Fujifilm introduces FinePix Z200fd
by David Rasnake -  5/22/2008

Fujifilm's U.K. arm put a press release on the wire this morning outlining a new Fuji Z model, the Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd.

Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd

Building on the platform of the successful Z100fd, the new model features a 10 megapixel sensor, the Z100fd's familiar 5x zoom, Dual Image Stabilization, and several new soft features. Familiar options for web shooting, including blog and auction modes, will return to the next Z, as will Fuji's oddball IrSimple wireless transfer protocol and its effective Intelligent Flash technology.

Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd

All of this comes wrapped in a package that, from what we can tell in the few press shots that accompanied the release, looks nearly identical to the Z100fd. As before, the body is brushed metal and appears to feature the Z100fd's signature diagonally sliding lens cover and illuminated "Z" logo. A 2.7-inch LCD dominates the Z200fd's back panel.

An August retail launch date has been floated in the U.K. press release, but no word yet on when (or if, though presumably it will) the new higher-res Z might make its way to the U.S.

Pricing info has been promised "nearer to the date of the launch."

Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd Specifications:

Sensor10.0 megapixel, 1/2.5" CCD
Lens/Zoom5x (36-180mm) Fujinon zoom lens, f/3.8-4.8
LCD/Viewfinder2.7", 230K-pixel TFT LCD
SensitivityISO 64-1600
Shutter Speed4-1/1000 seconds
Shooting ModesAuto, Manual, Movie, Scene
Scene PresetsNatural Light, Natural Light & Flash, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Museum, Party, Flower, Text, Auction
White Balance SettingsAuto, Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent
Metering ModesMulti-Segment
Focus ModesMulti-Area, Center-Area
Drive ModesNormal, Top 3, Infinite Continuous
Flash ModesAuto, Forced On, Slow Sync, Forced Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsSD/SDHC, xD-Picture Card
Internal Memory
52 MB
File FormatsJPEG, AVI
Max. Image Size3648x2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video No
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output, DC input, IrSimple wireless port
Additional FeaturesFace Detection, mechanical image stabilization, Red-Eye Reduction, Blog Mode