Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. announced Thursday two new Mac-ready, vertical digital cameras styled by F.A. Porsche and able to operate as Web cameras. The cameras are expected to be available later this spring.
The FinePix 6800 Zoom (see photo) and FinePix 4800 Zoom both feature a 3x optical zoom lens, image voice annotation, SmartMedia storage, real-image optical and LCD viewfinders, and a recharging cradle which can be used to transfer photos or operate as a Webcam. The US$699 4800 features a 2.4 megapixel SuperCCD chip, while the 6800 at $899 uses a new 0.588-inch 3.3 megapixel RGBG SuperCCD that can produce a 2832 x 2128 pixel image file.
The FinePix 6800 Zoom will be available in April while the FinePix 4800 Zoom will be available in May.
Both cameras have the ability to capture either up to 160/80 seconds of AVI video with sound or record up to 60/30 minutes of audio. The cameras have a sleek, stylish look based on the compact, vertical form of Fujifilm’s 700 series cameras. The new design was conceived by F.A. Porsche, the same designer of the Porsche 911 sports car.
The FinePix 6800 Zoom is capable of a continuous shooting speed at full resolution of up to five frames at five frames per second. The FinePix 4800 Zoom is capable of continuous shooting at full resolution of up to three frames at five frames per second.
Shutter speeds range from 1/4 to 1/2000 second in auto mode and from 1/2000 second to three seconds in night mode. The FinePix 6800 Zoom carries an adjustable ISO sensitivity of 100/200/400, while the FinePix 4800 Zoom has 125/200/400 sensitivities. The cameras’ pop-up flash provides five modes: automatic, red-eye reduction, flash-on-demand, flash cancel and slow synch flash for motion effects.
The cameras record JPEG images at three compression levels — fine, normal and basic.
Both cameras weigh a 9.1 ounces without the battery. Accessories will include the cradle and battery, AC power adapter, hand strap and dedicated video and USB cables. Both cameras are Windows and Macintosh compatible. Additional provided software includes Fujifilm’s FinePixViewer, DP Editor and Exif Launcher, Adobe’s PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 4.0, ActiveShare, VideoImpression, QuickTime and NetMeeting.
The new FinePix cameras will make their first North American appearance at the Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Florida on February 11, 2001.