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09:00 GMT 06:00 GMT: Fujifilm has
today announced the new Finepix F700, the first Fujifilm digital camera
to utilize the new high dynamic range SuperCCD SR sensor. The camera has
a three times optical zoom lens and a three megapixel SuperCCD SR sensor
(which produces a six megapixel output image). The F700 also supports
VGA 30 fps movie capture, RAW output and comes with a PictureCradle docking
Phil: Apologies for the late posting of this article compared to some other sites but appears once more that we were given different embargo times than "the other sites", we were told 09:00 GMT, they posted at 05:00 GMT.
Additionally I'd say that Fujifilm US are playing with fire with their press release to the F700 "FinePix F700 offers 6.2 million effective pixels to capture images with quality approaching that of film".. Yes the sensor has 6.2 million photodetectors, but not 6.2 million effective pixels.
Press Release (Fujifilm UK):
Fujifilm unveils High Fidelity Photography with the FinePix F700
Fujifilm today announced the eagerly anticipated FinePix F700, the first digital camera to incorporate Fujifilm's innovative Fourth Generation Super CCD SR technology. Set to be a hot topic amongst enthusiasts, this new sensor technology enables the user to capture highlight and shadow detail missed by conventional digital cameras, resulting in images of stunning quality. Fujifilm has dubbed this advance 'High Fidelity PhotographyTM ', a reference to the sensor's extraordinarily faithful rendition of detail.
The FinePix F700 offers serious resolution and photographic control at an affordable price, making it ideal for the enthusiast seeking high-end photographic capability on a realistic budget. Its powerful image capability is further enhanced by a brand new Super EBC Fujinon 3x zoom lens, reaching new optical standards whilst remaining compact in the camera's sleek metal body.
What are the brand new features?
Adrian Clarke, Director of Consumer Products, Fujifilm, said: "At the launch of Fourth Generation Super CCD SR, there was much speculation about which camera this exciting new technology would be applied to. We are quietly confident in saying that the FinePix F700 will match users' high expectations.
"As the first camera to feature this revolutionary technology, the FinePix F700 will bring high-end photographic capability to people with a less than heavyweight budget."
"Serious photographers will revel in the camera's ability to render photographs of magnificent tonal depth, while enthusiasts and more casual users will easily be able to spot the difference between the images produced by this model and photos from conventional digital cameras. Never before has such serious imaging capability been available in such a straightforward camera."
Super CCD SR sensor - High Fidelity Photography
Fujifilm's Super CCD SR provides a truer representation of the actual subject being photographed, revealing highlight detail and offering a four-fold increase in dynamic range. By using the innovative layout of paired photodiodes, the technology enables confident shooting in both bright and cloudy conditions, combats the bleached-out effect created by flash photography and increases exposure latitude - a great advantage in difficult lighting conditions.
Will Rolls, Marketing Manager, Digital Imaging, Fujifilm, said, "Those photographers who have always lamented digital cameras' inability to record pictures with real tonal depth will suddenly appreciate the edge that Super CCD SR will give their images."
The technology behind Super CCD SR
Where once a single photodiode* was responsible for capturing the full range of light strengths at a single location on the sensor, with Super CCD SR two photodiodes capture information on the same area of the image. These are arranged in a double-honeycomb structure comprising a larger, primary photodiode adjusted for high sensitivity, with a secondary photodiode for lower sensitivity. When combined, they offer four times the dynamic range of conventional photodiodes. This advance in technology might be compared to the evolution of the audio speaker: in an attempt to improve performance, the addition of a secondary high sensitivity cone, or 'tweeter', radically improved range and sound quality.
* Photodiode: a single, light-sensing element on a sensor.
Schematic of Super CCD SR sensor layout:
The FinePix F700 uses 6.2 million photodiodes, producing an ultra-smooth output image of 6.2 million recorded pixels.
Ultra-sharp Super EBC Fujinon 3x zoom lens
The FinePix F700 features a new ultra high resolution lens that will complement the quality of the Super CCD SR High Fidelity Photography sensor. A step ahead of conventional digital cameras, this model delivers improved picture sharpness with increased optical resolving power, as well as greatly improved autofocus performance for both static and moving images.
Further features of the FinePix F700:
Pricing and availability
The FinePix F700 will be available from retailers in late Spring 2003, at a retail price that will be finalised closer to the retail launch.
|Sensor|| 1/1.7" SuperCCD SR (4th
generation SuperCCD) - 7.6 x 5.7 mm
3.14 million pixels total (6.2 million photodiodes)
|Lens|| 3x optical zoom
35 - 105 mm (equiv.)
F2.8 - ??
|Focus range|| Normal: 60 cm (2 ft) - Infinity
Macro: 9 - 80 cm (3.5 in - 2.6 ft)
|Focus modes|| Auto focus
AF area focus
AF center focus
|Image sizes|| 2832 x 2128 (6.03 million)
2048 x 1536
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|Image format|| Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
|Digital zoom|| 2.2x (1280 x 960)
1.8x (1600 x 1200)
1.4x (2048 x 1536)
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480, 30 fps, limited
only by media space
320 x 240, 30 fps, limited only by media space
* all with audio
|Voice memo||30 sec|
|Sensitivity|| Auto (ISO 160 - 400)
ISO 800 (only 1280 x 960)
ISO 1600 (only 1280 x 960)
|Shooting modes|| Auto
Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene)
Manual program (below)
|Exposure modes|| Programmed AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
|Drive mode|| Top 5 (5 fps, up to 5 frames)
Final 5 (5 fps, up to 5 frames - records last five frames)
Long period (1.8 fps, up to 40 frames at 1280 x 960)
|Color modes|| B&W
|Metering|| 64-zone metering
|Shutter speed||3 - 1/2000 sec|
|Apertures||F2.8 - F8.0 in 0.3 EV steps|
|White balance|| Auto
Fluorescent (Daylight / Warm white / Cool white)
Flash modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced, Off, Slow Sync
Range: 0.3 - 5.0 m (1.0 - 16.4 ft)
|Self timer||2 or 10 secs|
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT LCD
|Storage media||xD-Picture Card (16 MB supplied)|
|Connectivity|| USB 1.1
|Power|| Lithium-Ion NP-40 rechargeable
AC adapter / charger (included)
|Dimensions||108 x 54 x 28 mm (4.3 x 2.1 x 1.1 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||170 g (6.0 oz)|