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Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

Fujifilm introduces one of its newest digital cameras, the FinePix F70EXR, Fujifilm's first foray into the market of long-zoom compact digital cameras. The camera's focus is its commanding Fujinon 10x optical zoom lens that can attain a max aperture ranging from F3.3 (wide angle) to F5.6 (telephoto). Another thing about this digital camera, which is only 22.7 mm thick, is Fujifilm's Super EBC lens coating which works to prevent flare and ghosting. Just because this camera is thin doesn't make it less durable. It's double lacquer-coated to make it withstand frequent usage.

The presence of the Super CCD EXR sensor in this model allows for a greater sensitivity while producing images of up to 3,616 x 2,712 in dimension. The downside to this sensor is that you'll have to decide between whether you want an increased dynamic range or sensitivity instead of a higher resolution. That can be a good or bad thing depending on your subject and the conditions that you're photographing in.

This trade off isn't too much of a big deal. The Super CCD EXR sensor is a great asset even with its miniscule drawback. For example, it has its own mechanical image stabilization which will cut down on blurry photographs from camera shake. Then there's the 45-degree octagonal pixel array. It's this feature which gives the camera its utmost resolution on both the vertical and horizontal axes.

Don't forget about the Color Filter Array which arranges the way red and blue pixels are placed amongst green pixels. The CFA, combined with the Super CCD EXR sensor, fashion a photo with a greater dynamic range, coming together to create a much richer photograph overall.

Aside from what the F70 can do at the pixel level, it's also capable of combining two or three shots to form a single image with its Pro Low-Light and Pro Focus modes. This feature works wonders in helping the photographer to capture a photo where the subject is as sharply focused as possible.

One of the more interesting and uncommon features is the film simulation mode. It presents the user with five different settings that allow the user to mimic various types of film such as sepia, black and white, vivid, soft, and standard.

The Fuji F70 amasses images in its 47MB storage of built-in memory or via Secure Digital cards as JPEGs. Its battery is rechargeable and up to 230 shots can be taken on a single charge. The F70 arrives just in time before the fall semester, shipping in August, and priced at around $280.

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 23:33:51 +0000

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