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Fujifilm's slimmest ever camera- FinePix 50i

Fujifilm's slimmest ever camera- FinePix 50i - 

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August sees the UK launch of the new Fujifilm FinePix 50i multimedia digital camera - the super slim, MP3 playing successor to the popular FinePix 40i.

The newly designed ultra-compact camera is less than one inch wide and sports a host of features including an iMac(tm) inspired new desktop download cradle; audio recording and voice captioning; a brighter LCD screen and a new MP3 remote controller. 
Powered by Fujifilm's 2.47m pixel Super CCD sensor and with new LSI signal processing, the FinePix 50i delivers an output resolution of up to 4.3million pixels (2400x1800), and boasts enhanced colour reproduction, sharpness and sensitivity. The Fujinon EBC autofocus lens is equivalent to a 36mm on a 35mm camera, which is shielded when not in use by a spring-loaded lens and flash cover, and Fuji say the operation of the function buttons has been made even easier by the elegant design.

To aid viewing of captured images in sunny conditions the FinePix 50i sports a bright, high-definition 1.5inch 110,000 pixel TFT LCD monitor, while the trim new lines of the slender wallet-sized camera have been made possible by a new super slim Lithium-Ion battery, which also means the silver-bodied FinePix 50i tips the scales at just 160grams.

Near-CD quality playback is offered by the built-in MP3 player and a silver-coloured high-tech remote control displays track song titles. The camera also features a digital video capability, capturing up to 80-second bursts of AVI Motion JPEG action with audio.

Further multimedia functions have been added to the FinePix 50i, with the inclusion of a voice recording function, with the ability to record up to six hours of audio on a 128Mb SmartMedia card, and voice captioning allowing users to record audio descriptions for individual saved images to create an audio picture diary. There is even a party mode setting that is a noise-activated shutter release function.

For Internet users, video-conferencing has been included in the camera's repertoire with the new desktop PC-sync PictureCradle. The transparent desktop cradle allows the camera to be used as a 'webcam' for video-conferencing by linking the user's PC via a USB connection, while the press of a button automatically activates the FinePix Viewer software on the linked computer, for swift viewing and image transfer.  As with the FinePix 4800 and 6800 Zoom models, the cradle also automatically recharges the camera's Lithium-Ion battery.

The PictureCradle and FinePix Viewer software also provide a seamless link to the FinePix Internet Service website, which offers users instant access to the Internet, easy on-line registration for warranty cover, and a huge cache of information, advice and help available 24 hours a day.

'Multi-functional devices such as this are definitely setting a trend,' says Fuji Photo Film UK's Digital Marketing Manager Michelle da Gama, ' and while the new FinePix 50i can perform all these different functions, it is first and foremost a fantastic little camera that produces superb quality digital images. 

'But why in addition to a high quality digital camera should you want to carry an MP3 player, Dictaphone or video camera when you can combine them all in one incredibly small, stylish and amazingly high-quality piece of equipment like the FinePix 50i?'

The FinePix 50i: key features at a glance:

  • 4.3 million pixel output resolution from a 2.47 megapixel Fujifilm Super CCD sensor
  • Improved LSI signal processing
  • Image output files up to 2400x1800
  • Super compact, stylish digital camera - less than one inch wide (23.5mmx85.5mmx 71mm)
  • MP3 music recording and playback with headphones and LCD display remote control
  • 80-second AVI Motion JPEG movie with sound
  • Audio WAV recording and voice captioning
  • PC 'webcam' function for video-conferencing
  • PictureCradle for desk-top charging and PC/Mac USB high-speed interface
  • Super EBC Fujinon lens equivalent to 36 mm on 35mm camera
  • 64 zone TTL AE metering, with shutter speeds of 1/4 to 1/1000 sec
  • Sensitivity equivalent to ISO 125
  • Auto flash and auto white balance with a selection of manual modes
  • 16Mb SmartMedia' card as standard (capacity available up to 128Mb)
  • Weighs just 190g with battery and SmartMedia card (160g without battery)

The new Fujifilm FinePix 50i will be available in the UK from mid-August, exclusively from Dixons, Curry's and PC World with an estimated retail price of around 499.

Specifications
CCD sensor: 
1/1.7-inch SuperCCD, 2.4 million pixels in an interwoven pattern
Image file size: 4.3 million pixels (2400x1800)/1600x1200/1280x960/640x480, 24-bit colour
Image File format: JPEG ( Exif Ver 2.1) with 3 compression levels
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Storage media: SmartMedia Card (3.3V, 2Mb to 128Mb (For music function: SmartMedia card with ID (3.3V, 16Mb to 128Mb)
Lens: Super EBC Fujinon Lens, Equivalent to 36mm on a 35 mm camera
Focus distance: Normal: 0.5m to infinity, Macro: 6 cm to approx. 65cm.
Aperture: f/2.8 f/9.8
Viewfinder: Real-mage optical view finder
Exposure control: 64 zone TTL metering, Programmed AE (Exposure Compensation in Manual mode)
Sensitivity: Equivalent to ISO 125
Shutter speed: 1/4 to 1/1000sec.
White balance:
Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light(Cool White), Incandescent light)
Flash:Auto flash using flash control sensor
Effective flash range: Approx. 0.4m/ 1.3ft to 3.5m/ 11.5ft
Flash modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Syncro
LCD monitor:1.5-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT (110,000 pixels )
Interface: Connections with PictureCradle & Remote controller
Video output:PAL (through PictureCradle)
Power source:Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery NP-60 or AC Power Adapter (included)
Dimensions:85.5(W)x71.0(H)x23.5(D) mm
Weight: 160g (excluding battery)

Camera functions
Digital zoom:
3.75x (640x480 mode), 1.88x (1280x960 mode),  1.5x (1600x1,200 mode)
Shooting mode:Auto, Manual, Movie recording, Audio recording      
Continuous shooting: 0.2sec/frame up to 3 frames        
Movie recording: 320x240 pixels, 10 frames/sec, up to 80 sec, with sound, AVI (Motion JPEG)  format
Audio recording: Max. approx. 6hrs with 128Mb SmartMedia(tm) card, WAV format
Voice captioning: Up to 30sec, WAV format
Playback: Single Frame (with 15x Playback Zoom)/ 9 Multi-frame/ Automatic Playback
Others: Self-timer, Sound-sync. Shooting , Protect, DPOF

Music functions:
Music format:
MP3 (Sampling rate : 44.1kHz, Bit rate : 128/112/96kbps)
Copyright protection method: InfoBind

PictureCradle
Terminal:
Digital (USB) socket, AV socket, DC in 5V (power input) socket, connection plug
Size: 113x34.5x66mm 
Weight: 80g.

Accessories included:

  • Rechargeable Battery NP-60
  • PictureCradle
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Shoulder strap
  • AV cable
  • USB cable
  • Headphone with remote controller
  • CD-ROM with USB driver, FinePixViewer, DP Editor, Apple QuickTime 4, VideoImpression, RealJukeBox Plus2 for Windows, MacMP3 for Macintosh

Optional accessories:

  • SmartMedia Card (up to128Mb)
  • Floppy Disk Adapter FD-A2
  • PC Card Adapter PC-AD3
  • Image Memory Card Reader SM-R2
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery NP-60
  • Battery Charger BC-60
  • Soft case SC-FX50

Number of images /recording time

File size (2400x1800)

Movie  Audio Music
Quality mode  Fine  Normal  Basic    128kbps  118kbps  96kbps
4MB SmartMedia card  2 4 11 23sec 16min
8MB SmartMedia card  4 9 23 47sec 33min
16MB SmartMedia card  8 19 47 94sec 66min 15min 18min 20min
32MB SmartMedia card  18 38 94 191sec 133min 30min 35min 40min
64MB SmartMedia card  36  77  189  385sec  268min 60min 70min 80min
128MB SmartMedia card  74  156 379 774sec 537min 120min 140min 160min
 

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