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Fuji's FinePix 6900 Zoom digital camera, Courtesy of Fujifilm. Fuji announces FinePix 6900 Zoom!
(Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - 08:00 EDT)

Fuji USA catches up with the rest of the world in announcing the FinePix 6900 Zoom...

Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. has today announced the FinePix 6900 Zoom digital camera, a model we first told you about when it was announced on March 22nd by Fuji Germany. The camera essentially combines Fuji's existing 6x optical zoom FinePix 4900Z body with the 3.3 megapixel image sensor found in the FinePix 6800Z, giving the same final file size of 3.15 megapixels (and, as with the 6800Z, the camera features a 6.03 megapixel image size which is interpolated at 1.9:1 from the actual sensor data).

Other features include a range of manual capabilities (ISO, white balance, focus, shutter, aperture), external flash hot-shoe, internal pop-up flash and a 2" LCD display. Instead of an optical viewfinder, the camera features a camcorder-like 'Electronic Viewfinder' or EVF, with 110,000 pixels. Images can be stored in TIFF or JPEG formats, and the camera can also record AVI movie files at 10 frames per second up to 160 seconds, with no audio. The camera will ship later this month, at a price of $999. Full specifications for the Fuji FinePix 6900 Zoom are already in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Fuji FinePix 6900Z
Fuji's FinePix 6900Z digital camera, shown in hand  for scale. Courtesy of Fuji. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: 6900Z
Camera Format: Other
Price: $999
Date Available: June 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.588" 3.30 megapixel RGBG SuperCCD
Image Resolution: 2832x2128 (interpolated), 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 210mm (6x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 1.4x, 2.2x, 4.4x
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity; 20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 10 - 80 cm; 4.1 - 32.7 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - f/11.0 (wide), f/4.5 - f/10.8 (tele)
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (110,000 pixel Eye level LCD)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (2.0 inch, 130,000 pixel)
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Manual, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent (Daylight) / (Warm White) / (Cool White), Incandescent
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 3 - 1/2000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: 64-segment Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer (seconds): Unknown
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow
Flash Range Description: 0.3 - 3.6 meters (wide), 0.3 - 3.2 meters (tele)
Ext Flash: Yes (Hot shoe)
Image Storage
Flash Memory: SmartMedia to 128MB
Memory Included (MB): 16
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, AVI
More Information
Weight: 450 g; 15.7 oz
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size: 110 x 79 x 94mm; 4.3 x 3.1 x 3.7in
Notes & Features: 36-bit recording, 24-bit output. Lens has ten elements in seven groups. Digital zoom is 1.4x at 2048x1536, up to 2.2x at 1280x960, up to 4.4x in 640x480 pixel mode. User-adjusteable sharpening (hard, soft, normal). Has zoom controls both on lens and on camera back. Body is magnesium alloy type. Has histogram function for confirming image exposure. Auto-exposure bracketing mode takes 3 shots at intervals of 1/3, 2/3 or 1EV. Electronic viewfinder has 110,000 pixels. Compatible with SmartMedia to 128MB. Bundled with 16MB SmartMedia card, NP-80 rechargeable battery, AC power adapter, shoulder strap, USB cable, video cable, lens cap, CD-ROM. Optional accessories include 0.79x wide lens, 1.5x tele lens.
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Fuji's FinePix 6900Z digital camera. Courtesy of  Fuji. Click for a bigger picture!

Source: Fuji Photo Film USA Inc.

Original Source Press Release:


Features Fujifilm’s Unique, Second-Generation 3.3 Million-Sensor Super CCD that Produces a 6-Megapixel Picture File, Plus High Definition Color Technology for Faithful Color Reproduction

ELMSFORD, NY, June 13, 2001 – A recognized innovator in digital imaging technology and design, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today introduces the U.S. market to the FinePix 6900 Zoom, a digital camera that exemplifies Fujifilm’s commitment to quality output, broad photographic functionality, ease-of-use and distinctive styling. Building upon the characteristics of its critically acclaimed and user-popular FinePix 4900 Zoom predecessor and inheriting functions from the professional level FinePix S1 Pro, the FinePix 6900 Zoom features Fujifilm’s second generation 3.3 million-sensor Super CCD that generates a 6-megapixel picture file. This new Super CCD, along with Fujifilm’s High Definition Color processing technology and 6X Super EBC Fujinon lens, helps the FinePix 6900 Zoom set a new standard in color and overall picture quality for the serious photo enthusiast.

“By combining the ergonomic body design of the FinePix 4900 Zoom with our new Super CCD sensor and High Definition Color processing technology, the FinePix 6900 Zoom offers the seasoned digital photographer high-quality photos with functional versatility,” said Darin Pepple, Brand Manager, Consumer Digital Products, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. “While maintaining the comfortable, user-friendly design for which its predecessor, the FinePix 4900 Zoom became renowned, the FinePix 6900 Zoom goes a step further with improved image color and detail.”

With the ability to generate image files of up to six million pixels (2832 x 2128 resolution in TIFF-RGB format) for enlargements and photo editing software manipulation, the FinePix 6900 Zoom also offers an extensive range of professional-level controls designed to meet the varying creative needs of the advanced amateur market. The camera features manual focus and shutter controls, six shooting modes and 13 f-stop aperture control settings, as well as a multiple exposure mode and histogram display like the ones found on Fujifilm’s advanced digital SLR camera, the FinePix S1 Pro.

Housed in a striking magnesium alloy, gunmetal black body, the FinePix 6900 Zoom’s cylindrical design offers handling similar to conventional SLR cameras. Compact and lightweight, the camera’s design is dedicated to providing the photographer with the freedom to operate the camera according to personal shooting styles. For example, with two strategically placed optical zoom control buttons on the lens barrel and camera back, the body-design makes it easy for photographers to shoot either horizontally or vertically.

If the user would rather have the camera do the work, the FinePix 6900 Zoom can be switched to automatic, instantly interpret the shooting conditions and adjust the exposure and color balance for optimal results in almost any situation.

The FinePix 6900 Zoom features a bright, large-diameter, precision, 6X Super EBC Fujinon aspherical zoom lens (f/2.8 - f/11) with a focal length equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera and a quick frame rate of 0.2 sec/frame for up to five frames. Shutter speeds of the FinePix 6900 Zoom range from 3 to 1/2000 sec. (in Auto and Scene Position Modes), and the camera offers adjustable ISO sensitivity of 100/200/400.

To further enhance the digital photography experience, Fujifilm provides consumers with an easy entrance to the Internet imaging world with the company’s newly designed FinePixViewer software program, which comes bundled with the FinePix 6900 Zoom and other FinePix digital cameras. At the click of a few buttons, the FinePixViewer lets users view their pictures and links them directly to the World Wide Web for answers to frequently asked questions, picture-taking tips, support utilities, updated drivers and the receipt of periodic and pertinent promotional announcements from Fujifilm.

Additional FinePix 6900 Zoom features include a built-in, miniature electronic through-the-lens viewfinder, a two-inch LCD playback monitor and built in pop-up flash or hot shoe mount for more advanced flash systems. The FinePix 6900 Zoom also can capture and playback up to 160 seconds of AVI video.

With dimensions of 4.3”W x 3.1”H x 3.7”D, the FinePix 6900 Zoom weighs in at 14.5 ounces. An included NP-80 Lithium-ion battery can be recharged inside the camera with a bundled AC 5V adapter or other charger. Along with Fujifilm’s FinePixViewer, other bundled software programs include DP Editor, Adobe PhotoDeluxe® 4.0 Home Edition and ActiveShare™.

The FinePix 6900 Zoom will be available in June 2001 at a suggested list price of $999.


For more information about Fujifilm’s digital cameras and other photographic products or services, consumers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the Fujifilm USA Web site at http://www.fujifilm.com.

About Fujifilm
As the first manufacturer to offer a digital camera with removable storage media and the developer of the new Super CCD sensor, Fujifilm is a recognized digital imaging innovator. With a breadth of line that includes products for image capture, storage and output, Fujifilm offers a host of end-to-end imaging solutions, letting the user evolve from picture-taker to picture maker within minutes. What sets Fujifilm digital imaging products apart is the technology that goes into each and every product. Fujifilm is one of only a handful of marketers that both designs and manufactures the key capture elements of a digital camera -- the lens, CCD and image processing mechanisms. This total control ensures strict adherence to design specifications.

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is the U.S. marketing subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, a leading global manufacturer of imaging and information products. Recognized for its technological innovation and high quality, Fujifilm offers a complete portfolio of imaging and information products, services and e-solutions to retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers.

The complete Fujifilm product portfolio includes: professional and consumer film and cameras; digital imaging products including digital cameras for commercial and consumer use; chemical﷓free digital photographic color printers; digital minilabs and kiosks; photographic paper and photofinishing supplies; professional motion picture film; computer floppy disks, data tapes and cartridges; professional and consumer optical discs, videotape and audiocassettes; microfilm and other micrographic products; 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.

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