Here's the official FujiFilm USA press release for the new FinePix 4700. "Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. set new standards in digital photography with the introductions of the FinePix 4700 ZOOM and FinePix S1 Pro digital cameras -- the first consumer and professional models to incorporate the companys new Super CCD image sensor technology. "
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ELMSFORD, NY, January 31, 2000 Today, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. set new standards in digital photography with the introductions of the FinePix 4700 ZOOM and FinePix S1 Pro digital cameras -- the first consumer and professional models to incorporate the companys new Super CCD image sensor technology.
The latest product in Fujifilm's signature 700 series of pocketable, consumer digital cameras, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM has a .58-inch Super CCD that delivers a pure 4.3 million-pixel picture file (2400 x 1800 resolution). In addition to its multi-million pixel image resolution, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM, with shutter speeds of 1/2000 second to three seconds and an adjustable ISO sensitivity of 200/400/800, can play back up to 80 seconds of AVI video with sound on its bundled 16MB SmartMedia card.
The first of a new breed of SLR digital cameras from Fujifilm, the FinePix S1 Pro has a 1.1-inch Super CCD sensor that delivers an ultra-high resolution image file with 6.1 million pixels (3040 x 2016 resolution). It has a Nikon F mount for use with existing lenses, continuous shooting of approximately 1.5 frames/second up to five frames, adjustable ISO equivalents of 320/400/800/1600, a shutter speed of 30 to 1/2000 second and compatibility with SmartMedia (up to 64MB), CompactFlash (Card Type II) and the IBM microdrive.
The unprecedented image resolutions of the FinePix 4700 ZOOM and FinePix S1 Pro are the result of Fujifilms proprietary Super CCD technology. Recognizing limitations in conventional charge-coupled device (CCD) design, Fujifilm developed a new, radically different CCD with larger (approximately 60-percent), octagonal-shaped photodiodes situated on 45-degree angles. Designed specifically for digital still photography, this pattern increases sensitivity, improves signal-to-noise ratio and offers a much wider dynamic range, all attributes that result in sharper, more colorful digital images.
Whether an amateur or professional, what digital photographers care about most is the quality of their pictures and the usability of their cameras, said Manny Almeida, Vice President and General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. FinePix 4700 ZOOM and FinePix S1 Pro users will benefit from both the unrivaled image resolutions provided by the Super CCD and the efforts of Fujifilm to make the cameras easier to use, despite their many advanced features.
Though it can work as a simple, point-and-shoot camera, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM has many of the same features and controls found in the best of today's digital cameras. It has a fast (f/2.8) 3x Super EBC Fujinon aspherical zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to a 38-114mm zoom on a 35mm camera, while offering macro capability to 11.8 inches. The camera's pop-up flash, which is effective to a distance of 11.5 feet, provides five modes: automatic, red-eye reduction, flash-on-demand, flash cancel and slow synch flash for motion effects.
Thanks to the Super CCD, the optical zoom is supported by a 3.7x digital zoom that responds in .2x steps, producing a smooth effect similar to that of an optical zoom. In addition, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM benefits from improved electronics that both boots the camera and cycles images with no buffer -- in under two seconds. These electronics also save power, allowing the camera to run on two AA alkaline batteries.
Available April 2000, the USB-compatible FinePix 4700 ZOOM will carry a manufacturer's list price of $999.
For the professional or serious amateur digital photographer, Fujifilms FinePix S1 Pro fits the bill. It has a variety of controls, including four shooting modes (single frame, continuous, preview and multiple exposure), five exposure modes (general-purpose program, auto-multi program, shutter-priority auto mode, aperture-priority auto mode and manual exposure control) and five variable program modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sport and night scene). In addition, there are eight modes for white balance (auto, fine, shade, incandescent light, custom and three for fluorescent light.)
The FinePix S1 Pro can record images at three resolutions (3040 x 2016, 2304 x 1536 and 1440 x 960) and in three file formats (TIFF-RBG, TIFF-YC and JPEG). There are three compression modes (fine, normal and basic) within the JPEG file format and captured images can be viewed on the cameras 2-inch liquid crystal display
Packaged along with the camera will be a CD-ROM with camera-shooting software, USB and video cables, a 16MB SmartMedia storage card and four AA alkaline batteries for the image-handling system and two Lithium batteries for controlling the camera system. USB-compatible, the Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro will be available June 2000 with a manufacturer's list price under $4,000.
For more information on the Fujifilms FinePix 4700 ZOOM and FinePix S1 Pro as well as benefits of Super CCD technology, please visit the companys Web site at www.fujifilm.com or call 1-800-800-FUJI.
About Fujifilm Digital Imaging
As the first manufacturer to offer a digital camera with removable storage media and the developer of the Super CCD image sensor technology, Fujifilm is a recognized innovator of high-quality, high-performance digital imaging products. With a breadth of line that includes products for image capture, storage and output, Fujifilm offers a host of end-to-end imaging solutions, letting the user evolve from picture-taker to picture maker within minutes.
What sets Fujifilm digital imaging products apart is the technology that goes into each and every product. Fujifilm is one of only a handful of marketers that both designs and manufactures the key capture elements of a digital camera -- the lens, CCD and image processing mechanisms. This total control ensures strict adherence to design specifications which, in turn, allows for clear, crisp images of pleasing color.
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., is the U.S. marketing subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, a leading manufacturer of imaging and information products.
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