In their second announcement of the day Fujfilm has revealed the new FinePix A210 Zoom, a three megapixel, three times optical zoom entry-level digital camera. The camera has a 1.5" LCD monitor, is powered by two AA batteries and stores images on xD Picture Card (16 MB included). The A210 is designed to appeal to first time digital camera users with an easy to use interface which includes larger buttons and clear labelling.

Press Release (Fujifilm UK):

Will the Fujifilm FinePix A210 Zoom be the least intimidating digital camera on the market?

Fujifilm unveils the FinePix A210 Zoom: entry-level digital camera achieving an impressive 3 megapixel output

27 May 2003 - During a recent research study of 1,000 UK consumers, Fujifilm discovered that people who don't own a digital camera believe they are more complicated to use than a mobile phone. When questioned 'Do you think that the average digital camera is more complex to operate than a mobile phone?', a remarkable 50% more respondents answered 'more complex' than 'less complex'. This perception is likely to change with the announcement today of the FinePix A210 Zoom - a camera designed for users who are slightly more anxious about the leap into digital photography.

With a 3.2 million pixel effective resolution and 3x zoom, the FinePix A210 Zoom is an impressive, yet affordable, choice for anyone moving on from a no-frills, compact film camera to take their first steps into digital photography. This silver-finish, easy to use digital package has big buttons and clear markings, making it ideal for use by all the family. The camera also has a high-quality 1.5" TFT screen for reviewing pictures, and an optical viewfinder for easier visibility.

Catering for non-computer owners, the FinePix A210 Zoom comes with a Video Out socket, enabling photographs to be viewed immediately on a TV screen. For hard copy prints, users can visit the wide number of high street photographic retailers offering Fujifilm digital print services (FDi) in-store. The service allows users to view, select and enhance their images via an easy-to-use touch screen. The prints are developed on true photographic paper, delivering superb results that are guaranteed to last and can be recorded to CD for safekeeping.

The FinePix A210 Zoom ensures high picture quality with programmed auto exposure and flash capabilities to capture clear images, from which you can produce larger prints. The 3x optical zoom lens further enhances the creative possibilities, yet this camera maintains point-and-shoot simplicity. In addition, the camera offers a 10 frames per second (fps) movie recording facility.
In essence, the FinePix A210 Zoom is easy to use and accessible to all. The optional PictureCradle enables the user to download images and charge batteries in one simple procedure - so there's no messing around with multiple cables.

FinePix A210 Zoom features at a glance:

  • 3.2 million effective pixels
  • Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 36-108mm on a 35mm camera
  • xD-Picture Card™ providing large storage capacity and low power consumption (512MB card available soon)
  • Movie recording capabilities up to 10 frames per second (fps). Records movies up to 60 seconds (320 x 240 pixels) and up to 4 minutes (160 x 120 pixels) with a 16MB xD-Picture Card™ (included)
  • Video Out socket, which enables photographs to be reviewed on a TV screen
  • Fast operation and simple to use, just 'point and shoot' for lifelike images

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Consumer Products, commented, "Fujifilm firmly believes that digital photography should be accessible to everyone. "What's more, if anyone thinks that simple, value-priced cameras cut corners on specification and quality, then they should get to know the FinePix A210 Zoom. It's intuitive, easy to handle, and should form part of the most straightforward route to getting prints."

Long lasting battery life

The FinePix A210 Zoom has been specifically developed to reduce power consumption. The 2 x AA alkaline batteries supplied with the camera deliver an impressive 300 shots under normal conditions (with the LCD monitor switched off). Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are also available as part of the accessories range for even better battery economy.

Straight from the box

The FinePix A210 Zoom is supplied with everything needed to start shooting straight from the box. A full range of accessories including two AA alkaline batteries, 16MB xD-Picture Card™, hand strap, software CD-ROM, video cable and USB cable are bundled with the camera. The supplied software CD includes USB drivers, Fujifilm's FinePix Viewer 4.0 for image browsing, and ImageMixer VCD for creating multimedia albums. The camera is also supplied with an adapter that enables the camera to slot straight into the optional PictureCradle.

Pricing and availability

The FinePix A210 Zoom will be available from photographic and electrical retailers at a price that will be finalised closer to the retail launch.

Fujifilm FinePix A210 Zoom specifications

Sensor 1/2.7" 3.34 million pixel CCD
Effective pixels 3.2 million
Image sizes • 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240 (10 fps, no sound, 60 sec max)
• 160 x 120 (10 fps, no sound, 4 mins max)
File format • JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• AVI (Motion JPEG)
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 36 - 108 mm equiv.
• F3.0 - F4.8
Focus distance • Normal: 80 cm - Infinity (2.6 ft - Infinity)
• Macro: 10 cm - 1 m (0.3 - 3.3 ft)
Digital zoom Up to 3.2x
Sensitivity ISO 100 equiv.
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/2000 sec
Aperture • Wide: F3.0 / F7.0
• Tele: F4.8 / F10.8
Metering TTL 64-zone
White balance • Auto
• Fine
• Shade
• Fluorescent (Daylight, Warm White, Cool White)
• Incandescent
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.5" TFT
• 60,000 pixels
Flash • Internal
• Range (wide): 0.8 - 3.5 m (2.6 - 11.5 ft)
• Range (tele): 0.8 - 3.0 m (2.6 - 9.8 ft)
• Modes: Auto, Red-Eye reduction, On, Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye reduction with Slow Sync
Self-Timer 10 secs
Storage • xD Picture Card
• 16 MB xD Picture Card included
Connectivity • USB 1.1
• Video Out
• PictureCradle
Power • 2 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
• Optional AC adapter
Dimensions 99 x 65 x 53 mm (3.9 x 2.6 x 2.1 in)
Weight (no batt) 175 g (6.2 oz)