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Fujifilm has announced the world's first weather resistant 50x optical zoom bridge camera, the FinePix S1.
The camera is weather sealed in approximately 70 areas. It has a 16.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, and can take clear photos in dark scenes at sensitivities of up to ISO 12,800.
The FinePix S1 will be on sale from January 2014. It will have an SRP of £399.99.
From Fujifilm: Brimming with new technologies to improve picture taking and advance creativity, the S1 offers everything you could want from a bridge camera, including a powerful 50x image-stabilised optical zoom lens, wireless communication, Full HD movie function – all wrapped in a robust dust and water-resistant body.
Thanks to its weather resistant body the S1 can be used in wet weather or dusty conditions without the usual worries, enabling you to keep shooting when others can't.
The lens-body integrated design and sealing on approximately 70 areas are designed to allow field photography without typical worries about the weather, season or general shooting environment.
The S1 features a newly developed Fujinon 50x optical zoom lens (24-1200mm equivalent) with a bright F2.8-F5.6 aperture range and 3.0-stop lens-shift image stabilisation. The wide zoom range and additional Super Macro mode (which allows users to focus on subjects as close as 1cm) offers a huge array of shooting styles from wide angle scenic shots to tightly cropped telephoto framing.
By effectively arranging the 2 aspherical and 4 ED lenses in a structure of 13 elements in 11 groups, high image quality is successfully achieved with reduced aberration, while superb sharpness is achieved from the centre to the edges throughout the zoom range. Fujinon’s unique multi-layer coating technology, Super EBC, is applied to reduce ghosting and flare, and crisp, clear photos can be shot even under severe shooting conditions such as backlighting.
Taking the possibilities even further is Fujifilm’s 100x Intelligent Digital Zoom, which due to its newly developed signal processing, offers image quality comparable to that achieved with the optical zoom. And to make working at such high magnifications even easier, there’s a new zoom-out button which lets users check the framing by quickly widening the field of view when the subject is lost.
The S1 offers high-precision, Full HD (1920 x 1080, 60p) movie recording and its newly developed 5-Axis Image Stabilisation and 3D Noise Reduction have greatly improved performance when shooting video.
The Fujifilm S1 also offers remote shooting via a smartphone or tablet, and photos and movies can easily sent to smartphones and computers using the same Wi-Fi connectivity.
Fujifilm S1 Key Features:
- Robust dust and weather-resistant bridge camera
- 50x image stabilised optical zoom lens (24-1200mm equivalent)
- 1cm super macro mode
- 5-Axial Image stabilisation
- 1/2.3-inch 16.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- AF speed of 0.14sec
- Start-up time of approximately 0.68sec
- Shooting interval of approximately 0.65sec
- Maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 10.0fps
- 920K dot EVF
- Vari-angle LCD screen
- Time Lapse Interval Shooting function (up to every 10mins for 6hrs max)
- 10 Artistic Advanced Filters
- Wi-fi connectivity
- Full HD movie recording