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Fujifilm's logo -  click here to visit the Fujifilm website! Fuji announces FinePix F402 (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, September 19, 2002 - 00:00 EDT)

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today announced its new FinePix F402 digital camera, a 2.1 megapixel fixed focal length digicam that's designed to be portable enough to go almost anywhere with you.

The F402 is a sibling to the company's F401 model which we first mentioned a little under a week ago. At that time, little detail was available from a teaser posted on Fuji's Japanese website, but most of our predictions were correct with the exception of one. The camera doesn't retain the F401's 3x optical zoom lens, opting instead for a 39mm-equivalent fixed focal length lens.

The new lens allows for the camera to be about 25% smaller by volume, and almost 40% lighter. As we predicted, the new model has styling that makes much use of curves, helping to soften the otherwise 'square' look of the camera. The FujiFilm FinePix F402 will ship in November 2002 at a price of $349.95.

FujiFilm FinePix F402
Number of Effective Pixels 2.1 million pixels
CCD Sensor 1/2.7-inch 3rd Generation Super CCD System (Number of Total Pixels: 2.11 million pixels)
Number of Recorded Pixels 2304 x 1728 (4.0 million), 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels
File formats
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
*Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible
Storage media xD-Picture Card (3.3V, 16MB to 128MB)
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included)
Images (2304 x 1728 pixels - 4.0 million), (1600 x 1200 pixels), (1280 x 960 pixels) Times of movie recording (10 frames/second with sound, AVI format - Motion JPEG)
Fine Normal 2M 1M 320x240 160x120
9 20 39 49 Approx. 94sec. Approx. 5.0min.
Lens focal Length Equivalent to 39mm on a 35mm camera
Digital zoom 3.6x (640 x 480), 1.8x (1280 x 960), 1.4x (1600 x 1200)
Focus Auto focus
Focus Range Normal: 1.6ft to infinity, Macro: 0.2ft. - 2.1ft.
Aperture F 3.2/8
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder
Exposure control 64-zone TTL metering-multi
Exposure modes Programmed AE
Equivalent to ISO 200, 400, 800*, 1600*
*only in 1M mode
Shutter speed ½ - 1/2000 sec.
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Auto flash using flash control sensor
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro
Effective range (at ISO 200):0.3 - 3m /1.0ft. - 9.8ft.
LCD monitor 1.5-inch low temperature polysilicon TFT (110,000 pixels)
Camera Terminal USB interface, power-input socket
Power source NP 40 battery or AC-5V AC Adapter (included)
Dimensions 3.0(W) x 2.7(H) x 0.9(D) inch
Weight 4.4 oz. (excluding battery)
Shooting modes Auto, Exposure Combination, Macro, Movie
Movie Recording
320 x 240 pixels up to 60sec. / 160 x 120 pixels up to 240sec.:
10 fps, AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
Playback Single frame (with 14.4 playback zoom), 9 multi-frame
Others Self-timer: approximately 10 sec.
Accessories included
16MB xD-Picture Card
Li-ion battery NP 40
Hand Strap
USB Cable
AC Power Adapter / Battery Charger AC-5VHS / AC-5VS
  • CD-ROM
  • USB Driver
  • FinePixViewer
  • DP Editor
  • Apple QuickTime™5.0
  • ImageMixer VCD for FinePix
Optional Accessories
Battery Charger BC-65
Image Memory Card Adapter DPC-AD
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
Soft case
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* Specifications subject to change without notice.

UPDATED 2002-09-19 01:37ET: Full specifications and a further product photo added...

UPDATED 2002-09-20 13:04ET: Several corrections to the specifications have been made, after further contact from Fuji.

Original Source Press Release:

FujiFilm inveils FinePix F402 - a fusion of compact style, multimedia features and exceptional image quality

ELMSFORD, NY, September 19, 2002 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. continues a tradition of great digital photography and eye-catching design with its new FinePix F402, one of the smallest and lightest 2-megapixel digital cameras in its class. Photographers will delight in the FinePix F402's beautiful images with incredibly rich colors and slim, lightweight metal body, as well as multimedia features including movie recording and videoconferencing. The palm-sized FinePix F402 is one of the season's ultimate accessories, fitting neatly into any pocket or purse.

Equipped with Fujifilm's third-generation Super CCD sensor system, its 2.1 million effective pixels can produce high-resolution images with 2304 x 1728 (4.0 million) recorded pixels, which allows consumers to print crisp and vivid prints up to 11 x 14 inches in size. These features make the FinePix F402 perfect for getting photographic-quality prints using Fujifilm's Digital Camera Developing services at retail outlets nationwide.

"The FinePix F402 is the latest outstanding addition to our comprehensive line of first-class digital cameras. We've included everything a photographer on the go could want - extreme style, compact size and sharp image quality," said Darin Pepple, Brand Manager of Consumer Digital Imaging Products, Consumer Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.

Fujifilm's FinePix F402 digital camera offers the following array of features:

  • Stylish and compact - The FinePix F402's ultra-streamlined design features a slim, palm-sized metal body. It's so small, consumers can take it everywhere they go and be ready for any shot. The FinePix F402 measures 3.0 (w) x 2.7 (h) x 0.9 (d) inches, and weighs a mere 4.4 ounces without batteries.
  • Improved color saturation - The FinePix F402's Super CCD sensor system enables the digital picture-taker to capture images with rich, vibrant colors that radiate in prints.
  • Increased resolution - The Super CCD in the FinePix F402 maximizes the camera's 2.1 million effective pixels, and produces a true-to-life 2340 x 1728 (4.0 million) pixel output file. The camera also offers up to 3.6x digital zoom.
  • Movie recording with sound - The camera can capture AVI digital video with sound for short clips that can be replayed for friends and family at later dates. The camera can record 60-second 320 x 240 pixel movies with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, and 240 seconds for 160 x 120 pixel movies.
  • PC-Cam/Video conferencing - The FinePix F402 is the only camera in its category to offer video conferencing capabilities.
The FinePix F402 comes bundled with an NP 40 battery, USB cable, hand strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, AC Power Adapter and Battery Charger, FinePixViewer, ImageMixer 1.0. The camera will be available for purchase in November 2002 at the suggested list price of $349.95.

New xD-Picture Card Storage Media:
The FinePix F402 is the latest Fujifilm camera to support the new xD-Picture Card. Jointly developed by Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., xD-Picture Card is the smallest storage format of its kind on the market - comparable in size to a penny, measuring just 0.79" x 0.98" x 0.07" and weighing less than one-tenth of an ounce - with the potential for up to 8GB storage capacity in a single card.

In addition, the xD-Picture Card was designed with fast read/write capabilities for smooth digital camera operations. A 16 or 32MB card can record data at 1.3MB/second. A 64MB card or higher can record data at 3MB/second and both offer a read speed of 5MB/second. The card was also designed to minimize power consumption, saving battery life. Cards of 32MB, 64MB and 128 MB are available now, with larger capacity cards planned.

Fujifilm Makes Digital Photography Easy:
Now, consumers can get high-quality photos produced from their digital cameras just as easily as they get pictures from film cameras. It's as simple as bringing their media storage card to one of thousands of Fujifilm Digital Camera Developing services providers nationwide. Consumers are encouraged to visit www.fujifilm.com and click on the link to "Print Your Digital Camera Photos" to find a retailer in their area offering Fujifilm Digital Camera Developing services.

To help simplify digital camera technology and educate consumers about the choices available to them, Fujifilm is now traveling the country for a second year with its FinePix "Picture of America™" Tour featuring its FinePix Truck. The tour highlights Fujifilm's complete line of shoot, store, print and share digital photography solutions. Details about the truck, as well as information about where it will be next, can be found at www.fujifilm.com/finepixtour.

About Fujifilm
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is the U.S. marketing subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. of Tokyo (FUJIY), a leading global manufacturer in three business segments, including Imaging Solutions, Information Solutions and Document Solutions. Recognized for its technological innovation and high
quality, Fujifilm offers a complete portfolio of imaging, information and document products, services and e-solutions to retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers.

The complete Fujifilm product portfolio in the U.S.A. includes: professional and consumer film and cameras; digital imaging products, including cameras and printers for commercial and consumer use; digital minilabs and kiosks; photographic paper and photofinishing supplies; professional motion picture film; high-capacity floppy disks, CDs and DVDs, tape cartridges and other data storage media; videotape and audiocassettes; professional and consumer optical discs; microfilm and other micrographic products; and graphic arts film, conventional and digital printing plates, analog ad 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. Fujifilm e-Systems is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., that develops workflow solutions to support the company's photofinishing labs and consumer photographic businesses, including online imaging services such as Fujifilm.net.

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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