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Fujifilm's logo -  click here to visit the Fujifilm website! Fujifilm UK: FinePix Z2 Zoom (UPDATED)
(Monday, October 10, 2005 - 01:44 EDT)

A press release from Fujifilm UK today has announced the new FinePix Z2 Zoom digital camera, coming as rather a surprise to us since even the company's head office in Japan has published no information on the camera at the moment.

The FinePix Z2 Zoom is an update to the existing Z1 model with only a handful of changes, in much the same manner as the recent announcement of the F11 Zoom model offered a slight upgrade to the existing F10. Changes we noted between the Z1 and Z2 are a higher maximum ISO sensitivity of 1600 (previously 800), a 256-zone multi metering system (previously 64-zone), and a higher resolution LCD display (232k pixels, versus 115k pixels in the Z1). Shutter speeds and apertures remain identical to those in the original Z1, and the camera also features the same lens, xD-Picture Card storage, USB 2.0 High-speed and NTSC / PAL connectivity, and proprietary NP-40 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery as the Z1.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z2 Zoom will ship in the UK from November. Information on pricing is not available at this time, and nor do we have any information on any plans to sell the camera in other markets.

Fujifilm FinePix Z2 Zoom
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Number Z2
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.7"
90.0 x 55.0 x 18.6mm
Weight 130.0 g
4.5 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" Fujifilm SuperCCD HR
5.22 megapixels (total)
5.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2736 x 1824 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 232,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 4.1x max
Lens Type Fujinon Zoom Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 6.1 - 18.3mm (actual)
36 - 108mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.5 (wide) / f/4.2 (tele) - f/8.0
Focusing System Contrast Detection
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 3.3" - 33" (8 cm - 80 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/1000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes 256-zone TTL
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight / Warm White / Cool White), Incandescent light
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Sync
Range: 0.3 - 3.0m (W), 0.6 - 2.3m (T)
Scene Modes Sports, Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape, Natural Light
Digital Zoom 5.7x
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 JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In, camera cradle
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NP-40
Product Bundle
Software FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix
Battery / Charger Proprietary NP-40 Lithium Ion 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, mount is in cradle
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS

UPDATED 2005-10-10 17:32ET: Fujifilm USA has advised us that this camera will not be available for purchase in the US market.

Original Source Press Release:

Fujifilm FinePix Z2 Zoom: the sensitive supermodel that's naturally slim

Fujifilm today announced the launch of the FinePix Z2 Zoom, a super-slim digital compact offering 5.1 megapixels, a high resolution 2.5" LCD monitor and improved sensitivity up to ISO 1600, all housed within a chic, sleek body.

As anyone with an eye for the world of fashion knows, occasionally you may want to take discrete photos in low light. With an amazing sensitivity setting of ISO 1600, this model certainly won't be dropped for a poor performance.

A stylish successor to the hugely popular FinePix Z1 Zoom, this camera boasts an even higher- sensitivity performance (up to ISO 1600) meaning that clean, sharp images can be captured in low light or difficult lighting situations, such as parties, concerts and other indoor events. What's more, Fujifilm's Real Photo Processor enables users to achieve more natural-looking images, without the harsh effects often caused by camera flash - and avoiding the blurring caused by camera shake or subject movement.

The FinePix Z2 Zoom's enhanced resolution 2.5" LCD monitor has reinforced, scratch-resistant glass, making it ideal for viewing and editing images on the move.

Furthermore, the FinePix Z2 Zoom is prepared for any photographic situation with its continuous shooting feature - allowing users to follow classic sporting moments, or catwalk catastrophes, frame by frame. In addition, its smart, glossy single-shell casing - available in black or white - is sure to complement any style this season.

Designed to get you even closer to the action, the FinePix Z2 Zoom's special refractive, non-extending zoom lens gives 3x optical reach without any visible movement on the camera's flat exterior. As if that wasn't enough, the camera also incorporates Fujifilm's fifth generation Super CCD HR, meaning that large reprints can be produced without loss of image quality or detail.

A real pocket rocket, the FinePix Z2 Zoom also includes a TV-quality movie function, capable of capturing 30 frames per second VGA video with sound.

FinePix Z2 Zoom features at a glance:

  • Super CCD HR sensor delivering 5.1 million effective pixels
  • Non-extending refractive optical zoom lens with 3x optical zoom
  • Sensitivity range of ISO 64-1600 for low-noise photography in all conditions
  • Wraparound, glossy shell-design body, with sliding power-on function
  • Available in stunning black or cool white
  • High resolution 2.5 inch LCD screen with reinforced, scratch-resistant glass
  • Continuous shooting mode for action photography
  • TV-quality VGA movie recording of 30 frames per second with sound
  • PictBridge™ compatible for direct printing without a PC
Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Photo Products, said, "It's ironic that most ultra-slim cameras struggle where they are most frequently used - in low-light social situations, such as parties. With four times the sensitivity, combined with iconic design, the FinePix Z2 Zoom is a camera that truly qualifies as an evening companion."

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