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Fuji announces two new hobbyist cameras

Jackie Dove | March 25, 2013
Fujifilm North America has released a pair of fixed-lens Wi-Fi-enabled cameras for consumers and sports enthusiasts.

The FinePix S8400W will be available in May 2013 for $350.

XP200 rugged camera 

Fujifilm also announced an addition to its rugged XP Series, the FinePix XP200. The 8.18-ounce compact XP200 features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a reinforced 5x Fujinon lens. It is waterproof to 50 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit  (-10 degrees Celsius), and dustproof. The XP200 also has a redesigned battery door lock with double seals for enhanced protection.

The camera features Shift Image Stabilization for low-light image capture and incorporates an internal 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm) that allows users to get close to the action, even under water. With digital zoom, the XP200 can double the zoom range to 10x. The maximum aperture is f/3.9 to f/4.9 and the ISO range is 100-6400.

The FinePix XP200 has two high speed shooting modes: 10fps continuous shooting mode at full resolution (maximum 9 frames) and ultra-high speed continuous shooting at up to 60fps (maximum 70 frames in 16:9, S size only). A dedicated burst mode button on the top of the camera is easy to reach. This model offers similar video functionality to the S8400W.

The 4.57 by 2.8 by 1.18-inch XP200 has a three-inch 920K-dot LCD monitor with an anti-reflective coating for bright sunlight viewing. The screen features an automatic brightness adjustment which can be optimized to account for ambient lighting, conserving battery power. The XP200 also features an advanced filter option for photographic special effects.

High speed multi-frame processing records two shots or more at different exposures and then combines them for high dynamic range (HDR) shots. The Motion Panorama 360 feature lets you create a 360-degree panoramic shot by selecting the mode, pressing the shutter button, and spinning around in a circle. Individual Shutter 3D lets you create images with a 3D effect by combining two shots taken from slightly different angles.

The FinePix XP200 will be available in May for $300 in black, yellow, blue, and red.

Wi-Fi transfer

Both cameras feature Fujifilm's wireless functionality that lets you transfer photos and movies from the camera to smartphones, tablets, and computers, and upload images to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

To connect these two new models to a smartphone or tablet, you can download the free Fujifilm Camera Application to an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablet to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time. The app also lets you download movies.

With its Wi-Fi capability, the cameras also allow users to back up photos on their PC or Mac. Simply install the free cross-platform Fujifilm PC AutoSave software onto a computer and select the folder where you want your photos backed up. Then link the Wi-Fi router to the camera.


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