Fujifilm has added another model to its popular 'A' series of competitively-priced compact digital cameras. The 8MP Fujifilm A850 is based around a 1/2.5" sensor and has a 3X zoom. There are 14 scene modes, including museum mode for those pictures in which you actually want artifacts to appear.

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The A850 is the new addition to Fujifilm’s A-Team

Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of the new Fujifilm A850. The stylish new camera joins the existing A920 and A900 in offering high-end technology to every-day users who want point-and-shot simplicity at an affordable price point, but are not prepared to compromise on image quality. The Fujifilm A850 features a sharp Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, an 8 Megapixel CCD sensor and ISO 800 sensitivity at full resolution.

The Fujifilm A850 features Image Intelligence processing combined with a 3x Fujinon lens to deliver images of unrivalled quality. Fujifilm has employed decades of imaging know-how to ensure that each image, no matter how challenging the shooting conditions, is optimised for colour, tone, exposure and colour balance. This makes the Fujifilm A850 the perfect camera for beginners, because the combination of a sharp lens and cutting-edge image processing means that quality images, without overdue effort, will be produced time after time. Despite its modest credentials, Fujifilm employs its Picture Stabilisation (usually found on higher-priced models) to ensure that image blurring, caused by subject movement or camera shake, is kept to an absolute minimum.

In addition to this, the Fujifilm A850 offers handy features such as selectable scene modes and movie recording with sound, for versatility and ease of use.

An intuitive, icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) and simple button layout make it easy for users to navigate through menus and switch between shooting modes and scene positions.

The 14 selectable scene modes simplify shooting even further. With options including Beach, Snow, Sports and even Museum mode, users can be creative with their picture taking, regardless of the situation or their experience behind the lens.

The Fujifilm A850 features 24MB of internal memory, which is a great fallback storage option, so users can continue to shoot and save pictures even when the media card is full.  What’s more, the camera’s low power consumption (operating on two standard AA batteries) means users will never miss out on capturing the action.

Lastly, looks are everything for modern electronic products.  Consumers demand elegant styling, beautiful curves, and simple ergonomics.  They demand a product to be proud of.  The Fujifilm A850 does not disappoint in any respect.  It has the feel of a high-end camera, with a sculpted grip and metallic finish, and mimics models sold for more than twice the price. 

Fujifilm has designed three key features into this model:  excellent image quality, simple operation and amazingly good looks.  The Fujifilm A850 is likely to be the hit camera for this summer’s key selling season.

Fujifilm A850 features at a glance:

  • 8.1 Megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD monitor
  • Selectable sensitivity up to ISO 800
  • 24MB internal memory permits shooting without a media card
  • Power source 2x AA-size alkaline (included),2x AA-size Ni-MH (optional) and AC Power Adapter AC-3V (optional)
  • Movie mode, 30 frames/ second with monaural sound
  • Picture stabilization
  • 14 selectable scene positions

Availability & pricing

The Fujifilm A850 will be available from retailers from July. Pricing will be announced nearer to the date of the launch.

Fujifilm A850 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3264x2448
• 3264x2176 (3:2)
• 2304x1728
• 1600x1200
• 640x480

Movie clips • 640 x 480, 30 fps
• 320 x 240, 30 fps
File formats • JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2, DCF, DPOF)
• AVI format (Motion JPEG), with sound
Lens

• 6.1 - 18.3 mm
• 36 - 108 mm (35mm equiv.)

Image stabilization No (Digital)
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom 5.1x
Focus • Contrast detect AF
AF assist lamp No
Focus distance • 60cm - Infinity (Auto, Wide), 6cm - 80cm (Macro Wide)
• 60cm - Infinity (Auto, Tele), 40cm - 80cm (Macro Tele)
Metering 256-zone metering
ISO sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800

Shuttter speed • 1/4 - 1/2000 sec (Auto)
• 8 - 1/2000 sec (All other modes)
Aperture • F2.8 - F4.5
Modes • Auto
• Manual
• Picture stabilization (Anti-blur)
• Movie
Scene modes • Natural light
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Sport
• Night
• Fireworks
• Sunset
• Snow
• Beach
• Museum
• Party
• Flower
• Text
White balance • Auto
• Fine
• Shade
• Fluorescent (Daylight)
• Fluorescent (Warm white)
• Fluorescent (Cool white)
• Incandescent
White balance fine tune No
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Flash • Auto / Off / On / Slow sync / Red-eye reduction
• Up to 4.2 m, wide-angle, Auto ISO
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5 "
• 154,000 dots
• 97% coverage
Connectivity USB/AV port
Print compliance Pictbridge
Storage • SD / SDHC / MMC card
• 24MB Internal
Power • AA batteries
Weight (no batt) 135 g (4.8 oz)
Dimensions 93 x 60 x 30 mm (3.7 x 2.4 x 1/2 in)