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Fuji introduce FinePix F420 Zoom - Smallest Fujifilm camera incorporates Super CCD HR technology

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Fuji introduce FinePix F420 ZoomFujifilm today introduced the FinePix F420 Zoom to build on the success of the FinePix F410 Zoom. The FinePix F420 Zoom has a robust, metal body, yet measures just 77 (W) x 69 (H) x 26.4 (D) mm - even smaller than its predecessor.

It's the smallest camera to include Fujifilm's 4th Generation Super CCD HR (High Resolution) technology and can realise three million effective pixels, producing six million recorded pixels. Its diminutive frame also incorporates a 3x optical zoom lens and a voice memo recorder capable of storing up to 30 seconds of sound.

What's more, the FinePix F420 Zoom's high quality movie capture capabilities give an encore-deserving performance. It records at 30 frames per second, a frame-rate that will ensure silky-smooth movie clips.

While this camera's compact dimensions ensure it will fit into any shirt pocket or clutch bag, usability has not been compromised. The FinePix F420 Zoom comfortably incorporates a 1.8" LCD monitor into its svelte frame, as well as a Video Out socket for viewing images on a TV. The camera is also compatible with PictBridge, the industry standard for printing images from a digital camera without using a PC, making the process simpler and more efficient than ever.

This camera is powered by its rechargeable battery (with an option to use AAA batteries should it run low), you can be confident the FinePix F420 Zoom will last the night - even if you don't.

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Consumer Products, commented: "Earlier this year, the FinePix F410 Zoom set some serious standards in photography; heavyweight picture power, contained within a small metal shell. The FinePix F420 Zoom crams greater firepower into an even more discreet package.
"This camera is that rarest of combinations - it looks great wherever you take it, and you can be sure the pictures will, too."

FinePix F420 Zoom: Features at a glance

  • Fourth Generation Super CCD HR sensor with 3.1 million effective pixels, delivering 6.2 million recorded pixels
  • Movie capture at 30 frames per second (fps) with sound (320 x 240)
  • 1.8", 134,000-pixel LCD monitor
  • Video Out socket for fast and easy on-screen viewing
  • AAA battery supply for additional off-the-shelf power
  • Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 36-108mm on a 35mm camera
  • Continuous shooting with frames at intervals as short as 0.25 seconds
  • xD-Picture Card providing large storage capacity, low power consumption, fast write speed
  • PictBridge compatibility for direct printing

Super CCD HR technology
Fujifilm's Super CCD HR technology allows high resolution sensors to be housed in even smaller digital. The benefits include:

  • Ultra-high resolution images
  • Faster shutter speeds for action shots
  • Low noise photography
  • Low light photograph

Fujifilm FinePix F420 Zoom
Specifications and features

Number of effective pixels 3.1 million pixels
CCD sensor 1/2.7" Super CCD HR
Number of total pixels: 3.14 million pixels
Number of recorded pixels Still image: 2,816 x 2,120 (6.0 million) / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,280 x 960/640 x 480
Movie: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. with monaural sound
Storage media xD-Picture Card™ (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB available)
File format Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2)
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
(Design Rule for Camera File System Compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Printing PictBridge compatible
Lens Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, f2.8 - f4.8
Lens focal length Equivalent to 36 - 108mm on a 35mm camera
Focus TTL contrast-type auto focus
Focus distance Normal: Approx. 60cm to infinity
Macro: Approx. 8.5 cm - 80 cm
Shutter speed 2 sec. - 1/2,000 sec. depending on shooting mode
Aperture f/2.8 - f/8, 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Sensitivity Auto: Equivalent to ISO 125 - 640
Manual: Equivalent to ISO 160/200/400/800 (resolution fixed at 1M for shots taken at ISO 800)
Exposure control Program AE
White balance Automatic
Manual: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
Viewfinder Real image optical, approx. 80% coverage
LCD monitor 1.8", 134,000 pixel, micro-reflective CG silicon TFT, 100% coverage
Flash Auto flash using flash control sensor
Effective range: Wide-angle: approx. 0.6m - 3.5m (Macro: approx. 0.3m - 0.8m) Telephoto: approx. 0.6m - 2.7m
Flash modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro
Self-timer 10 sec. delay
Video output NTSC / PAL selectable
Terminal Output socket for USB / A/V or PictureCradle, power input socket
Power source NH-20 (included) / 2 x AAA size alkaline batteries / 2 x AAA size Ni-MH rechargeable batteries or AC power adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions 77 (W) x 69 (H) x 26.4 (D) mm
Weight Approx. 145g (excluding batteries and media)
Camera functions
Digital zoom 4.4x (640 x 480 pixels), 2.2x (1,280 x 960 pixels), 1.4x (2,048 x 1,536 pixels)
Shooting modes Normal: Auto, Scene Position (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene)
Continuous: Top 4 - 4 frames at intervals as short as 0.25 seconds/sec.) Final 4 - release the shutter up to 25 times (at intervals as short as 0.25 seconds) and record the last 4 frames
Colour modes B&W / Chrome / Standard
Movie recording 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. with monaural sound,
AVI format (Motion JPEG)
Voice Memo Up to 30 sec., WAV format
Playback Single frame (with max.18 x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame

Accessories included

  • 16MB xD-Picture Card™
  • Rechargeable battery (NH-20)
  • Battery charger (BC-NH20)
  • Strap
  • USB cable for FinePix F420 Zoom
  • A/V cable for FinePix F420 Zoom
  • CD-ROM
  • USB driver
  • FinePix Viewer
  • ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix

Optional accessories

  • xD-Picture Card™: (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB cards available)
  • Rechargeable battery (NH-20)
  • PictureCradle CP-FX420 (includes AC-3VW)
  • AC power adapter (AC-3V)
  • PC card adapter (DPC-AD)
  • Memory card readers (DPC-R1, DCR-71, DPC-UD1)
  • CompactFlash™ card adapter (DPC-CF)
  • Soft case (SC-FX420)

The FinePix F420 Zoom will be available in the UK in February 2004.

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