Fuji prepares to launch new digicam! (UPDATED)|
(Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 17:17 EDT)
Japanese teaser presentation outlines a few specifications high-points for the latest FinePix...
Fuji Japan has posted a teaser for a new digicam on its website, our friends at DigitalCamera.jp report. Details are deliberately vague at this point, but the presentation details several point of note:
More on this story as it develops!
UPDATED 2002-06-05 07:07ET: Note that the teaser has now been removed from Fuji's site, as the camera has now been announced.
- The words "Compact Body" scroll past on the presentation. The camera is shown in outline, and appears to closely resemble the shape of several past compact FujiFilm cameras - the FinePix 30i, 40i and 50i (which all feature built-in MP3 players) and the FinePix 4500 (which is extremely similar to the 40i but a couple of millimeters thicker and without the MP3 capabilities).
- The camera is equipped with a 3x optical zoom lens - something all the cameras mentioned above lacked, being equipped with either 36mm or 38mm-equivalent fixed focal length lenses.
- As would be expected the camera uses the latest iteration of the SuperCCD sensor, dubbed the "Super CCD HONEYCOM III" in Japan. We've already seen this sensor used in a couple of other recent cameras from Fuji, and if you're interested in finding out how it differs from previous versions, we provided an in-depth look at the Super CCD III just before PMA 2002 at the end of January.
- The name of the camera *may* be the FinePix F401 in Japan (camera names often vary by marketplace). This assumption is based on the fact that DigitalCamera.gp webmaster Yamada Kumio noticed the title name of the notification page was initially "F401_2" - this has since been changed.
- The Japanese announcement will be made on May 30th, a week from today.