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Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom - 6 mp sensor

By dpreview staff on Jul 28, 2003 at 22:04 GMT

Fujifilm has today announced the FinePix S7000 Zoom, a successor to the popular S602 Zoom digital camera. The S7000 has the same six times optical zoom lens but a new six megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor (which produces a huge twelve megapixel image). Primary improvements over the S602 Zoom are a doubling of resolution, the addition of the CCD-RAW file format, new 'Color modes', an xD slot instead of SmartMedia (the S7000 still retains a CF slot), USB 2.0 and improved resolution EVF and LCD. Suggested list price is $799. Full specifications plus a side-by-side comparison with the S602 Zoom inside.

Press Release:

FinePix S7000 Zoom: the beauty is in the detail

Fujifilm launches first Super CCD HR digital camera with 12 million pixel image output

Fujifilm today announced the FinePix S7000 Zoom, and with it the most heavyweight imaging capability ever seen in a 'prosumer' camera. Building on the success and with all the features of the FinePix S602 Zoom - including full manual control and 6x optical zoom - the FinePix S7000 Zoom's Super CCD HR sensor produces an exceptional 6 million effective pixel (12 million recorded pixel) output.

Even before Fujifilm's Super CCD signal processing technology takes control of the image, photographs taken with this camera will possess a class-leading 6 million pixels. After the Super CCD HR has processed the file, the image output is an impressive 12 million pixels - allowing the user to enlarge to 10" x 15", representing gallery-size print dimensions.

This camera offers a serious digital alternative to a film SLR. A compact and ergonomic tool for professional photographers, the FinePix S7000 Zoom also represents an irresistible package for the ambitiously minded newcomer to digital photography. If you have a talent for photography, the last thing you need is to be constrained by your camera.

The FinePix S7000 Zoom's manual modes enable you to exert creative control over aperture, focusing shutter speed and flash. This, combined with the Super EBC 6x optical Fujinon lens, means that even the most ambitious images can become a reality. If you stop at nothing in pursuit of quality, the FinePix S7000 Zoom's RAW mode stores images exactly as they were recorded, pixel by pixel, every time.

Fujifilm's Super CCD HR technology also delivers the renowned Fujifilm colour reproduction, and the sensitive octagonal diodes ensure that images are awash with accurate detail, even in low-light situations.

The FinePix S7000 Zoom offers everything the serious user wants, with a cable release socket, external flash and truly outstanding Super EBC optics.
The camera also boasts VGA digital movie mode, recording at 30 frames per second (fps), with sound. An added bonus is the dual card slot, enabling the use of both xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash™/IBM Microdrive™ cards, a combination of formats that will soon be capable of carrying several gigabytes of memory.

FinePix S7000 Zoom: features at a glance

  • Compact, SLR-style body shape to give you features and performance without the bulk
  • Fourth Generation Super CCD HR sensor with 6.3 million effective pixels, delivering 12 million recorded pixels
  • 230,000 electronic viewfinder pixels, for accurate image viewing
  • RAW file format
  • Super EBC 6x optical Fujinon zoom lens equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera
  • Dual card format: xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash™, for added flexibility
  • Full manual control
  • USB 2.0 socket, allowing rapid transfer of images from camera to PC
  • VGA movie recording (30 fps) with sound, providing ultra-smooth movie recording
  • High sensitivity settings (up to ISO 800) to allow photography in a wide range of situations, including low light without flash

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Consumer Products, commented, "The tried and trusted design of the FinePix S602 Zoom is reflected in the S7000 Zoom, with the additional benefit of awe-inspiring detail capabilities. Zooming in to check the level of detail captured will be more satisfying with this digital camera - you just keep zooming in and it just keeps giving you more."

Pricing and availability

The FinePix S7000 Zoom will be available in October 2003 at a price that will be finalised closer to the retail launch.

Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom vs. S602 Zoom (spec. differences)

 
FinePix S7000 Zoom

FinePix S602 Zoom
Sensor SuperCCD IV HR SuperCCD III
Effective pixels 6.3 million 3.3 million
Image sizes

4048 x 3040 (12 MP)
2848 x 2136 (6 MP)
2016 x 1512 (3 MP)
1600 x 1200 (2 MP)
1280 x 960 (1 MP)

2832 x 2128 (6 MP)
2048 x 1536 (3 MP)
1280 x 960 (1 MP)
640 x 480 (VGA)
Image formats JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
CCD-RAW
JPEG
TIFF
Sensitivity (auto) ISO 160 - 800 Unknown
Sensitivity (manual) ISO 160, 200, 400
ISO 800 (1 MP / 2 MP / 3 MP only)
ISO 160, 200, 400
ISO 800, 1600 (1 MP only)
Digital zoom 3 MP: 2x
2 MP: 2.5x
1 MP: 3.2x
3 MP: 1.4x
2 MP: 2.2x
1 MP: 4.4x
Apertures F2.8 - F8.0 (10 steps) F2.8 - F11 (13 steps)
Electronic viewfinder 0.44" 235,000 pixel LCD 0.44" 180,000 pixel LCD
LCD Monitor 1.8" 118,000 pixel TFT LCD 1.8" 110,000 pixel TFT LCD
Continuous 3.3 fps, first 5 frames
2 fps, last 5 frames
1 fps, 40 frames *
* 1 MP / 2 MP / 3 MP only
5 fps, first 5 frames
5 fps, last 5 frames
1.8 fps, 40 frames *
* 1 MP only
Color modes Standard
Chrome
B & W
None
Flash range Wide: 0.3 - 8.5 m (11.8 in - 27.9 ft)
Tele: 0.9 - 7.9 m (3.0 ft - 32.2 ft)
Wide: 0.2 - 4.7 m (7.8 in - 15.4 ft)
Tele: 0.2 - 3.0 m (7.8 in - 9.8 ft)
USB interface USB 2.0 USB 1.1
Video out NTSC / PAL selectable Varied by region
Storage Slot 1: xD-Picture Card
Slot 2: Compact Flash Type I/II
Slot 1: SmartMedia
Slot 2: Compact Flash Type I/II
Supplied Fujifilm
software
FinePix Viewer
Image Mixer VCD2 for FinePix
RAW File Converter LE
FinePix Viewer
DP Editor

Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom Specifications


Body Material Plastic (metal lens barrel)
Sensor 1/1.7" Fujifilm SuperCCD IV HR
Effective pixels 6.3 megapixels
Image sizes • 4048 x 3040 (12 MP)
• 2848 x 2136 (6 MP)
• 2016 x 1512 (3 MP)
• 1600 x 1200 (2 MP)
• 1280 x 960 (1 MP)
Image formats • JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• CCD-RAW
Quality Levels • 12 MP: JPEG Fine, JPEG Normal
• 6 MP: JPEG Normal
• 3 MP: JPEG Normal
• 2 MP: JPEG Normal
• 1 MP: JPEG Normal
Movie clips • 640 x 480, 30 fps with audio, Motion JPEG (AVI), limited only by storage
• 320 x 240, 30 fps with audio, Motion JPEG (AVI), limited only by storage
Sensitivity equiv. • Auto (ISO 160 - 800)
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800 (at 3, 2 or 1 MP only)
Lens Fujinon Super EBC 6x zoom
Lens Thread 55 mm (with optional adapter)
Zoom wide (W) 35 mm
Zoom tele (T) 210 mm (6 x)
Lens Aperture F2.8 - F3.1
Digital zoom  • 6 MP - not available
 • 3 MP - up to 1.4x
 • 1 MP - up to 2.2x
 • VGA - up to 4.4x
Auto Focus "Twin AF": Passive External AF sensor & CCD AF (TTL)
Auto Focus types  • Normal AF
 • Area AF (49 selectable AF points - 7x7 grid)
AF Illumination lamp No
Manual Focus Via focus-by-wire ring on lens barrel
Normal focus range • 50 cm - Infinity (35 - 135 mm zoom)
• 90 cm - Infinity (135 - 210 mm zoom)
Macro focus range • Normal macro: 10 cm - 80 cm (3.9 - 31.5 in) (zoom range limited)
• Super macro: 1 cm - 20 cm (0.4 - 7.9 in) (zoom locked at wide angle)
Min shutter • Auto: 1/4 sec
• A/S priority: 3 sec
• Manual: 15 sec
Max shutter • Auto: 1/2000 sec
• A/S priority: 1/1000 sec
• Manual: 1/10000 sec
Metering

• Multi 64-division
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot

Exposure adjustment -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
Auto bracketing • 3 images
• 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
Aperture priority

F2.8, 3.2, 3.6, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.6, 6.3, 7.0, 8.0

Shutter priority 3, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/650, 1/800, 1/1000 sec
Full manual Yes, any combination of aperture and shutter speed above plus the following shutter speeds:
• Slow: 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4 sec
• Fast: 1/1300, 1/1600, 1/2000, 1/2500, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/5000, 1/6000, 1/8000, 1/10000 sec
White Balance • Auto
• Manual preset 1
• Manual preset 2
• Fine
• Shade
• Fluorescent: Daylight bulb
• Fluorescent: Warm White bulb
• Fluorescent: Cool White bulb
• Incandescent
Color modes • Normal
• Chrome
• B&W
Continuous  • 3.3 fps, 5 frames
 • 2 fps, last 5 frames (up to 25 frames)
 • 1 fps, 40 frames (1280 x 960)
Built-in Flash Yes, pop-up
Flash Range

• Wide: 0.3 - 8.5 m (11.8 in - 27.9 ft)
• Tele: 0.9 - 7.9 m (3.0 ft - 32.2 ft)

Flash modes

• Auto
• Red-eye reduction
• Forced Flash
• Suppressed Flash
• Slow Sync
• Slow Sync + Red-eye reduction

External flash Yes, hot-shoe
Tripod mount Yes, metal
Self-timer Yes, 2 or 10 sec delay
Remote control No
Time-lapse recording No
Video out Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media • Slot 1: xD-Picture Card
• Slot 2: Compact Flash Type I or Type II (IBM Microdrive compatible)
Storage included 16 MB xD-Picture Card
Viewfinder TTL EVF, LCD 0.44" (235,000 pixels)
LCD 1.8" TFT (118,000 pixels)
Playback zoom Yes, up to 18x, scrollable
Operating system Proprietary
Connectivity USB 2.0
Battery • 4 x AA type batteries (NiMH recommended)
• AC power adapter AC-5VHS (option)
Battery charger No
Weight (no battery) 500 g (1.1 lb)
Weight (inc. battery) 597 g (1.3 lb)
Dimensions 121 x 82 x 97 mm (4.8 x 3.2 x 3.8 in)
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