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Fuji Finepix A340 launched

Fuji Finepix A340 launched - 4 million pixel digital compact

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Fuji Finepix A340 launchedThe FinePix A340 Zoom, marries Fujifilm's entry-level compact expertise with four megapixel resolution. Fuji say the camera represents extremely good news for those new to digital photography: high performance, sleek styling and complexity kept to a minimum.

The FinePix A340 Zoom has been developed with no-nonsense, enjoyable digital photography in mind. Offering 4 million effective pixel resolution, 3x optical zoom and a sturdy but stylish body, this camera forms a reliable base for shots that will satisfy every time.

Hugely efficient and simple to use, the FinePix A340 Zoom offers the user fully-automated settings to ensure sharp detail, faithful colour reproduction and accurate exposure. This, combined with low power consumption (operating on standard AA batteries) and compatibility with xD-Picture Card format (available up to 512 Mb), makes the FinePix A340 Zoom an ideal option for newcomers who want a smooth transition into the world of digital photography.

In its quest for usability, the FinePix A340 Zoom offers every function to make image capture and viewing as simple as possible. Each of the camera's functions can be accessed via one-touch buttons positioned neatly alongside its 1.5" LCD monitor, and its Video Out socket enables users to view their images directly on a TV screen.

To ensure that successful images are always achieved, even in difficult photographic conditions, the FinePix A340 Zoom offers quick access to scene position modes including Portrait, Night, Sports and Landscape.

The camera is also compatible with PictBridge, the new industry standard for printing images directly from a digital camera without using a PC, making the print process simpler and more efficient than ever. Alternatively, users can take their xD-Picture Card into any photographic retailer offering digital photo printing and receive high quality, durable prints for framing or sharing.


FinePix A340 Zoom: features at a glance

  • 4.0 million effective pixels
  • Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 38 - 114mm on a 35mm camera
  • One-touch, fully automatic operation, with easy navigation for beginners
  • Fast start-up time of 3.3 seconds
  • Highly efficient energy consumption: uses 2 x AA-type alkaline batteries (or rechargeable batteries)
  • Movie recording capability up to 60 seconds (320 x 240 pixels, 10 frames per second)
  • Video out for connection to a TV (NTSC/PAL)
  • Self-timer
  • USB digital interface
  • PictBridge compatible, for direct PC-free printing
  • Clear 1.5" LCD display
  • xD-Picture Card compatible (currently available up to 512MB)
  • Optional PictureCradle for easy link to any PC/Mac if required

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Consumer Products, commented, "Fujifilm was making first-rate compact film cameras many years before digital imaging took off. Having proven our expertise with sensor and image processing, it would be fair to say that the FinePix A340 Zoom is a great example of how both areas have come together to create a highly desirable, affordable camera that will produce great photos for everyone."

Long lasting battery life
The FinePix A340 Zoom has been specifically developed to reduce power consumption. The two AA alkaline batteries supplied with the camera deliver an impressive 220 shots under normal conditions.* Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are also available as part of the Fujifilm accessories range for even better battery economy, providing approximately 110 additional images before charging is necessary.

* Pictures taken with LCD screen off, and flash on for half of the pictures taken

Full specifications

Number of effective pixels 4.0 million pixels
CCD sensor 1/2.7 inch pixel CCD
Number of recorded pixels

Still image: 2272 x 1704 (3.87 million) / 1600 x 1200 / 1280 x 960 pixels
Movie: 320 x 240 pixels. 10 frames/sec. without sound
160 x 120 pixels. 10 frames/sec. without sound

File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2)
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
(Design Rule for Camera File System compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Storage media xD-Picture Card (capacities currently up to 512 MB)
Lens Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens
Lens focal length Equivalent to 38 - 114mm on a 35mm camera
Focus Auto focus
Focus distance Normal: Approx. 60cm to infinity
Macro: Approx. 10 - 80cm
Shutter speed 2 to 1/2000 sec.
Aperture f/2.8 to f/4.8/f/5.6 to F9.5 (automatically selected)
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100 (with flash off)
Exposure control 64-zone TTL metering - multi
Exposure modes Auto/manual EV/scene position mode
Digital zoom 1.7x (1280 x 960 pixels), 1.4x (1600 x 1200 pixels)
Shooting modes Auto, pre-programmed scene position, manual, macro, movie
Movie recording 320 x 240 pixels: 10 frames/sec., up to 60 sec.
160 x 120 pixels: 10 frames/sec., up to 240 sec.
AVI format (Motion JPEG) without sound
Playback Single frame (with 14.2x playback zoom at 4M mode), 9 multi-frame (playback can be activated without powering the camera on)
White balance

Automatic
Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light
(Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)

Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder, approx. 80% coverage
LCD monitor 1.5" Amorphous silicon TFT (approx. 60,000 pixels), approx. 90% coverage
Flash Auto flash using CCD as flash control sensor
Effective range: Wide-angle (approx. 0.6m - 3.5m)
Telephoto (approx. 0.6m - 3.0m)

Flash mode:
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, (Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro: in manual mode)
Start-up time 3.3 seconds
Self-timer Approx.10 sec.
Digital interface USB
Video out NTSC / PAL selectable
Printing PictBridge, DPOF and Exif Print 2.2 compatible
Terminal USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible interface (1.1 speed), 3 volt power-input socket, video out
Power source 2 x AA-type alkaline batteries (supplied) / Ni-MH rechargeable batteries or AC power adapter (optional)
Dimensions 104.1 (W) x 61.5 (H) x 31.3 (D) mm
Weight 145g (excluding batteries and media)

Accessories included

  • 16MB xD-Picture Card
  • 2 x AA-type alkaline batteries
  • Wrist strap
  • USB cable
  • Video out cable
  • Cradle Adapter for FinePix A340 Zoom
  • Owner's manual
  • CD-ROM
  • USB driver
  • FinePix Viewer v. 4.2
  • ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix

Optional accessories

  • xD-Picture Card: 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB capacities currently available
  • PC card adapter (DPC-AD)
  • CompactFlash Card Adapter (DPC-CF)
  • USB Memory Card Reader (DPC-R1)
  • USB Pen Drive/xD-Picture Card reader (DPC-UD1)
  • Fujifilm 7-in-1 Memory Card Reader (DPR-71)
  • AC power adapter: AC-3V (can only be used as a battery charger with NH-10 via the PictureCradle CP-FXA10)
  • Battery pack: NH-10 (can be only charged with PictureCradle CP-FXA10)
  • PictureCradle: CP-FXA10 (includes AC-3VW and rechargeable battery NH-10. Included NH-10 can be charged only in this cradle)
  • Rechargeable AA-type NiMH battery (2HR-3UF)
  • Ultra-fast charger with 6 x 2100mAh Ni-Mh batteries
  • Standard battery charger (BK-NH) with 2 x 1700 Ni-Mh batteries
  • Overnight charger with 4 x 1800mAh Ni-Mh batteries
  • Soft case

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