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Fujifilm Finepix F20, up to ISO 2000

Jul 13, 2006 at 06:24 GMT

Fujifilm has today announced its 'little brother' to the popular and impressive FinePix F30 Zoom. The new FinePix F20 carries the same 6.3 megapixel SuperCCD chip found in the F30 providing it with impressive an high sensitivity of up to ISO 2000 at full resolution. Design wise the F20 is clearly based around the F30's body with a few design tweaks. The only specification differences we could make out are that the F20 is slightly slimmer and lighter, has different long exposure times, a lower resolution LCD monitor and a different battery.
Please note updated spec change; the F20 does not have aperture and shutter priority modes.

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Big brother’s little brother: FinePix F20 joins award-winning high sensitivity camera range from Fujifilm

Little brother to the TIPA award-winning FinePix F30 Zoom reinforces Fujifilm’s commitment to class-leading sensitivity for digital camera users

Fujifilm today announced the launch of the FinePix F20, an affordable and slimline 6.3 megapixel camera that reflects the company’s commitment to producing a wide range of high-end, high sensitivity digital cameras that work in low light.

The FinePix F20 refines the body shape of the acclaimed FinePix F30. However its convenient, pocketable dimensions do not prevent it from featuring the same powerful sixth generation Super CCD HR sensor and Real Photo Processor II technology as its bigger brother. 

Fujifilm’s Real Photo Technology cameras are among the only digital compacts to deliver ISO sensitivity of 1600 and above at full resolution. This ensures crisp, clear images that are as close as any digital camera gets to reproducing a scene just as the human eye sees it, even in low light, without the use of flash. The FinePix F20’s sensitivity of ISO 100-2000 makes it five times more effective at capturing detailed, natural looking images in low light than a conventional compact with ISO 400. It’s a feature that users are coming to expect from high-specification cameras.

The camera also features Fujifilm’s Intelligent Flash system.  This helps avoid the messy background blur of ‘slow-sync’ flash as well as the starkness of conventional flash. Instead, the camera automatically sets the power output of the flash to produce balanced images that combine natural foreground illumination with optimum background exposure. It spells the end for bleached-out people and blacked-out backgrounds, and brings greater depth and clarity to twilight hour photography.

In addition, the FinePix F20’s innovative ‘Natural Light & Flash’ Dual Shot mode takes two shots in quick succession, one with flash and one without, before displaying them side by side for instant comparison. It’s like a photographic safety net and means the user can be confident of getting a great image for every unexpected, spontaneous moment.

With a 300-shot battery life, 14 scene positions including beach, snow and fireworks, the FinePix F20 is a versatile and dynamic companion that guarantees the user great pictures wherever they take it.

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm’s Director of Photo Products, said, “This new camera reflects Fujifilm’s photographic strategy by broadening our range of high-sensitivity digital cameras. Digital photography has moved on from megapixels, and today sensitivity is the key area of advancement. Our cameras are at the vanguard of this movement and the FinePix F20 joins a growing family of models specifically designed to produce pictures just as your eyes see them.”

FinePix F20 features at a glance: a glance * subject to change

Accessories

A range of dedicated optional accessories is available for the FinePix F20, including premium leather case. For users who want to travel with their camera, a Fujifilm World Travel Adaptor, for charging abroad, and spare Lithium-ion battery, NP-70, are also available.

The camera comes with software CDs, FinePix Viewer and ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix. Also included are Lithium-ion battery NP-70, AC Power Adaptor AC-5VC, Hand Strap, and USB and A/V cables.

Availability & pricing

The FinePix F20 will be available from UK retailers in September 2006.  Pricing and stockists will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.

Fujifilm FinePix F20 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.7 " Type CCD
• 6.3 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2848 x 2136
• 3024 x 2016 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• with Monoaural sound
File formats • JPEG (Exif 2.2)
• Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
• DPOF
Lens • 36 - 108 mm equiv
• F2.8 - F5.0
• 3x optical zoom
Digital zoom up to 6.2x
Focus AF with Macro
AF mode • Single
• Continuous
AF area • Center
• Multi
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 60cm - Infinity
• Macro: 5 cm (wide) / 30 cm (tele)
Metering modes • Multi 256-zone
• Average
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000 (Anti-Blur / Natural Light mode)
Shuttter speed 4 sec - 1/2000 sec
Aperture F2.8-8
Shooting modes • Normal: Auto, Anti-blur, Scene Position, Macro, Movie, Burst/Continuous
• Scene: Natural Light, Natural Light & with flash, Position: Portrait,  Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower Close-up, Text
Exposure modes • Auto
• Program AE
White balance • Auto (with scene recognition)
• Fine
• Shade
• Fluorescent light (Daylight)
• Fluorescent light (Warm white)
• Fluorescent light (Cool white)
• Incandescent light
• Custom
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Continuous shooting

• 2.2 fps, max 3 images (Top-3 or Final-3)
• 0.7 fps, unlimited

Image parameters • Standard
• Chrome (vivid)
• B&W
Flash • Built-in, fixed
• Range (Auto ISO): 6.5 m (w), 3.5 m (t)
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, On, Off, Slow Sync, Slow + Red-eye
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch
• 153,000 pixels
• Anti-glare/low reflection
Connectivity • USB 2.0 high speed
• Video out
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • 10 MB internal memory
• xD-Picture Card
Power • NP-70 Li-ion battery
• AC adapter AC-5VC included
Dimensions 94 x 57 x 27 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 1.1 in)
Weight (no batt) 150 g (5.3 oz)