Fuji Japan: 20.8 mpix digital back pricing|
(Friday, December 19, 2003 - 10:59 EST)
Fuji Japan has today announced pricing for a 20.8 megapixel SuperCCD based digital camera back.
First announced back in late February, the camera back will be compatible with Fujifilm's GX680. When it was announced, a version for the GX645AF (a variant of Hasselblad's H1) was also planned (we don't currently know the status of this).
The "DBP for GX680" provides an interpolated resolution of 41.4 megapixels (7648 x 5408 pixels) from a 52 x 37mm SuperCCD image sensor, and considering the huge image size, has an impressive burst-mode capability of 1.5 seconds per frame for up to 7 frames. The ISO ratings offered are lower than those originally predicted - instead of 100, 200 and 400, the actual choices are 50, 100, 160 and 200. A 1.8" low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD display rated as 100% accurate is featured, along with an optical low-pass filter to reduce moire effects. Should the full 20.8 megapixel (41.4 megapixel interpolated) resolution not be needed for a particular shot, there are reduced resolution settings of 6560 x 4640 (30.4 megapixel), 5248 x 3712 (19.5 megapixel), 3936 x 2784 (11.0 megapixel) and 2624 x 1856 (4.9 megapixel). Bundled software includes HyperUtility 2 (software for capturing images), Raw File Converter EX and Raw File Compressor.
Four photos courtesy of Fujifilm USA follow. Note that whilst Fujifilm USA did announce the digital back in early March 2003, we are told there are currently no plans to bring it to the USA. Japanese pricing is set at ¥2,380,000 (roughly equivalent to US$22,067 / € 17,839 / CAD$29,545 / £12,517 ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties). In Japan, the digital back will be available from the end of January 2004.