Pre-CES: Fujifilm has unleashed the FinePix SL300 and SL240 mid-range superzoom cameras. The 30x zoom FinePix SL300 and 24x zoom SL240 sit beneath the manufacturer's X-S1 and HS30EXR models but above the co-announced S4500 and S4000, to offer a heartily-bezoomed camera for any pocket. Both cameras are based around 14MP stabilized CCD sensors and offer comparatively high-resolution 460,000 dot LCDs. They also feature hot-shoes to allow use with external flash guns.
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 and FinePix SL240 bring flexibility, creative control and outstanding optics to the new 2012 bridge camera range
Take the next step towards fantastic pictures with the new FinePix SL300 and SL240 high-powered premium bridge cameras from Fujifilm. Following in the tradition of the company’s hugely popular S-series cameras, these models offer similar image quality and versatility to that of a DSLR combined with the convenience and portability of a compact camera.
|Model name||Optical zoom||Sensor||LCD|
|FinePix SL300||30x(24-720mm *）||14MP CCD||3.0" 460K|
|FinePix SL240||24x(24-576mm *)||14MP CCD||3.0" 460K|
* Equivalent to a 35mm camera.
The highlight of the new FinePix SL-series is the Fujinon optical zoom lenses, which offer a high-quality 30x and 24x optical zoom. The extended zoom ranges make the SL300 and SL240 ideal for travellers looking to record their adventures; sports fans keen to capture their teams on camera or any photographer looking for a step-up from their current compact camera.
Plus, with a close-focus distance of 2cm, users can also pick out precise close-up details, too. The zoom lenses offer smooth zooming and precise framing of scenes, and with the addition of a zoom lever on the barrel of the lens photographers are able to zoom in and out without taking their hands away from the camera – guaranteeing that they’ll never miss the desired shot.
Remarkable image quality to match the lens range
Each camera houses a 1/2.3-inch 14 mega-pixel CCD sensor, representing the very latest in Fujifilm’s award-winning imaging technology. The powerful sensors are optimised to work perfectly with the Fujinon zoom lenses, ensuring all the detail in a scene is captured with exceptional clarity. To assist in low-light situations or when shooting handheld, the cameras offer a maximum ISO rating of ISO 6400* for maximising available light and ensuring that shutter speeds are fast enough to capture action without blurring.
Sensor-shift Digital Image Stabilisation is offered by both devices and applies the latest in image enhancing processes to bring out detail and preserve the finer points of a picture.
For additional illumination, the SL300 and SL240 feature a powerful internal flash that will reach subjects up to 7m away, plus they also have a hot-shoe for connecting separate external flash to add professional lighting capabilities.
See the whole picture
The SL300 and SL240 boast a 3-inch LCD screen that offers 460,000 dots and an ultra-wide 160 degree viewing angle. This means they’re not only clearer to see when composing pictures the super-bright screens make playback and reviewing movies and stills easier and more enjoyable. The cameras also have Electronic Viewfinders (EVF) that offer 200,000 dots screens, so users can be assured that they’re seeing a good representation of what the camera will capture. The EVF also now benefits from the addition of a diopter adjustment, making it much easier for spectacle wearers to look through the viewfinder.
In addition to the new technological features the SL300 and SL240 have been optimised to provide a faster start-up, improved speed of Auto Focus and an upgraded response time. All this combines to ensure that users won’t miss a shot. The power supply of these cameras has also been re-engineered to run on Lithium-ion batteries, allowing them to capture up to 300 frames on a single charge.
For times when users want to go beyond the still image, the new SL-series cameras are capable of capturing 720p HD movie at 30 fps. A mini HDMI output port enables both cameras to be quickly connected to an HD ready TV so users can enjoy watching their movies back on the big screen. Still images can also be reviewed in this way, showcasing those edge-to-edge image definitions.
Professional look and feel
The new SL-series cameras have cosmetic features and design flourishes that are strongly reminiscent of DSLRs and other pro-level cameras, including a rubberised coating to make both models comfortable in the hands for extended shooting sessions, and to also offer the reassuring build quality expected from a premium camera. The cameras’ buttons are ergonomically located and the metal-like finish completes the overall package to appeal to both the beginner and the enthusiast photographer alike.
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 and FinePix SL240: key features
- 1/2.3-inch 14 mega-pixel CCD sensor
- 3-inch LCD screen with 460,000 dots
- TTL Hot shoe flash
- Additional zoom lever (side lever)
- ISO 100- 6400*
- 720p HD movie capture
- Li-ion battery delivering up to 300 shots per charge
* ISO3200/6400 is effective in S mode.
|Fujifilm FinePix SL300||Fujifilm FinePix SL240|
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4288 x 3216|
|Other resolutions||4288 x 2864, 4288 x 2416, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 1728, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||14 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Color filter array||RGB color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 64, 100, 200, 300, 400, 800, 1600, (3200, 6400 with boost)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||3200|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||6400|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–720 mm||24–576 mm|
|Digital zoom||Yes (6.7x)|
|Normal focus range||40 cm (15.75″)|
|Macro focus range||2 cm (0.79″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT color LCD monitor|
|Minimum shutter speed||8 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||7.00 m (Wide: 40 cm–7.0 m / Tele: 2.5m–3.6 m)|
|External flash||Yes (via Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||1.2 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Format||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Battery description||Lithium-ion NP-85 rechargeable battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||300|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||510 g (1.12 lb / 17.99 oz)|
|Dimensions||122 x 93 x 100 mm (4.8 x 3.66 x 3.94″)|
Dec 4, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 17, 2014
|Owens Valley Milky Way by ed rader|
from Sign, sign, everywhere a sign..
|Break by Hank3152|
from Motion blur
|Camp by T bird|
from A Big Year - birds
|The Maasai Shepherd by cgravel|
from - African Man - (Portrait in Black and White + A Border)
Riding a mountain bike downhill is dangerous enough in daylight, but potentially lethal at night. Which is where drones come in.
Rumors abound that Canon (and maybe Nikon) may produce a mirrorless camera based using their existing DSLR mount. Does this guarantee immediate great lens choice or a perpetually second-rate experience? Read more
According to rumors, the next camera from Nest will be able to capture 4K video, though that resolution will be only used for 'virtual' pan and tilt functions.
Boundary's Prima 'fully modular' backpack is expandable to 30L and has a removable camera case and tablet sleeve. Early Kickstarter backers can get one for $189.
Stanley Greene captured 'brutally honest' photographs in the war zones of the Middle East, Chechnya and Georgia. He was also one of the few African-American photographers working internationally.
Owners of Leica M cameras that suffer from peeling CCDs will be able to claim a free repair in the future so long as the camera was purchased within five years of the fault becoming apparent, the company has announced. Read more
No mic socket? No problem. In this video, Daniel Peters at Photo Gear News shows you how to make a lapel microphone using just a smartphone and a pair of earbuds.
The Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T lens is very rare and priced accordingly. It can be yours today for the low, low price of $15,000.
The MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a drone that does not require any human control for recording tracking shots. Read more
In this terrifying video, Iraqi journalist Ammar Alwaely narrowly misses a sniper's bullet, which takes out his chest-mounted GoPro. Warning: strong language. Watch the video
A new report expects action camera growth to increase about 15% by 2021, with Ultra HD cameras driving demand. Read more
Profiles for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom have been released for Irix's ultra-wide 11mm and 15mm primes. Like all profiles, these correct for distortion and vignetting.
An upcoming firmware update from DJI will cripple its drones unless they are 'activated' on the company's website. Live streaming will be turned off and flight radius/altitude will be limited.
Brent from ShareGrid rounds up the 10 most common products filmmakers are renting from one another for productions; chances are good you own one or more of them.
DaVinci Resolve is making strong moves to compete with Premiere and Final Cut Pro, including affordable control panels for colorists. According to Premium Beat, they're really good.
If you are not planning to fly your drone commercially you are not required to register it with the FAA anymore. This decision was handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.
Whether you're syncing a flash, wondering why banding is appearing in your image or getting strange images from your camera's silent shutter mode, the way your shutter works has a role to play. Here's what happens when you press the shutter button. Read more
William Vazquez travels all over the world documenting humanitarian work. He spoke to us about the challenges of his work, the importance of research and why a multitool and duct tape are your best friends in the field. Read more
These ten film cameras stand the test of time. They are easy to find, affordable and capable of excellent results. Read more
Photographer Aydın Büyüktaş uses a drone, 3-D rendering and Photoshop to create mind-bending landscapes.
They're offering tips for composing selfies and converting to black and white.
Whether you're seeking ultra-high resolution, first-rate autofocus or 4K video capture, there are some supremely capable 'semi-pro' cameras available. Find out which models we liked best in our updated semi-pro camera roundup. Read more
With composition specified by the director, drones may one day be able to navigate a movie set on their own.
Canon has made the previous version, 1.1.0 available for download again.
Impossible? Not if you have a fast lens and 5 stops of stabilization.
This 'strictly limited edition' is a refurbished original Polaroid 600 redesigned with a custom two-tone paint job.
Nikon today announced a reorganization of its corporate structure which will see several divisions and business units closed or merged. Read more
High school students from New York got he chance to shoot along with award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv in Morocco.
VentureBeat reports that Monday's Surface Pro announcement will bring evolutionary updates to Microsoft's high-end Windows 10 tablet.