Wednesday, 5 January 2011

2011 - New Fuji Models

FujiFilm has announced it's first 2011 models today.

Top of the list, is of course the X100. The development of this camera was first announced several months ago.

Next in line is the replacement for the HS-10 - The HS-20 EXR, and also the new Fxxx EXR series cameras, the F500 EXR and the F550 EXR.

The HS-20 EXR, and the F5xx EXR series, use a new EXR BSI CMOS 16 megapixel senor. They have the usual EXR modes of HR, DR, SN. In DR mode, the maximum DR is now boosted to 1,600%. In SN mode, maximum ISO is boosted to ISO 6400 at 8 megapixel resolution.

There is also a whole range of cameras ranging from those designed for the enthusiast through to those who simply want a weatherproof, or a budget compact model.

Anyway, without further fanfare, here's a quick summary of the specs of just some of the cameras.

X100
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 12 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Fujinon 23 mm (35 mm equivalent) f2.0 lens with eight elements in six groups
  • Optical viewfinder, with digital image and information overlay
  • 2.7 inch LCD
  • Availability - Beginning March 2011
Update : Sample images now available at Fuji's X100 web site. Click here

HS-20 EXR
  • 16 megapixel EXR BSI CMOS high speed sensor
  • Raw and Raw plus Jpeg shooting
  • EXR High Resolution (HR), Dynamic Range (DR) and High ISO/Low Noise (SN) modes
  • DR maximum is 1,600% and maximum ISO in SN mode is now ISO 6400
  • Fujinon 30 times optical zoom lens. 24 mm to 720 mm (35 mm equivalent) f2.8 to f5.6 lens
  • Electronic view finder
  • 3 inch High Contrast LCD
  • HD movie recording. Mpeg 4 H.264 1080p, stereo sound, 30 fps
  • High speed movie at 320 fps
  • Motion Panorama 360 degree
  • Mini HDMI interface
  • Continuous burst shooting at 7.6 fps, at full resolution and up to eight frames
  • Optional TTL external flash and remote release
  • Availability - End March 2011

F500 EXR
  • 16 megapixel EXR BSI CMOS high speed sensor
  • High sensitivity to ISO 12,800
  • EXR High Resolution (HR), Dynamic Range (DR) and High ISO/Low Noise (SN) modes
  • DR maximum is now 1,600% and maximum ISO in SN mode is now ISO 6400
  • Fujinon 15 times optical zoom lens. 24 mm to 360 mm (35 mm equivalent) lens
  • 3 inch LCD
  • Tracking Auto Focus
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Face Detection/Face Recognition
  • Macro mode
  • HD movie recording. Mpeg 4 H.264 1080p, stereo sound, 30 fps
  • High speed movie at 320 fps
  • Motion Panorama 360 degree
  • Mini HDMI interface
  • Continuous burst shooting
  • Colour - Black, Champagne Gold, White, Red, Blue
  • Availability - Mid March 2011

F550 EXR
  • Same specifications as the F500 EXR but with the addition of the following :
    • Raw and Raw plus Jpeg shooting
    • Intelligent Image Stabilisation and Multi-Frame Technology
    • GPS - Geo Tagging and Photo Navigation/Route Tracking
    • Multi-Frame - Pro Focus mode with Face Detection and Pro Low Light mode
    • Colour - Black or Champagne Gold
    • Availability -Mid March 2011

S2950
  • 14 megapixel
  • Fujinon 18 times optical zoom lens. 28 mm to 504 mm (35 mm equivalent) lens
  • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3 inch 230K LCD
  • High sensitivity to ISO 6400
  • Full manual control
  • Continuous shooting at 8 fps for 20 frames
  • Motion Panorama mode
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • SR Auto - Scene Recognition mode
  • Face Detection
  • Smile/Blink Detection
  • Tracking Auto Focus
  • Super Macro mode
  • HD movie recording. 720p with ability to zoom while shooting
  • Mini HDMI port
  • AA batteries
  • Availability - Mid January 2011

S3200
  • 14 megapixel
  • Fujinon 24 times optical zoom lens. 24 mm to 576 mm (35 mm equivalent) lens
  • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3 inch 230K LCD
  • High sensitivity to ISO 6400
  • Full manual control
  • Continuous shooting at 8 fps for 20 frames
  • Motion Panorama mode
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • SR Auto - Scene Recognition mode
  • Face Detection/Face Recognition
  • Smile/Blink Detection
  • Tracking Auto Focus
  • Super Macro mode
  • HD movie recording. 720p with ability to zoom while shooting
  • Mini HDMI port
  • AA batteries
  • Availability - End February 2011

S4000
  • 14 megapixel
  • Fujinon 30 times optical zoom lens. 24 mm to 720 mm (35 mm equivalent) lens
  • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3 inch 460K LCD
  • High sensitivity to ISO 6400
  • Full manual control
  • Continuous shooting at 8 fps for 20 frames
  • Motion Panorama mode
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • SR Auto - Scene Recognition mode
  • Face Detection
  • Smile/Blink Detection
  • Tracking Auto Focus
  • Super Macro mode
  • HD movie recording. 720p with ability to zoom while shooting
  • Mini HDMI port
  • AA batteries
  • Availability - End March 2011

Apart from those listed above, there are many more compact models available. Touch Screen models, Weatherproof/Waterproof/Shockproof models, and several fully automatic budget compact models.



    Cheers


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    9 comments:

    1. Hi ! It certainly is uncomfortable to note that there is no mention of the user defined noise levels in the menu , the smearing problem, the slow write times for RAW files .... in the company announcements about the new versions of the camera that the HS10 has been .. !I doubt if the marginally larger sensor [despite using pixel binning ] will generate images any better than the HS10 of today.. !

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    2. Dr Shukla, Hi.

      We'll all just have to wait and see. Availability isn't until March so anything before that will just be guessing.

      Cheers.

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    3. Hi Dave,

      I just sold my HS10 today :), and luckily HS20 will out next time, can't wait for people to test it and see the IQ...I'm still love my HS10 feature :)

      -iip-

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    4. Iip, Hi.

      Hopefully the IQ will be good. Hard to tell from reading a 'spec' sheet.

      Cheers.

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    5. Hi Dave
      Only down side of the HS20 is that I am still exploring the potential of the HS10. The new one looks too interesting not to have however so it will be interesting to see the differences.

      Cheers Greg, PhotoSydney

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    6. Greg, Hi.

      LOL. I'm still exploring mine also. Still, at least here, the new model won't be on the shelves until early April. So still lot's of time to wear out the HS-10.

      Cheers.

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    7. While FUJI is shopping sensors from Sony 's it would have been heartening to see at least one camera model emerge wearing the 1/1.7 " high sensitivity sensor and a fast lense [within the 500 USD limit]! [samsung, cannon, panasonic and now even olympus have done it ... so what is holding fuji back?]
      The X100 is a good direction to take but not easily accessible to the enthusiast... ! So the "waiting for GODOT "continues...

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    8. Dr Shukla, Hi.

      Why ask me ? I don't have the answers.

      Are the sensors from Sony ? Then so are the sensors from any manufacturer who has, in the past week, announced a 16 mp sensor.

      I don't know that. Do you ?

      What I do know is that for the past (nearly) three years I have shot with Fuji cameras and have been happy doing so.

      If you think that other manufacturers have solved issues, which Fuji haven't, then do the homework and consider them.

      Personally, over the past forty odd years, I have owned cameras from most manufacturers.

      Right here, right now, I am happy with the cameras I have.

      They happen to be Fuji.

      I don't really care who makes the sensor, the neck strap, nor the batteries, as long as it works.

      Cheers.

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    9. Ah very true Dave !
      The answers r elusive especially when it is raining megapixels all over not just in the Fuji camp !
      yes I did get to see the newly announced cam models by the other makers right after I wrote on your blog !

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