There's a good chance you're unaware of Fujifilm's FinePix JZ500 and JZ300. When the company announced its 2010 cameras, there were so many launched at once that these two were quickly overshadowed by other more technologically interesting models. However, after testing these two out, there's a good chance that the company will sell a lot of these thanks to their very good price-to-feature ratio.
Both models feature a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 10x zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD packed into a body that's easy to slip in a pants pocket or small bag. … Read more
Fujifilm tosses in a boatload of this-year's-buzz technologies into its new FinePix HS10. The upside of this is that it includes a 10-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor, which promises an improvement in low-light photographs; manual zoom ring on the lens; a seven-frame, full-resolution 10fps burst mode; 3-inch tilting LCD (albeit at the common but low resolution of 230,000 pixels); and 1080p HD movie capture with stereo sound. It also has a full set of manual and semimanual exposure modes, and supports simultaneous raw+JPEG capture. On the downside, Fujifilm's first out of the gate to announce a 30x … Read more
Polaroid this week announced a new instant camera, the Polaroid 300. At first glance, you might mistake it for the Fujifilm Instax Mini, but that's only because the new Polaroid shooter was indeed developed in partnership with Fujifilm, which explains the similarity in camera design and technology.
It's unclear whether the Polaroid 300 will accept the same Instax Mini film used for the Fujifilm equivalent. But if you dive into the technical specifications, you'll realize that both snappers have the same features.
The Polaroid 300 will be available come May for approximately $90, and the Polaroid 300 … Read more
Really, Fujifilm, 13 is a lot of cameras to announce at one time. Just trying to sort them all out was a bit of a task, but we managed. On the upside, with that many models there really is something for every type of point-and-shoot user.
Below are links to learn more about all the cameras. For the most part, they're listed top-to-bottom according to pricing and features: from the most basic $99.95 FinePix AV100 to the $499.95 30x megazoom FinePix HS10. And all of them--every last one--shoots HD-quality video. Of the bunch, I'm most looking … Read more
Fujifilm continues to grow its selection of cameras that use its Super CCD EXR sensor technology, which makes sense since the sensors actually perform very well. And with a 5x zoom compact camera, a full-size 14x megazoom, and two 10x compact megazoom models available, it also makes sense to add an ultracompact in the mix.
The 12-megapixel F700EXR features an internal periscopic Fujinon lens with a 5x zoom. All of the manufacturer's latest shooting features are included, like Face Recognition, Pet Detection (yes, it optimizes focus on the faces of dogs and cats), tagging of photos and movies for … Read more
The FinePix F70EXR was a decent enough compact megazoom, but wasn't without its issues. Fujifilm's refreshed it for spring, adding extra features and enhancing what was already there.
At less than an inch thick, the F80EXR is packing a 27mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 10x zoom, which is still pretty amazing, and on back is a 3-inch LCD. The resolution has been bumped up to 12 megapixels; that's good because the EXR modes for improved dynamic range and lower noise at higher ISOs require the resolution to be halved. Also improved is the camera's movie mode … Read more
As a basic point-and-shoot to keep poolside, the Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is relatively successful. But if you are looking for any sort of drop protection, it's not worth considering. Enter the XP10, a full-on rugged model able to withstand drops from 3 feet, dives in 10 feet of water, and temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The "proofing" in turn prevents dust from entering the body as well.
The most interesting thing about the Fujifilm FinePix Z70 is its design. Yes, it's slim and looks nice, but it uses an internal periscopic lens to achieve its 5x optical zoom. Generally, ultracompacts with internal lenses use folded optics, which don't always take the best photos. We don't know if this design will result in better photos, but it's at least interesting as to how it achieved that 5x zoom in such a small space. Regardless, Fujifilm jammed it into a 0.7-inch thick body and a slide-down lens cover turns the whole thing on.
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How important to you is an HDMI output on your camera? That's the question you'll have to ask yourself when deciding between the new Fujifilm FinePix S1800 and the S2550HD.
Both 12-megapixel models feature a Fujinon 18x zoom and 28-504mm-equivalent lens, HD movie recording (720p), mechanical sensor-shift image stabilization, and a 3-inch LCD and electronic viewfinder. The S2550HD, however, has a Mini-HDMI out for connecting directly to an HDTV or monitor, which will cost you roughly $30 more.
The S1800 does have a couple extras to make you think twice about spending the extra cash, though. For some … Read more