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02-01-2001

Fujifilm Introduces New FinePix 4800 and 6800 Zoom "Multifunction" Digicams

ELMSFORD, NY, February 1, 2001 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today unveiled the two newest models in its signature series of digital cameras, the $899 FinePix 6800 Zoom and the $699 FinePix 4800 Zoom, thus ushering in a new era of digital picture-taking, multifunction and design. The new FinePix cameras will make their first North American appearance at the Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Florida on February 11, 2001.

FujiFilm FinePix 6800
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The FinePix 6800 Zoom -- equipped with a new Fujifilm Super CCD sensor and image processors -- and FinePix 4800 Zoom produce crystal-clear pictures with rich, true-to-life colors. In addition to their imaging abilities, the cameras offer a host useful features that will appeal to a wide range of consumers and businesspeople, such as videoconferencing, image voice annotation, the ability to capture either up to 160/80 seconds (FinePix 6800/4800 Zoom) of AVI video with sound or record up to 60/30 minutes of audio. The cameras' sleek and stylish look -- which is based on the compact, vertical form of Fujifilm's 700 series cameras -- was conceived by F.A. Porsche, the same designer that brought the world the distinctive and timeless look of the classic Porsche 911 sports car.

With its new image processor, the FinePix 6800 Zoom is able to deliver images with greater edge detail while retaining the outstanding color for which the Fujifilm Super CCD has become renowned. The FinePix 6800 Zoom is built with a 3.3-million-sensor Super CCD that can produce a 2832 x 2128 pixel image. The FinePix 4800 Zoom has the highly acclaimed 2.4 million-sensor Super CCD found in the FinePix 4900 Zoom, which is capable of producing an image as large as 2400 x 1800.

While offering the ease of a point-and-shoot camera, both digital models are equipped with functions that are of interest to the more discerning photographer. These include a fast (f/2.8) 3x Super EBC Fujinon aspherical zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to a 36-108 mm zoom on a 35mm camera, while offering macro capability to approximately 7.8 inches. Both also include Fujifilm's smooth digital zooms: 4.4x for the FinePix 6800 Zoom and 3.75 x for the FinePix 4800 Zoom.

In addition, the FinePix 6800 Zoom is capable of a continuous shooting speed at full resolution of up to five frames at five frames per second. The FinePix 4800 Zoom is capable of continuous shooting at full resolution of up to three frames at five frames per second.

For simple-to-set, accurate exposure in typical shooting situations, the cameras have five programmed exposure modes: auto, portrait, scenic, night and full manual. For total user-control, there are three metering modes (average, multi-zone or spot) and 64-zone TTL metering with programmed auto-exposure, along with exposure compensation for accurate exposure under the most challenging of lighting situations. Users also have the option of an advanced automatic or six manual white balance settings that include fine weather, shade, fluorescent 1, fluorescent 2, fluorescent 3 and incandescent.

Shutter speeds range from 1/4 to 1/2000 second in auto mode and from 1/2000 second to three seconds in night mode. The FinePix 6800 Zoom carries an adjustable ISO sensitivity of 100/200/400, while the FinePix 4800 Zoom has 125/200/400 sensitivities. The cameras' pop-up flash provides five modes: automatic, red-eye reduction, flash-on-demand, flash cancel and slow synch flash for motion effects.

The cameras record JPEG images at three compression levels - fine, normal and basic. Depending on the image compression selected, the FinePix 6800 Zoom can record 6, 13 or up to 33 pictures at the 2832 x 2128 resolution, whereas the FinePix 4800 Zoom can record 8, 19 or up to 46 pictures on the bundled 16MB SmartMedia card at 2,400 x 1,800 resolution. If additional storage space is required, the camera can record images at 2048 x 1536, 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 (VGA) with the FinePix 6800 Zoom and 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 resolutions with the FinePix 4800 Zoom.

Once the picture is saved, Fujifilm will provide the user with easy entrance to the Internet imaging world through a newly designed, FinePixViewer software program that will be included along with the FinePix 6800 Zoom, FinePix 4800 Zoom and other new FinePix digital cameras. At the click of a few buttons, the FinePixViewer will link users directly to the World Wide Web for answers to frequently asked questions, picture taking tips, support utilities, updated drivers and the receipt of periodic and pertinent promotional announcements from Fujifilm. The videoconferencing program of the FinePix 6800 Zoom and FinePix 4800 Zoom is also handled through the FinePixViewer.

The FinePix 6800 Zoom and FinePix 4800 Zoom will be shipped with PC-sync cradles into which the cameras can be placed both for direct connection to a PC for videoconferencing, image transfer via a USB cable and for recharging each camera's lithium ion battery.

FujiFilm FinePix 6800FujiFilm FinePix 6800

Both cameras measure a compact 3.1" W x 3.8" H x 1.4" D and weigh a slight 9.1 ounces without the battery. Accessories include the cradle and lithium battery, AC power adapter, hand strap and dedicated video and USB cables. Both cameras are Windows and Macintosh compatible. Additional provided software includes Fujifilm's FinePixViewer, DP Editor and Exif Launcher, Adobe's PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 4.0, ActiveShare, VideoImpression, QuickTime and NetMeeting.


See some FinePix 6800 pictures taken by Kumio Yamada with a pre-production camera and posted on the PC Watch site in Japan.

And here's some more FinePix 6800 pictures showing all possible resolution and quality modes.




02-01-2001

Fujifilm Entry-Level FinePix 2300 - Two Megapixels For Under $300

Fujifilm FinePix 2300

ELMSFORD, NY, February 1, 2001 - Today, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. introduced the FinePix 2300 digital camera, the latest in Fujifilm's popular line of entry-level FinePix digital photography products. Designed with the first-time digital photographer in mind, the FinePix 2300 -- which will carry a suggested list price of $279 when it hits store shelves in April -- offers point-and-shoot convenience with a 2.1 megapixel CCD imager for simple, yet quality picture taking with outstanding color. The new FinePix camera will be shown publicly for the first time at the Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Florida on February 11, 2001.

The FinePix 2300 mimics the user-friendly design of its MX-1200 and FinePix 1300 predecessors, allowing users to work its main functions via a few controls on the back of the camera. The 1.6-inch color LCD lets the user view the subject both before and after the picture is taken. The function control dial allows users to navigate effortlessly through the camera's various shooting and playback modes. While in the playback mode, the user can zoom in on an image up to 4x with the playback zoom by pressing the arrow button next to the mode dial. A 2.5x digital telephoto mode is available at the camera's 680 x 480 resolution.

If desired, a push of the nearby menu button will bring the user to the delete mode. In this mode, the user has the option of removing one, some or all of his/her stored pictures on the FinePix 2300's removable SmartMedia card. Many of the camera's other functions, such as its five flash and six white balance modes, can be manipulated through this menu system. For fast and direct picture download to a computer, the FinePix 2300 is USB compatible.

Not to be overshadowed by its own functionality is the FinePix 2300's ability to take great pictures. Endowed with Fujifilm's Advanced Color Processing Technology, the FinePix 2300 produces images with vibrant color and detail at resolutions as high as 1600 x 1200.

To get the most out of his or her pictures, Fujifilm will provide the user with easy entrance to the Internet imaging world through a newly designed, FinePixViewer software program that will be included along with the FinePix 2300 and other new FinePix digital cameras. At the click of a few buttons, the FinePixViewer will link users directly to the World Wide Web for answers to frequently asked questions, picture taking tips, support utilities, updated drivers and the receipt of periodic and pertinent promotional announcements from Fujifilm.

Macintosh® and Windows® compatible, the compact FinePix 2300 (4.3" W x 3.0" H x 1.5" D) weighs in at 7.1 oz. The camera is powered by four premium AA alkaline batteries, comes bundled with an 8MB SmartMedia card and will ship with Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition 4.0 software.



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