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Fuji point & shoot cameras

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The FinePix F70EXR is Fujifilm’s first long-zoom compact digital camera featuring its EXR imaging technology, and a Fujinon 10x optical zoom, all in a compact design.  The lens, developed in conjunction with Fuji’s proprietary Super CCD EXR sensor, is said to produce crisp, high resolution results throughout the focal range (27-270 mm equivalent).  The camera is 22.7 mm thick.

The camera offers a radically improved flash control system, which controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce what Fuji describes as beautifully-balanced flash illumination.

The F70 has dual image stabilization – picture stabilization automatically reduces shutter speeds to freeze action while CCD image stabilization counteracts “hand shake.”

Fuji’s latest face detection technology tracks up to 10 faces simultaneously.
Aimed at the advanced photo enthusiast looking for excellent picture quality without the expense or bulk of a DSLR system, the FinePix S200EXR combines a 14.3x manual optical zoom Fujinon lens (30.5-436 mm equivalent), with the 12 megapixel Super CCD EXR sensor found in the FinePix F200EXR.

Key features: Super CCD EXR technology; EXR Priority Mode to quickly optimize the camera’s settings – the photographer can decide which sensor setting is preferable by choosing High Resolution Priority (HR) to maximize resolution, High ISO and Low Noise Priority (SN) for high quality low-light work or D-Range Priority (DR) for the best detail with high contrast subjects.

Other features: Film Simulation to capture subtle changes in tone and colour reproduction; Face detection technology to track up to 10 faces simultaneously.

With a metal body, the Fujifilm J30 features Panorama Mode, allowing the user to capture panoramic pictures by seamless stitching three consecutive images together.  The J30 also features a 12 megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD screen, 3x optical zoom, new intelligent scene recognition and face detection technology with automatic red-eye removal.

The FinePix Z35 is aimed at teens and young adults. It offers a 10 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, a web-ready mode with visual effects as well as intelligent scene recognition and face detection technology.  The camera is designed for social networking with easy photo and video sharing.  Web Mode includes 12 in-camera visual effects and easy uploading to Facebook, YouTube or other sharing sites.

Fujifilm has introduced two new cameras to its popular A-Series line of easy-to-use, high quality and cost-conscious compact digital cameras.  The A170 and A235 are the first A-Series models to feature Fujifilm’s proprietary intelligent scene recognition technology.  ISR AUTO detects a scene without needing to pre-select the mode on the camera, recognizing six different scenes – Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Backlit Portrait, Night and Night Portrait.
The two cameras are said to perform well in low light and can shoot at up to ISO 1600.

Tokina 12-14mm lens

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The new Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX II (AF 12-24 f/4 II) with a built-in AF motor drive is available in Nikon and Canon mounts. With tTokina 12-24mmhe built-in motor, the lens can be used in AF mode with the Nikon D60 and D40 and other silent wave bodies with APS-C sized sensors. There’s a new AF control gear assembly delivering smoother and quieter autofocusing. The Canon version of the lens has a built-in AF motor and will benefit from the improved multi-coating.

The optical system of the original AT-X 124 PRO DX won awards for its sharpness world-wide. This was apparently improved in the new version. The new multi-coating helps reduce reflections that can cause flare and ghosting better than with the older lens.

The AT-X 124 PRO DX II features a one-touch focus clutch mechanism.

The lens weighs 19.0 oz. (540g).

Canon hybrid image stabilizer

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Canon has announced Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS), claimed to be is the world’s first optical image stabilization technology that compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake. Canon says the technology will appear in interchangeable single lens reflex (SLR) camera lenses this year.

Several different preventative methods and corrective procedures have been introduced, by Canon and others, to compensate for errors caused by camera shake. The Hybrid IS technology compensates for angle and shift camera shake. Sudden changes in camera angle can significantly alter images taken during standard shooting, whereas shift-based shaking, which occurs when a camera moves parallel to the imaging scene, is more pronounced in macro photography and other close-range shooting.

The new Hybrid IS technology incorporates an angular velocity sensor that detects the extent of angle-based shaking and is found in all previous optical image stabilizer mechanisms, as well as a new acceleration sensor that determines the amount of shift-based camera shake. Hybrid IS, says Canon, also employs a newly developed algorithm that synthesizes information from the two sensors to make optimal adjustments, thereby dramatically enhancing the effects of image stabilization during shooting, including macro shooting, which had proven difficult for conventional image stabilization technologies.

Canon began researching methods to compensate for camera shake in the 1980s, and in 1995 launched the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, the world’s first interchangeable SLR camera lens to feature a mechanism that compensates for optical camera shake. Since then, the company has continued to produce a variety of interchangeable lenses with image stabilization capabilities, and now has a total of 21 such lenses in its current product lineup.

Digital 3D arrives

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By pure luck, I had a meeting set up with one of Fujifilm Canada’s vice-presidents, yesterday, to talk about the company’s prototype 3D system. I had called him to ask about it last week, letting him know I would be bringing my son Gareth along with me. He’s an artist, and some of his work has used 3D imaging, so he was interested in it as well.

When we arrived for our meeting, we were told Fujifilm Corp. in Tokyo had just announced the launch of the 3D system in that country. Serendipitous.

Fuji 3DThere are two parts to the system, a camera and a digital frame. The camera has the basic look of a regular digital point and shoot camera, although it is slightly wider. And then there are the two lenses . . . The digital frame looks normal . . . until you turn it on and play either 3D still images or 3D movies shot with the camera.

There’s no word as yet when — or if — the system will be sold in Canada (or the United States for that matter).

To achieve the 3D image, two images are layered together. Two Fujinon lenses are used, offering 3x optical zooming, directing light to two CCDs (image sensors). According to the company, the 3D camera depends heavily on a newly developed chip called the “RP (Real Photo) Processor 3D” which synchronizes the data passed to it by both CCD sensors, and instantaneously blends the information into a single high quality image, for both stills and movies.

As well as seeing the still 3D images and 3D movies on the digital frame, Fujifilm has developed a 3D print service. Currently, that service is running only in Japan, but apparently is accessibly for uploads via FTP from anywhere in the world, with finished prints mailed. If the system is to be sold in Canada, Fujifilm will have to set up the special processing equipment in its Mississauga headquarters. That’s not going to be too difficult to do, I’m told, but the processing of the images into prints is labour intensive. The prints are remarkable, but expect them to be more expensive than 2D prints. Prints should be available in several sizes, including 8×10 inches and perhaps larger.

The camera also will shoot 2D images and offers the same functions as conventional 2D digital cameras. When shooting 3D, the W1 offers a couple of special shooting modes.

I’m sure Fuji will be curious to know if you might be interested in buying a system, whether for your personal use of commercial application. Go to http://www.fujifilm.ca/x613.xml and click on the words Customer Service toward the bottom of the page. And tell them Grandpaparazzi sent you.

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