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Fujifilm Introduces First Compact System Camera


Fujifilm travels to International CES
this week to unveil three point-and-shoot digicams, including
an interchangeable-lens camera designed to
compete in the burgeoning mirrorless compact system
camera category.

The new models include the X-Pro1, X-S1 (shipping
this month at an expected $800 suggested retail) and
a new F series model in the F750EXR (shipping in
March at an expected $350).

The highlight of the offerings is the Fujifilm X-Pro1,
which is a highly featured compact system camera. Fujifilim
said it will build on the success of the X100 model,
by adding a camera that features a custom-developed
16-megapixel APS-CMOS sensor incorporating
a new filter array
and the company’s
proprietary EXR
processor technology.

The camera
also includes a
hybrid viewfinder
and takes
three prime interchangeable
lenses, all with
fast apertures.

The lenses include:
the 18mm
(27mm equivalent)
f/2.0, 35mm
(53mm equivalent)
f/1.4 and 60mm (90mm equivalent) f/2.4.

Meanwhile, having the look and feel of a traditional d-
SLR, the X-S1, features a large 2/3-inch 12-megapixel
EXR CMOS sensor and a newly-developed, bright all
glass and high-definition Fujinon F2.8 wide-angle to
F5.6 telephoto lens with an ultra-smooth 26x manual
zoom (24-624mm equivalent).

The Fujinon lens includes 17 glass lens elements in
12 groups, and has smooth zoom control.

An intelligent digital zoom is said to effectively double
the telephoto capabilities for up to a 52x total zoom
effect, and a Super Macro Mode that captures images
as close as 1cm.

The EXR processor enables extremely fast autofocus
while minimizing shutter lag. It supports highspeed
continuous shooting of approximately 7 fps at full resolution.

The camera’s EVF offers 1.4 million dots of resolution
and uses two glass lenses and one non-spherical
lens to capture realistic lighting, to complement the
3-inch titling LCD that includes a Monitor Sunlight
mode for viewing in bright sunlight.

The body design includes a rubberized grain texture
coating for superior grip, and a hot-shoe mount to add
additional accessories.

It will record video at up to FullHD 1080p resolution.

Meanwhile, the new FinePix F750EXR offers a sleek
compact body design with intuitive user controls,
a 0.5-inch 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor with
strong low-light shooting capability, and a 20x super
wide-angle lens (25-500mm equivalent) with an Intelligent
Digital Zoom, which effectively doubles the range
to 40x.

The F750EXF also features a 3-inch clear, high contrast
460,000-dot LCD with Monitor Sunlight mode,
high-speed shooting at up to 8 fps at full resolution
(11 fps max speed at medium resolution), and FullHD
movie capture at 1080p (30 fps) with stereo sound.