Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc.
on Tuesday introduced the
Fujifilm FinePix S3000, which it bills as a “digital SLR-type camera for everyday photographers.” The camera replaces the FinePix 3800 model and is expected to hit stores in October.
The FinePix S3000 is a 3.2-megapixel camera equipped with 6x optical and 3.2x digital zooms. The FinePix S3000 is not a true SLR — Fuji calls the chassis “SLR-inspired,” and said that the camera was designed to appeal to people looking for a digital camera “that feels more like a traditional film camera.” It can be fitted with wide and telephoto lens adapters, however. Measuring 3.9 x 3.0 x 2.7 inches, the S3000 weighs 10 ounces empty.
The S3000 features full automatic operation as well as “semi-manual” controls that enable users to adjust white balance, aperture priority and exposure compensation. It can shoot at two frames per second (for two frames). Fuji also vaunts the S3000’s power conservation. The company claims the camera can capture up to 350 images on a set of 4 AA alkaline batteries, using the LCD monitor and with the flash on half the time.
The S3000 writes to xD-Picture Card media, and comes with a 16MB card to get you started. Also included is a USB cable, lens adapter ring, software, shoulder strap and 4 AA alkaline batteries.