Fujifilm has announced a new member of the Z-series which boasts sensitivity up to ISO 1600. The FinePix Z also offers a few other changes over its predecessor, the Z1; a wider aperture range up to F8.0, longer shutter speed of four seconds plus 256-zone metering compared with 64-zone. The Z2 forgoes a viewfinder for a whopping 2.5-inch reinforced glass LCD, which has a high resolution of 232,000 pixels. The FinePix Z2 will be available in November.

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Fujifilm FinePix Z2 Zoom: the sensitive supermodel that’s naturally slim

New member of the ‘Z’ series adds class-leading sensitivity

Fujifilm today announced the launch of the FinePix Z2 Zoom, a super-slim digital compact offering 5.1 megapixels, a high resolution 2.5” LCD monitor and improved sensitivity up to ISO 1600, all housed within a chic, sleek body.

As anyone with an eye for the world of fashion knows, occasionally you may want to take discreet photos in low light. With an amazing sensitivity setting of ISO 1600, this model certainly won't be dropped for a poor performance.

A stylish successor to the hugely popular FinePix Z1 Zoom, this camera boasts an even higher- sensitivity performance (up to ISO 1600) meaning that clean, sharp images can be captured in low light or difficult lighting situations, such as parties, concerts and other indoor events. What’s more, Fujifilm’s Real Photo Processor enables users to achieve more natural-looking images, without the harsh effects often caused by camera flash – and avoiding the blurring caused by camera shake or subject movement.

The FinePix Z2 Zoom’s enhanced resolution 2.5” LCD monitor has reinforced, scratch-resistant glass, making it ideal for viewing and editing images on the move.

Furthermore, the FinePix Z2 Zoom is prepared for any photographic situation with its continuous shooting feature – allowing users to follow classic sporting moments, or catwalk catastrophes, frame by frame. In addition, its smart, glossy single-shell casing – available in black or white – is sure to complement any style this season.

Designed to get you even closer to the action, the FinePix Z2 Zoom’s special refractive, non-extending zoom lens gives 3x optical reach without any visible movement on the camera’s flat exterior. As if that wasn’t enough, the camera also incorporates Fujifilm’s fifth generation Super CCD HR, meaning that large reprints can be produced without loss of image quality or detail.

A real pocket rocket, the FinePix Z2 Zoom also includes a TV-quality movie function, capable of capturing 30 frames per second VGA video with sound.

FinePix Z2 Zoom features at a glance:

  • Super CCD HR sensor delivering 5.1 million effective pixels
  • Non-extending refractive optical zoom lens with 3x optical zoom
  • Sensitivity range of ISO 64-1600 for low-noise photography in all conditions
  • Wraparound, glossy shell-design body, with sliding power-on function
  • Available in stunning black or cool white
  • High resolution 2.5 inch LCD screen with reinforced, scratch-resistant glass
  • Continuous shooting mode for action photography
  • TV-quality VGA movie recording of 30 frames per second with sound
  • PictBridge™ compatible for direct printing without a PC

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm’s Director of Photo Products, said, “It’s ironic that most ultra-slim cameras struggle where they are most frequently used – in low-light social situations, such as parties. With four times the sensitivity, combined with iconic design, the FinePix Z2 Zoom is a camera that truly qualifies as an evening companion.”

Availability & pricing

The FinePix Z2 Zoom will be available from UK retailers in November 2005. Pricing and stockists will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.

Fujifilm FinePix Z2 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 5.2 million pixels total
• 5.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2736 x 1824 (3:2)
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
• 30fps with sound
File formats

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

Lens • 36 - 108 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 3.5 - 4.2
Digital zoom Up to 5.7x
Focus

Auto focus

Focus distance • Normal: approx. 60cm to infinity
• Macro: approx. 8cm (W) / approx. 45cm (T)
Metering 256-zone metering
ISO sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600

Shutter speed 4 - 1/1000 sec
Aperture F3.5 / 5.0 / 8.0
Modes Program
Scene modes • Natural Light
• Sports
• Night Scene
• Portrait
• Landscape
White balance • Auto
• Fine
• Shade
• Fluorescent light (daylight)
• Fluorescent light (warm white)
• Fluorescent light (cool light)
• Incandescent light
Self timer 2/10 secs
Continuous shooting • T op 3 (max 2.2 fps, up to 3 frames)
• Final 3 (max 2.2 fps, up to 3 frames)
• Long-period (max 0.8 fps, up to 40 frames at 5M(N))
Image parameters • Black and white
• Chrome
• Standard
Flash

• Auto
• Range: Wide angle approx. 0.3m – 3.0m / Telephoto approx. 0.6m – 2.3m
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro

LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD with reinforced glass
• 232,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AV out (NTSC/PAL)
• DC in
Print compliance • DPOF
• PictBridge
Storage • xD-Picture Card
• 16 MB card supplied
Power • NP-40 rechargeable lithium ion battery
• Charger/cradle included
Weight (no batt) 130 g (4.6 oz)
Dimensions 90 x 55 x 19 mm (3.5 x 2.1 x 0.7 in)

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