The FinePix A303 is Fuji's new sleek and stylish, 3-megapixel, entry-level digital camera for 2002. It's one of the slimmest and lightest digital cameras in this category and designed specifically for the first-time digital photographer. The A303's multi-megapixel resolution is capable of generating sharp, richly colored photos and prints up to 11 x 14 inches. It's equipped with an all-glass 3x optical zoom lens and can capture still images and full motion video (without sound) at 10 frames per second in 320 x 240 resolution up to 60 seconds in length.
The FinePix A303 has been designed to consume very low amounts of power and as such it only requires a pair of AA type batteries. Fuji claims about 200 shots with two alkaline cells (flash 50%, LCD off.) It uses the new xD-Picture Card for removable storage. These xD-Picture Cards are designed with fast read/write capabilities for smooth digital camera operations. A 16 or 32MB card can record data at 1.3MB/second. A 64MB card or higher can record data at 3MB/second and both offer a read speed of 5MB/second. The cards are designed to minimize power consumption to lengthen battery life.
It's small and uses very little power but it offers ultra-fast processing speed, the fastest in its class. The A303 has a macro focus mode that lets you capture close-ups from 0.3 to 2.6 feet. And it has a sharp and colorful 1.5-inch color LCD for preview, review or menu operations. It can also function as a PC web cam with the supplied FinePix Viewer software and also comes with ImageMixer VCD for FinePix, DP Editor and Apple QuickTime 5.0.
The Fujifilm FinePix A303 is available now with a MSRP of $349.99 (10/2002).
FinePix A303 Features
3.24 Megapixel CCD for images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels.
3x (38-114mm equivalent) F2.8 optical zoom lens
Seamless 3.2x digital zoom in 640x480 mode
1.5-inch TFT color LCD, approx. 60,000 pixels
Program AE, Manual mode offers exposure compensation
Shooting modes: Still, Movie, Macro
Motion video w/out audio up to 60 secs @ 320x240
White balance selectable in Manual mode
Shutter speeds: Automatic 1/2 seconds to 1/2000 second
64-zone TTL Metering
ISO sensitivity 100 equivalent
Built in flash with Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced on, forced off and slow-synchro
9-frame and 13x zoom playback function with scrolling
xD Picture Card storage, 16MB supplied
Powered by two standard AA type batteries
Small (4.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 in.) and lightweight (8.8 oz)
The compact FinePix A303 and a standard CD for size comparison.
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