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Fujifilm's FinePix E900 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces 9mpix compact digicam
(Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 00:00 EDT)

In its second nine megapixel digital camera announcement of the day, Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix E900 model - featuring the same SuperCCD HR imager found in its long-zoom S9000 sibling.

As we noted in our separate coverage of the S9000 announcement, resolution is only a small part of the overall picture. As resolution increases, the difference between successive steps up the megapixel scale become far smaller. Where the FinePix E900 has a resolution of up to 3,488 x 2,616 pixels, that amounts to just a 7% increase horizontally or vertically over an eight megapixel imager - a lot less than the difference in megapixel might suggest. The E900, which replaces the existing E550 model, looks to have plenty of other interesting features beyond resolution though. The maximum ISO rating is higher than average for the category, with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 800 from the E900's 1/1.6" imager. Other interesting features include a 4x optical zoom lens with threaded barrel to accomodate several accessory lenses via an adapter, and a live histogram feature. The Fujifilm FinePix E900 will ship in October, with pricing set at US$499.95.

Fujifilm FinePix E900
Fujifilm's FinePix E900 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Number E900
Dimensions 4.0 x 2.5 x 1.4"
101.6 x 63.5 x 35.6mm
Weight 201.3 g
7.0 oz
Planned Price $499.95
Planned Availability Oct 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.6" Fujifilm SuperCCD HR
9.24 megapixels (total)
9.00 megapixels (effective)
Image Dimensions 9.1 megapixels
5.0 megapixels
3.0 megapixels
Capture Speed Continuous: 1.5 frames per second
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Real-image optical
77% field of view
LCD 2.0", 115,000 pixels
100% field of view
Lens Type Fujinon
4x optical zoom
body threads w/ adapter, thread size unknown
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 7.2 - 28.8mm (actual)
32 - 128mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - f/8.0
Focusing System TTL 64-zone contrast-type
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 3.1" - 33" (8 cm - 80 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 64-zone multi, spot, average
White Balance Automatic, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Scene Modes Natural light, Portrait, Sports, Night
Digital Zoom 7.6x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium xD Picture Card
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, RAW, JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1, USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Battery Type Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software FinePixViewer, ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix, Raw File converter LE
Battery / Charger 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 16.0MB xD-Picture Card
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
More Photos
Fujifilm's FinePix E900 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix E900 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix E900 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


Nine MegaPixels and Real Photo Technology in a Point-and-Shoot Design

Valhalla, NY, July 28, 2005 – Advances in digital photography have impacted every level of user, from first time digital owners, families with multiple photographers, to consumers who are simply interested in expanding their photography skills. Answering the growing needs of every level of user, Fujifilm today introduced the new FinePix E900 digital camera. Packing a powerful nine MegaPixel 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor – the highest resolution available in a consumer digital camera -- the FinePix E900 joins Fujifilm’s already popular E-series line of cameras and continues the tradition of point-and-shoot ease and photographic essentials such as image quality, form factor and powerful feature sets including manual controls, found in all E-series models.

“The FinePix E900 caters to a new breed of digital camera users who seek a product that adapts to their individual interests and grows with them as their skill level increases,” commented David Troy, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Products, Electronic Imaging Products Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. “As with all of our products, Fujifilm is in tune with consumers needs and has taken strides with the new FinePix E900 to offer a camera that, with nine MegaPixels, has a powerhouse photographic engine in an ergonomic point and shoot design allowing users to take better pictures than ever before.”

The E900 offers Fujifilm’s innovative Real Photo Technology, which provides many benefits for the user, including faster operation, low noise processing, better low light shooting, and higher shutter speeds that minimize blurriness in photos at even the highest ISO setting of 800 with full resolution. In addition, fully automatic features on the E900 provide point-and-shoot simplicity, while manual and customizable feature settings provide additional control, particularly when combined with the power of optional lenses.

In addition to a convenient ergonomic travel-friendly design, the E900 offers a large 2-inch LCD screen making taking and sharing pictures easy. A mode dial provides easy access to advanced shooting modes and a 4x optical zoom, which can be enhanced with optional lens adapters, allows user to tailor each shot to their needs. Other versatile shooting functions include a live histogram display for exposure settings and a highlight warning function.

The FinePix E900 will be available in October at a price of $499.95.

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 number 15 for U.S. patents granted during 2004, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ending March 31, 2005, had global revenues of more than $23.6 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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