between bright and dark in any setting.

In addition, the FinePix F100fd is also equipped with Fujifilm's proprietary Face Detection 3.0 Technology featuring Automatic Red Eye Removal. As with the original version of Face Detection, it can detect up to 10 human faces in a scene in as little as .036 seconds, automatically correcting focus, exposure, and white balance, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame. According to the company, the new technology is able to identify faces at much more extreme camera angles than before -- with the ability to register faces with up to 90-degree movement in either direction for profiles, and up to 360-degrees.

The camera can capture three frames at 1.7fps at full resolution or 12 frames at 5 fps at 3MP as well as display images at full resolution at 10fps. Among the camera's 16 pre-programmed scenes, is a new Portrait Enhancer mode minimizes fine lines and small skin blemishes for smooth, natural looking portraits; a special underwater scene mode for use with a special underwater casing; and a Blog mode that automatically reduces the size of copied images for easy posting to a blog, Web page or email attachment. A new playback feature shows up to 100 images in micro form with control buttons and an innovative wheel navigation dial.

The xD/SD/SD-HC-compatible camera features Infrared communication via IrSimple technology for easy wireless image transfer to a compatible device. The FinePix F100fd will ship in March for $380.

FinePix S1000fd offers longer zoom, new Panorama Shooting Mode

The SLR-styled FinePix S1000fd builds on the legacy of the FinePix S700 with the addition of a Fujinon 12x optical zoom (33mm-396mm equivalent), its proprietary Face Detection technology (with Automatic Red Eye Removal), and a new Panoramic Shooting mode, which captures, combines, and saves a maximum of three consecutive shots at 3MP resolution each as a panoramic picture. The camera features a large 2.7-inch high-resolution (230k pixel) LCD plus electronic viewfinder (EVF) and ISO levels of up to ISO 1600 at full resolution and ISO 3200 at 3MP resolution.

The FinePix S1000fd also brings a selectable Picture Stabilization mode to work with the heightened sensitivity and high-speed shutter to reduce blur caused by hand-shake or subject movement. It allows the camera to automatically choose the correct light sensitivity and optimal shutter speed to produce clear, blur-free images. In addition, it offers full selection of manual adjustment options for various camera settings including resolution, ISO, aperture, shutter speed and more. The high-speed shooting mode delivers 7.5fps at 2MP for 15 shots; 3.3fps at 5MP for 6 shots; and 1.4fps at 10MP for 3 shots.

It also records VGA quality at 30fps with sound along with 14 pre-programmed scene modes. The FinePix S1000fd will debut in April for $250.

FinePix Z20fd boasts new colors, dual-blog mode

Finally, the company launched the "ultra-glam" FinePix Z20fd digital camera: the 10MP FinePix Z20fd comes in four colors - Jet Black, Wasabi Green, Hot Pink and Ice Blue. Leveraging its ultra-portable design, it utilizes a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5" LCD screen and, 45MB of internal memory. The style-savvy FinePix Z20fd also introduces Fujifilm's new Dual Blog Mode that automatically resizes any still image or movie for posting pictures and videos to blogs and to video-sharing websites like YouTube.

The camera includes Face Detection technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal and Fujifilm's IrSimple technology to share images instantly with friends. More advanced Picture Stabilization Technology uses higher sensitivities -- up to ISO 1600 in the Z20fd -- and faster shutter and operational speeds to help reduce camera shake.

In addition, the new movie mode captures full motion MPEG4 video with the touch of a separate movie shutter button as well as in-camera editing to create custom start and end points. Other features includes an intelligent flash, a dual-shot mode for capturing flash and non-flash photos in succession, support for xD/SD/SDHC media, and the ability to stamp images with a a variety of fun designs. It uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery.

The FinePix Z20fd will debut in late March for $200.

by MacNN Staff



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