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Fujifilm's FinePix S100FS digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm: 11mpix, 14.3x zoom digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 00:01 EST)

Fujifilm USA Inc. has today announced one of the more interesting digital cameras we've yet seen in the runup to this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.

The Fujifilm FinePix S100FS is based around a 2/3" SuperCCD HR VIII image sensor with an 11.1 effective megapixel resolution and Fuji's RP Processor III. The sensor is coupled to a Fujinon-branded F2.8 - F5.3 14.3x optical zoom lens that offers a 35mm-equivalent focal range from 28 - 400mm, and includes both optical image stabilization and a true manual zoom ring (rather than the "fly-by-wire" zooms found on most such digicams). Other features include a 2.5" tilting LCD display, SD / SDHC / xD-Picture Card combo slot, Fuji's face detection 2.0 with automatic red-eye removal, extended dynamic range control, and a selection of film simulation modes.

The Fuji FinePix S100FS goes on sale from February 2008, with a pricetag of about $800.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS
Fujifilm's FinePix S100FS digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type EVF
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Number S100fs
Dimensions 5.3 x 3.7 x 5.9"
133.4 x 93.6 x 150.4mm
Weight 918.0 g
32.1 oz
Planned Price $799.95
Planned Availability 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type 2/3" Fujifilm SuperCCD HR
11.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 3840 x 2880 (11.1 megapixels)
4032 x 2688 (10.8 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, EVF type; 0.2", 200K pixels color LCD
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type Fujinon Zoom
14.3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 7.1 - 101.5mm (actual)
28 - 400mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range Wide: f/2.8 - f/11; Tele: f/5.3 - f/11
Focusing System Contrast Detect Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center), Continuous AF, Manual focus with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 41" (1 cm - 100 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400* (* 6 megapixels or lower), 10000** (** 3 megapixels or lower)
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes TTL 256-zone meterin g
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool white), Incandescent light, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro
Range: ISO Auto (800) Wide: Approx. 0.6m / 2.0 ft. to 7.2m / 23.6 ft. Telephoto: Approx. 2.5m / 8.2 ft. to 3.8m / 12.5 ft.; Macro: Approx. 0.3m / 1.0 ft. to 0.8m / 2.6 ft.
Creative
Scene Modes Nature, Nature-soft, Nature-Vivid, Flower, Portrait, Portrait-soft, Baby, Portrait Enhancer, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Film Simulation Bracketing
Digital Zoom Up to 2.0x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, xD Picture Card, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, RAW (.RAF), JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC Input
Power
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NP-140
Product Bundle
Software FinePix Viewer (RAW conversion function included)
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary NP-140 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 25.0MB Internal
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
More Photos
Fujifilm's FinePix S100FS digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

Fujifilm Unveils Its Most Advanced Consumer Model To Date: The Finepix S100FS Digital Camera

Advanced Prosumer Model Offers DSLR Control and Functionality

Valhalla, NY, January 24, 2008 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today unveiled the FinePix S100FS (Film Simulation) digital camera, its most advanced SLR-styled camera to date. The FinePix S100FS provides an all-in-one solution for photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers seeking the manual controls and functionality of a Digital-SLR, without the hassle and expense of additional lenses and other accessories.

The FinePix S100FS is equipped with a 14.3x Fujinon manual zoom lens, Fujifilm’s 8th generation Super CCD sensor with 11 MegaPixels, RP III processor, 2.5” tiltable LCD and ISO capabilities of up to ISO 6400 at 6MegaPixel and an incredible ISO 10,000 at 3 MegaPixels. Photographers will appreciate the ease of use afforded by Dual Image Stabilization which combines optical image and picture stabilization, and Fujifilm’s acclaimed Face Detection 2.0 Technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal, while enjoying a wide dynamic range of 100-400% typically exclusive to the highest-end D-SLR cameras, and film simulation modes that only Fujifilm can provide.

“This camera benefits from the culmination of Fujifilm’s 8th generation Super CCD and 3rd generation RP (Real Photo) Processor technology development,” said David Troy, senior product manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “This powerful combination allows the S100FS, with its wide dynamic range, to capture the subtleties in color, tone and detail to deliver perfect shot conditions every time.”

One-Of-A-Kind Lens Design for a One-Of-A-Kind Camera
Through a unique collaboration among Fujifilm and Fujinon R&D engineers, the development team approached the design effort as a single project, creating the lens and CCD for express function as a single unit. This design allows the ultra-high precision Fujinon lens to achieve maximum resolution at all focal lengths of 28mm-400mm equivalent and aperture stop settings. Because of the composite body and lens structure, there is no penetration of dirt and dust onto the CCD of a bright F 2.8 (wide angle) or F5.3 (telephoto).

A Feature Set Borrowed From the S5 Pro
Fujifilm’s engineers have incorporated some of the FinePix S5 Pro’s features that have been most appreciated by professional photographers, including film simulation modes and settings that expand the camera’s dynamic range. The FinePix S100FS has an extended dynamic range (100% , 200% , 400% ) that is similar to that of negative film, thanks to the newly developed 2/3” 11.1 megapixel SuperCCD VIII “HR” and the new RP Processor III. This camera prevents overexposure and underexposure, regardless of whether the subject is a landscape or a portrait, and Fujifilm’s unique Film Simulation modes (FS) allow photographers to select the ideal “film” mode for the scene with a choice of four modes that optimize for portraiture, low-contrast (soft), vibrant colors (Velvia), or general use (Provia). Only Fujifilm has developed its camera technology from its photographic heritage in film which uniquely gives subtle changes in tone and color reproduction to provide the photographer the widest technical range for the best creative expression possible.

Face Detection 2.0 with Automatic Red Eye Removal
Fujifilm’s proprietary Face Detection 2.0, featuring Automatic Red Eye Removal, debuted on the award-winning FinePix F50fd. This one-touch selectable mode enables cameras such as the FinePix S100FS to detect up to 10 human faces in a scene, correcting focus, exposure and white balance automatically as fast as 0.05 seconds to ensure that photos of human faces are clear and properly exposed, no matter where subjects are located within the frame. Fujifilm’s Face Detection 2.0 has an advantage over the other face detection systems currently on the market because it can identify faces at extreme angles – even in full profile. The system allows for up to a 90 O movement in either direction for profiles and up to 135 O for leaning or lying down in either direction, for a total range of 270 O.

The Automatic Red-Eye Removal feature works in conjunction with Fujifilm’s Face Detection 2.0, automatically correcting red-eye directly after the shot is taken and then saving both the original image and the corrected file. The user can then perform a side-by-side picture comparison in playback mode and select the most pleasing image.

Other noteworthy features found on the FinePix S100FS include:

  • Dual Image Stabilization: The FinePix S100FS features Fujifilm’s Dual Image Stabilization technology to ensure clean, sharp and blur-free images, even in low-light conditions. This combines image stabilization through a mechanically stabilized “floating” lens element to reduce blur from the photographer’s hand-shake, with Fujifilm’s Picture Stabilization Technology, to reduce blur caused by subject movement, for the ultimate in stabilization technology.
  • Multi-Bracketing Function: The S100FS has three bracketing functions useful for high level photography: Film Simulation Bracketing, Dynamic Range Bracketing and AE Bracketing.
  • High-Speed Shooting: Reliable high-speed performance is possible through Fujifilm’s newly developed Super CCD VIII “HR” and the new image processor RP (Real Photo) III Processor. At 3-MegaPixels, a maximum of 50 continuous shots at 7 frames/second is possible. In addition, 14 scene settings and customer settings can be selected, as can four auto-focus modes offer convenient high-speed, high-precision shooting and focusing for a diverse range of conditions.
  • Image Formats: Capture images in both JPEG and RAW format.
  • Movie Mode: Movie mode with sound at 30 frames per second in VGA quality, and zoom capable with manual zoom ring while in movie mode.
  • xD/SD/SD-HC Compatible Slot: The FinePix S100FS features an “xD/SD Compatible Slot” which accepts not only Fujifilm’s traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity/SD-HC cards too.
  • 2.5: Tiltable LCD: The FinePix s100FS features a tilting 2.5” LCD that makes it easy to frame shots from a variety of shooting positions.

The FinePix S100FS will debut in February 2008 at a retail price of $799.95.

About FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.
FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc., is a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses.  For more information on Fujifilm U.S.A. products, customers can call 800-800-FUJI or visit www.fujifilmusa.com . To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm U.S.A. via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss .

About FUJIFILM
Fujifilm Corporation (NASDAQ:FUJI) brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of imaging industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. It was ranked number 15 for U.S. patents granted in 2006, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2007, had global revenues of $23.6 billion.  For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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