Last week we published a sneak view of this cameras skeleton, today FujiFilm have made the 4900Z the newest edition to their 4000 series of digital cameras (you can look upon it as a replacement for the now tiring 2900Z). This time featuring a 6x optical zoom lens (yep, lenses are becoming more important) with the same SuperCCD sensor seen in the 4700Z but interesting to note a newly offered sensitivty of ISO 125, perhaps for improved image quality and lowered noise.

Vitals: FujiFilm 4900 Zoom, 2.4 megapixel Super CCD (up to 2400 x 1800 image size), 6 x optical zoom lens (35 - 210 mm as 35 mm equiv.), ISO 125/ 200/ 400/ 800, LCD TTL viewfinder, 1/4s (3s in manual) - 1/2000s shutter speeds, F2.8 - F11 apertures, horizontal and vertical shutter release buttons, SmartMedia, expected September 2000, <US$1000.

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Hop over to Impress PC Watch for more camera pictures

UPDATE: Click here for Impress PC Watch FujiFilm 4900Z Sample Images

Phil's comments on the samples: The samples above (at PC Watch) were shot at ISO 200, I personally would like to have seen some shots at the new ISO 125 which should reduce noise. Here's what I see of the samples available: Good colour balance, good metering, good dynamic range, good sharpness (= good lens), visible noise which spoils the whole package. Images look great at 50% but at 1:1 on my Sony G500 monitor I can see the noise. I bet the designers at FujiFilm are wishing they could just drop this SuperCCD nonsense and go back to good old traditional layout CCD's (or maybe even CMOS). This camera looks like a great package, lets hope production model image noise is less.

FujiFilm FinePix 4900Z Specifications

Imager 1/1.7" 2.4 megapixel FujiFilm SuperCCD
ISO equiv. sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800
A/D Converter 12 bit (36 bits dynamic range, 24 bits output)
Lens 6 x zoom, 35 - 210 mm (35 mm equiv. lens)
F2.8 - F3.1
Image sizes 2400 x 1800
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
Image types JPEG (EXIF), TIFF-RGB (12MB !), TIFF-YC
Movie mode 320 x 240 10fps AVI with Audio
(80 seconds on a 16MB SmartMedia card)
Burst mode 1.03 seconds per frame, maximum 5 frames
Focus range 50 cm - Infinity (35 - 135 mm zoom)
90 cm - Infinity (135 - 210 mm zoom)
Macro: 10 cm - 80 cm (35 - 80 mm zoom)
Focus modes Auto, Manual (3 settings)
Shutter speed Auto: 1/4 s - 1/2000 s
Manual: 3 s - 1/2000 s
Apertures F2.8, 3.2, 3.6, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.6, 6.3, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0
Metering Multi 64-division TTL or Spot
Exposure modes Auto
Scene program
Aperture Priority
Shutter Priority
Full Manual
Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
White Balance modes Auto, 7 preset modes + Manual one-button-push
Sharpening modes Soft, Normal, Hard
Flash Internal, pop-up, modes: Auto, Anti red-eye, On, Off, Slow Sync
Flash range Wide: 0.3 m - 4.5 m
Tele: 0.9 m - 4.0 m
External Flash Hotshoe
Self timer 2 or 10 seconds
Viewfinder LCD TTL 0.556" (110,000 pixels)
LCD 2.0" TFT (130,000 pixels)
Video output Varies by region
Digital I/O USB
Power FujiFilm NP-80 Lithium-Ion (battery & charger included)
Storage SmartMedia up to 64MB (16MB SmartMedia included)
Weight (including batteries) 450 g (15.9 oz)
Case material Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions 110 x 78.5 x 93.5 mm (4.3 x 3.1 x 3.7 ")

Official press release:


Distinctive Redesign, Advanced Features, Mark New Direction For 900 Series Cameras

ELMSFORD, NY, August 1, 2000 -- Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is taking its 900 series digital cameras in a new design direction with today’s introduction of the FinePix 4900 ZOOM, a camera that delivers a host of advanced photographic features and controls to the serious photo enthusiast.

Radically different from traditional Fujifilm digital models in terms of style, the FinePix 4900 ZOOM will appeal to the prosumer market on a number of levels when it becomes available in September:

  • Its new, cylindrical design offers the handling-flexibility shutterbugs demand, as two strategically placed shutter-release buttons make it easy to shoot either horizontally or vertically.
  • In addition to working as a traditional point-and-shoot camera, the FinePix 4900 ZOOM can be operated manually, empowering the user to adjust shutter speeds, select aperture (13 steps) and control camera focus as well as white balance.
  • The FinePix 4900 ZOOM has a fast, 6X Super EBC Fujinon aspherical zoom lens (f/2.8 - f/11) with a focal length equivalent to a 35-210mm on a 35mm camera, along with one of the fastest frame rates in its class at 1.03-1.36 seconds.
  • The camera uses a 2.4 million-sensor Super CCD with ISO sensitivities of 125/200/400/800, along with an improved signal-to-noise ratio and a wider dynamic range than comparable conventional CCDs.
  • Additional features include a built-in, miniature LCD through-the-lens viewfinder, a two-inch LCD playback monitor, an optional lens-mounting ring for use with 55mm filters or 28mm wide-angle lenses and AVI video capture/playback mode with sound.

“With its new design and functionality, the FinePix 4900 ZOOM represents a significant addition to Fujifilm’s line of digital cameras, building upon the legacy started by the MX-2900,” said Darin Pepple, Product Manager, Consumer Digital Products, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. “By taking the most popular aspects of the MX-2900 and adding a number of new features such as Super CCD, the FinePix 4900 ZOOM should garner a lot of attention among photo enthusiasts.”

For ease of use and accurate exposure in typical shooting situations, the FinePix 4900 ZOOM offers five programmed exposure modes: auto, portrait, scenic, night scene and full manual. For total user control, the camera has 64-zone TTL metering with three modes – multi, center or spot – along with programmed auto-exposure and exposure compensation for accurate exposure under the most challenging of lighting situations.

Shutter speeds of the FinePix 4900 ZOOM range from 1/4 to 1/2000 of a second in auto mode, and 1/2000 to three seconds in manual mode. The camera's pop-up flash, which is effective to a distance of 13 feet, provides five modes: automatic, red-eye reduction, flash-on-demand, flash cancel and slow synch flash for motion effects. A hot shoe mount is also available for more advanced flash systems.

The FinePix 4900 ZOOM records JPEG images at three compression levels (fine, normal and basic) and TIFF images in two modes (RGB and YC). Depending on the image compression selected, users can record 8, 18 or up to 45 images, respectively, on its 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 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 resolutions.

Fujifilm’s Super CCD uses fewer sensors than conventional CCDs and captures more color image data for better pictures. In addition, a new PxGA processing technology makes use of all available Super CCD color data to process image files with a greater range of color and detail than conventional CCDs with equal sensor counts.

With dimensions of 4.3” W x 3.1” H x 3.7”D, the FinePix 4900 ZOOM weighs in at 14.1 ounces. An included NP-80 Lithium-ion battery can be recharged inside the camera with a bundled AC 5V adapter or other charger. Also included in the package is Adobe PhotoDeluxe® 4.0 Home Edition image editing software.

Suggested “street” price for FinePix 4900 ZOOM will be under $1000.