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Fuji introduce FinePix S5500 Zoom with 10x optical zoom and four megapixel - Successor to FinePix S5000 Zoom combines impressive focal length with increased sensor resolution.

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Fuji introduce FinePix S5500 Zoom with 10x optical zoom and four megapixelBuilding on the success of the best-selling FinePix S5000 Zoom, the S5500 Zoom maintains the SLR-inspired design and incredible 10x optical zoom Fujinon lens of its predecessor, the equivalent of 37-370 mm on a 35 mm camera. It also adds an extra megapixel of effective resolution, perfect for extracting additional detail from distant shots.

Whilst retaining the ergonomic design and layout of the FinePix S5000 Zoom, the S5500 Zoom also adds full VGA 30fps movie recording, custom white balance control, histogram playback and 100% frame coverage in the LCD and electronic viewfinder.

Photographers will find this an ideal camera to have at hand at any sporting event thanks to 10x optical zoom and continuous shooting mode. For example, any football fan wanting to capture some fast-moving action from the stands can simply switch modes to ensure they get their shot. This versatile camera is also perfect for travellers - for example, those going on safari, where they are unable to (or may not wish to!) get too close to the subject.

The FinePix S5500 Zoom also comes equipped with a Video Out socket for reviewing images and movies on a TV screen, and PictBridge compatibility for printing images without the need for a computer.

Created with ease of use and convenience in mind, the FinePix S5500 Zoom can be powered by four AA sized batteries or an AC power adaptor.

FinePix S5500 Zoom features at a glance

  • Fujinon 10x optical zoom lens equivalent to 37-370mm on a 35mm camera
  • Compact, SLR-style body shape to give you features and performance without the bulk
  • 4.0 million effective pixel conventional CCD sensor
  • A variety of exposure modes, including aperture priority, shutter priority and manual
  • RAW format enabling unprocessed file saving
  • Wide range of ISO settings (64 - 400) for photography in a wide range of conditions
  • High quality movie capture (640 x 480) at 30 frames per second (fps) with sound
  • High resolution 1.5" TFT (115,000 pixel) LCD screen featuring 100% frame coverage
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries
  • xD-Picture Card providing large storage capacity, low power consumption and fast write speed (cards up to 512MB available currently)
  • PictBridge compatible for direct printing without a PC

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Consumer Products, said, "The FinePix S5000 Zoom was a real breakthrough for us. It looked great, and packed a breathtaking amount of picture-taking power into a small body. Not wishing to tamper too much with a winning formula, we created the FinePix S5500 Zoom - a successor designed to maintain popular features such as the 10x optical zoom, whilst making subtle improvements to the existing specification.

"We're confident that the FinePix S5500 Zoom will be a hit with new and existing fans of our range of powerful zoom digital cameras. It offers photographers even greater freedom to experiment without being limited by distance."

Specifications

Number of effective pixels

4.0 million pixels
CCD sensor

1/2.7" conventional CCD
Number of total pixels: 4.23 million pixels

Number of recorded pixels: Still image: 2272x1704 (3.87 million) 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480 pixels
Movie: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. with monaural 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 (16MB to 512MB capacities currently available)
Lens Fujinon 10x optical zoom lens, f/2.8 - f/3.1
Lens focal length Equivalent to 37 - 370mm on a 35mm camera
Focus Autofocus / AF Area Focus / AF (Centre) Focus / Manual Focus
AF assist illuminator: effective range up to 2.0m (wide angle)
Focus range Normal: wide angle: 90cm to infinity
telephoto: 2.0m to infinity
Macro: wide angle: Approx. 0.1m - 2.0m
telephoto: Approx. 0.9m - 2.0m
Shutter speed

Auto: 1/4sec. - 1/2000 sec.
Manual: 15sec. - 1/2000 sec.

Aperture Wide angle: F2.8 - F8 (10 steps in 1/3 EV increments)
Telephoto: F3.1 - F9 (10 steps in 1/3 EV increments)
Exposure control 64-zone TTL metering-multi, spot, average
Sensitivity Auto: Auto (ISO 64 - 320 depending on conditions) / 64 / 100 / 200 / 400
SP/P/S/A/M: ISO 64 / 100 / 200 / 400
White balance Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash Auto flash
Effective range:
Wide angle: 0.3m - 4.5m
Telephoto: 0.6m - 4.0m
Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash (Slow Synchro., Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro: in manual mode)
Electronic viewfinder 0.33 inch polysilicon TFT (approx. 115,000 pixels)
Approx 100% coverage
LCD monitor 1.5 inches polysilicon TFT (approx. 115,000 pixels)
Approx 100% coverage
Self-timer Approx 2 / 10 sec
Video out NTSC/PAL selectable
Digital interface USB socket & A/V socket, power input socket
Printing PictBridge compatible
Power source

4 x AA size alkaline batteries (included) / 4 x Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or 5V AC power adaptor (optional)
Dimensions 112.7 (W) x 81.1 (H) x 79.3 (D) mm
Weight Approx. 337g (excluding batteries and media)
Camera functions
Digital zoom (shooting) 3.6x (640 x 480 pixels)
1.8x (1,280 x 960 pixels)
1.4x (1,600 x 1,200 pixels)
Shooting modes Normal:
Auto, Scene Position (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene)
Continuous:
- Top 3 (3 frames/sec. up to 3 frames)
- Final 3 (3 frames/sec. up to 3 frames)
- Long period (max. 1.6 frames/sec. up to 40 frames)
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 (Motion JPEG) without sound
Playback Single frame (with max.14x playback zoom), 9 multi-frame, exposure information with histogram, navigation screen on playback zoom
Colour modes B&W / Chrome / Standard
Voice memo Up to 30 sec. WAV format
Accessories included
  • 16MB xD-Picture Card
  • 4 x AA-size alkaline batteries
  • Owner's manual
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • A/V cable
  • Adaptor ring (AR-FX5A)
  • Lens cap
  • CD-ROM
    - USB driver
    - FinePix Viewer
    - ImageMixer VCD2 for FinePix
    - RAW File Converter LE
Optional accessories
  • xD-Picture Card: 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB capacities currently available
  • PC Card Adaptor (DPC-AD)
  • CompactFlash Card Adaptor (DPC-CF)
  • USB Pen Drive/xD-Picture Card Reader (DPC-UD1)
  • Fujifilm 7-in-1 Memory Card Reader (DCR-71)
  • xD-MP3 Card Reader/MP3 Player
  • AC power adaptor (AC-5VH/5VHS)
  • Ultra-fast charger with 6 x 2100mAh Ni-MH batteries
  • Wide conversion lens: (WL-FX9/WL-FX9B)
  • Tele conversion lens: (TL-FX9/TL-FX9B)
  • Soft case

Pricing and availability
The FinePix S5500 Zoom will be available in the UK from leading photographic retailers in September 2004. Pricing will be confirmed nearer to the date of retail launch.*

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