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Fujifilm announces Finepix Z30 digital compact camera

Feb 17, 2009 at 05:00 GMT

Pre-PMA 2009: Fujifilm has announced the FinePix Z30 digital compact. With a curvy and compact design, this 10MP camera features a Dual Blog Mode for uploading both images and movies. It also includes a new Couple and Group Self-timer Mode that guides the camera to shoot only when the faces are fully within the frame. Other features include a 2.7" LCD, 3x Optical zoom, Face Detection and Auto Scene Recognition. It will be available in Fuchsia Pink, Jet Black, Pure White or Tangy Orange.

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Press Release:

Time To Have Fun with Fujifilm’s FinePix Z30

February 17, 2009 - Fujifilm's fresh and funky FinePix Z30 compact camera is the ultimate accessory you should never leave home without. If you want a camera that can keep up with a busy social life, likes to party, and complements your wardrobe, then the FinePix Z30 is the perfect fit.

Morphing fashion with technology, and designed with today’s internet-savvy, style conscious generation in mind, the FinePix Z30 makes photography fun. With a core specification of 10 Megapixels, 3x zoom, Face Detection technology, Picture Stabilisation, ISO sensitivity to 1600, and new Scene Recognition AUTO, the FinePix Z30 will deliver photos that will be a joy to share. With the addition of Couple and Group Timers Modes, as well as Dual Blog Mode for easy upload of photos and movie clips to social networking sites, the FinePix Z30 really is the essential party camera. All this fun technology is packed in to a very fashionable and compact shell that will demand attention where ever it goes.

New Look
Having evolved from Fujifilm’s best selling FinePix Z20fd, the FinePix Z30 debuts with a brand new and original look. The stylish exterior with its smooth sculpted curves and tiny size means it will fit in to a pocket or bag, all ready for a night out. The cool, two tone colour scheme, featuring a metallic sliding lens cover with diamond studded-effect detail set against a matte body, will guarantee to make an impression with your friends. The only decision is what colour you desire – Fuchsia Pink, Jet Black, Pure White or Tangy Orange. 

Scene It
Most compact digital cameras feature scene modes where the user selects the scene they are photographing before they take the shot. The FinePix Z30 is equipped with Scene Recognition AUTO (SR AUTO) technology which cleverly detects a scene without the need to pre-select the mode on the camera. Having identified the most commonly photographed subjects, Fujifilm has developed technology to automatically identify and recognise different scenes – Portrait, Night, Landscape, Macro, Night Portrait and Backlight Portrait. Once the scene has been detected, the camera will optimise the settings to capture the most stunning photo of your chosen subject. 

It’s all in the timing
The FinePix Z30 features two self-timer modes: Couple Timer and Group Timer. Working in combination with Face Detection technology, the self-timer automatically sets off after the camera has detected faces in a frame. The camera won’t take the photo if one of the faces is out the frame, so there’s no need to worry about someone being missed out of the shot!

Cheek-to-cheek
The Couple Timer mode cleverly detects two faces in a frame and will automatically release the shutter button as the two faces come closer together and can be set a various distances, whether they are standing side by side, or cheek-to-cheek.

The more the merrier
Group shots have never been so easy. The FinePix Z30 Group Timer mode can detect up to four faces in a frame and automatically sets the timer to take the shot and will only fire when all faces are fully in the frame, so there’s no danger of anyone being chopped out!

Sharing photos made easy
There’s no fun in taking pictures if you can’t share them or edit them to make sure that you and your friends are looking at your best. For users wanting to share their creative output with a wider audience, the FinePix Z30 new Dual Blog mode automatically resizes any still image or movie you've captured, letting you post pictures and videos to blogs, video-sharing or e-mail to friends with ease. Using the Successive Movie mode, in-camera editing allows for the creation of a 60 second movie clip, even when shooting in two or more scenes is desired.  Start and restart multiple times to build a 60-second compilation, and edit the start and end points.

In addition, users can find and select their favourite shot using Microthumbnail View, which displays up to 100 thumb images on the 2.7” LCD screen.

Features at a glance:

Fujifilm Finepix Z30 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3 " CCD
• 10 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3648 x 2736
• 3648x 2432
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 X 480

Movie clips • 640x480 (30fps)
• 320x240 (30fps)
File formats • Still Image : JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• Movie Clip : AVI (MJPEG) Audio : WAV
Lens

• 35-105mm equiv.
• f = 6.3 - 18.9mm
• F3.7(W) - F4.2(T)

Digital zoom Approx. 5.7x
Focus

Auto Focus

AF area modes

• Cente
• Multi

Focus distance

• Normal : Wide: Approx. 60cm/2.0 ft to infinity
Telephoto: Approx. 60cm /2.0 ft to infinity
• Macro:   Wide: Approx. 8cm - 80cm / 3.2 in.- 2.6 ft
Telephoto: Approx. 30cm - 80cm / 1.0 ft.- 2.6 ft.����������

ISO sensitivity

• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600

Metering TTL 256-zones metering
Exposure modes Programmed AE
Shuttter speed 8 sec to 1/2000 sec
Shooting modes

• Mode dial: : SR AUTO (Scene Recognition), Auto, Natural Light, Natural Light with Flash, Manual, Anti-blur, Movie
• SP: Auction Mode, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night(Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Museum, Party, Flower, Text

White balance

• Automatic scene recognition
• Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light

Self timer Approx. 10 sec./2 sec. delay/Couple Timer/Group Timer
Continuous shooting Modes

• Top-3 (max 0.6 frames/sec)
• Top-12 High-speed (max 5 frames/sec, 3M pixels or lower)
• Final-3 (max 0.6 frames/sec)
• Long-period

Flash

• Modes: Red-eye removal OFF : Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON  : Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
• Range
Normal: Wide: Approx. 70cm - 3.1m / 2.3 ft. - 10.1 ft.  
Telephoto: Approx. 70cm - 2.7m / 2.3ft. - 8.8 ft.
Macro: Macro: Approx. 30cm - 80cm / 1.0 ft. - 2.6 ft.������������������

LCD monitor

• 2.7 inch TFT LCD
• approx. 230,000 pixels
• Amorphous silicon TFT colours LCD monitor
• approx.100% coverage

Digital input/output

• USB 2.0 High Speed

Video output AV : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
Storage • Internal memory (Approx. 50 MB)
• SD/SDHC
Power • Rechargeable NP-45 Li-ion battery
Weight (no batt) 117 g
Dimensions 91 (W) x 59 (H) x 26 (D) mm
3.6 (W) × 2.3 (H) × 1.0 (D) in

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