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Fujifilm's FinePix F600EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Fuji F600EXR: Followup to F550 announced
(Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 18:24 EDT)

Alongside today's entry-level camera announcements from the company's global headquarters, Fujifilm has today launched one model definitely slated for US release, the Fuji F600 EXR.

The F600 EXR is near-indistinguishable from last January's F550 model in terms of hardware, sharing the same image sensor, lens, body, display, GPS capabilities and so forth as in its predecessor.With that said, the spec sheet does list the new model as some 0.2 ounces (5-6 grams) heavier body-only, suggesting that there may be some slight hardware tweaks. The main changes are to be found in software, though.

Compared to the earlier model, the FinePix F600 EXR adds the ability to detect motion in the EXR Auto mode, and if necessary, to compensate by increasing sensitivity and shutter speeds. It also extends the GPS functionality with a larger point-of-interest database, plus the ability to overlay point-of-interest locations on the LCD preview, and to display direction and distance to POIs within roughly one mile if the camera is pointed downwards. These functions would seem to suggest the F600 EXR now has a built-in compass, perhaps hinting at a hardware change, although this isn't specifically stated anywhere (and nor do we know for certain if the F550 had a hardware compass, not having reviewed that camera ourselves.)

The digital zoom feature has also been dialed back to a more realistic 3.4x maximum, rather than the 5x in the previous model (and if set to EXR Auto mode, the F600 won't exceed a 2x digital zoom). The digital zoom algorithm is also said to have been refined to provide better edge sharpness, and to reduce the extent to which image noise is amplified by the zoom function. Beyond this, the most significant difference is a decrease in the available internal memory from 39MB to 33MB, likely to accommodate the new firmware features.

The Fuji F600 ships in the USA from October 2011, with pricing set at around US$350, unchanged from the price of the earlier F550 model. More details can be found in our Fuji F600 preview.

Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR
Fujifilm's FinePix F600EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberNorth America: F600EXR
Dimensions4.1 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.
(104 x 63 x 33 mm)
Weight7.8 oz (220 g)
Image Capture
Sensor TypeFujifilm CMOS
1/2" (approx. 0.50 in. diagonal)
16.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions4608 x 3456 (15.9 megapixels)
4608 x 3072 (14.2 megapixels)
4608 x 2592 (11.9 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1840 (6.0 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
2304 x 1536 (3.5 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
11520 x 1624 (18.7 megapixels)
11520 x 1080 (12.4 megapixels)
5760 x 1624 (9.4 megapixels)
5760 x 1080 (6.2 megapixels)
3840 x 1624 (6.2 megapixels)
3840 x 1080 (4.1 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 8.0 frames per second for 8 frames
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
460,000 dots (approx. 153,000 pixels)
Lens TypeFujinon Zoom with Super EBC Coating
15x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.4 - 66.0mm (actual)
24 - 360mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5/7.1/10.0 (Wide), f/5.3/11.0/16.0 (Tele); with ND filter
Focusing SystemTTL contrast AF: Center, Multi, Area, Tracking
Has AF assist lamp
Focusing RangeNormal: 18" - infinity (45 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 122" (5 cm - 300 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto / Equivalent to ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400* / 12800* (Standard Output Sensitivity) * * ISO6400 : M mode or lower, ISO12800 : S mode
Shutter Speed8 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesTTL 256-zone Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Fine, Shade, Incandescent light, Fluorescent light 1(Daylight) / 2(Warm White) / 3(Cool White), Underwater, Custom
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro
Range: Auto ISO: Wide : Approx. 15cm - 3.2m / 0.5ft. - 10.5ft.; Approx. 90cm - 1.9m / 3.0ft. - 6.2ft.
Scene ModesEXR mode (Auto / Resolution priority / High ISO & Low Noise priority / Dynamic Range priority); Scene Modes: Natural Light, Natural Light & with Flash, Portrait, Portrait enhancer, Dog, Cat, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Party, Flower, Text; Film Simulation, Auto Release, Advanced mode (Motion panorama360,Pro focus, Pro low light,), High Speed Movie (80 / 160 / 320 frames / sec.), GPS Measurement, Advanced Anti Blur
Digital ZoomUp to 3.4x
Self TimerYes, 2, 10, Auto release / Auto shutter(Dog, Cat) seconds
Movie Format.MOV (H.264) with stereo sound with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherMini HDMI
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary NP-50
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary NP-50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory33.0MB Built-in
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesBSI CMOS Sensor with EXR Technology (EXR Auto, High Resolution Priority, High ISO and Low Noise Priority, Dynamic Range Priority modes), High-speed Continuous Shooting, Multi-frame Technology, High Sensitivity, Low Noise, Sensor--shift Image Stabilization, Motion Detection, Advanced Scene Recognition, 1080p HD Movies, Mini HDMI Port, Motion Panorama 360 degrees, Super Intelligent Flash, Tracking AF, Face Recognition, Face Detection with Automatic Red-eye Removal, RAW and RAW+JPEG Shooting, GPS Geo-tagging with one million points of interest, Landmark Navigator. Available in black, red and white.
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Fujifilm's FinePix F600EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix F600EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix F600EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix F600EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix F600EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm North America Corp. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Fujifilm Unveils Enhanced Point And Shoot F600EXR Digital Camera With 15x Long-Zoom And Outstanding Image Quality

F600EXR Offers EXR-CMOS Sensor, Enhanced GPS and New Rubberized Coating

Valhalla, N.Y., August 11, 2011 -- FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the newest addition to the FinePix F-Series lineup: the FinePix F600EXR. This sleek, compact digital camera combines advanced features, including a 16 MegaPixel EXR-CMOS sensor, a FUJINON 15x super Wide-Angle lens (24-360mm equivalent), Intelligent Digital Zoom and a 3.0” high contrast 460K resolution LCD with 160° viewing, to produce exceptional images.

The FinePix F600EXR brings together several exciting new technologies that deliver outstanding images -- even in low light situations -- that are ideal for both travelers and those who simply want high quality results from a camera that can fit into a pocket. These new technologies include an advanced EXR Auto mode with a Motion Detection capability to virtually eliminate subject blur in all lighting conditions and a FUJINON 15x Wide-Angle optical zoom lens that now doubles its telephoto power with amazing sharpness and detail thanks to the new Intelligent Digital Zoom mode.

The FinePix F600EXR also delivers incredible high speed auto focus (as fast as 0.16 seconds) and high speed continuous shooting (up to 11fps for 32 frames) to help capture perfect images in every situation. And to help you find where those perfect images are, an improved built-in GPS adds a Landmark Navigator feature to help photographers pin-point locations and new shooting opportunities.

EXR Auto mode with Motion Detection
The new function enables the FinePix F600EXR to tackle motion blur on three fronts with mechanical image stabilization, high ISO sensitivity and the new Motion Detection capability working together. In low light conditions with EXR Auto mode selected, the FinePix F600EXR automatically identifies if the subject is moving. If it is, the camera deploys Motion Detection and a higher ISO to ensure the subject is captured with reduced blurring. If no subject movement is identified, the FinePix F600EXR automatically keeps the ISO lower and uses image stabilization to reduce noise.

Users who prefer to take more control themselves can also choose from:

  • EXR HR (High Resolution) priority mode -- the sensor utilizes all of its 16 megapixels for the highest quality results.

  • EXR DR (Dynamic Range) priority mode -- the two images are captured and then merged together to produce superb results on high contrast scenes.

  • EXR SN (Signal to Noise) priority mode -- pixels are doubled up to increase sensitivity and give better results in low light conditions.

Intelligent Digital zoom pulls in the most distant details
The FinePix F600EXR uses a Wide-Angle 15x optical zoom (24-360mm equivalent) lens that ensures users can capture a wide range of images from landscapes to tightly composed images. With Intelligent Digital Zoom, the F600EXR’s zoom range offers double the telephoto power by allowing even distant objects to be turned into frame-filling close-ups, greatly extending creative possibilities. Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom assesses areas of contrast within an image and applies selective processing to the sections of the image where sharpness can be boosted without lowering image quality.

Great panoramic shots with a sure grip
The FinePix F600EXR includes an enhanced Motion Panorama mode that allows users to capture beautiful, seamless 360° panoramic images and a new rubberized black coating that prevents finger print smudging and ensures a solid and comfortable grip.

Landmark Navigator -- the next level of GPS
GPS tagging is the latest must-have feature on compact cameras and the FinePix F600EXR takes that technology further with the introduction of a Landmark Navigator. The FinePix F600EXR automatically locates places of interest from its on-board database of approximately one million locations and then displays the points on the camera’s LCD screen, showing their relative position and distance from your current location. Users can also add and edit location names. Photo Navigation is also included to help users find their way back to a previously-photographed location and Tracking Data allows users to create a route of their travels -- along with pictures taken along that route -- once they return home using Google Maps1.

Fantastic features for maximum versatility
In addition to all these exciting new features, the F600EXR also offers a wide range of picture taking modes that make it the ideal camera for almost every photographic occasion. ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 (S mode only), a full complement of exposure modes including aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual for creative shooting, continuous frame capture of up to eight frames per second at full resolution, Raw file format, a selection of film simulation modes and a full-featured flash are just some of the options available.

And for users who want to capture video footage, the FinePix F600EXR offers full HD 1080p movie capture with stereo sound and a high speed movie option for freezing fast moving action at up to an incredible 320 frames per second.

Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR key features:

  • 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor with new EXR Auto mode and Motion Detection technology

  • Landmark Navigator

  • 15x optical zoom covering 24-360mm (35mm equivalent) plus 2x Intelligent Digital zoom

  • Motion Panorama 360 mode (seamless)

  • Rubberized black body coating

  • Raw file format (RAF)

  • SD, SDHC and SDXC card compatibility and 33MB internal memory

  • P, A, S, M exposure modes for creativity plus Scene modes

  • Pro Low-Light and Pro Focus advanced shooting modes

  • Full HD (1080p) movie capture with HDMI output

  • Film simulation modes

  • Photo book Assist function

The FinePix F600EXR will be available in October 2011 at a retail price of $349.95.

  1. Installing “MyFinePix Studio” is required

NOTE: For complete camera specifications, please go to: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/showcase/index.html.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing 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 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.


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