FUJIFILM has announced the launch and availability of 12 new digital camera models in India. The company has introduced the following cameras: AV200 and AX300 (A series), JV200, JX300 (J series), FinePix X100, T200, F500 EXR, HS20, S2950, S3300, S4000 and Z900. Earlier this year FUJIFILM launched the Real 3DW3 - a camera that can shoot photographs and video in 3D.
All the models launched have the ability to shoot video in 720p and boast of features such as Digital Image Stabilization, Motion Panorama mode, Face Detection technology, Picture Search, Scene Recognition Auto, Blink Detection, Smile & Shoot mode and Facebook/You Tube web upload.
Details of the cameras launched are below.
FinePix X100 (Rs.64,999)
If you are one who has ever seen a Leica M3, then you will immediately relate to the Fujifilm FinePix 100. It has a retro look and feel to it so much so that if anyone sees the camera from the front will think that you have picked it up from your grandfather's closet. See the rear of the device, and you will realize how much technology has advanced in the past 40 years!
The FinePix X100 has a Hybrid Viewfinder that combines the window-type "bright frame" optical viewfinder found in rangefinder-type film cameras such as the classic 135-size or medium-format cameras, and the electronic viewfinder system incorporated in most compact or mirror less digital cameras. This gives photographers a retro or modern feel while shooting images depending on their mood.
The camera has a reverse Galilean optical finder with a 0.5× magnification and features all-glass elements made from high-refractive index glass and demonstrates low chromatic aberration and distortion. It has a 23mm F2 Fujinon Lens. Its 12.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor & EXR Processor enables the capture of images from low sensitivity to high sensitivity.
The only downside to this camera is that it has no flash and the lens has no zoom.
FinePix HS20 (Rs.24,999)
For those of you that like to get up close and personal with you subjects without going close to them, the FinePix HS20 might just be for you. Why? Well for starters it has a 30x Manual Barrel zoom and high-speed auto focus. The FinePix HS20 also has a new EXR CMOS sensor, high speed continuous shooting capability, and can shoot stills in 16-megapixel resolution.
FinePixF500EXR (Rs. 17,999)
All you amateurs that want a little more than a straight point and shoot may consider the FinePixF500EXR. The camera's features include an all-new 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, 3.0 inch LCD with 460,000 pixel and new User Interface using vector fonts and graphics, anti blur technologies and GPS functionality. The GPS functionality helps you tag the location where you take the pictures.
Other features include, Full HD movie capture, Motion Panorama 360 mode and Photobook Assist function.
S series (S2950, S3300 and S4000) (Rs. 9,999, Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 17,999 respectively)
For the photography enthusiast inside you that is tired of a simple point and shoot and is not ready for a DSLR may want to check out the pro-sumer S series offered by FUJIFILM.
The new S2950, S3300 and S4000 cameras have zoom lenses that are 18x zoom, 26x zoom and 30x zoom respectively. These cameras also have Playback functions, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal; Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail) and Photobook assist features. The new S series cameras all have a high-resolution 14-megapixel CCDs and 24mm wide-angle lenses. The S series cameras have a bright 3.0-inch LCD screens.
The S4000 and theS2950 also allow you to upload your images directly to the web.
FinePix T200 (Rs.9,999)
This 14-megapixel camera has a slim body and is available in black colour. Its face recognition and image search along with photo book assist are a boon for the casual photographer. An ISO of 3200 ensures good sensitivity. It has a 2.7-inch rear LCD with 230,000 dots that enables the user to view the scene with maximum clarity.
J series(JV200 and JX300) (Rs. 5,999 and Rs. 6,999)
The J Series along with the below mentioned A series are budget point and shoot cameras that offer a variety of features making them an ideal option as your first point and shoot digital camera.
The J series come in slim metal-bodied design with 2.7-inch LCD screen. These cameras are loaded with features like sharp Fujinon zoom lenses, Scene Recognition Auto, Panorama Shooting Mode, Movie Mode with Sound, Picture Search etc. The Smile & Shoot Mode works with FUJIFILM's Face Detection technology to detect smiles on faces. It will not take a picture until it detects a smile. Another new feature is Blink Detection that warns users if they have captured an image with people blinking, so that they can re-shoot if necessary. The J series is also enabled with Facebook/You Tube easy web upload.
A series (AV200 and AX300) (Rs. 4,999 and Rs. 5,499 respectively)
An ideal camera for your children's first camping trip as the A series cameras are not expensive and easy to use. Although you can take a look at the entry-level Kodak cameras for similar price points.
Both AV200 and AX300 are 14 megapixel cameras with 3x (AV200) and 5x (AX300) Fujinon zoom lens. These cameras are light-weight and easy-to-use. Loaded with features such as Digital Image Stabilization, Single and Tracking Auto Focus, Motion Panorama mode, Scene Recognition Auto, Face Detection technology and convenient Picture Search (by Face, by Scene and by Date) the A series is aimed at beginners. Like the other models FUJIFILM AV200 and AX300 also support 720p HD movie capture.
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Further reading: AV200
, AX300 (A series)
, F500 EXR
, FinePix X100
, JX300 (J series)