Pre-CES 2007: In addition to the three typical consumer cameras Fujifilm has also announced a specialized infrared sensitive version of the SLR-like S9100. The new IS-1 joins the quietly introduced S3 Pro UVIR in providing additional sensitivity to the infrared spectrum, used mostly for law enforcement and specialized scientific applications. Additionally you can purchase an add-on hot mirror filter to block IR light and produce results similar to a normal digital camera. Just like the S9100 the IS-1 has a 10.7x optical zoom lens and nine megapixel Super CCD sensor. The IS-1 will be available in February for around $900.

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THE IS-1 IS FUJIFILM'S NEWEST
INFRARED DIGITAL CAMERA

Valhalla, NY, January 4, 2007 - Fujifilm continues to lead in the area of alternative light photography with today's announcement of the IS-1 digital camera, Fujifilm's latest model for capturing images in the infrared light spectrum. The IS-1 was developed for use in the law enforcement, medical/dental and science fields and is a follow-up model to the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR D-SLR.

Like the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR, the IS-1 will help law enforcement officers solve crimes by capturing evidence not easily seen by the human eye. It can be used in both the visible and infrared light spectrums, making the evidence-gathering process more efficient and accurate.

For example, the IS-1 has a continuous live preview feature, an advantage during infrared photography for focusing and composing when using dark lens filters. It also has an articulating LCD, which simplifies the processes of previewing, capturing and reviewing photos – especially when the camera is in a laboratory environment. Its 10.7x, 28-300mm optical zoom system is built-in, minimizing dust, making operation a snap for forensic photographers.

Through the use of an infrared cut or "hot mirror" filter on the lens, the IS-1 can capture a visible light image very close in quality to that of a standard digital camera, adding flexibility and cost-effectiveness to the overall package.

"The FinePix S3 Pro UVIR has been well-received in the forensic and scientific markets, and we anticipate an even better reception for the IS-1 digital camera in these same channels," remarked Darin Pepple, Marketing Manager, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.

"Law enforcement and scientific departments often contend with very restrictive budgets so a product that can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, without draining too much of their resources, is quite appealing."

The IS-1 digital camera features a nine MegaPixel Fujifilm Super CCD sensor and ISO 80-1600 (in case of capturing a visible light image) capabilities. The camera's high sensitivity range, made possible by Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, enables IS-1 users to capture images using visible and infrared light (approximately 400nm –900 nm). Users can apply lens filtration to isolate specific wavelengths to achieve a desired effect. In addition, Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization technology uses the heightened sensitivity of the IS-1 and high-speed shutter settings to reduce blur caused by camera shake and subject movement. This easy-to-access feature is selectable on the mode dial and allows the IS-1 to choose the correct light sensitivity and best-matching shutter speed automatically for the highest quality digital pictures.

HS-V2 Software: The inclusion of Fujifilm's Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 version 3 enables IS-1 photographers to explore the full potential of the camera's RAW file format. This program also provides law enforcement investigators with side-by-side image comparisons along with metadata analysis, a useful tool when examining images of blood stains, documents or other forms of evidence.

Priced at $899, the IS-1 will be available at select authorized dealers in the United States in February 2007. For a dealer list, interested parties should visit www.fujifilmusa.com. Infrared and infrared cut filters are optional.

Fuji FinePix IS-1 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.6" Type CCD (Super CCD HR)
• 9.24 million pixels total
• 9.0 million effective pixels
• Visible - IR (400 - 900 nm)

Image sizes • 3488 x 2616
• 3696 × 2464 (3:2 format)
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 × 1200
• 640 × 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• with monaural sound
File formats • CCD-RAW
• JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2)
• Movie AVI (Motion JPEG )
• Design rule for Camera File system compliant
• DPOF-compatible
Lens • 28 - 300mm (35 mm equiv)
• F2.8 - F4.9
• 10.7x zoom
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom up to 2x
Focus • Auto focus (Area,Multi,Center)
• Manual focus
• Continuous AF
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: (wide) Approx. 40cm to infinity
(Tele) Approx. 2.0m to infinity
• Macro: (wide) Approx. 10cm - 3.0m (Tele) Approx. 90cm - 3.0m
• Super Macro: (wide) Approx. 1cm - 1.0m
Metering 256-zone TTL metering-Multi/Spot/Average
ISO sensitivity • AUTO
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• (Recommend ISO 200 or higher for IR photography)
Exposure compensation n/a
Shuttter speed • 1/4sec. to 1/4000 sec(Auto/Anti Blur/Natural Light/Portrait/Landscape)
• 4sec.to 1/500sec (Night Scene)
• 4sec to 1/4000sec (P/S/A) 30sec to 1/4000sec ( M)
• Bulb (Up to 30sec)
Aperture F2.8- F11 (13 steps in 1/3 EV increments Manual/Auto selectable)
Modes • Programmed AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Manual
• Normal Auto
• Scene Position
• Anti-Blur
• Natural Light
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night
White balance • Automatic
• Manual ( Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom(2 types)
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Continuous shooting • Top-4: Max. 1.5 frames / sec. up to 4 frames
• Final- 4: Max. 1.5 frames / sec. up to 4 frames
• Long-period: Max 1.1 frames / sec. up to 40 frames
Image parameters Standard, Chrome, B&W
Flash

• Auto flash
• Range: (wide) 30cm to 5.6m (Tele) 90cm to 3.0m
• Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synch, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synch

Viewfinder Electronic Viewfinder
LCD monitor • 2.0-inch Low temperature polysilicon TFT
• 235,000 pixels
Connectivity • Video out NTSC/PAL
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • xD-Picture Card (16MB - 2GB)
• CF card and MicroDrive
Power • 4x AA alkaline or NiMH battery
• Optional AC adapter
Weight (no batt) 650 g (22.9 oz)
Dimensions 128 x 93 x 129 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 5.1 in)