The last few days have been chock full of new digital camera releases from several major players, and things only got more exciting as yesterday turned into this morning. To make your life easy, a quick run-down of the biggest pre-PMA releases to this point - including a brand-new Canon Digital Rebel, flagship ultra-zooms from Fujifilm and Olympus, and a new Sony touch screen model - is all right here.
Fujifilm disclosed a new addition to its S series with the top-of-the-line FinePix S100FS (film simulation). Touted as Fuji's most advanced digital camera to date, the 11 megapixel, 14.3x zoom S100FS is an SLR-like shooting tool that brings manual controls and other advanced features to users looking for more functionality and flexibility.
The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd is billed by the manufacturer as the world's smallest digital camera with a 12x zoom. Replacing the popular FinePix S700, the 10 megapixel S1000fd covers an impressive 35mm-equivalent range of 33-396mm, and features a hi-res 2.7-inch LCD.
The third release in Fujifilm's trifecta of new ultra-zooms, the FinePix S8100fd's main attraction is its 18x zoom with wide-angle shooting capability. Combining full manual and advanced automatic features, Fuji promotes the S8100fd as a DSLR substitute, and with a range that covers an equivalent 27 to 486 mm, we're inclined to see the cost advantages (have you priced the three DSLR lenses you'd need to cover this kind of distance?), at least, of this proposition.
Not to be outdone by Fuji's barrage of ultra-zoom announcements, the 12 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F100fd is the latest iteration in the company's F series of advanced compact digicams. Built around an eigth-generation Fuji Super CCD sensor, the F100fd is expected to deliver the kind of impressive low light/high ISO performance that users have come to expect from these cameras. Other physical specs include a 2.7-inch, 230,000-pixel wide-angle view LCD, as well as a Fujinon 5x optical zoom.
Hyphenated, hyperbolic marketing copy abounds with the release of Fujifilm's Z10fd update, the FinePix Z20fd: it's "style-savvy" and "ultra-glam." Basically a light retouching of the Z10 concept, the 10 megapixel Z20fd gets an upgrade in resolution but offers many of the same basic physical specs as its predecessor including signature Fuji Z styling in outlandish colors.
The Fujifilm J10 and J50 are the latest affordable offerings from the manufacturer, sporting a familiar set of features with a few distinguishing touches. Though the midnight announcement from Fuji doesn't specify, it looks like these cameras will be taking up the market segment formerly met by the company's A-series offerings.
Fujifilm announced today the launch of the latest addition to its ultra-compact Z series, the Fuji FinePix Z100fd. At slightly more than three-quarters of an inch thick, the 8-megapixel Z100 packs a 5x optical zoom and a mechanically stabilized sensor into a small form-factor device.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z10fd is not a particularly remarkable camera on paper. But while it may not have the high-quality feel of some of its competitors, the boldly styled Z10fd makes an impression with its pleasant simplicity that helps to offset some of its weaknesses in other areas.
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