FujiFilm have released a very carefully worded press article announcing that the 4700Z is now available at retailers all over the US. "Pocketable, stylish, yet solidly built, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM builds upon the legacy of its MX-700, MX-2700 and MX-1700 ZOOM predecessors with an added twist; it's the first digital camera to utilize Fujifilm's new Super CCD for increased sensitivity, improved signal-to-noise ratio and wider dynamic range, attributes that result in sharp, vivid and colorful pictures. " (Note, no mention of pixels).
Here's the full press release:
Fujifilm Continues the 700-Series Digital Camera Legacy With the FinePix 4700 Zoom
Fujifilm's Latest Compact Digital Camera Now Available
ELMSFORD, NY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2000--Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. has announced that the latest addition to its widely acclaimed 700 series of digital cameras - the FinePix 4700 ZOOM - is now available at retailers nationwide for an estimated street price of $799.
Pocketable, stylish, yet solidly built, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM builds upon the legacy of its MX-700, MX-2700 and MX-1700 ZOOM predecessors with an added twist; it's the first digital camera to utilize Fujifilm's new Super CCD for increased sensitivity, improved signal-to-noise ratio and wider dynamic range, attributes that result in sharp, vivid and colorful pictures.
In addition to the Super CCD, the FinePix 4700 also has a host of new features including a 3x aspherical optical zoom lens, equivalent ISO sensitivities of 200/400/800, pop-up flash, USB port, five programmed exposure modes and the ability to capture 80 seconds of continuous AVI video -- with sound -- on its bundled 16MB SmartMedia(TM) card.
Even with these advanced features, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM is very simple to operate. To make picture taking a snap for the user, Fujifilm engineers took many of the image capture modes "out'' of the camera and placed them on an easy-to-access feature wheel situated on top of the FinePix 4700 ZOOM. For simple identification, the record/playback switch is now dead-center on the back of the camera and in addition to its 2-inch liquid crystal display, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM has an illuminated function display that glows "red'' during record mode and "green'' during image/video playback.
"With its unique design, intuitive controls and picture taking ability, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM is truly in a class all to its own,'' said Darin Pepple, Consumer Product Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "What adds to this package is the remarkable output of the camera's new 2.4 million-sensor Super CCD which, when combined with other key image capture elements of the camera, produces eye-pleasing pictures with striking, true-to-life colors.
"As an added value to a camera with this combination of advanced features and print quality, we've lowered the suggested list price of the FinePix 4700 ZOOM $200 from its originally announced price point of $999,'' he added. "A number of market research studies have been conducted since the product was introduced, and it was found that a $799 price point for this level of digital camera would have a broader appeal among consumers.''
Although 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. 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 saves power and both boots the camera and cycles images in less than two seconds.
For ease of use and accurate exposure in typical shooting situations, the FinePix 4700 ZOOM offers five programmed exposure modes: auto, portrait, scenic, night scene and full manual. For total user-control of the camera, there are three metering modes - multi, center or spot -- and 64-zone TTL metering with programmed auto-exposure and exposure compensation for accurate exposure under the most challenging of lighting situations
Shutter speeds of the FinePix 4700 ZOOM range from 1/2000 second to three seconds, and it carries an adjustable ISO sensitivity of 200/400/800. 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.
The FinePix 4700 ZOOM records JPEG images at three compression levels - fine, normal and basic - and depending on the image compression selected can record 8, 18 or up to 45 images, respectively, on its bundled 16MB SmartMedia card at the 2,400 x 1,800 resolution. If additional storage space is required, users have the option of recording images at either 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 resolutions.
Fujifilm's Super CCD uses fewer sensors (2.4 million in the case of the FinePix 4700 ZOOM) to capture more usable image data for better pictures. In addition, a new PxGA processing technology found in the FinePix 4700 ZOOM controls color balance immediately off the Super CCD, significantly reducing the chance of noise being added in subsequent analog and digital processing steps.
The compact FinePix 4700 ZOOM (3.1" W x 3.8'' H x 1.3" D) weighs in at a slight nine ounces. Two included AA nickel-metal hydride batteries power the camera and, as an added value, Fujifilm will bundle two additional batteries and a quick charger along with the camera to ensure that the user will always be ready for the next picture. Also included in the package is Adobe PhotoDeluxe® 3.0 Home Edition image editing software.
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