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Redesigned Rugged Cameras: FinePix XP150, XP100, and XP50
Fujifilm's rugged-camera lineup also gets an overhaul for the spring, with three new models that have rubberized bodies, 14-megapixel CMOS sensors, dual-stabilized 5X-optical-zoom lenses (28mm to 140mm), 10-fps burst modes, and 1080p video recording at 30 fps. The cameras also have 2.70-inch, brighter-than-most LCD screens to enhance visibility in direct sunlight, underwater, and in other extreme lighting conditions.
The company says that the upcoming XP-series cameras each have a new dual-locking system for the battery- and card-slot-covering door. Each camera's on-screen interface prompts users to double-check that the door is locked before they cannonball into the lake, for instance.
The highest-end new model is the $280 FinePix XP150, which adds geotagging features and an electronic compass thanks to an on-board GPS antenna, as well as a rechargeable battery rated at 330 shots per charge. The $250 XP100 offers the same overall specs, minus the in-camera GPS. Both the XP150 and XP100 are rated as dustproof, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof to drops of 6.5 feet or less, and waterproof to 33 feet underwater (or roughly 0.00181036717 leagues under the sea).
The lower-end XP50 ($200) offers a bit less ruggedization--it's shockproof to drops of 5 feet, and waterproof down to 16.5 feet--as well as less battery life at 220 shots per charge. All the new XP-series cameras are due in mid-March.
More Megazooms: FinePix HS30EXR, HS25EXR, SL300, S4500, and S4200
In addition to the flagship X-S1, Fujifilm announced five large-sized but lower-priced megazooms that will ship in the first few months of 2012.
The FinePix HS30EXR and FinePix HS25EXR both have mechanically stabilized 30X-optical-zoom lenses (24mm to 720mm, F2.8 to F5.6) with manual focus and zoom controls; you can adjust the zoom and focus functions by twisting the lens barrel. The new HS-series cameras also carry 16-megapixel (1/2-inch-type) EXR CMOS sensors that Fujifilm says offer faster autofocus speeds and burst modes reaching up to 11 fps at a 6-megapixel resolution.
Both cameras provide manual aperture and shutter controls; the Super Macro Mode found in the X-S1; and the EXR sensor modes for HDR, low-light, and high-resolution shots. Also in the mix are motion-controlled 360-degree panorama modes, exposure-bracketing modes, high-definition video capture at 1080p and 30 fps, and superslow-motion video recording at lower resolutions. In addition to a tilting 3-inch LCD, both cameras offer an electronic viewfinder that powers on and off automatically via a proximity sensor.
The big differences between the FinePix HS30EXR ($500, due at the end of March) and HS25EXR ($400, due in mid-March) appear to be RAW shooting (the HS30EXR has it, but the HS25EXR doesn't) and battery specs (the HS30EXR has a rechargeable battery rated at 600 shots per charge, while the HS25EXR takes AA batteries).
Also on tap in the coming months are three new 14-megapixel CCD-sensored megazooms, all of which offer full manual controls, motion panorama modes, and 8-fps burst shooting. In addition, all the long-zoom CCD models have sensor-shift image stabilization, fixed 3-inch LCD screens, and 720p video recording at 30 fps.
The FinePix SL300, due in mid-March for $300, has a 30X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 720mm) that you can operate by way of either a traditional powered zoom ring around the shutter button or a lens-barrel-mounted control lever. It also offers a hot shoe for flashes and runs on a rechargeable battery rated at 260 shots per charge.
The AA-battery-powered FinePix S4500 sports the same lens, but it doesn't have the hot shoe; it's priced at $260 and available in March. The AA-powered FinePix S4200 has a 24X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 576mm) instead of the 30X optics, and it'll be priced at $230 come mid-February.
Long Zooms, Low Prices: FinePix T400, T350, JZ250, and JZ100
Also among today's announcements were a number of new sub-$200 pocket megazooms in Fujifilm's T-series and JZ-series lineups for 2012.
The FinePix T400 and T350 have 10X-optical-zoom lenses (28mm to 280mm)--generous for their tiny prices and sizes. Both are stabilized by a mechanical sensor-shift system. The $180 FinePix T400 has a 16-megapixel CCD sensor, while the $160 T350 has a 14-megapixel CCD sensor. Due in March, both cameras have motion-tracking autofocus systems, video capabilities that max out at 720p at 30 fps, and 3-inch LCD screens.
Even more wallet-friendly are the 16-megapixel JZ250 and 14-megapixel JZ100, which are priced at $150 and $160, respectively. They feature optically stabilized 8X-optical-zoom lenses that span from 25mm wide-angle to 200mm telephoto, and both CCD-sensored cameras shoot 720p video at 30 fps. Both JZ series cameras are due in March.
Sub-$150 Snapshooters: FinePix JX580, JX500, and AX550
At the entry-entry-entry level of today's announcements are three more fully automatic, CCD-sensored cameras, each with digitally stabilized optical zoom ranges of 5X (26mm to 130mm), motion-tracking autofocus, and 720p/30-fps video recording.
The FinePix JX580 ($120, due in February) has a 16-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch LCD, the 14-megapixel JX500 ($100, due in February) has a 2.7-inch LCD, and the AA-powered FinePix A550 is due in March for $90.
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The 20X-optical-zoom FinePix F770EXR does a lot of things well, but it falls short of its competition in terms of overall image quality.
- Very good macro performance
- Good low-light shots in Pro Low Light mode
- Sleek, comfortable design
- Stabilization struggles at telephoto end of zoom
- Mediocre image and video quality
- A lot of image noise at high ISO