Fujifilm launches FinePix S8000fd 8-megapixel prosumer camera

Fujifilm has launched the FinePix S8000fd prosumer camera.

Feating wide-angle, long zoom technology this 8-megapixel, SLR-styled camera features one of the largest optical zooms on a fixed-lens camera in the industry, and introduces Fujifilm's latest Dual Image Stabilization, plus ISO settings of up to ISO6400 (at 50% resolution).

The S8000fd comes equipped with Fujinon's 18x Wide Angle Optical Zoom lens, which is a 27mm-486mm equivalent.

The Dual Image Stabilization functionality is a brand new combination of mechanical sensor shift stabilisation with Fujifilm's Picture Stabilisation Technology which combines higher ISO levels and faster shutter speeds.

This protects against camera shake and subject movement for total anti-blur protection.

The S8000fd features Fujifilm's Face Detection technology, identifying up to 10 faces in a framed scene.

Once faces are identified and prioritised, the S8000fd adjusts its focus and exposure accordingly to ensure the sharpness and clarity of human subjects in the picture, regardless of background.

Face Detection technology also includes a new Automatic Red Eye Removal feature. In this mode, the camera instantly checks each detected fact for red eye, and if it's found, corrects it automatically.

The FinePix S8000fd will launch in September 2007 at $399.95.

Other features include:

-i-Flash Intelligent Flash: i-Flash (Intelligent Flash) detects subtle lighting differences within a scene and then varies the flash intensity accordingly. It also leverages the high sensitivity of the FinePix S8000fd to enable the camera to use less flash, resulting in an image that displays pleasing, natural tones without a "washed-out" effect. And with an automatic pop-up flash, it's always ready when you need it.
-Full Manual Photographic Control: Gives the user total control with manual adjustment options for settings on the camera (resolution, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc), and is desirable by the photo enthusiasts/advanced photographers.
-Movie Mode: Capture VGA quality action clips in 640x480 resolution at 30 fps with sound.
-Scene modes: A wide range of more than a dozen pre-programmed scene modes provides top-quality photos in a range of shooting conditions.
-High-Speed Continuous Shooting Modes: Action comes at you fast. With four speed options, the S8000fd has the ability to capture up to 15 frames per second (at 2 MP resolution) and never misses the shot.
-High Resolution LCD: The 2.5-inch LCD display offers 230k pixels of resolution with a 60 fps refresh rate for smooth viewing.
-Electronic Viewfinder (EVF): Rather than framing your shots with the 2.5-inch high resolution LCD, the S8000fd offers an electronic viewfinder to eye up the best shot with a 60 fps refresh rate for smooth viewing.
-xD/SD/SD-HC Compatible slot: A new single media slot accepts not only Fujifilm's traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity (SD-HC) cards too.
-Operates on 4xAA Batteries