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Fujifilm Adds Wireless All-Weather Cam

5/08/2012 11:49:09 AM Eastern

Valhalla, N.Y. - Fujifilm
North America
launched Tuesday its weatherproof FinePix XP170 digital camera,
featuring a wireless image-transfer function.

Fujifilm

The camera's wireless functionality allows users to connect to a
smartphone or tablet and then upload images to the Internet for online sharing.

The FinePix XP170 is said to be waterproof to 33 feet, shock-proof
from a 6.5-foot drop, freeze-proof to 14 F degrees and dust-proof.

Other key features include a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor; faster start-up
and shot-to-shot times; up to 10 fps continuous shooting; a 2.7-inch
anti-reflective, high-contrast LCD; and a 5x Fujinon wide-angle optical zoom
lenses (28-140mm equivalent) with a reinforced hardened glass lens barrier and
water-repellent coating.

The FinePix XP170 also delivers a bright LCD screen, fast autofocus
speeds, comfortable grip and advanced functionality for all weather conditions.

The new FinePix XP170 (shipping in June at a $280 suggested
retail) is positioned as an alternative to a smartphone camera when photos are
desired in tough weather conditions. The new wireless image-transfer feature uses
a wireless link to the smartphone to send the image off instantly from any
location.

The FinePix XP170 can be connected to any Android smartphone or
tablet, or the iPhone or iPad. A free app is supplied for both phone formats
through the respective marketplaces.

To start uploading, users press the XP170's connect button to
join to a device, then the images will be transferred to the Android
smartphone/tablet or iPhone/iPad for uploading to social-networking sites.

"Sharing photos online has become the best and fastest way to
show your family and friends your favorite images, and the versatile and
durable FinePix XP170 lets users capture images in more places, and then offers
easy sharing with its innovative wireless image-transfer function," stated
David Troy, Fujifilm North America digital cameras marketing director. "With
its four-way protection, the XP170 can become your go-to camera that you aren't
afraid to get wet, be dropped, or even frozen or covered in dirt and mud -- it
will still deliver fantastic photos and HD movies every time."

For video, the camera will capture movies in up to 1080p HD
resolution at 30 fps. An optional HD player accessory kit, with wireless remote
control (HDMI cable not included), allows viewing images from the camera on
connected TV screens.

For image stabilization, the XP170 uses CMOS-shift  Image Stabilization (CIS) that works as the
photo is being taken, combining a mechanically stabilized sensor with high ISO
to combat camera/hand shake and subject movement for improved low light
shooting, Fujifilm said.

The result is an expanded range of shooting situations where the
camera can be used without the need of a tripod or other support.

A tracking autofocus system was designed expressly for action
shots, tracking fast-moving subjects so they don't escape from the frame in a
blur.

Subjects are tracked automatically for as long as they are kept
in the frame and the shutter is half-pressed.

Other features include: 360 degree motion panorama mode, Scene
Recognition Auto, face detection (tracking up to six faces simultaneously), and
automatic red-eye removal.

The XP170 is powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery for up
to 300 shots per charge.

  An accessory kit for the
XP170 available at launch will offer an adjustable float strap, protective
silicone skin and a neoprene sports case.