Pre-PMA 2005: Fujifilm has today announced replacements for the A330 and A340 Zoom with the four and five megapixel FinePix A345 Zoom and FinePix A350 Zoom. The cameras are identical in almost everyway except for image sizes, resolution and digital zoom; they boast a 1.7-inch LCD and a 3x optical zoom (35 - 105 mm). The entry-level pair store images on an xD-Picture Card and are powered by two AA-type batteries. They will be available in the UK in March.

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Fujifilm’s FinePix A345 Zoom and FinePix A350 Zoom: an ‘A’ in entry level excellence

Four and five megapixel digital cameras that are high on performance and low in complexity featherweight contenders that pack a secret punch

Following in the footsteps of their predecessors – the hugely popular FinePix A330 and A340 Zoom – these models offer exceptional power and value in a new and improved design. Whilst the entry-level category can often mean that corners are cut on build quality and feel, anyone who handles these cameras will be pleasantly surprised by their compact solidity.

Although simple in conception, the FinePix A345 and A350 Zoom still boast bags of photo power – with one-touch, fully-automatic operation that includes easy navigation for beginners and enough megapixels to allow images to be printed as enlargements without loss of quality.

These competitively-priced new cameras are sturdy but stylish, with smooth metallic casing and a high-quality finish. What’s more, their low power consumption (operating on standard AA batteries) and compatibility with xD-Picture Card™ format, makes them a great choice for anyone concerned about having a system that will work well into the future. Furthermore, PictBridge™ compatibility allows the user to print directly without the need for a PC or Mac.

FinePix A345 Zoom features at a glance:

  • 4.1 effective megapixels
  • High quality 1.7-inch LCD monitor for clarity and detail
  • 3x optical zoom lens
  • One-touch, fully automatic operation, with easy navigation for beginners
  • Highly efficient energy consumption: uses 2 x AA-type alkaline batteries (or rechargeable batteries)
  • Movie capture of 15 frames per second with monaural sound
  • xD-Picture Card™ providing large storage capacity, lower power consumption and fast write speeds (currently available in 16MB to 512MB capacities)
  • PictBridge™ ™ compatible for direct printing without a PC

FinePix A350 Zoom features at a glance:

  • 5.2 effective megapixels
  • High quality 1.7-inch LCD monitor for clarity and detail
  • 3x optical zoom lens
  • One-touch, fully automatic operation, with easy navigation for beginners
  • Highly efficient energy consumption: uses 2 x AA-type alkaline batteries (or rechargeable batteries)
  • Movie capture of 15 frames per second with monaural sound
  • xD-Picture Card™ providing large storage capacity, lower power consumption and fast write speeds (currently available in 16MB to 512MB capacities)
  • PictBridge™ compatible for direct printing without a PC

Adrian Clarke, Director of Photo Products, Fujifilm, said, “More often than not, entry-level digital cameras lack the ability for photography newcomers to get the most out of them. By building on a successful formula of simplicity, optical precision and great image quality, Fujifilm has created the FinePix A350 and A345 Zoom - two desirable and affordable cameras capable of producing exceptional images, whatever your ability.”

Availability & pricing

The FinePix A350 and A345 Zoom will be available in the UK from leading photographic retailers in March 2005. Pricing will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.*

Fujifilm FinePix A345 and A350 specifications

 


Fuji FinePix A345 Zoom


Fuji Finepix A350 Zoom
Sensor

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

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 5.2 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 2304 x 1728
• 2303 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480

• 2592 x 1944
• 2592 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240 @ 15 fps with monoaural sound
• 640 x 480 @ 15 fps with monoaural sound
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)

Lens • 35 - 105mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 4..7
Digital zoom Up to 3.6 x Up to 4.1x
Focus • Autofocus
• TTL centre point fixed
Focus distance • Normal: 60 cm to infinity (23.4 in )
• Macro: 6 - 80 cm (0.2 - 31.2 in)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 64 - 400
Exposure compensation • -2.1EV to +1.5EV in manual mode
• 1/3 step increments
Shutter speed 2 - 1 /2000 sec
Aperture F 2.8 - 4.7
Modes

• Auto
• Manual
• Pre-programmed scene position
• Macro
• Movie with monoaural sound

Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Night
• Sports
White balance • Auto
• Shade, Fine, Fluorescent light (daylight), Fluorescent light (warm white), Fluorescent light (cool white), Incandescent
Self timer 2 or 10 secs
Flash • Auto
• Range: wide 0.6 m - 3.5m (23.4 - 136.5 in) tele 0.6 - 3.0 m (23.4 - 117 in )
• Modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow sync, red-eye reduction + slow sync
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.7 " TFT LCD
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• Video Out NTSC/PAL
• Power in
Print compliance • PictBridge
• DPOF
• Exif Print 2.2
Storage

• xD-Picture Card
• 16MB card included

Power 2x AA-type battery (alkaline batteries supplied)
Weight (no batt) 132 g (4.7 oz)
Dimensions 90 x 30 x 30 mm (3.5 x 1.2 x 1.2 in)

Additional images

FinePix A345 Zoom

FinePix A350 Zoom