Announced elsewhere in the world last July, the Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd is almost identical in size to the previous Z5fd model - and a few grams lighter - but still manages to pack in quite an impressive list of new features. Perhaps most significantly, the 36 - 108mm equivalent 3x optical zoom of the previous model gives way to a much more useful 36 - 180mm equivalent 5x optical zoom. Despite the size limitations and the extra 2x zoom on the telephoto end, the new lens is still almost as bright at wide angle. to help cope with the extra zoom range, the Fujifilm Z100fd now has sensor shift image stabilization, as well. The body of the Z100fd has been redesigned as well, with a keen eye for fashion detailing that extends to an unusual diagonally sliding lens cover and an illuminated "Z" logo on the front face of the camera.
Sensor resolution gets a slight bump from 6.3 to 8.0 effective megapixels. Where the previous model relied on one of Fujifilm's Super CCD imagers, the Fuji Z100fd features a standard CCD image sensor - a choice that may disappoint some potential buyers, given the renowned low-light performance of Fuji's Super CCD sensors. The Z100fd includes a 2.7" LCD display with a higher-than-average 230,000 dot resolution - just slightly larger than the 2.5" display of the previous camera, a welcome change given that it is the sole method of framing or reviewing images. As with other models in the Z-series, the Z100fd forgoes any form of optical viewfinder.
The Fuji FinePix Z100fd now has a dual media (SD / SDHC or xD-Picture Card compatible) flash memory slot, and built-in memory is just slightly more than doubled at 54MB. The minimum ISO sensitivity in the Fuji Z100fd is ISO 64, where the previous Z5fd had a minimum of ISO 100 equivalent. Power now comes from an NP-45 Lithium Ion battery rather than the NP-40 type used in the Z5fd. One final change of note is the inclusion of two new scene modes - the self-explanatory "Auction" and "Underwater" the latter presumably suggesting that Fujifilm will also offer an underwater housing for the Z100fd.
Fujifilm's FinePix Z100fd will go on sale January 2008, priced at US$250 or thereabouts. Four two-tone color schemes will be available in the US market - 'Shell Pink', 'Satin Silver', 'Cappuccino Brown' and 'Tuxedo Black'.