updated 08:10 am EDT, Fri August 1, 2008
Fujifilm S2000HD Leak
Fujifilm today unofficially slipped out word of some of its camera upgrades ahead of next month's Photokina expo. The 10-megapixel FinePix S2000HD ultrazoom replaces the S1000fd and chiefly upgrades the lens, replacing the normal 12X lens with a 15X, hardware-stabilized unit. The HD in the camera's name also points to a new HD video recording feature that gives it a widescreen 720p capture mode. Amateur sports photographers can also drop the resolution in exchange for higher speed: a step down to five megapixels increases the continuous shooting rate to 6.8 frames per second, while a further step down to three megapixels shoots at a quicker-still 13.5 frames per second.
The camera normally allows light sensitivity up to ISO 1600 but will push up to 3200 or 6400 by halving the pixel count for very dark environments where the addition of noise is secondary to capturing the shot.
Fujifilm lists a price of $300 Canadian ($293 US) for the S2000HD but doesn't offer a release date. The camera's appearance before Germany's Photokina show, however, tentatively points to a worldwide launch by September or shortly afterwards.
Four compact point-and-shoot cameras should also be available in the near future. The base J15 is the lone eight-megapixel camera in the collection and is limited to 3X optical zoom with the choice of either SDHC or the rarer xD card format for storage; moving to the J100 boosts the camera to 10 megapixels and extends the optical zoom out to 5X at the expense of xD storage. The J100w and J150w carry similar features but switch to a wide-angle, 28mm-140mm equivalent lens; the J150w improves on the J100w with a larger preview LCD (three inches versus 2.7) at the expense of being an exclusive for Canada's large-scale retailer Future Shop.
All four are likely to appear soon with prices ranging from $140 Canadian ($137 US) for the J15 to $200 ($195 US) for the J150w.
A small New York retailer is also listing the F60fd, a likely replacement for the F50fd. While unconfirmed, the camera would increase the image size to 12 megapixels and offer hardware image stabilization along with 3X zoom and ISO 3200 sensitivity even at full resolution. No estimates are posted for ship dates, though the camera would have the same $300 price as the S2000HD. [via 1000 Noisy Cameras and DPReview]