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Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix Z1
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - 00:01 EST)

Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. has today unveiled a new ultracompact camera model featuring a 5.1 megapixel SuperCCD HR imager and Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens.

Other features of the Fujifilm FinePix Z1 digital camera include image resolutions up to 2592 x 1944 pixels, ISO sensitivities up to 800, 64-zone TTL metering, VGA movie mode, and Natural light, Sports, Portrait, Night scene, or Landscape scene modes. Further hardware features include a built-in flash, xD-Picture Card storage, and a large 2.5" LCD display.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 will ship in June 2005 at a price of $449.

Fujifilm FinePix Z1
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Number Z1
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.7"
90.0 x 55.0 x 18.6mm
Weight 4.6 oz
130.4 g
Planned Price $449.00
Planned Availability Jun 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type Fujifilm SuperCCD HR
5.10 megapixels (total)
5.04 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2592 x 1944
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD 2.5", 115,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 4.1x max
Lens
Lens Type Fujinon Zoom Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 6.1 - 108mm (actual)
36 - 108 (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.5 (wide) / f/4.2 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Contrast Detection
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity
Macro: 3.3" - 33"
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800
Metering Modes 64-zone TTL
White Balance Fine, 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 Reduction + Slow Sync
Range: 0.3 - 3.0m (W), 0.6 - 2.3m (T)
Creative
Scene Modes Sports, Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape, Natural Light
Digital Zoom 5.7x
Self Timer Yes, seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format Motion JPEG with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Storage
Recording Medium xD Picture Card
File Format JPEG
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1, USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other DC In, camera cradle
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NP-40
Product Bundle
Software FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix
Battery / Charger Proprietary NP-40 Lithium Ion rechargeable
Flash Memory 16MB xD-Picture Card
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, mount is in cradle
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
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Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

LOOK GOOD TAKING GREAT PICTURES WITH THE FUJIFILM FINEPIX Z1 DIGITAL CAMERA

Valhalla, NY, February 8, 2005 – Fujifilm has a history of developing digital cameras that look as stunning as the pictures they take. Today, the company added to its fashionable digicam legacy with the introduction of the 5.1 MegaPixel FinePix Z1, a slim and stylish digital shooter that is the perfect accessory for a night out on the town.

The saying goes that one doesn’t get a second chance to make a first impression. That shouldn’t be a concern with the FinePix Z1 as its sleek and strong all-metal body is sure to draw attention. Available in two colors -- a deep, sophisticated black and a stunning brushed silver -- the FinePix Z1 is as trim as they come in the world of digicams, measuring a mere 18.6 millimeters thick – thinner than a deck of cards. This slenderness, which is possible thanks to a non-extending, refractive 3x optical zoom lens, allows the camera to stow easily in a pocket or small handbag for quick access when those special moments with friends occur.

Nighttime is the Right Time for Taking Pictures with the FinePix Z1
Taking pictures when out dancing or at dinner does present challenges to a digital camera, as many of these picture-worthy moments occur in very low light. Low light calls for higher, more light-sensitive ISO settings, which can lead to “noisy”, grainy pictures or blurriness when a camera’s shutter stays open in order to bring in more light.

The FinePix Z1 is up to the low light challenge thanks to a new technology developed by Fujifilm’s skilled engineers. Called Real Photo Technology, this breakthrough links the camera’s 5th generation Super CCD HR sensor with a new, advanced RP Processor. The results are pictures taken at ISO settings as high as 800 (in full resolution) with reduced noise and extra sharpness. This higher sensitivity also enables higher shutter speeds, which helps minimizes blur.

Another benefit to the Real Photo Technology is speed of operation. The Fujifilm FinePix Z1, with its smooth and curvy bodylines, looks fast and it performs to type, going from off to on in an incredibly fast 0.6 second. Shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to fire after depressing the shutter button, has been reduced to an almost negligible 1/100th of a second. The camera also has a high-speed shooting mode that speeds up the exposure and focusing processes, automating the capture of moving subjects and ensuring that even the most unexpected moments can be captured in famous Fujifilm color.

The FinePix Z1 has a sizable LCD (2.5 inches), great for sharing just-taken pictures with friends or family. LCDs were designed chiefly for the review of photos, but they have increasingly become the primary scene-framing tool of many consumers -- even though many lament over their performance in low-light situations. To combat this and improve low-light performance, the LCD of the FinePix Z1 has a gain-up function that improves the brightness and quality of the image in the LCD. With this feature FinePix Z1 picture-takers can preserve the mood of any scene, such as keeping the lights off when the birthday boy or girl blows out the candles.

Fujifilm also improved the toughness of the FinePix Z1’s LCD by giving it a reinforced glass coating that is 35 times more resistant to scratches than previous models. This is a feature consumers have asked for in cameras without optical viewfinders, keeping it free from damage as the camera is repeatedly pulled from pockets and handbags.

Regarding the issue of LCD-only scene capture on the FinePix Z1, Ron Gazzola, Marketing Manager for Fujifilm’s Digital Devices Division, commented, “Fujifilm U.S.A. conducted extensive consumer research concerning LCDs and our findings showed that with a palm-sized camera, consumers feel comfortable framing their pictures solely with a LCD as long as the monitor is large, durable and performs well in low light. The advanced LCD of the FinePix Z1 has it all and should be an attractive feature on an already attractive camera.”

Full specifications can be found below, but here are a few key facts about the FinePix Z1:

  • Effective 5.1 MegaPixel
  • 5th-Generation Super CCD HR
  • Non-extending, refractive 3x optical zoom
  • Large and bright 2.5” LCD with scratch-resistant coating
  • Super-sleek flat design
  • Real Photo Technology for low noise at ISOs as high as 800; fast shutter speeds prevent blur in low or natural light scenes
  • 0.6-second boot-up time; shutter lag down to 1/100th second after AE/AF locked; High-Speed Shooting mode provides quicker auto exposure and focus lock for even faster operation
  • June 2005 availability; manufacturer’s suggested retail price (M.S.R.P.): $449.95

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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