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Fujifilm's FinePix A350 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces two A-series digicams
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - 00:01 EST)

A press release from Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. today expands its A-series of FinePix digital cameras for the budget-conscious to include two new models.

Both cameras are obviously closely related; the camera body is essentially identical, and the main differences appear to relate to a slightly different sensor resolution. The Fujifilm FinePix A345 is a 4.1 megapixel model, while the A350 boosts this to 5.2 megapixels. Other features shared by both cameras include xD-Picture Card storage, 3x Fujinon zoom lens, 1.7" LCD display, real-image optical viewfinder, USB connectivity, and power from two AA batteries (alkaline disposables included in the product bundle).

The Fujifilm FinePix A345 will cost $249, and the A350 will cost $299. Both cameras will ship next month.

Fujifilm FinePix A345
Fujifilm's FinePix A345 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Number A345
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.2"
88.9 x 61.0 x 30.5mm
Weight 4.7 oz
133.2 g
Planned Price $249.00
Planned Availability Mar 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
4.23 megapixels (total)
4.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Real image optical
75% field of view
LCD 1.7", 115,000 pixels
90% field of view
Playback Zoom 3.6x max
Lens
Lens Type Fujinon Zoom Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 105mm (actual)
35 - 105 (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.7 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Contrast Detection (center point fixed)
Focusing Range Normal: 25" - infinity
Macro: 2.5" - 32"
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto (64 - 400)
Shutter Speed 2 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multipoint TTL
Exposure Compensation +/- 1.5EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto, Good Weather, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Reduct
Range: 60 cm - 3.5 m (wide) / 3m (tele); Macro: 30 - 80cm
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, landscape, sports, night scene
Digital Zoom 3.6x
Self Timer Yes, seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format AVI format, Motion JPEG with audio
320x240 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 3 frames per second
Max. clip length: 65 seconds (320x240) / 260 seconds (160x120)
Storage
Recording Medium xD Picture Card
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG
Connectivity
Video Yes
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Alkaline disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software FinePix Viewer v4.3
Battery / Charger 2 x AA alkaline disposable
Flash Memory 16MB xD-Picture Card
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
.

Fujifilm FinePix A350
Fujifilm's FinePix A350 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Number A350
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.2"
88.9 x 61.0 x 30.5mm
Weight 4.7 oz
133.2 g
Planned Price $299.00
Planned Availability Mar 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
5.36 megapixels (total)
5.20 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Real image optical
75% field of view
LCD 1.7", 115,000 pixels
90% field of view
Playback Zoom 4.1x max
Lens
Lens Type Fujinon Zoom Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 105mm (actual)
35 - 105 (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.7 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Contrast Detection
Focusing Range Normal: 25" - infinity
Macro: 2.5" - 32"
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto (64 - 400)
Shutter Speed 2 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multipoint TTL
Exposure Compensation +/- 1.5EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto, Good Weather, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Reduct
Range: 60 cm - 3.5 m (wide) / 3m (tele); Macro: 30 - 80cm
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, landscape, sports, night scene
Digital Zoom 4.1x
Self Timer Yes, seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format AVI format, Motion JPEG with audio
320x240 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 3 frames per second
Max. clip length: 65 seconds (320x240) / 260 seconds (160x120)
Storage
Recording Medium xD Picture Card
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG
Connectivity
Video Yes
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Alkaline disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software FinePix Viewer v4.3
Battery / Charger 2 x AA alkaline disposable
Flash Memory xD-Picture Card
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
.

Original Source Press Release:

NEW LOOK AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE DEFINE FUJIFILM'S FINEPIX A345 AND FINEPIX A350 DIGITAL CAMERAS

Valhalla, NY, February 8, 2005 -- Fujifilm is recognized as a full-line supplier of high quality digital cameras that meet the wide range of consumer abilities, from beginner to advanced amateur. Balancing their product assortment, Fujifilm traditionally offers strong entry-level camera options, providing operational simplicity without sacrificing Fujifilm's renowned image quality. Today, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., continues this legacy - and improves upon it -- with the introduction of the FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 digital cameras.

These newest additions to Fujifilm's diverse digital camera line usher in a new, more contemporary look for the popular A-Series cameras. Gone are the lens covers that defined earlier A-Series models and in their place sit new 3x optical zoom lenses that retract directly into the camera bodies for a smooth outer surface. This feature makes the FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 smaller and more compact than their predecessors, allowing them to slide effortlessly into a coat pocket or handbag for all-the-time camera accessibility.

Image quality and overall performance get a boost as well. The FinePix A345 and FinePix A350 have 4.1 MegaPixel and 5.2 MegaPixel CCDs, respectively, as well as new image processors for more robust color and quicker frame-to-frame shooting. Built-in, pre-programmed scene modes take much of the guesswork out of camera settings, and the new models possess LCDs larger than previous A-Series cameras for checking just-taken photos before sending them off for printing. As an added plus, captured movies now become "talkies" with the addition of sound to the cameras' video feature.

Both cameras will be available in March 2005. The FinePix A345 will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (M.S.R.P.) of $249.95 while the FinePix A350 will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299 retail price tag.

About Fujifilm

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and delivers technology solutions to meet the imaging and information needs of retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers. As a global leader in digital imaging, Fujifilm pioneered the development of digital medical systems, and today is the leader in digital minilab systems. The company was ranked in the top ten for U.S. patents granted during the last decade, employs approximately 73,000 people worldwide and in the year ending March 31, 2004, had global revenues of more than $24 billion.

In the United States, Fujifilm is a leader in delivering high quality, easy-to-use imaging and information solutions in the following categories: Digital Imaging Systems, Film and Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media, Motion Picture Film, Graphic Arts and Printing Systems and Medical Imaging and Diagnostics Systems. Fujifilm is an environmentally friendly, humane enterprise and an exemplary corporate citizen.

For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.

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