FUJIFILM UNVEILS ITS FIRST LONG-ZOOM DIGITAL COMPACT CAMERA: THE FINEPIX F70EXR

Powerful New Addition to Fujifilm's Award-Winning F-Series Offers DSLR-like Capabilities in an Affordable, Stylish Package

Valhalla, NY, July 22, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today announced the FinePix F70EXR, a sleek, compact digital camera that combines intuitive use with the most advanced features and technology available in a point-and-shoot digital camera. The announcement of the FinePix F70EXR also marks Fujifilm’s first model in the growing long-zoom compact segment with an impressive Fujinon 10x wide angle optical zoom.

Encased in a beautifully sculpted metal shell with a double coated lacquer finish and measuring only 22.7mm thick, the FinePix F70EXR offers several enhancements over its predecessor, the FinePix F60 and boasts marked improvements over competing long-zoom digital cameras, particularly in the areas of design, image quality and capture technology.

“The FinePix F70EXR, which has been designed specifically for taking demanding shots in challenging conditions, requires a sophisticated sensor and control algorithms to ensure every shot looks the very best,” said David Troy, marketing manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “By adding our EXR technology to the FinePix F70EXR, users will achieve outstanding images in virtually any lighting condition, and have the advantages of a 10x zoom that fits in your shirt pocket.”

Super CCD EXR
Long zoom compact cameras, as opposed to standard compact digital cameras, typically use a smaller sensor that is vulnerable to difficult lighting conditions since light has a harder time reaching the CCD sensor. To mitigate this vulnerability, Fujifilm has introduced its award-winning EXR technology into the FinePix F70EXR, allowing for significant improvement in image quality against the competition.
Introduced earlier this year with the FinePix F200EXR, Fujifilm’s EXR technology uses the human eye as the basis for the perfect camera sensor, creating a Super CCD sensor capable of registering excellent levels of detail when switched to its HR (High Resolution) mode. The FinePix F70EXR is also capable of offering excellent quality in low light and superb highlight detail in contrast light when switched to its SN (High Sensitivity and Low Noise) mode and DR (Wide Dynamic Range) modes respectively.

EXR Modes
An advanced feature on the FinePix F70EXR, ‘EXR Auto’ helps take the guesswork out of setting the camera by doing it for you. EXR Auto is a sophisticated set of program modes that can automatically detect six different types of scenes - Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Backlit Portrait, Night, and Night Portrait. The camera will recognize the scene and optimize focus, color balance, exposure, flash and sensitivity and will automatically switch the sensor to HR, SN or DR mode depending on the lighting conditions of the scene. By using EXR Auto, users can let the camera do all the hard work and concentrate more on getting the best shot possible.

Multi Frame Technology: Pro Focus Mode / Pro Low-light Mode
New Fujifilm EXR digital cameras, including the FinePix F70EXR will offer several new shooting modes that combine the power of Super CCD EXR with Multi Frame Technology to enable users to capture exceptional images that rival the most expensive professional D-SLR cameras.

Typically, one of the ways to distinguish ‘D-SLR’ photography from ‘compact’ photography has been the use of ‘wide aperture’ to create mood and depth in a picture. These ‘professional’ shots are now possible on the FinePix F70EXR, which uses Pro Focus Mode to combine two or three burst shots together. Through complex digital imaging technology, a crisp shot of the subject is synthesized against a defocused background and foreground. Ideal for portraiture, nature photography or any subject that needs ‘lifting’ from its background, the FinePix F70EXR Pro Focus Mode provides satisfying professional results at the touch of a button.

Meanwhile, Pro Low-light Mode is applied to solving the problems of noisy low light shots. With current cameras, it is possible to achieve relatively blur-free low light shots using high ISO and CCD shift mechanical image stabilization. However, high ISO settings typically come at a cost, as the ISO 1600 setting will invariably produce distracting and ugly noise. In Pro Low-light Mode, the camera will take bursts of four high sensitivity images using Pixel Fusion Technology[*1] in quick succession. With Multi Frame Technology, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th images are overlapped to create one image with extremely low noise.

Super Slim 10x Zoom Lens
In conjunction with the Super CCD EXR sensor, the FinePix F70EXR features a Fujinon 10x optical zoom lens that produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range, from 27mm wide-angle to 270mm telephoto. The lens of the FinePix F70EXR features Super EBC Coating that keeps ghosting and flare to minimum to allow for optimal picture quality.

Film Simulation Modes
Similar to other high-end FinePix models, the FinePix F70EXR offers five different film ‘modes’ to allow the photographer full creative expression to explore a variety of pre-set color and contrast modes designed around Fujifilm’s most famous film emulsions. The modes are:

Velvia/Vivid mode for rich and luscious landscapes
PROVIA/Standard mode for excellent, sharp, standard photography
ASTIA/Soft mode for soft, fine, smooth tonality
Black & White mode captures the dramatic honesty of your image in black and white
Sepia mode creates a sense of nostalgia with the warm brown “antique” tones of Sepia

In the Provia, Velvia and Astia modes, the dynamic range can now be set to 800% to improve and highlight details further.

New ‘Super Intelligent’ Flash
The FinePix F70EXR offers a radically improved flash control system which efficiently controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce beautifully balanced flash illumination across the foreground and background. Gone are the ugly washout shots where the subject is blasted with light and the background dark and unexposed. Super Intelligent Flash is most useful in macro photography where the contrast between subject and background can be especially challenging, but is also effective for night and backlit photography.

New High Contrast LCD
The FinePix F70EXR is fitted with an improved high contrast 230K-pixel 2.7” LCD. The high contrast LCD is a considerable benefit in bright light, and means that the camera can be pitched
at various shooting angles to enable framing of awkward shots. Viewable at 160 degrees both vertically and horizontally, the LCD is bright and clear for beautiful rendition of shots in playback.

Dual Stabilization
Long zoom cameras need stabilization more than any other compact, with handshake and subject movement a particular problem in low light at telephoto range. The FinePix F70EXR reduces blur to a minimum by deploying Picture Stabilization to automatically increase shutter speeds to freeze action, and CCD Image Stabilization to counteract the problems of handshake. By cleverly combining these two, blur is reduced to an absolute minimum.

Face Detection 3.0 and Automatic Red-eye Removal
To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the FinePix F70EXR is fitted with Fujifilm’s latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 10 faces simultaneously, at almost any angle to the camera. The system instantly corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.

The FinePix F70EXR will be available August 2009 at a retail price of $279.95.


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[*1] Pixel Fusion Technology: Technology of Fujifilm changing the color filter arrangement. Two side-by-side, same-colored pixels are taken together as a single pixel. The area of imaging elements is doubled, the sensitivity is twice the normal level, and "dark noise" is extremely small. Therefore it is possible to create a high sensitivity image with little noise, instead of increasing the gain from a single pixel and increasing the noise.

For more information, please contact:

Diane Rainey
FUJIFILM
914-789-8657
drainey@fujifilm.com
 
Michael Steavenson
Text 100 Public Relations
212-871-4080
MichaelS@text100.com

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FinePix F70EXR – Specifications*

DIGITAL CAMERA
FinePix F70EXR
 
 
Number of effective pixels
10.0 million pixels
CCD sensor
1/ 2-inch SUPER CCD EXR
 
 
Storage media
Internal memory (Approx. 47MB)   
SD memory card / SDHC memory card
 
 
File format
Still image : JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 ) / Movie : AVI (Motion JPEG ) with sound / Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
Number of recorded pixels
Still image : 3,616 x 2712 (10M) / 3,616 x 2400 (3:2 format) / 3,616 x 2,048 (16:9 format) / 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,592 x 1,728 (3:2 format) / 2,592 x 1,440 (16:9 format) / 2048 x 1,536 / 2048 X 1360 (3:2 format) / 1,920 x 1,080 (16:9 format) pixels
Lens
Fujinon 10 x optical zoom lens , F3.3(Wide)- F5.6(Telephoto)
 
Lens focal length
f=5.0 - 50.0mm, equivalent to 27-270mm on a 35mm camera
 
Digital zoom
Approx 4.0x
 
 
Aperture
F3.3/F6.4(Wide) F5.6/F11.0(Telephoto)
 
 
Focus distance
(from lens surface)
 
Normal : Wide: Approx. 45cm/1.5 ft to infinity
            Telephoto: Approx. 2m /6.6 ft to infinity
 
 
Macro:   Wide: Approx. 5cm - 2.5m / 2.0 in.- 8.2 ft.
           Telephoto: Approx. 90cm - 2.5m / 3.0 ft.- 8.2 ft.
 
 
Sensitivity
Auto / Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Exposure control
TTL 256-zones metering
 
 
Exposure mode
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual
 
 
Shooting modes
Mode dial : Auto, EXR, Natural Light, Natural Light & with Flash, SP, P, M, Movie
SP         : Pro Focus, Pro Low-light, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night(Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow,
       Beach, Party, Flower, Text
Image Stabilizer
CCD-shift type
 
Shutter speed
(Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/2000 sec. , (All other modes) 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
Continuous shooting
 
Top-3, (max 1.8 frames/sec.)
Top-12, High speed (max 4.8 frames/sec.,number of recorded pixels: "S" only)
Final-3, (max 1.8 frames/sec.)
Final-12, High speed (max 4.8 frames/sec.,number of recorded pixels: "S" only)
Focus
Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center) / Continuous AF, AF assist illuminator available
White balance
Automatic scene recognition
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White),
Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom
Self-timer
Approx. 10 sec./2 sec. delay
 
 
Flash
 
 
Auto flash
 
 
Effective range: (ISO 800):
           Wide: Approx. 30cm - 4.2m / 1.0 ft. - 13.8 ft.
           Telephoto: Approx. 90cm - 2.4m / 3.0ft. - 7.9 ft.
Flash modes :
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
LCD monitor
2.7-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, Approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording
640 x 480 pixels / 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames / sec.) with monaural sound
Photography functions
EXR mode (EXR AUTO, RESOLUTION PRIORITY, HIGH ISO & LOW NOISE PRIORITY, D-RANGE PRIORITY), Film Simulation, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Power management, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory
, Silent mode
Playback functions
Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Trimming, Resize, Image rotate, Slide show, Multi-frame playback (with Microthumbnail), Sorting by date, Voice memo
Video output
NTSC/PAL selectable
 
 
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
 
 
Power supply
NP-50 Li-ion battery (included) / CP-50 with AC power adapter AC-5VX (sold separately)
Dimensions
99.3 (W) × 58.9 (H) × 22.7 (D) mm / 3.9 (W) × 2.3 (H) × 0.9 (D) in. (excluding accessories and attachments)
Weight
Approx. 180g / 6.3 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Accessories included
Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-45W
Hand strap
USB cable for the FinePix F70EXR
AV cable for the FinePix F70EXR
CD-ROM
Owner's manual
 
 
Optional accessories
Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-50
AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
DC coupler CP-50
 
 
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation
Approx. 230 frames

Number of images / recording time

Mode
Still image
Size
L
M
Format
4x3
16x9
4x3
3x2
16x9
Number of recorded pixels
3616×2712
3616×2048
2592×1944
2592×1728
2592×1440
Quality
JPEG FINE
NORMAL
NORMAL
FINE
NORMAL
FINE
NORMAL
FINE
NORMAL
Internal memory (approx. 47MB)
12
19
26
19
38
21
42
25
51
512 MB   SD memory card
120
200
260
190
380
220
430
260
510
1 GB       SD memory card
250
400
530
390
770
440
870
520
1030
2 GB       SD memory card
510
810
1060
790
1540
880
1720
1050
2060
4 GB       SDHC memory card
1020
1630
2130
1590
3100
1770
3440
2100
4130
8 GB       SDHC memory card
2050
3270
4290
3190
6220
3550
6910
4220
8300

Mode
Still image
Movie
 
Size
S
 
 
Format
4x3
16x9
 
 
Number of recorded pixels
2048×1536
1920×1080
Movie recording time
 
Quality
FINE
NORMAL
NORMAL
VGA (30fps )
QVGA (30fps )
Internal memory (approx. 47MB)
30
60
69
42sec
84sec
512 MB SD memory card
310
600
700
7min
14min
1 GB SD memory card
620
1210
1400
14min
28min
2 GB SD memory card
1230
2380
2810
29min
57min
4 GB SDHC memory card
2480
4770
5640
58min
114min
8 GB SDHC memory card
4980
9570
11310
116min
230min

A movie recording will stop automatically when the movie file size becomes approx. 1GB(QVGA) or 2GB(VGA).

*Specifications subject to change without notice