has introduced a slew of new digital cameras this week, including entries for amateur and professional photographers alike.
The FinePix 30i is a new wallet sized digital camera with 2.0 megapixel resolution and support for both digital picture voice annotation and MP3 music playback. It incorporates a backlit remote control, as well.
Storing its digital images on SmartMedia cards, the FinePix 30i enables users to attach 30 second voice notes to each photo. Additionally, with Mac and PC-compatible software provided by Fuji with the camera, the FinePix 30i can alternately use the SmartMedia card to store MP3 music files, as well. Up to 20 minutes of music can be stored on the 16MB card included with the FinePix 30i, said Fuji.
The multi-purpose remote control included with the unit provides the user with the ability to scroll through stored photos and to display the titles and artist names of the MP3 files they brought with them too.
Weighing 5.6 ounces, the FinePix 30i measures 3.3 x 2.9 by 1.2 inches. It comes with NiMH batteries, charger, 16MB SmartMedia card, strap, USB cable, and headphones with remote control. Software is included; it ships in April for $399.
The F601 is the latest version of Fuji’s vertically designed digital cameras. It sports a 3.1 megapixel CCD and uses Fuji’s new proprietary image processing method, called Pixel Data Coupling Technology. The new technology yields support for a wider range of ISO sensitivities up to 1600, when shooting in 1280 x 960 mode, with a minimal increase in CCD “noise.”
The F601 sports a USB interface and supports both the Mac and PC. It also features a 1.5″ color LCD display and measures 2.8 x 3.7 by 1.3 inches. It weighs about 7.8 ounces sans NP60 lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
The F601 is delivered with battery, AC adapter, hand strap, USB cables, 16MB SmartMedia card, software and documentation and ships this April for US$599. An optional “PictureCradle” sync device is available for $59.99.
Sporting a shape more familiar to conventional 35mm camera users, the S602 Zoom has been developed to appeal to advanced amateurs. the new camera sports a 3.1 megapixel CCD and a 6x optical zoom lens.
The S602 Zoom features a dual media slot for SmartMedia or CompactFlash Type II flash media storage (including support for IBM’s 1GB Microdrive). It features shutter speeds to 1/2000 second and adjustable ISO sensitivity of 160/200/400. Using a special high-sensitivity noise-reducing one megapixel mode, the camera can grab 1.8 frames per second for up to 40 frames.
The camera includes a 16MB SmartMedia card, 4 AA NiMH batteries, shoulder strap and USB and video cables, as well as software and documentation. Look for the S602 Zoom to hit store shelves in June for $799.
At the other end of the scale is the FinePix S2 Pro, an SLR-type camera designed for professional photographers. The 6.12 megapixel camera is the successor to Fuji’s FinePix S1 Pro, and sports Fuji’s next-generation Super CCD sensor system.
The camera can store images using either SmartMedia or CompactFlash Type II, and it connects to PCs and Macs using IEEE 1394, or FireWire. A USB 1.1 interface is also built-in.
The S2 Pro also sports four shooting modes — single frame, continuous, preview and multiple exposure; four exposure modes — multi programmed AE, shutter priority AE, aperture priority AE and manual exposure; and five variable program modes — portrait, landscape, close-up, sport and night scene. Nine white balance modes have also been included.
The Finepix S2 Pro features four resolution modes — 4,245 x 2848, 3024 x 2,016, 2,304 x 1,536 and 1,440 x 960, and can store files in three file formats: TIFF-RGB, CCD-RAW and JPEG. Two compression modes have been included for JPEG format. Photographers can also attach 30-second voice notes to each photo.
Weighing 26.8 ounces sans batteries, the FinePix S2 Pro measures 5.6 by 5.2 by 3.1 inches. It’ll be available for purchase during the second half of the year; Fuji did not announce a price.
Last, Fuji also introduced its new LUMA II Digital Camera Back. The device is designed for studio photographers and others using medium format camera bodies like the Fujifilm GX680III. It features an 11 megapixel CCD, and is manufactured for Fujifilm by Mosaic Imaging.
The LUMA II offers about twice the resolution as its predecessors, according to Fuji, and sports 12 f-stops of dynamic range using 14 bits of data per color channel. It’s fully compatible with standard studio lighting, including electric strobe, tungsten and HMI.
Sporting a FireWire interface, the LUMA II is “hot pluggable” to the Mac. It’s bundled with LUMA Studio software that provides color management and workflow tools, digital exposure control, and many other specialized features.
Pricing will be announced later; the LUMA II is expected to be released this Spring. Fujifilm will offer LUMA back owners who purchased the Extended Warranty Program a special upgrade price, as well.
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