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Fuji announces two new hobbyist cameras

Jackie Dove | March 25, 2013
Fujifilm North America has released a pair of fixed-lens Wi-Fi-enabled cameras for consumers and sports enthusiasts.

Fujifilm North America has released a pair of fixed lens Wi-Fi-enabled cameras--one is a DSLR-like long-zoom and the other is a rugged model for outdoor shooting. The new FinePix S8400W compact point and shoot features a 44x optical long zoom and updated CMOS sensor. The FinePix XP200, the latest addition to the company's rugged XP Series, features a reinforced 5x lens, and is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof. 

These two cameras are part of the trend toward consumer-oriented specialized shooting. With the FinePix S8400W, its superzoom gives a telephoto advantage to a consumer level point and shoot. The burgeoning popularity of sports-oriented rugged cameras allows the FinePix XP200 to offer action enthusiasts more choices for shooting underwater, in icy or sandy environments, and in situations where a camera may have to survive some impact.

S8400W long zoom

The compact Fujifilm FinePix S8400W combines a long zoom with fast autofocus speeds and Wi-Fi sharing and is targeted to photo enthusiasts. This new model features a 44x optical long zoom (24-1056mm) lens with an aperture of f/2.9 to f/6.5, paired with an optical image stabilization system. A super macro mode lets users get as close as 0.39 inches from a subject for close-ups, the company says.

This lens consists of 17 elements in 12 groups, and combines aspherical and ED (extra low dispersion) elements that reduce aberrations and promote image quality.

The 4.84 by 3.43 by 4.57-inch camera has a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 64 to 12800. It weighs 1.48 pounds. The camera provides an autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds, start-up time of 1 second, a 0.5- second interval between shots, and a continuous shooting speed of up to 10 frames per second (maximum 10 frames at full resolution) for fast-action shots. The camera is also capable of ultra-high-speed shooting at up to 60fps (maximum 60 frames with an image size 1280 by 960 pixels) and up to 120fps (maximum 60 frames at an image size of 640 by 480). Plus, the S8400W lets users capture action in slow-motion and includes a range of artistic shooting effects. The camera can detect scene types and automatically selects the appropriate camera settings, such as Portrait, Landscape, Night, Macro, Night Portrait, and Backlit Portrait. 

The FinePix S8400W has an easy to use mode dial for shooting selection, dual zoom control for speed and precision zooming, and a three-inch, 460K-dot LCD screen. Its electronic viewfinder (EVF) has 201K-dot resolution.

Video capabilities include full HD movie 1080i/60fps in stereo via a dedicated movie button. The high resolution, 1080i movies captured at 60fps in stereo (and slow-motion at 480fps) can be played back on HDTVs. You can even take still photos during video recording. The S8400W also offers a number of in-camera editing features including "movie trimming" and "movie join."


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