February 5, 2009: Fujifilm has unveiled the first camera to use the Super CCD EXR technology that was announced in September 2008.
The new FinePix F200EXR combines an 8.08 x 6.01mm 12-megapixel, Super CCD EXR sensor chip with a Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm in 35mm format) and a 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. Aimed at consumers looking for a sophisticated and feature-rich point and shoot model, the F200EXR supports three special shooting modes:
– Fine Capture Mode (High Resolution), which deploys all twelve million pixels, and is designed to offer the finest detail of intricate subjects when light is full and even;
– Pixel Fusion Mode (High Sensitivity and Low Noise), which caps two adjacent pixels together to produce six million large photodiodes, which are big enough to absorb light in the darkest of conditions, to produce low-light shots of extraordinary quality with minimal noise and grain; and
– Dual Capture (Wide Dynamic Range), which captures different exposures with two sets of six million pixels, which, when combined, gives an excellent level of detail in highlights and low lights that would otherwise be lost.
The camera also includes an EXR AUTO mode that automatically detects the subject and scene type and will apply the optimum shooting mode. A dedicated HD Photo setting allows the camera to capture still photos at 1920 x 1080 pixels for viewing on a HDTV set . New film simulation modes on the camera provide images that resemble Fujifilm’s Velvia, Provia, and Soft lines, along with Sepia and Black and White modes. Users can also select Dynamic Range Bracketing, Dual Image Stabilisation, Face Detection 3.0, and ISO settings up to ISO 12,800. Fujifilm claims the F200EXR can provide a dynamic range up to 800% wider than current digicams as a result of the new technologies.
Other features include a ‘Super Intelligent Flash’ that balances flash output with subject tones and can be used for ultra close-ups. Face Detection technology includes automatic red eye removal plus balancing of focus, exposure and white balance, regardless of where subjects are located in the frame. A Portrait Enhancer function minimises fine lines and small skin blemishes for smooth, natural looking portraits.
The FinePix F200 EXR features a “xD/SD Compatible slot” which accepts not only Fujifilm’s traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity/SD-HC cards. It is scheduled for release this month in North America and Japan with other areas to follow. For details, visit www.fujifilmusa.com/pma.