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FujiFilm's FinePix S602 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of FujiFilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji announces update to the 4900/6900 series!
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 00:01 EST)

FinePix S602 Zoom trades a little size for a lot more functionality...

In the second of tonight's announcements from FujiFilm, the company is preparing an update to its SLR-style 4900/6900 series (we say 'SLR-style' because whilst they're similar in shape, they're technically electronic viewfinder cameras). The FinePix S602 Zoom is slightly about a centimeter wider and a few millimeters deeper and taller than its predecessors, and somewhat heavier to boot, but has some extremely interesting new features.

The sensor size and resolution is identical to the 6900 Zoom, but being a third generation SuperCCD there's 30 frames-per-second VGA video capability and ISO ratings of 800 or 1600 (in 1280 x 960 pixel mode only). There's also the addition of a microphone for audio on movie clips, and also for recording 30-second voice clips along with each photo. Another new addition is a passive autofocus sensor which works in concert with the TTL contrast-detect autofocus system, and the Electronic Viewfinder is now a 180,000 pixel unit (previously the 6900 Zoom had a 110,000 pixel EVF).

Another very significant addition is that the S602 now features not only a SmartMedia slot, but a Microdrive-compatible Type-II CompactFlash slot - which makes the camera the cheapest to offer both Microdrive and SmartMedia storage. Another change is that the 2.0 inch, 130,000 pixel LCD display of the 6900Z has been replaced with a slightly smaller 1.8", 110,000 pixel model which presumably helps keep the size down somewhat.

The macro capabilities of the camera have been greatly improved, with two separate macro modes offering different ranges down to an impressive 1cm minimum focusing distance in Super Macro mode. There's also a 5 frames per second burst mode up to 5 frames at full resolution, which interestingly can either function as you'd normally expect (press and hold the shutter to capture up to 5 frames) or in reverse (hold the shutter and the camera keeps capturing and discarding images, until the shutter is released and the last 5 images are saved to flash. Finally, the proprietary NP-80 Lithium Ion battery of the previous cameras have been replaced with 4 AA NiMH batteries.

The FujiFilm FinePix S602 Zoom will ship in June 2002. Pricing has not yet been announced, but in-depth specifications for the camera are in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
FujiFilm FinePix S602 Zoom
FujiFilm FinePix S602 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of FujiFilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Model Number: S602Z
Camera Format: Compact
Price: Unknown
Date Available: June 2002
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 3.30 megapixels
Image Resolution: 2832x2128, 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480
Lens
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 210mm (6x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 1.4, 2.2, 4.4x (see notes)
Auto Focus: Yes (Passive sensor/Contrast Detect)
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 49 cm to Infinity; 19.9 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 1 cm to 79cm; 0.4 to 32.3 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - 11 (13 levels in 1/3EV steps)
Display
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (180,000 pixel Eye-Level LCD)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 110,000)
Exposure
ISO Settings: 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White Balance Settings: Auto, Fine, Shade, Daylight Fluorescent, Cool/Warm White Fluorescent, Incandescent
Manual White Balance: Unknown
Shutter Speeds: 15 - 1/2000 second
Exp Adj Range: Unknown
Metering Modes: 64-zone TTL multi, spot, average
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer: 10 seconds
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow syncro
Flash Range Description: 1 - 17.7 feet (wide) / 3 - 16.4 feet (tele)
Ext Flash: Yes (Hotshoe)
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2, SmartMedia
Memory Included: 16MB (SmartMedia)
File Formats: TIFF-RGB, JPEG, WAVE (audio), AVI (MotionJPEG) w/ audio
More Information
Weight: 499 g; 17.4 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 122 x 81 x 97mm; 4.8 x 3.2 x 3.8in
Notes & Features: Successor to the FujiFilm FinePix 4900 Zoom and 6900 Zoom digital cameras. Lens is an EBC-coated Fujinon 6x optical zoom. Has two macro-focusing modes - Macro focuses 0.3 - 2.6 feet (9.1 to 79.2cm), Super Macro focuses 0.4 - 7.9" (1 to 20.1cm). (!!) "Pixel Data Coupling" technology allows for increased ISO rating at lower resolutions with minimal increase in image noise (up to ISO1600 in 1280 x 960 pixels). "Pixel Mixing" allows for high-framerate VGA video clips. Shutter speeds 3 - 15 seconds available in manual mode only. Shutter speeds less than 1/1000 second only available in Auto and Scene modes. Burst-mode image rates are 1.8 frames/second up to 40 images in 1280 x 960 pixels, or 5 frames/second up to 5 images in 2832 x 2128 pixels (interpolated). Also available is a burst mode that allows the user to hold the shutter button down, and the camera continuously monitors 5 frames per second until the shutter is released - at which point only the last 5 images are saved. 30-second voice clips can be recorded with each picture. Digital zoom is 1.4x at 2048 x 1536, 2.2x at 1280 x 960 or 4.4x at 640 x 480 pixels. Has histogram feature in playback mode. Compatible with 3.3V SmartMedia from 2 to 128MB, or CompactFlash Type-I or II including IBM Microdrive to 1GB. Comes bundled with a 16MB SmartMedia card, four AA NiMH batteries with charger, shoulder strap and USB and video cables. Optional accessories include AC-5VHS AC adapter.
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FujiFilm FinePix S602 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of FujiFilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Source: FujiFilm

Original Source Press Release:

FUJIFILM'S SUCCESS IN ADVANCED-AMATEUR CATEGORY OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY LEADS TO NEW FINEPIX S602 ZOOM FOR THE SEASONED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Offers Choice of Professional-Level Features, Dual Media Slot and 30-Frame per Second VGA Digital Video along with Category-Leading Picture Color

ELMSFORD, NY, January 29, 2002 - Building upon its achievements in the advanced-amateur category of digital photography, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc., today introduced the new FinePix S602 Zoom digital camera. Equipped with Fujifilm's third-generation, 3.1 million effective-pixel Super CCD sensor system that can produce a high-resolution image with 2832 x 2128 (6.03 million) recorded pixels and a powerful Fujinon EBC-coated 6x optical zoom lens, the FinePix S602 Zoom offers advanced-amateurs more than just brilliant image color.

Combined with Fujifilm's new, proprietary image processing method, known as Pixel Data Coupling Technology, and new noise reduction technology, the new higher sensitive Super CCD enables the FinePix F602 Zoom to deliver a wider range of ISO sensitivities all the way up to 1600 in 1280 x 960 mode with a minimal increase in CCD "noise." The new Super CCD system, which reflects yet another significant advancement in Fujifilm's digital imaging technology history, also allows for a unique vertical and horizontal "Pixel-Mixing Technology" that enables the camera to capture VGA digital video at a rate of 30 frames-per-second, a rate and quality not normally associated with digital still cameras.

In addition, the FinePix S602 Zoom offers a dual media slot for both SmartMedia? and IBM's 1GB Microdrive?, which can be inserted into the camera's CompactFlash? (Card Type II) slot for the storage of 145 pictures with 2832 x 2128 pixels (Fine compression) and 15 minutes of VGA, 30 frames-per-second video.

"The great success we've seen with our FinePix 6900 Zoom model shows that serious photographers are not only looking for outstanding results, but demand the flexibility of having a choice of advanced photographic features," said Darin Pepple, Brand Manager, Consumer Digital Products, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "We're confident that the new FinePix S602 Zoom will provide the high image quality and color performance that serious photo enthusiasts have come to expect from Fujifilm's FinePix line."

Building upon the exceptional usability and output picture quality of Fujifilm's critically acclaimed FinePix 6900 Zoom, the FinePix S602 Zoom has new advanced features dedicated to helping serious photographers get the most out of digital photography, such as a passive auto-focus sensor combined with TTL CCD contrast auto-focus that enables photographers to capture better images in a variety of lighting situations including low light. It offers image resolution of up to 2832 x 2128 pixels for outstanding prints and in addition to its manual control modes (aperture, shutter speed, focus), the FinePix S602 Zoom also offers automatic point-and-shoot convenience.

Shutter speeds range from 3 to 1/2000 of a second in auto mode and 15 to 1/1000 of second in manual mode with adjustable ISO sensitivity of 160/200/400, including a high sensitivity, noise reducing one-megapixel mode (1280 x 960) at ISO 800/1600 that features Fujifilm's noise reduction technology. In this same mode, picture takers can snap 1.8 frames/second up to 40 frames. Other continuous shooting modes capture five frames/second up to five frames, including one that allows an infinite number of shots while the shutter is depressed, only saving the final five frames when the shutter is released.

The FinePix S602 Zoom also includes a voice annotation feature that allows the user to attach 30-second voice notes to photos, and the camera's TTL electronic viewfinder has 180,000 pixels for clear viewing, up from 110,000 pixels for the FinePix 6900 Zoom.

As it has done so successfully for its extensive line of film cameras, Fujifilm offers a choice of services and products for digital camera developing - the printing of digital pictures. At retail outlets, Fujifilm's Aladdin self-service kiosks and Frontier Digital Lab Systems offer the ease, cost effectiveness and professional quality of traditional print services, while the Fujifilm FinePix NX-500 digital printer brings digital camera developing to the home. Also from the home, picture takers can upload, store and album images to www.fujifilm.net and have prints made via the Frontier Digital Lab System.

The camera measures 4.8" W x 3.2" H x 3.8" D and weighs 17.6 ounces, without batteries. Bundled accessories include a 16MB SmartMedia? storage card, four AA NiMH batteries with charger, shoulder strap and USB and video cables.

Along with DP Editor, Arcsoft's VideoImpression? 5.0 and Apple® QuickTime software, the camera is packaged with Fujifilm's FinePixViewer software program that automatically launches and organizes pictures stored on the camera's storage media. The FinePixViewer links 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 camera is Windows® and Macintosh® compatible.

Additional bundled software includes Adobe® Photoshop Elements designed for photo enthusiasts looking to explore their creativity in digital imaging.

The FinePix S602 Zoom will be available for purchase in June 2002.

Fujifilm Makes Digital Photography Easy
Fujifilm's FinePix digital camera line-up supports the company's commitment to making digital photography more accessible to consumers by simplifying the technology and providing the education needed to make informed purchasing decisions. The FinePix "Picture of America?" Tour (www.fujifilm.com/finepixtour) features the FinePix Truck, which is traveling the country and educating consumers about digital photography. The tour highlights Fujifilm's complete line of shoot, store, print and share digital photography solutions.

About Fujifilm
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is the U.S. marketing subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. of Tokyo (FUJIY), a leading global manufacturer of imaging and information products. Recognized for its technological innovation and high quality, Fujifilm offers a complete portfolio of imaging and information products, services and e-solutions to retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers.

The complete Fujifilm product portfolio includes: professional and consumer film and cameras; digital imaging products, including cameras and printers for commercial and consumer use; digital minilabs and kiosks; photographic paper and photofinishing supplies; professional motion picture film; high-capacity floppy disks, CDs and DVDs, tape cartridges and other data storage media; videotape and audiocassettes; professional and consumer optical discs; microfilm and other micrographic products; and graphic arts film, conventional and digital printing plates, analog and digital color proofing systems, drum and flatbed scanners, imagesetters and computer-to-plate systems. Fujicolor Processing, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., provides wholesale photofinishing through a network of laboratories across the country.

For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com. For answers to frequently asked questions and software download, consumers can access Fujifilm's technical support Web site at www.fujifilmsupport.com.

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