Fujifilm Z10 refresh, FinePix Z20fd, announced
by David Rasnake -  1/24/2008

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 the signature Fuji Z styling in outlandish colors.

Fuji FinePix Z20fd

Appearing with a very familiar 3x optical zoom and 2.5-inch screen, the Z20fd seems to be soft feature upgrades only from this point forward. Fuji's i-Flash intelligent flash system helps control the blasted look of many flash photos, and Dual Shot Mode takes both flash and non-flash shots in rapid succession, letting users take their pick of the pics.

As with the Z10fd, much of the Z20fd's marketing copy emphasizes its IrSimple file transfer technology, which allows images to be beamed between many Fuji digital cameras, as well as the auto file-sizing Blog Mode. The Z20fd adds Dual Blog Mode functionality, optimizing both still images and videos for posting on the web.

With a retail price of $199 and a street price probably much lower (if the Z10fd's pricing differential is any guide), the Z20fd may still not be the best image capture tool out there, but it has the potential to continue to be a whole lot of fun for the money. Look for the new model in stores in March.

Fujifilm FinePix Z20fd specifications:

Sensor10.0 megapixel, 1/2.3" CCD
Zoom3x (35-106mm) Fujinon zoom, f/3.7-4.2
LCD/Viewfinder2.5", 150K-pixel TFT LCD
SensitivityISO 64-1600
Shutter Speed3-1/1000 seconds
Shooting ModesAuto, Manual, Picture Stabilization, Movie
Scene PresetsNatural Light, Natural Light with Flash, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Auction, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text, Stamp
White Balance SettingsAuto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent
Metering ModesMulti
Focus ModesCenter AF, Multi AF, Macro
Drive ModesNormal, Top 3 Continuous, Final 3 Continuous, Continuous
Flash ModesAuto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, Forced Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Syncrho with Red-Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsxD-Picture Card, SD, SDHC
Internal Memory
45 MB
File FormatsJPEG, MPEG
Max. Image Size3648x2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video No
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output, DC input, IrSimple
Additional FeaturesFace Detection, High Speed Shooting, Blog Mode, i-Flash