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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.
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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.
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