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Fuji's FinePix S7000 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji announces S602Z successor, FinePix S7000
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(Monday, July 28, 2003 - 22:00 EDT)

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. has today announced a successor for its S602 Zoom digital camera in the form of the FinePix S7000.

The S602Z, first announced in January 2002, was a 3 megapixel camera with a 6x optical zoom - and the new S7000 updates that model with a 6 megapixel 4th-gen SuperCCD HR sensor. The form factor of the S7000 is almost identical to the earlier camera, but with gold detailing instead of silver. The electronic viewfinder has also been upgraded from one with 103,000 pixels to a much-higher resolution 235,000 pixel unit with twice the resolving power for easier manual focusing.

Another change is the replacement of the S602Z's SmartMedia slot with a higher-capacity xD-Picture Card slot. The CompactFlash slot of the earlier model is maintained; as with the previous camera, Fuji only advertises this for use of Microdrives although it will accept CompactFlash cards as well. Note that not all CF cards will be fast enough to keep up with the S7000's burst-rate and 30fps video, though.

Since the image sensor resolution has doubled, the high-sensitivity mode of the earlier camera has been updated to allow use at ISO ratings up to 1600 in 2 and 3 megapixel modes. Fuji says that even though it has doubled the resolution of the camera, it has been able to maintain the signal / noise ratio of the previous model.

The Fuji FinePix S7000 should ship in October at a price of $799. Full specifications and a press release follow...

Fuji FinePix S7000
Fuji's FinePix S7000 digital camera. Courtesy of Fuji, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Number of Effective Pixels 6.3 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/1.7-inch 4th Generation Super CCD HR System (Number of Total Pixels: 6.63 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 4048 x 3040 (12.3 million)
File formats
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), RAW
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), WAV
*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage media xD-Picture Card (3.3V, 16MB to 512MB), Microdrive
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included)
Still Image
12MP (Fine) 12MP (Normal)
3 6
6MP 3MP 2MP
10 20 25
1MP RAW
33 1
Movie
640 x 480 320 x 240
Approx. 13 sec. Approx. 26 sec.
Lens focal length
Fujinon EBC coating, glass aspherical element, external focus/zoom control ring
Equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera
Optical zoom 6x
Digital zoom 3.2x
Focus TTL contrast multi-zone auto, area auto, center point auto, focus lock, manual focus
Focus Range
Normal: 1.6ft to infinity
Super Macro: 0.4in-7.9in
Aperture
F 2.8-F8 (W)
10 segments in 1/3 increments
Viewfinder Ultra high resolution electronic viewfinder (0.44inch with 235,000 pixels)
Exposure control Auto / P / A / S / Manual EV / Scene Position
Exposure modes TTL-64 zone multi, average, spot
Sensitivity
Auto: equivalent to ISO 160-800
Manual: equivalent to ISO 200 400 600 800*
* only in 1/2/3M mode
Shutter speed 15 sec. - 1/10,000 sec.
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom
Flash
Auto flash using flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro
Effective range (at ISO 200): 1.0ft-27.9ft (W)/3.0ft-25.9ft (T)
LCD monitor 1.8-inch TFT (118,000 pixels)
Camera terminal USB interface
Power source 4 AA alkaline batteries or AC-5V AC Adapter (optional)
Dimensions  4.8(W) x 3.2(H) x 3.8(D) inch
Weight 17.6 oz. (excluding batteries and media)
Shooting modes Auto, Exposure Combination, Macro, Movie
Movie recording
640 x 480 pixels up to 13 sec.
320 x 240 pixels up to 26 sec.
30 fps, VGA  (Motion JPEG) with sound
Video out NTSC and PAL switchable
Voice memo 30 seconds
Playback Single frame (with 14.4 playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Special shooting modes Continuous autofocusing, continuous 5 frame 12MP shooting, 40 frame 1 / 2 / 3MP continuous shooting, auto bracketing, photo mode control - ISO / Resolution / Color, sharpness, multi-exposure, custom white balance
Continuous shooting modes
Continuous first or last 5 frame 12MP shooting
40 frame 1 / 2 / 3MP continuous shooting
Accessories included
16MB xD-Picture Card
4 AA alkaline batteries
Shoulder Strap
USB Cable
AV Cable
FinePix Viewer
ImageMixer VCD for FinePix
Lens cap
Optional lens adapters
0.79x Wide
1.5x Tele
(Cannot use built-in flash when using lens attachments)
Optional accessories
AC-5V AC Adapter
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Compact Flash™ Card Adapter DPC-CF
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Battery Charger with Battery BK-NH/BK-NH2
Rechargeable Battery 2HR-3UF (2 AA-type Ni-MH)
Tele Conversion Lens TL-FX9/FX 9B
Wide Conversion Lens WL-FX9/FX 9B
Soft Case SC-FX 602
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* Specifications subject to change without notice.

Original Source Press Release:

FUJIFILM UNVEILS FIRST DIGITAL CAMERA WITH SECOND SUPER CCD HR SENSOR

FinePix S7000's high-resolution chip provides 12 million recorded pixel output for vivid, life-like images

VALHALLA, NY, July 29, 2003 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today announced the arrival of the first digital camera to carry the second of its two proprietary Super CCD HR (High Resolution) sensors.  The chip provides the Fujifilm FinePix S7000, with 6 million effective pixels to create rich, life-like images with 12 million recorded pixel output - the highest resolution image files available to consumers.  The FinePix S7000 also offers advanced exposure control and wide aperture 6x optical zoom and 3.2x digital zoom in a compact SLR-inspired styling.

The FinePix S7000 offers 6.3 million effective pixels, which can produce images of 4048 x 3040 (12.3 million) recorded pixels for best-quality prints up to 20 x 30 inches in size.  In addition to powering the camera's ultra-high resolution, the Super CCD HR sensor provides the rich color reproduction and life-like detail that Fujifilm is known for in captured images.

"Simply put, the FinePix S7000 is an amazing new camera for the photo enthusiast," said Darin Pepple, Marketing Manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Photo Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.  "It's unique resolution power and long zoom, combined with best-in-class color and full manual controls make it a great camera for the consumer who wants a total photography experience.  The FinePix S7000 demonstrates Fujifilm's ongoing commitment to technology and its leadership in the consumer space."

Fujifilm's FinePix S7000 digital camera offers the following array of features:

  • Increased resolution and reach - The first consumer digital camera to produce output files of 12.3 million recorded pixels, the FinePix S7000 is the first camera to carry Fujifilm's second Super CCD HR (High Resolution) sensor.  The camera maximizes 6.3 million effective pixels to produce a true-to-life 4048 x 3040 (12.3 million) recorded pixel output file.  The camera also offers a long reach wide aperture 6x optical and 3.2x digital zoom, and works with optional wide and telephoto lens adapters, allowing photo enthusiasts to capture long-range subjects.
  • Improved color saturation - The FinePix S7000's Super CCD HR sensor system enables the digital picture-taker to capture best-in-class color images with rich, vibrant colors that radiate in prints.
  • SLR-inspired styling - The FinePix S7000's traditional body provides a familiar feel to photo enthusiasts looking for a semi-professional grade camera.  The camera measures 4.8 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 3.8 (D) inches, and weighs 17.6 ounces without batteries and media.
  • Full manual controls - Consumers who want maximum image control will be pleased with the FinePix S7000's fully manual controls.  The camera offers a range of special shooting modes including continuous focusing, continuous five frame 12MP shooting, auto bracketing and custom white balance.  In addition, shutter speed, aperture range and focusing systems can be manipulated.  The FinePix S7000 also offers photo enthusiasts the ability to capture images in CCD-RAW format, and may use the included FinePix Viewer software to convert to TIFF files.
  • Dual slot - The FinePix S7000 has dual slots for xD-Picture Card and microdrive, providing consumers with flexible storage options.
  • Movie recording with sound - The camera offers full VGA movie recording at 30 frames per second with sound, allowing consumers to capture everyday events and special moments to play back for friends and family at a later date.  The FinePix S7000 can capture 13-second 640 x 480 pixel movies, and 26-seconds at 320 x 240 pixels with a 16MB xD-Picture Card.  If a 512MB xD-Picture Card is used, movies of 7.4 minutes at 640 x 480 pixels and 14.6 minutes of 340 x 240 pixels can be captured.  Movies can be burned onto CD-ROMs for storage using the ImageMixer VCD for FinePix software included with the camera.

The FinePix S7000 comes bundled with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, four AA alkaline batteries, shoulder strap, USB cable, AV cable, FinePix Viewer, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix. The camera will be available for purchase in October 2003 at the suggested list price of $799.95.

Fujifilm Makes Digital Photography Easy:
Now, consumers can get high-quality photos produced from their digital cameras just as easily as they get pictures from film cameras.  It's as simple as bringing their media storage card to one of thousands of Fujifilm Digital Camera Developing services providers nationwide.  Consumers are encouraged to visit www.digitalcameradelveloping.com to find a retailer in their area offering Fujifilm Digital Camera Developing services.

To help simplify digital camera technology and educate consumers about the choices available to them, Fujifilm is now traveling the country for a third year with its "Picture of America™" Tour featuring its FinePix Truck. The tour highlights Fujifilm's complete line of shoot, store, print and share digital photography solutions.  Details about the truck, as well as information about where it will be next, can be found at www.fujifilm.com/finepixtour.

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 in three business segments, including Imaging Solutions, Information Solutions and Document Solutions. Recognized for its technological innovation and high quality, Fujifilm offers a complete portfolio of imaging, information and document products, services and e-solutions to retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers.

The complete Fujifilm product portfolio in the U.S.A. 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. Fujifilm e-Systems is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., that develops workflow solutions to support the company's photofinishing labs and consumer photographic businesses, including online imaging services such as Fujifilm.net. Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., is the largest U.S. distributor of equipment, consumables and technical services for the graphic communications industry.

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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