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Fujifilm FinePix S7000 and S5000 are First Digital Cameras with Second Super CCD HR Sensor

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today announced the arrival of the first digital cameras to carry the its two proprietary Super CCD HR (High Resolution) sensors. The chip provides the Fujifilm FinePix S7000, with 6 million effective pixels to create rich, life-like images with 12 million recorded pixel output – the highest resolution image files available to consumers and the S5000 with 3.1 million effective pixels and 6 million recorded pixel output. The FinePix S7000 also offers advanced exposure control and wide aperture 6x optical zoom and 3.2x digital zoom in a compact SLR-inspired styling.

The FinePix S7000 offers 6.3 million effective pixels, which can produce images of 4048 x 3040 (12.3 million) recorded pixels for best-quality prints up to 20 x 30 inches in size. In addition to powering the camera’s ultra-high resolution, the Super CCD HR sensor provides the rich color reproduction and life-like detail that Fujifilm is known for in captured images.

The FinePix S5000 offers 3.1 million effective pixels, which can produce images of 2,816 x 2,120 (6 million) recorded pixels for high-quality prints up to 16 x 20 inches in size.

“Simply put, the FinePix S7000 and S5000 are amazing new cameras for the photo enthusiast,” said Darin Pepple, Marketing Manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Photo Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. “Its’ unique resolution power and long zoom, combined with best-in-class color and full manual controls make it a great camera for the consumer who wants a total photography experience. The FinePix S7000 demonstrates Fujifilm’s ongoing commitment to technology and its leadership in the consumer space.”

Fujifilm’s FinePix S7000 digital camera offers the following array of features:

— Increased resolution and reach – The first consumer digital camera to produce output files of 12.3 million recorded pixels, the FinePix S7000 is the first camera to carry Fujifilm’s second Super CCD HR (High Resolution) sensor. The camera maximizes 6.3 million effective pixels to produce a true-to-life 4048 x 3040 (12.3 million) recorded pixel output file. The camera also offers a long reach wide aperture 6x optical and 3.2x digital zoom, and works with optional wide and telephoto lens adapters, allowing photo enthusiasts to capture long-range subjects.

— Improved color saturation – The FinePix S7000’s Super CCD HR sensor system enables the digital picture-taker to capture best-in-class color images with rich, vibrant colors that radiate in prints.

— SLR-inspired styling – The FinePix S7000’s traditional body provides a familiar feel to photo enthusiasts looking for a semi-professional grade camera. The camera measures 4.8 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 3.8 (D) inches, and weighs 17.6 ounces without batteries and media.

— Full manual controls – Consumers who want maximum image control will be pleased with the FinePix S7000’s fully manual controls. The camera offers a range of special shooting modes including continuous focusing, continuous five frame 12MP shooting, auto bracketing and custom white balance. In addition, shutter speed, aperture range and focusing systems can be manipulated. The FinePix S7000 also offers photo enthusiasts the ability to capture images in CCD-RAW format, and may use the included FinePix Viewer software to convert to TIFF files.

— Dual slot- The FinePix S7000 has dual slots for xD-Picture Card and Microdrive, providing consumers with flexible storage options.

— Movie recording with sound – The camera offers full VGA movie recording at 30 frames per second with sound, allowing consumers to capture everyday events and special moments to play back for friends and family at a later date. The FinePix S7000 can capture 13-second 640 x 480 pixel movies, and 26-seconds at 320 x 240 pixels with a 16MB xD-Picture Card. If a 512MB xD-Picture Card is used, movies of 7.4 minutes at 640 x 480 pixels and 14.6 minutes of 340 x 240 pixels can be captured. Movies can be burned onto CD-ROMs for storage using the ImageMixer VCD for FinePix software included with the camera.

The FinePix S7000 comes bundled with a 16MB xD-Picture Card, four AA alkaline batteries, shoulder strap, USB cable, AV cable, FinePix Viewer, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix. The camera will be available for purchase in October 2003 at the suggested list price of $799.95.

Fujifilm’s FinePix S5000 digital camera offers the following array of features:

— Improved color saturation – The FinePix S5000’s Super CCD HR sensor system enables the digital picture-taker to capture images with rich, vibrant colors that radiate in prints.

— Increased resolution and reach – The camera’s Super CCD HR Sensor maximizes 3.1 million effective pixels to produce a true-to-life 2,816 x 2,120 (6.0 million) recorded pixel output file. The camera also offers an amazing 10x optical and 2.2x digital zoom and optional wide and telephoto lens adapters.

— Traditional SLR styling – The FinePix S5000’s traditional body and large lens provide a familiar feel to photo enthusiasts. The FinePix S5000 measures 4.4 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 3.1 (D) inches, and weighs 11.9 ounces without batteries and media.

— Full manual controls – Consumers who want maximum image control will be pleased with the FinePix S5000’s fully manual controls. The camera offers a range of focus systems including TTL contrast multi-zone auto, center point auto, focus lock, continuous auto focus (C-AF), manual focus, and AF-assist illuminator. In addition, shutter speed, aperture range and white balance can be manipulated.

— Movie recording with sound – The camera can capture QVGA digital video at 30 frames per second, with sound, to create short clips that can be replayed for friends and family at later dates. Movies can be burned onto CD-ROMs for storage using the ImageMixer VCD for FinePix software included with the camera. The FinePix S5000 can record 26-second 320 x 240 pixel movies with a 16MB xD-Picture Card.

The FinePix S5000 comes bundled with four AA alkaline batteries, a 16MB xD-Picture Card(TM), USB cable, AV cable, shoulder strap, FinePix Viewer, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix. The camera will be available for purchase in August 2003 at the suggested list price of $499.95.

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