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CSI camera reveals hidden details - A modified FinePix S9100 that captures infrared and the visible spectrum has been released for the law enforcement, medical and scientific markets.

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Fujifilm IS-1 - infrared camera reveals all
The FinePix IS-1 infra-red camera
Fujifilm IS-1 - infrared camera reveals all
Press release:
Fujifilm continues to lead in the area of alternative light photography with today's announcement of the IS-1 digital camera, Fujifilm's latest model for capturing images in the infrared light spectrum. The IS-1 was developed for use in the law enforcement, medical/dental and science fields and is a follow-up model to the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR D-SLR.

Like the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR, the IS-1 will help law enforcement officers solve crimes by capturing evidence not easily seen by the human eye. It can be used in both the visible and infrared light spectrums, making the evidence-gathering process more efficient and accurate.

For example, the IS-1 has a continuous live preview feature, an advantage during infrared photography for focusing and composing when using dark lens filters. It also has an articulating LCD, which simplifies the processes of previewing, capturing and reviewing photos especially when the camera is in a laboratory environment. Its 10.7x, 28-300mm optical zoom system is built-in, minimizing dust, making operation a snap for forensic photographers.

Through the use of an infrared cut or "hot mirror" filter on the lens, the IS-1 can capture a visible light image very close in quality to that of a standard digital camera, adding flexibility and cost-effectiveness to the overall package.

"The FinePix S3 Pro UVIR has been well-received in the forensic and scientific markets, and we anticipate an even better reception for the IS-1 digital camera in these same channels,"
remarked Darin Pepple, Marketing Manager, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.

"Law enforcement and scientific departments often contend with very restrictive budgets so a product that can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, without draining too much of their resources, is quite appealing."

The IS-1 digital camera features a nine MegaPixel Fujifilm Super CCD sensor and ISO 80-1600 (in case of capturing a visible light image) capabilities. The camera's high sensitivity range, made possible by Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, enables IS-1 users to capture images using visible and infrared light (approximately 400nm 900 nm). Users can apply lens filtration to isolate specific wavelengths to achieve a desired effect. In addition, Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization technology uses the heightened sensitivity of the IS-1 and high-speed shutter settings to reduce blur caused by camera shake and subject movement. This easy-to-access feature is selectable on the mode dial and allows the IS-1 to choose the correct light sensitivity and best-matching shutter speed automatically for the highest quality digital pictures.

HS-V2 Software: The inclusion of Fujifilm's Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 version 3 enables IS-1 photographers to explore the full potential of the camera's RAW file format. This program also provides law enforcement investigators with side-by-side image comparisons along with metadata analysis, a useful tool when examining images of blood stains, documents or other forms of evidence.

Priced at $899, the IS-1 will be available at select authorised dealers in the United States in February 2007. For a dealer list, interested parties should visit www.fujifilmusa.com. Infrared and infrared cut filters are optional. At this point in time, Fujifilm UK has confirmed that there are no plans to launch the camera in the UK, but this could change in the future.

IS-1 Specifications*

CCD Sensor 1/1.6-inch Super CCD HR
Number of Effective Pixels 9.0 Million Pixels ( Visible IR 400nm 900 nm)
Number of Recorded Pixels

Still image: 3,488 x 2,616 / 3,696 x 2,464 (3:2 format) / 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,0 48 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels

Movie: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.), 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.), with monaural sound
Storage Media

Slot No. 1: xD-Picture Card (16MB to 2GB)
Slot No. 2: CF Card and MicroDrive (compatibility listed on Fujifilm website: http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital)

File Formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), CCD-RAW
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)

Recording capacity with 256MB xD Picture Card (not included)

Still image:
Resolution / Number of Pictures

CCD-RAW 13
9MP (F) 56
9MP (N) 113
3:2 113
5MP 204
3MP 325
2MP 409
0.3MP 1,997


Movie:
Resolution/ Movie Length

640x480 Approx. 223 sec.
320x240 Approx. 7.3 min
Lens Fujinon 10.7x zoom lens, (F 2.8 - 4.9) (58mm lens threads)
Lens Focal Length

f=6.2 - 66.7mm/Equivalent to 28 - 300 mm on a 35 mm camera (IR and IR Cut Filters are Optional 58mm)

Aperture Range F 2.8 - F11, 13 steps in 1/3 EV increments Manual/Auto selectable
Digital Zoom ratio at Shooting Approx. 2.0x (10.7x optical zoom lens is used together: Max. zoom scale: 21.4x)
Focus Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center) ** /Manual focus/Continuous AF **
AF assist illuminator available, Effective range: up to 3.5m (Wide angle) **
Focus Distance

Normal

Approx. 1.3 ft. to infinity (wide), 6.6 ft. to infinity (telephoto)

Macro

Approx. 3.9 in. to 9.8 ft. (wide), 3.0 ft. to 9.8 ft. (telephoto)

Super Macro

Approx. 0.4 in. to 3.3 ft. (wide angle only)

Exposure Control **

256-zone TTL metering-Multi/Spot/Average

Exposure Modes Programmed AE ** , Aperture Priority AE ** , Shutter Priority AE ** , Manual
Sensitivity AUTO/ Equivalent to ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Recommend 200 or higher for IR photography) **
Shutter Speed 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec. (Auto/Picture Stabilization/Natural Light/Portrait/Landscape)
Night: 4 sec. to 1/500 sec.
P/S/A: 4 sec. to 1/4000 sec., M: 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (Up to 30 sec.)
White Balance ** Automatic
Manual: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom (2 types)
Flash (visible light shooting situations only) **

Auto flash

Effective range: Wide angle: Approx. 1.0 ft. to 18.4 ft.

Telephoto: Approx. 3.0 ft. to 9.8 ft.

Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Flash Mode (visible light shooting situations only) ** Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective Range (Auto Flash) ** Effective range: Wide angle: Approx. 1.0 ft. - 18.4 ft. / Telephoto: Approx 3.0 ft. - 9.8 ft.
Self-timer

Approx. 2/10 sec. delay

Electronic Viewfinder 0.44-inch Low temperature poly-silicon TFT (approx. 235,000 pixels), Approx. 100% coverage

LCD Monitor

2.0-inch Low temperature poly-silicon TFT (approx. 235,000 pixels), Approx. 100% coverage

Video Output

NTSC/PAL selectable

Digital Interface

USB 2.0 high-speed

Power Source

4xAA type alkaline batteries (included), 4xAA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or AC power adapter AC-5VX (optional)

Dimensions

5.0 (W) x 3.7 (H) x 5.1 (D) in.

Weight

22.9 oz. (excluding batteries and xD-Picture Card)

Shooting Modes

Normal : Auto ** , Scene Position (Picture Stabilization, Natural Light, Portrait, Landscape, Night) **

- Continuous:

1. Top-4: Max. 1.5 frames / sec. up to 4 frames

2. Final- 4: Max. 1.5 frames / sec. up to 4 frames

3. Long-period: Max 1.1 frames / sec up to 40 frames.
High Speed Shooting

Yes

Color Modes **

Standard/Chrome/B&W

Movie Recording

640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
With monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG), Direct recording to the media

Playback

Single frame, 9 Multi-frame, Exposure information with histogram, Sorting by date, Image rotate, Trimming, Automatic Playback. Navigation screen on playback zoom.

Voice Memo

Up to 30 seconds, WAV format

Optional Accessories

xD-Picture Card: 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB
Rechargeable Battery 2HR-3UF (2xAA type Ni-MH)
Battery Charger with Battery (2xAA type NiMH) BK-NH/BK-NH2
AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
xD-Picture Card USB Drive DPC-UD1 (Not available for 2GB xD-Picture Card)
CompactFlash Card Adapter DPC-CF
Soft Case SC-FXS9
Wide Conversion Lens WL-FXS6

Accessories Included 4xAA type Alkaline Batteries
Shoulder Strap
USB cable (Mini-B)
A/V cable
Lens cap
Lens cap holder
Lens hood
CD-ROM1 with:
  • USB Driver
  • FinePixViewer (Raw File converter included)
  • ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix
  • RAW File Converter LE

CD-ROM2 with:

  • Hyper Utility Software

CD-ROM 3 with:

  • Owner's Manual (PDF file)
IR and IR Cut filters are optional. Camera photographs in combined visible and IR light image takes on a pinkish appearance. Camera may overexpose slightly at high sensitivities.

Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation:

Battery
4xAA type alkaline
4xAA type NiMH (2500mAh)

LCD Monitor Status / Number of Frames
LCD Monitor ON / Approx. 120 frames
LCD Monitor OFF / Approx. 320 frames



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