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Fujifilm annmounce FinePix E550 Zoom - a combination of form and function - The most advanced camera in Fujifilm's new E range balances ease of use with exceptional sensor performance
Fujifilm has made great strides to develop its celebrated Super CCD HR sensor and processor technology for the FinePix E550 Zoom. This latest sensor enhancement gives the camera the capability of low sensitivity and a higher signal-to-noise ratio, both contributing to superb image quality.
Alongside powerful sensor improvements, the FinePix E550 Zoom features a 4x zoom lens, which gives a focal length equivalent to 32.5mm - 130mm on a 35mm camera, and a 6.3 million effective (12.3 million recorded output) pixel count. The high pixel output ensures that picture enlargements maintain exceptional sharpness and detail.
The FinePix E550 Zoom is housed in a sturdy metallic casing and has a 2" screen. The larger screen makes it easier to view photographic subjects, and also benefits those photographers that wish to view and edit their images on the move, without needing to preview them on a PC screen.
The new camera is also PictBridge compatible, which means that images can be printed directly from the camera, without the need for a PC.
The FinePix E550 Zoom will fit into your coat pocket and has a robust, easy-to-grip design that is great for photographers who find smaller cameras a little fiddly. The camera is perfect for enthusiasts and more serious photographers alike, with its range of manual features and uncompromising image quality.
Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Consumer Products, said, "The
E550 Zoom is something of a dark horse in that it combines major sensor refinements
in a modest, pleasing design. We are continuing to improve and refine our cameras'
sensor design and functions, which means that consumers are getting greater
value for money than ever before. The new E range cameras are designed to be
reliable and easy to use, yet powerful enough to give unrivalled performance."
- Newly-developed Super CCD HR sensor with 6.3 million effective pixels (delivering
12.3 million recorded pixels)
- 4x optical zoom lens equivalent to 32.5mm - 130mm on a 35mm camera
- High resolution 2" LCD screen for extra clarity and detail
- Multiple exposure modes including aperture priority, shutter priority and
- RAW file format enabling unprocessed file saving
- Low sensitivity setting of ISO 80 for photography in bright conditions
with low noise
- High quality 640 x 480 movie mode at 30 frames per second with sound
- A/V socket for playback on a compatible TV
- Powered by 2 x AA batteries
- xD-Picture Card providing large storage capacity, lower power consumption
and fast write speeds (16MB to 512MB capacities currently available)
- PictBridge compatibility for direct printing without a PC
Specifications of Finepix E550 Zoom
|Number of effective pixels
||6.3 million effective pixels|
1/1.7 inch Super CCD HR
|Number of recorded pixels:||Still image: 4,048 x 3,040 (12.3
million) / 2,848 x 2,136 / 2,048 x 1, 536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels
Movie: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames per second 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 4x optical zoom lens f/2.8 - f/5.6|
|Lens focal length||7.2 - 28.8mm. Equivalent to 32.5 - 130mm|
|Focus||Auto focus (Area, Centre, Multi) / Manual focus / Continuous AF|
|Focus range||Normal: 60cm to infinity
Macro: 7.5cm - 80cm
3sec. - 1/2000 sec depending on exposure mode
|Aperture||Wide-angle: F2.8 - F8 (1/3 EV steps)
Telephoto: F5.6 - F8 (1/3 EV steps)
|Exposure control||64-zone TTL metering-multi, spot, average|
|Sensitivity||Auto: equivalent to ISO 80 - 640
Manual: equivalent to ISO 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800
(resolution fixed at 3M / 2M / 0.3M for shots taken at ISO 800)
Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent Light (Daylight), Fluorescent Light (Warm White) Fluorescent Light (Cool White), Incandescent Light, Custom
|Flash||Auto flash using flash control sensor
Effective range: wide angle 0.6m - 4.5m
Telephoto 0.6m - 2.2m
Flash Mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
|Viewfinder||Real image optical, approx. 77% coverage|
|LCD monitor||2.0-inch low-temperature poly-silicon
TFT (approx. 154,000 pixels)
Approx. 96% coverage
|Self-timer||Approx 2/ 10 sec|
|Video out||NTSC/PAL selectable|
|Digital interface||USB 2.0 (High Speed)|
|Terminal||Multiple connector (for USB & AV cables, cradle - included with camera), power input socket|
|Power source||2 x AA batteries|
|Dimensions||105 (W) x 63 (H) x 34.4 (D) mm|
|Weight||200g (excluding batteries and media)|
|Digital zoom ratio (shooting / playback mode)||4,048 x 3,040: Shooting -, Playback
2,848 x 2,136: Shooting 1.4, Playback 14.8
2,048 x 1,536: Shooting 2.0, Playback 10.7
1,600 x 1,200: Shooting 2.5, Playback 8.3
640 x 480: Shooting 6.3, Playback 3.3
|Shooting modes||Normal: Auto, Scene Position (Portrait,
Landscape, Sports, Night Scene)
" Top 4: Max. 3 frames / sec. up to 4 frames
" Final 4: Max. 3 frames / sec. up to 4 frames
" Long period: Max. 1.6 frames / sec up to 40 frames. Only at 2M mode (1,600 x 1,200 pixels)
|Playback||Single frame (with max. 30x playback zoom), 12 multi-frame, displayed by date|
|Colour modes||B&W / Chrome / Standard|
|Voice memo||Up to 30 sec. WAV format|
The FinePix E550 Zoom will be available in the UK from leading photographic retailers in September 2004. Pricing will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.