Fujifilm has today announced the FinePix F401 Zoom. This ultra-compact digital camera has a three times optical zoom lens and 2.1 megapixel Super CCD which produces a 3.9 megapixel final image size (2304 x 1728). The F401 has an ISO sensitivity range of ISO 200 - 1600 and conforms to EXIF 2.2 (ExifPRint). Just like its bigger brother the F601 the F401 also has a dedicated dock system for charging and image transfer. Storage is by SmartMedia card and the camera is powered by the same NP-60 used on the F601.

Fujifilm FinePix F401 Zoom specifications


Sensor 1/2.7" Fujifilm SuperCCD III (2.1 million pixels effective)
Maximum image size 2304 x 1728 (3.98 million pixels)
Other image sizes • 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Image format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 38 - 114 mm equiv.
• Max aperture: F2.8 - F4.8
Focus range • Normal: 60 cm - Infinity (2.0 ft - Infinity)
• Macro: 10 cm - 80 cm (3.9 - 31.5 in) [wide angle only]
Focus Auto with Macro switch
Digital zoom • 1.4x at 1600 x 1200
• 1.8x at 1280 x 960
• 3.6x at 640 x 480
Metering TTL 64 division
Sensitivity • ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800 (only at 1280 x 960)
• ISO 1600 (only at 1280 x 960)
Aperture range • Wide: F2.8 - F7.0
• Tele: F4.8 - F11.6
Shutter speed 1/4 - 1/2000 sec
White balance Auto with seven manual positions
Flash • Built-in
• Auto, red-eye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow sync
• Range: 0.4 - 3.5 m (wide), 0.4 - 2.0 m (tele)
Continuous 3 fps up to 4 frames
Monitor 1.5" 114,000 pixels
Storage SmartMedia (16 MB card included)
Movie clips Yes, AVI (Motion JPEG with audio)
Voice memos Up to 30 seconds
Connectivity • USB 1.1
Power Lithium-Ion NP-60 rechargeable (included)
Battery charger AC-5VS included (can also act as AC adapter)
Dimensions 85 x 70 x 28 mm (3.3 x 2.8 x 1.1 in)
Weight (inc. batts) 215 g (7.6 oz)

Press release (Fujifilm UK):

Your new favourite style icon: Fujifilm announces the FinePix F401 Zoom Digital Camera

Ultra compact FinePix F401 Zoom offers unrivalled combination of stylish design and 3G Super CCD technology for stunning photo quality.

Fujifilm today announced the latest addition to its award-winning FinePix digital camera range with the introduction of the FinePix F401 Zoom. The new camera combines seductive metal styling, featuring space-age blue indicator lights, powerful 3rd Generation Super CCD technology and easy to use features. These include a 3x optical zoom neatly stored within its slimline casing, while a USB docking cradle allows for fast automatic picture transfer and battery recharge. There's even the option to shoot movie clips with sound. As a result the FinePix F401 Zoom offers an impressive combination of style, image quality and features.

Features at a glance

  • New 3G Super CCD (2.1 million effective pixels) delivering 4.0 million recorded pixels and improved LSI processing
  • Superb image quality with natural colours and ultra-low noise
  • Super EBC 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 38-114mm with up to 3.6x digital zoom
  • 10cm macro capability
  • 64 Zone TTL metering
  • Manual mode offering full control over white balance, exposure compensation and flash output
  • High speed shooting at up to 4 frames per second
  • Ultra-high sensitivity of 160-1600* ISO affords photography in a wide range of situations, including low light without flash
  • Movie mode with sound (up to 45 mins on a 128MB card)
  • Voice memo mode
  • Powerful built-in flash
  • Cycle shot feature to minimise shutter lag
  • USB PictureCradle for no-fuss image download and battery recharge

Stunning image quality - at the touch of a button

Boasting results as impressive as its looks, the secret of the new FinePix F401 Zoom's outstanding image quality lies in its new 3G Super CCD sensor with its unique sensor design and powerful processing. With a Super EBC 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera) and 2.1 million effective pixels, the FinePix F401 Zoom is capable of delivering superbly detailed noise-free 4.0 million recorded pixel images.

The 3G Super CCD sensor enables a class leading sensitivity range up to ISO1600*- making it ideal for capturing atmospheric low-light shots without the aid of flash or for freezing fast moving subjects. Thanks to newly developed Noise Reduction Technology, noise will never significantly effect photos, even at the highest sensitivity setting.

To overcome the photographer's bugbear of shutter lag, the FinePix F401 Zoom introduces a new Cycle Shot feature, which ensures you never miss a shot by saving a series of frames before you press the shutter.

Style icon in the making

Compact enough to slip in a shirt pocket or handbag, the FinePix F401 Zoom's unique sliding cover with eye-catching cool blue lights (see picture) and on-screen menu system makes operation a pleasure. Finished in stylish, high-grade metal, measuring a mere 3.3x2.7x1.1 inches and weighing in at under 200g including battery, the Fujifilm F401 Zoom is the ideal 'take anywhere' camera.

Fast automatic picture transfer

A new design USB docking station allows automatic transfer of images to a PC or Mac whilst simultaneously recharging the camera's Lithium-ion battery. Once the PictureCradleTM is attached to your computer's USB port, transferring images is simply a matter of popping the camera into the dock as the software launches automatically, copying your pictures to your hard drive.

Multimedia mogul

The FinePix F401 Zoom not only delivers sharp colourful pictures but some attention-grabbing multimedia features, including a movie mode that allows up to 45 minutes' worth of movie clips with sound to be recorded on a 128MB SmartMedia card. The FinePix F401 Zoom can also record audio, boasting a 30-second voice caption feature. The camera can also be utilised as a USB PC webcam for video conferencing.

Complete out of the box solution

The FinePix F401 Zoom comes with everything you need to get started shooting, transferring and managing your photos once they are on the computer. The kit includes rechargeable battery, USB PictureCradleTM, 16MB SmartMediaTM card, shoulder strap and software CD (including FinePix Viewer and VideoImpressionTM for video editing).

Prints from Pixels

Digital camera owners can now get real photographic prints from their images- without even needing a PC. A wide selection of High Street photographic retailers offer Fujifilm FDi print services in-store, allowing users to view, improve and select their images via an easy-to-use touch screen. The prints are produced using true photographic paper, delivering superb results that are guaranteed to last.

Availability

The FinePix F401 will be available from August, with an estimated price of under £400 including VAT. Camera kit contents are subject to confirmation nearer the availability date.

* At 1,280 x 960 mode only