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Fujifilm's FinePix Z30fd digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. Fuji announces FinePix Z20 replacement
(Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 00:01 EST)

Continuing its announcements in the runup to the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow, Fujifilm has revealed a replacement for its style-conscious FinePix Z20 digital camera.

The new Fujifilm FinePix Z30fd has a completely redesigned body that includes a 3x optical zoom lens and a ten megapixel CCD image sensor. The Fujifilm Z30fd offers ISO sensitivity ranging up to a maximum of ISO 1,600 equivalent at full resolution. There's no optical viewfinder, with the Fuji FinePix Z30fd instead offering solely a 2.7" LCD display on which to frame and review images. Controls are largely automatic, as the Fuji Z30fd design focuses on simplicity, ease of use and affordability.

As well as still images, the Fuji FinePix Z30 can capture videos with sound at VGA resolution or below. Interestingly, the Fuji Z30 has separate, dedicated shutter buttons for its still image and movie modes. The Fujifilm FinePix Z30 stores its images on SD cards or in 50MB of built-in memory. Power comes from the Fujifilm Z30's NP-45 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Available from March 2009 with pricing of about $180, the Fuji FinePix Z30fd will be available in black, pink or orange finishes for US market customers.

For more details, read our Fuji Z30 preview.

Fujifilm FinePix Z30fd
Fujifilm's FinePix Z30fd digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeUltra Compact
Model NumberZ30fd
Dimensions3.6 x 2.3 x 1.0"
90.5 x 59.0 x 25.7mm
Weight111.0 g
3.9 oz
Planned Price$179.95
Planned Availability 2009
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.3" CCD
10.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.7", 230,000 pixels
Lens TypeFujinon Zoom
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length6.3 - 18.9mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture RangeWide: f/3.7 - f/8.0; Tele: f/4.2 - f/9.0
Focusing SystemContrast Detection: Center, Multi
Focusing RangeNormal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 3.3" - 33" (8 cm - 80 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed3 - 1/1000 second
Exposure ModesProgram, Manual
Metering ModesTTL 256-zones metering
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash
Range: Auto ISO: Wide angle: approx. 0.7m / 2.3 ft. to 3.1m / 10.2 ft.; Telephoto:, approx. 0.7m / 2.3 ft. to 2.7m / 8.8 ft.; Macro: approx. 30cm / 1.0 ft.to 80cm / 2.6 ft.
Scene ModesNatural Light, Natural Light with Flash, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night(Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text
Digital ZoomUp to 5.7x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC, xD Picture Card, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF v2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary NP-45
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1x Proprietary NP-45 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory50.0MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Remote ControlNo
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Fujifilm's FinePix Z30fd digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z30fd digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z30fd digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z30fd digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix Z30fd digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Fujifilm’s ‘Generation Z’ Style-Cam Gets A Facelift

With its Striking Shape and New Scenic Technology, the Third-Generation FinePix Z30 is Ideal for the Trendsetting, On-the-Go Consumer

Valhalla, N.Y., February 17, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today announced the launch of the FinePix Z30, the third installment of its Z-series ultra-glam cameras designed specifically for ‘Generation Z,’ the younger, tech-savvy, fashion-conscious consumer.  With its new chic chassis form factor, the FinePix Z30 is even sleeker than its predecessors, the Z10 and Z20.  The Z30 also includes an innovative SR Auto (Automatic Scene Recognition) feature that enables the camera to recognize subjects, scenes and faces automatically resulting in great pictures every time.

Fashion Meets Technology
Boasting a high resolution 2.7” LCD screen, this 10 Megapixel camera is available in three hot colors - pink, orange and black – and has a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens.  The FinePix Z30 is also designed for ultra-portability making this the ideal camera for the fashionista on-the-go.

Like its predecessor the Fujifilm Z20, the Fujifilm Z30can Face it, Blog it and Roll it. Users can Face It with Fujifilm's innovative Face Detection Technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal for capturing the ultimate group shots; Blog it with the innovative Blog Mode, making it effortless for social-media-savvy users to post pictures and videos to personal profile pages, blogs and video sharing websites or simply to e-mail to friends; and Roll it with the Successive Movie mode that allows users to create 60 second movie clips.

Automatic Scene Recognition
SR Auto (Automatic Scene Recognition) enables the FinePix Z30 to intelligently recognize six types of scenes automatically.  For each picture taken in this mode, the Z30 will optimize the ideal exposure, focus, white balance and ISO for the scene to ensure the best quality picture is captured with ease.

The FinePix Z30 is also packed with the following features:

  • Natural Light& with Flash Mode: In this mode, the FinePix Z30quickly shoots two images in succession -- one with and one without the flash -- saving both. This convenient function lets the user perform an on-the-spot picture comparison and decide whether the FinePix Z30fd produced the most pleasing photo with flash, or without.

  • Successive Movie Mode: In-camera editing allows for the creation of a 60-second movie clip, even when shooting in two or more scenes is desired. Start and restart multiple times to build a 60-second compilation, and edit the start and end points.
  • Dual Shutter Releases: One button for still capture, one for movie record, for ease of use.

  • Special Scene Modes: The FinePix Z30fd has 13 scene positions including Fireworks, Beach and Snow, offering a one-touch setting for almost any situation.
  • SD / SD-HC Compatible slot: A single media slot that accepts SD/SD-HC media cards.

  • Battery Life: Long-life rechargeable Li-ion battery.

"Recognizing that our younger customers are always looking for sleek designs and the most updated technology, we are continuing to advance the Z-series camera line each year to meet these demands," said David Troy, marketing manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. "This year we have given the line an attractive new look and added the new Automatic Scene Recognition to assure that our users always get the best quality photos."

The FinePix Z30 will debut in March at a retail price of $179.95.  For additional information or hi-res images, go to www.fujifilmusa.com/pma.

About Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc.
FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc. is a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses.  For more information on Fujifilm U.S.A. products, customers can call 800-800-FUJI or visit www.fujifilmusa.com. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm U.S.A. via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM Corporation (NASDAQ:FUJI) brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 15 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2008, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2008, had global revenues of $24.7 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.


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