Today in one of several announcements Fuji announced the MX-4700, based on the design of the rest of the 700 series but radically updated with a new LCD display built-into the command wheel, larger LCD display and a whopping 4.3 megapixel SuperCCD. This is now the highest resolution consumer digital camera on the market.

Vitals: 4.3 Megapixels, 3x Zoom, ISO: 200-800, SmartMedia, Price: 128,000 Yen (US$1100), on-sale: March 1st, 2000 (Japan).

Fuji FinePix 4700 (click for larger image)

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Fuji FinePix 4700 Specifications

CCD 1/1.7" 4.3 megapixels (Fuji SuperCCD - RGBG filter)
Image sizes 2400 x 1800, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
ISO (sensitivity) 200, 400, 800
Lens 3x Zoom (36-108mm 35mm equiv.) / F2.8
Digital Zoom Available, unknown magnification
Autofocus TTL autofocus / macro option
Shooting distance Normal: 80cm - infinity
Macro: 20cm - 80cm
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom
LCD monitor 2", 130,000 pixel low temperature TFT
Timing 3 second startup time, 0.2 second recycle time
Storage SmartMedia (2MB/4MB/8MB/16MB/32MB/64MB)
16MB SmartMedia card included
Shooting modes Programmed, Manual options
Metering modes TTL 64 segment, CW-Average, Spot, Multi-point
Burst QuickTime Motion JPEG 320 x 240 (10 fps)
Shutter Mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
Shutter speed range 3 seconds - 1/2,000 second
Aperture range F2.8 - F4.5
Exposure compensation +/-1.5EV in 1/3EV steps
Bracketing 3 image bracketing
White balance Full Auto, Preset, 7 settings
Self-timer 10 secs
Flash Pop-up type
Flash coverage Wide: 0.2 - 4m
Tele: 0.2 - 3m
Flash modes Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Forced Flash, Slow Sync, Anti-Red-Eye
Interface USB
Video output Varies by region
Misc Voice recording function, "Best Of Image" automatic
Power requirements 2 x NiMH AA or 2x Alkaline AA (charger & NiMH batteries inc.)
Dimensions 78 x 97.5 x 32.9 mm
Weight (no batteries) 255 g
MSRP Price 128,000 YEN (~US$1,100)
Release date 1st March 2000 - Japan

Fuji FinePix 4700 Storage Specifications

(Sizes of 4MB, 8MB, 16MB, 32MB & 64MB refer to numbers of images which could be stored on corresponding sized SmartMedia cards)

Resolution Image mode Image size 4MB 8MB 16MB 32MB 64MB
2400 x 1800 FINE 1700KB 2 4 9 18 36
NORMAL 803KB 4 9 19 38 77
BASIC 328KB 11 23 47 94 189
1280 x 960 FINE 612KB 6 12 25 50 101
NORMAL 312KB 12 24 49 99 198
BASIC 162KB 23 47 90 180 362
640 x 480 FINE 162KB 23 47 90 180 362
NORMAL 87KB 44 89 165 331 663
BASIC 50KB 70 141 248 498 996
Animation 320 x 240 - - 22 secs 45 secs 90 secs 182 secs 364 secs

Reuters Press Release

Fuji Photo to sell 4.32 mln-pixel digital camera

TOKYO, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Fuji Photo Film Co Ltd said on Monday it will begin selling a 4.32 million-pixel digital camera in Japan on March 1.

The 32.9 millimetre-thin, 255 gram ``FinePix4700Z'' is the world's first digital camera using over four million pixels in a high-quality image sensor, Fuji Photo said.

The 0.58 inch CCD (charge-coupled device) sensor generates larger, octagonal-shaped photodiodes situated at 45-degree angles, which increases sensitivity and offers a wider range and sharper digital images, Japan's leading photo film maker said.

A Fuji Photo spokesman said the company will eventually sell the digital camera overseas, but declined to comment on its sales target.

Global digital camera demand was estimated at 4.5 to 5.0 million units in calendar 1999, and is expected to rise to about seven million units in 2000, a spokeswoman at Olympus Optical Co Ltd said last week.

Olympus, another Japanese camera maker, announced last week it will start selling a 3.34 million-pixel digital still camera in early March.

Canon Inc , a major Japanese maker of cameras and printers, also said last week it will begin selling a new 3.34 million-pixel digital still camera, the PowerShot S20, worldwide in March.