Fujifilm unveils new camera
1 April 2005 | 0
The latest additions to the Fujifilm range of cameras were unveiled at this year’s Photokina exhibition in Cologne. One of the most notable for consumers was the Fujifilm Finepix M603 Zoom, which uses a third generation Super CCD sensor to deliver excellent image quality. The technology improves on the colour reproduction, sensitivity and low noise of its predecessor.
The compact silver camera delivers 3.1 million effective pixels, resulting in high quality images for your photo album. For added flexibility, the M603 has a dual media slot, accepting both the xD Picture Card – a new storage standard – and IBM Microdrive.
A 4.4 digital zoom in 640 x 480 mode and a 2X optical zoom allows you to get up close and personal with your subjects, and a powerful built-in flash ensures the best images possible, even in low lighting conditions.
Its 2.5in TFT LCD screen has a custom monitor hood to allow users to review their images, even in bright daylight.
Video cameras always seem like a good idea, but the reality is, they aren’t always used to their full capacity. Instead of carrying extra weight, the Fujifilm M603 offers a movie mode, with full TV screen video at 30 frames per second with sound, perfect for taking short movies. Using a 1Gbyte Microdrive, up to 15 minutes of video can be recorded; this expands to 30 minutes when the lower 15 frames per second rate is used. An optional high-capacity battery pack (NP-120) facilitates extended movie recording, and the zoom and auto focus can be operated throughout. Movie footage can be edited using the camera’s playback and review functions, such as Repeat Play mode, which allows you to repeatedly play back a piece of a movie clip. With the Easy Edit function, you can delete unwanted scenes and include new footage.
Customers will have the option of the camera-only 16Mb xD-Picture Card version, or the 512Mbyte Microdrive version.
To download the images to your PC, all you need is the PictureCradle (included with the pack), which interfaces with your PC through a USB connection. This also recharges the Lithium Ion battery that is supplied with the camera. To keep notes of the happy memories you are recording, the M603 has a voice memo mode for up to 30 seconds per picture.
And for the all important action shots, there is a high-speed continuous shooting mode, which takes up to four frames per second for up to five frames.