Fujifilm has announced the FinePix F900EXR, a 20X zoom, raw-capable compact superzoom with built-in Wi-Fi, offering what Fujifilm claims is the 'world's fastest AF'. The F900 uses a 16MP EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection AF technology and sensor-shift image stabiisation. A near-identical twin of the F800EXR in other respects, it offers the same 25-500mm equivalent lens, captures 1080p movies, P,A,S,M shooting modes and the ability to wirelessly transfer files via the free 'Fujifilm Camera Application' app for Android and iOS devices. Price and availability details have not been given.

Fujifilm has also announced the F850EXR, a simplified version of the F900EXR. In comparison, it loses contrast-detection AF, the ability to record raw files, and Wi-Fi support (although it can still use Eye-Fi cards).  The continuous shooting rate also drops from 11fps to a mere 9fps.

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FUJIFILM launches superb new FinePix F900EXR Compact Ultra Zoom camera with World’s Fastest AF of 0.05sec.*1 & Wireless Image Transfer

FUJIFILM is proud to announce the release of the FinePix F900EXR travel zoom camera; this handsome, pocketable compact is the latest addition to FUJIFILM’s F series. It’s targeted at an audience looking for excellent image quality, long zoom capabilities and advanced features, in a lightweight and slimline body. With a high precision FUJINON 20× optical zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 25mm *3 plus a powerful new EXR-CMOS II sensor with extra fast Phase Detection AF and an EXR Processor II, the F900EXR offers near instantaneous reactions and excellent functionality.

Super-fast response times

The F900EXR’s new “Intelligent Hybrid AF system” focuses in as little as 0.05sec.*1 when employing the new Phase Detection AF which uses special new pixels that have been added to the EXR-CMOS II sensor. Its speed ensures that your subject will be captured at the precise moment you want them to be, avoiding missed photo opportunities. The camera automatically switches between Phase Detection AF and Contrast Detection AF depending on the subject and scene, guaranteeing superb ease-of-use and fast, accurate, autofocus whatever the shooting conditions.

The bespoke 16 megapixel ½” EXR-CMOS II back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor has been engineered to ensure that there will be enough light available for Phase Detection AF at larger apertures and in circumstances where the angle of incidence of light is high.

In addition, the EXR Processor II more than doubles the performance of the first-generation EXR Processor. With a super-fast startup time of 1.1sec.*4, an interval between shots of 0.5sec.*4,  and burst-mode rates of 11 frames/sec.*4 (max. 5 frames), the F900EXR offers fantastic response times that make it a joy to use and ensure you should never have to worry about missing that special shot again.

What’s more, you can take advantage of the superb capabilities of the EXR-CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II just by selecting FUJIFILM’s EXR AUTO mode. In this mode, the camera has the ability to automatically optimise output by choosing between 108 pre-determined scene permutations and adjusting settings to suit the scene for hassle-free, high-quality results whatever your subject.

FUJINON 20× optical zoom lens combines with Intelligent Digital Zoom for up to a 40× zoom

From 25mm*3 (wide) to 500mm *3 (telephoto), the F900EXR offers an impressive zoom range packed into a very slim-line camera body. With the ability to combine the 20x optical zoom with the intelligent digital zoom allowing magnification up to 40×, the F900EXR will capture crisp images of subjects at an impressive distance.

Featuring advanced CMOS-shift image stabilisation which reduces the blurring which often occurs at long zoom ratios from camera shake or subject movement, the F900EXR is built to help you take good quality long zoom shots. With its superior grip for additional hold, you will feel in total control when you’re snapping away on your travels.

Wireless Image Transfer makes it easy to transfer photos and movies*5 to smartphones and computers

The F900EXR’s new wireless feature lets you transfer photos and movies*5 from the FinePix F900EXR to smartphones, tablets, and computers

For first time, via Wi-Fi® *6, FUJIFILM is able to offer a means to back up your photos on your home PC. Just install the free “FUJIFILM PC AutoSave” software onto your PC and select which folder you want the photos to back up to, and then by linking your Wi-Fi Router and the F900EXR camera you will have set up a very simple to use backup for your photos on your home PC.

To connect to smartphones and tablets you will need to download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to your iPhone, iPad, or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the FinePix F900EXR. The app also lets you download movies*5, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera. Pictures stored on the camera can be viewed and selected for download on large smartphone or tablet screens for a smooth download experience. No wireless LAN access point or complicated ID or password entry is required, and once pictures have been downloaded to the smartphone, it’s a simple task to upload them to social networking sites.

High-quality pictures and movies*5 can be uploaded hassle-free to the smartphone or tablet of anyone who has downloaded the free “FUJIFILM Camera Application”.

Record Full HD movies, thanks to the EXR- CMOS II sensor

Shoot video footage in Full HD at a smooth 60 frames per second with improved Phase Detection AF without losing any of the superior colour reproduction qualities offered by the EXR-CMOS II sensor with high bit rate. Movie recording can be started with a single press of the dedicated “Movie recording button”. You can record high-quality sound using the built-in stereo microphone.

Optical zoom and still image photography are available during movie recording. Portraits will always be in focus thanks to the face-tracking autofocus feature, which even tracks subjects that look down or away.

 The Intelligent Hybrid AF is active during movie recording for fast, precise focus. The camera also offers a Scene Recognition for movie recording feature that automatically adjusts camera settings for landscapes, close-ups, night landscapes, portraits, backlit portraits, and night portraits for high-quality, hassle-free results with a variety of subjects.

The fully-featured camera makes photography a snap

The FinePix F900EXR offers “Advanced Filter” for hassle-free access to innovative forms of artistic expression. You can preview these on the LCD before you take your shot.

  • Toy Camera - Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
  • Miniature - Add top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
  • Pop Colour Emphasise contrast and colour saturation
  • High Key - Enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
  • Low Key (NEW) – Create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasised highlights
  • Dynamic Tone - Create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction
  • Soft Focus (NEW) – Create a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image
  • Partial Colour - Retain one selected original colour and change the rest of the photo to black and white. Colours can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for dramatic effect

Further improvements have been made to Advanced Anti-blur” mode, in which the camera takes four shots in rapid succession at high sensitivity settings and combines them using advanced image processing technology to reduce the effects of blur: it now works effectively with moving subjects for even more beautiful blur- and noise-free shots in low light and at high zoom ratios.

Combine two shots into a Multiple Exposure” shot for a unique effect. Superimposed over the view through the lens in the monitor, the first shot serves as a guide to composing the second shot, allowing more accurate composition and giving you a better idea of how the picture will turn out for unique, creative works of art.

The “Motion panorama 360” feature makes it a snap to record dynamic, seamless 360° panoramas. And “Film simulation” lets you choose from five different combinations of colour gamut and tonal range, just as you used to choose the appropriate Fujifilm colour reversal film.

Extra clear display and superb ease-of-use for a variety of shooting modes

Its bright, high-precision, premium 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor offers a Monitor Sunlight mode for enhanced viewing in bright sunlight and a greatly improved viewing angle, thanks to a special film overlay employed. The improved viewing angle allows you to take photos from higher angles and makes it easier to show your photos/videos to a group of people crowded around the camera.

FinePix F900EXR Key features list:

  • 16 megapixel ½-inch EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection & EXR Processor II
  • 20x FUJINON optical zoom (25-500mm*3) with CMOS-shift Image Stabilisation
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen with wide viewing angle
  • EXR-Auto (with auto optimisation for 108 different scene types)
  • Full manual controls
  • Intelligent Hybrid Auto Focus (World’s Fastest AF of 0.05sec*1
  • Start-up time of 1.1sec.*4
  • Interval between shots of 0.5sec.*4
  • RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)
  • Wireless Image Transfer to PC, tablets and smartphones
  • 11 frames per second(4) (max. 5 frames) continuous shooting (at full resolution)
  • Advanced Art Filters
  • Motion Panorama 360
  • Full HD 1080p Video (60fps)
  • Available in the UK in Black, Red and Navy Blue
  • 260 shots (4) per battery charge

*1 FUJIFILM research as of November 2012. Compared with other digital cameras, based on CIPA standards, and conducted in High Performance mode at the maximum wide-angle position with AF-area mode set to center position

*2 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo is a certification mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance

*3 35mm format equivalent

*4 FUJIFILM research based on CIPA standards

*5 "FUJIFILM Camera Application" for iOS may not save the movie files that your smartphone could not play it. Please try the movie mode less than HD (1280 x 720).

*6 Wi-Fi(R) is registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Specifications:

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 1840, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 1536, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2" (6.4 x 4.8 mm)
Sensor typeEXRCMOS
ProcessorEXR II
Color filter arrayRGB color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400 and 12800 with boost)
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 )
  • RAW (RAF format)
  • RAW+JPEG
  • 3D still image:MPO compliant
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–500 mm
Optical zoom20×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.3
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range45 cm (17.72)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • EXR
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • SP
  • Adv
  • Auto
Scene modes
  • Natural Light
  • Natural Light & Flash
  • Portrait
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night (Tripod)
  • Fireworks
  • Sunset
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Underwater
  • Party
  • Flower
  • Text
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.70 m (Wide: 15 cm–3.7 m / Tele: 90 cm–2.4m)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive11 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Auto release, Auto shutter (Dog, Cat))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerStereo
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included21 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini)
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion NP-50A rechargeable battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)260
Weight (inc. batteries)232 g (0.51 lb / 8.18 oz)
Dimensions105 x 61 x 36 mm (4.13 x 2.4 x 1.42)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone