Archive | January 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and Billingham Hadley Pro – the ultimate combination

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FUJIFILM launches a high-speed successor to the X100, the FUJIFILM X100S

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Two years ago, FUJIFILM launched the renowned X100 with FUJINON 23mm F2 fixed prime lens and superb image quality in a beautifully designed compact camera body. Its unique style and international acclaim has carved out a niche for a new genre of Premium Compact Camera designed in pursuit of optimum operability. Today, FUJIFILM Corporation is proud to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X100S, the successor to the FUJIFILM X100, inheriting the X100’s elegant design and high-performance lens, while evolving further to meet customer’s demands with the introduction of a higher-definition Hybrid Viewfinderand a new sensor and processor.

The newly-developed 16.3 million pixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which increase resolution by approx. 25% and reduce noise by more than 30%, have the ability to capture high resolution images comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. Thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and powerful processor, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce a clear image with minimal graininess even at a high ISO setting.

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels for the world’s fastest AF in as little as 0.08 seconds. Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers fast response times with a start-up time of only approx. 0.5 seconds, and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. In addition, a shutter time lag is only 0.01 seconds, so you can capture the precise instant you wish to and enjoy a comfortable shooting experience.

Also new to the FUJIFILM X100S is the world’s first “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting. And a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which highlights high contrast areas of your subject for smoother and more precise fine tuning of focusing.

Depending on the subject and scene, users can switch between two viewfinder views: optical or electronic. The Optical Viewfinder (OVF) is useful when users want to see their subject in the same bright clarity that they see with the naked eye, or when time lag is an issue. The Electronic viewfinder (EVF) is useful to visually check focus, exposure, white balance and depth of field while users compose the shot.

Main Features

1. FUJIFILM X100S — Sensor performance comparable to full-frame output

The X100S features Fujifilm’s newly-developed 16.3 million pixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a unique, highly randomised, color filter arrangement. The benefit of the new array is the elimination of the need for an optical low-pass filter; these are used in conventional sensors to reduce false color and moiré effects but they also reduce image resolution. The removal of the optical low-pass filter allows the X-Trans CMOS II sensor to maximise the light it receives directly, enabling users to capture much finer detail and optimise resolution levels as being proven by the X-Pro1 and the X-E1.

The camera uses Lens Modulation Optimizer to reduce optical effects such as lens diffraction, which occurs when light passes through a lens. Even when stopped down to F16, the X100S retains sharpness and texture in the smallest details, demonstrating the extent of the sensor and lens combination’s capabilities, perfectly.

The excellent sensitivity of the X-Trans CMOS II sensor is coupled with the new EXR Processor II’s advanced signal processing capacity which can reduce noise by more than 30% compared to its predecessor. Even when shooting in low-light, at a high ISO setting, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce crisp images with minimal grain.

2. The World’s fastest AF and High-speed Processing

With built-in Phase Detection, the X100S offers the world’s fastest AF speed of just 0.08 seconds. The Intelligent Hybrid AF can switch to Contrast AF, dependent on the demands of subject or scene, to ensure that the camera always auto-focuses quickly and with precision.

The EXR Processor II delivers processing speeds twice that of the previous generation processor.  The fast responses result in an impressive start-up time of only approx. 0.5 seconds, and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. In addition the X100S delivers a burst shooting rate of up to 6.0 frames per second(max. 31 frames) at the full resolution of 16.3 million pixels.

Also, a shutter time lag is only 0.01 seconds, so you can capture the precise instant you wish to and enjoy a comfortable shooting experience.

3. Enhanced manual focus performance with the world’s first ‘Digital Split Image’ display

Making use of the in-built phase detection pixels for AF action, the X100S is the world’s first camera to offer a “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting.

In addition, the X100S offers a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which highlights high contrast areas of your subject. It provides the photographer with a guide, even in situations where it is difficult to tell focusing accuracy, allowing users to enjoy manual focusing comfortably however challenging the conditions. Read about its development HERE.

4. Hybrid Viewfinder for easy image composition

Offering users freedom when composing photos and adaptability for a range of shooting conditions, the X100S’s Hybrid Viewfinder combines both an Optical and an Electronic Viewfinder.

The electronic viewfinder uses a 100% coverage, extra high resolution, 2,360K-dot High Definition LCD panel. It shows depth-of-field during macro shooting, as well as white balance settings, allowing users to accurately compose their shot while continuously looking through the viewfinder.

The premium quality optical viewfinder offers an easy-to-see magnification of 0.5 at a 23mm focal length and a horizontal apparent field of view of 26 degrees. The all-glass construction uses high-refractive index glass to minimise chromatic aberrations and distortion.

While in the optical viewfinder mode, users can make adjustments to shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings without having to take their eye off the viewfinder. The shooting frame (Bright Frame) and text brightness automatically adjust according to the ambient light available to ensure that the information on the display is easy to see at all times.

The system features an OVF POWER SAVE MODE, which activates the power-saving function in the optical viewfinder mode to double the maximum number of images per full charge from 330 in normal operation.

With FUJINON’s proprietary coating, the viewfinder cleverly resists fingerprints and can easily be wiped clean, so that users can enjoy the optical viewfinder’s clear display without compromise.

5. FUJINON 23mm F2 lens offering premium image quality in a compact body

Specifically designed for this model, the FUJINON 23mm F2 Single Focal Length Lens has a fixed angle of incidence of light into the lens which facilitates optimum optical design. Taking full advantage of this, the X100S demonstrates advanced levels of image clarity, not only in the center of the image, but also through to the edges of the photo. The versatile focal length of 35mm delivers an angle of view ideal for a diverse range of subjects, scenes and whatever captures the photographer’s eye.

The lens consists of 8 elements in 6 groups, and includes a high-performance double-sided aspherical element and highly-refractive converging glass elements, which deliver a high level of detailed performance with minimal aberration, excellent sharpness and beautiful color reproduction. Moreover, FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating is applied to effectively control image flares and ghosting.

Other benefits of this lens are the beautiful, soft, round-shaped Bokeh that is produced from the 9 blade lens diaphragm. In addition the lens allows you to get as close as 10cm from your subject in macro mode for stunning close-up shots. And its in-built 3-stop ND filter enables blurring of the background in portraits, or applies a gorgeous creamy look to flowing water even in a bright setting.

6. Elegant design and sophisticated functionality

The front of the X100S proudly bares the letter “S” as confirmation of its extensive evolution from the FUJIFILM X100. Down to the tiniest detail, the premium build and feel of the X100 is continued in the X100S. FUJIFILM’s top quality Japanese engineering is evident from the high precision components used and the perfectly optimised body.

The X100S’s top and base parts are made of magnesium alloy to achieve a lightweight, resilient, yet delicate design. A specially-formulated coating is applied to give its surface a steel look for an added premium feel. All the dials and rings have been milled from solid metal, with attention paid to the finer details such as finger grips and enhanced operability. The exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resilient to the environment yet reproduces the texture of real leather, while still offering the practical benefits of additional grip and comfort.

The layout of the dials and rings allows users to operate the aperture ring on the lens with their left hand and the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial on the top panel with their right hand, meaning all the settings can be adjusted comfortably without having to take your eye off the viewfinder. And to make you feel even more at home, you can even customise your shutter sound by choosing between the four different sounds available: Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter.

The menu system has been also updated to incorporate a Q “Quick” button which allows you to quickly call up frequently-used menu items such as ISO setting and Film Simulation modes. In addition, the Fn (Function) button allows users to assign functions frequently used while shooting, for convenient use at the touch of the button.

7. Artistic photography

The X100S features FUJIFILM’s proprietary ‘Film Simulation Modes’. Users can choose from ten simulation options which replicate the results achieved by FUJIFILM color reversal films (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), professional color negative films (PRO Neg. Std / PRO Neg. Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

Also available on the X100S is an Advanced Filter functions; Users can choose from 8 different artistic effects:

  • Pop Color – great for boosting contrast and color saturation.
  • Toy Camera – Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera.
  • Miniature – Adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect.
  • Dynamic Tone – Create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction..
  • Partial Color – Retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white. Colors can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for dramatic effect.
  • High Key – Enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction.
  • Low Key – Create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasized highlights.
  • Soft Focus – Create a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image.

The NEW FUJIFILM X20 reconnects style with substance, bringing the essence of photography back to life

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FUJIFILM Corporation is proud to announce the launch of the new FUJIFILM X20 premium compact camera. Following in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed X10, the FUJIFILM X20 inherits its high-precision lens and refined design, while featuring substantially improved performance. With an X-TransCMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II and newly-developed Advanced Optical Viewfinder, the X20 is packed full of FUJIFILM’s latest technology. The X20 is available in both black and two-tone black and silver.

The X20’s bright optical viewfinder features a newly-developed Digital Trans Panel. This displays the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting information perfectly clearly, even in low-light conditions. What’s more, the X20’sAdvanced Optical Viewfinder synchs with the zoom lens, so that users can accurately compose shots using the viewfinder even when the focal length is constantly changing.

The newly-developed 12 million pixels 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which increase resolution by approx. 20% and reduce noise by more than 30%, have the ability to capture high resolution images. Thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and powerful processor, the FUJIFILM X20 will produce clear images with minimal graininess even at high ISO settings.

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels forhigh-speed AF in as little as 0.06 seconds. Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers fast response with a start-up time of only approx. 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of approx. 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds providing advanced flexibility.

Main Features

1. Advanced Optical Viewfinder with real time shooting data for improved usability and a bright view

Despite its compact size, the FUJIFILM X20 sports a bright and clear optical viewfinder with a horizontal apparent field of view of 20 degrees and coverage of 85%. It is synched to the zoom lens and comes with an eye sensor for enhanced usability. The X20’s viewfinder also has a newly-developed Digital Trans Panel, which is less than 1mm in depth and highly transparent. It presents the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting information so that users can continue shooting comfortably without having to take their eye off the action. The Digital Trans Panel automatically switches the color of information in the shooting frame according to the scene and shooting conditions. Normally displayed in black, shooting information is automatically displayed by green LEDs for enhanced visibility in especially dark scenes. And when an error occurs, the displayed information changes to red to aid users shooting decisions.

2. Premium image quality with edge to edge clarity and minimal noise

The X20 features the newly-developed 12 million pixels 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor. The highly random nature of Fujifilm’s unique color filter array eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter, while maintaining high resolution images with edge to edge clarity. Optical low-pass filters have traditionally been used in conventional sensors to reduce false color and moiré effects, however this also means sacrificing image quality.

The camera uses Lens Modulation Optimizer to reduce optical effects such as lens diffraction, which occurs when light passes through a lens. Even at an aperture of F8, the X20 retains sharpness and texture in the fine details, drawing out the full potential of the lens.

The sensor’s excellent sensitivity is coupled with the processor’s advanced signal processing capacity to reduce noise by more than 30% compared to its predecessor. Even shooting in low-light (e.g. indoors or at night) at a high ISO setting, the X20 will produce a clear image with minimal graininess.

3. High-speed features and AF in as little as 0.06 seconds

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOSII sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels for high-speed AF in as little as 0.06 seconds. Furthermore, its BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) sensor structure means the Phase Detection pixels can gather sufficient light, whatever the angle of incidence, at a large aperture, to deliver high-precision AF. The Intelligent Hybrid AF automatically switches to Contrast AF when the subject or scene demands it to ensure that the camera always auto-focuses at the highest speed and precision levels possible.

A Focus Peak Highlight feature helps photographers by highlighting high contrast areas of your subject. It provides a guide for focusing in situations where it’s difficult to tell whether the subject is correctly focused; allowing users to manually focus while viewing on the LCD monitor.

The EXR Processor II delivers performance twice that of the previous generation. The X20 offers fast response times with a start-up time of only approx. 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds providing advanced flexibility. The X20 also delivers an impressive burst rate of 12 frames per second (max. 11 frames) at the full 12 million pixels resolution.

4. High precision F2.0-2.8 4x manual barrel zoom lens

Incredible attention to detail has been paid when designing this high precision lens. It is made up of 11 glass elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical lens elements and 2 ED lens elements. The result is an ultra bright lens with a wide-angle maximum aperture of 2.0 and telephoto maximum aperture of 2.8. FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating is applied to the lens in order to effectively control flare and ghosting from appearing on images.

The optical 4x manual zoom lens allows users to determine precise composition quickly and instinctively, and the use of metal for the lens barrel and its internal structures provides a really smooth zooming action. In Super Macro mode you can get as close as 1cm from your subject, for stunning close-up shots.

The X20’s unique image stabilization mechanism shifts 5 lens elements compensating for camera shake by up to 4 stops, it also effectively prevents motion blur while stopping vignetting and loss of image resolution that usually occurs during camera shake compensation.

Additionally, the X20’s lens incorporates 7 diaphragm blades which enable you to create a beautiful soft ‘bokeh’ effect to make your subject stand out off the background perfectly.

5. Artistic photography

This exciting new camera features FUJIFILM’s proprietary Film Simulation modes. Users can choose from ten different modes which simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films. Including color reversal film effects (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), professional color negative film (PRO Neg.Std / PRO Neg.Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

Also available on the X20 are the Advanced Filter functions; users can choose from 8 different artistic effects:

  • Pop Color – Emphasizes contrast and color saturation.
  • Toy Camera – Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera.
  • Miniature – Adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect.
  • Dynamic Tone – Create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction.
  • Partial Color – Retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white. Colors can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for dramatic effect.
  • High Key – Enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction.
  • Low Key – Create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasized highlights.
  • Soft Focus – Create a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image.

A separate Multiple Exposure function offers users the chance to combine two separate subjects into one photo, perfect for adding people into photos that they had missed.

6. Full HD Movie Shooting

The X20’s Full HD Movie (1920 x 1080) can shoot at 60fps for very smooth movie capture. Shooting at the high bit-rate of 36Mbps results in reduced noise and enhanced image quality that reveals every detail from individual leaves in the trees to subtle changes in facial expression.

Many of the features available when shooting stills are also available while movie recording. You can take advantage of a number of the Film Simulation modes and exploit the brightness of the lens to shoot movies with a dreamy ‘bokeh’ effect. The NEW Movie Scene Recognition feature can automatically recognize six types of scene and optimise the settings for beautiful results, under a variety of shooting conditions. What’s more the Intelligent Hybrid AF feature is activated during movie recording and an optional Stereo Microphone can be attached to capture sound perfectly.

7. Elegant design and sophisticated operating system

Manufactured in Japan from tough, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium alloy, the X20’s upper control deck and camera base are superbly designed and add a real sense of style and elegance to the camera. The mode dial and zoom ring have been ergonomically placed and precision-milled from solid aluminium; the exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resilient. The two-tone version of the X20 has a specially-formulated silver finish which is applied with a coating that creates the premium feel of thick steel.

Composing and viewing images via the LCD is a pleasure thanks to the X20’s high-contrast, 460K-dot, 2.8-inch Premium screen, with a wide viewing-angle and an enhanced GUI menu system. The X20 also features a ‘Q’ button which can call up frequently-used menu items such as ISO settings and a ‘Fn’ (Function) button which allows users to assign features frequently used while shooting.

The camera’s aspect ratio can be selected from 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (square) to accommodate a wide range of photographic styles. The camera also features an ADVANCED SR AUTO mode, which recognize the face and every scene type from still portraits to landscapes and even detecting motion to automatically optimise the focus, exposure, ISO and other settings.

8. Key Features

  • NEW Advanced Optical Viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel
  • NEW 12 million pixels 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds
  • Improved EXR Processor II
  • High quality fast F2.0-2.8 lens
  • 4x FUJINON manual barrel zoom lens
  • 2.8inch High Contrast LCD monitor (460K dots)
  • Pop-up Super Intelligent Flash
  • Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
  • Super Macro mode (1cm)
  • Motion Panorama360
  • 8 Advanced Filters, including ‘Pop Color’ for boosting saturation and ‘Toy Camera’ for a retro look
  • Q button for frequently used menu items
  • Function (Fn) button
  • Multiple Exposure
  • NEW GUI showing the focal distance, aperture value and shutter speed in sync with the zoom ring or command dial rotation.
  • ADVANCED SR AUTO mode with 64 shooting patterns
  • Full HD movie (60fps)
  • Manual focus during movie recording
  • Output for Stereo Microphone (sold separately)
  • Focus Peak Highlight function on the LCD screen
  • Available in all black or two-tone black and silver
  • 4 types of shutter sounds – Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter.
  • Film Simulation mode
  • Electronic level
  • Live histogram

9. Premium Accessory Line-up

  • Leather case LC-X20 – made of premium genuine leather.
  • Lens Hood and Protector Filter LHF-X20 – a highly transmissive protection filter, applied with the multi-layer coating technology ‘Super EBC’. It is available in black or silver to match the color of the camera body. The dedicated lens hood features slits to ensure a full angle of view for the viewfinder.
  • Shoe Mount Flash – three types of FUJIFILM external flash, capable of the proprietary high-precision TTL auto flash control: EF-20 and EF-X20 with the guide number 20, and EF-42 with the guide number 42
  • External stereo microphone MIC-ST1 – for recording real sound with impact to go with premium-quality images and full-HD movie

Fujifilm announces new FinePix cameras – HS50EXR, SL1000, S8200, XP60, T500 / T550

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FinePix HS50EXR

The new flagship FinePix HS50EXR features a manual zoom mechanism for high precision zooming over the huge 42x focal length range(24-1000mm). Boasting stunning autofocus speeds of just 0.05seconds thanks to new Phase Detection pixels on its ½-inch EXR CMOSⅡ sensor, this all-in-one camera is a high-speed performer and will capture images with stunning crisp quality. Read about it HERE.

FinePix SL1000

The FinePix SL1000 is ideal for those people who don’t want the hassle of changing lenses or to worry about getting dust on the sensor, but who still want a powerful all-encompassing camera. Not only can it take superb shots but it can record movies in Full HD and will allow your creative juices to flow with the advanced filter and 3D shooting. And what’s more, the zoom doesn’t stop at a 1200mm– with Intelligent Digital Zoom – the focal length is effectively doubled to 2400mm or an incredible 100x with absolutely stunning results. Read about it HERE.

FinePix S8200

The FinePix S8200 series additions to FUJIFILM’s bridge camera collection feature something for everyone. Highly regarded for their high precision FUJINON lenses, simplicity and compact design, these all-in-one cameras are an excellent choice for any keen photographer looking for a step-up in their photography. Read about it HERE.

FinePix XP60

The FinePix XP60 is the latest addition to FUJIFILM’s XP range of rugged cameras. Built to withstand the rough and tumble of family life, and building on the success of the XP50, the XP60 offers improved image quality along with a 5x optical zoom and the ability to perform even if it’s been dropped, frozen, covered in dust or taken for a swim. Read about it HERE.

FinePix T500 and T550

The FinePix T500 and T550 cameras are designed for people that want a stylish and slim long zoom camera to take on their travels, or to capture family life, but don’t want the hefty price tag to match. Both camera models have 12x FUJINON lens in stylish body offering a focal length of 24mm wide-angle to 288mm telephoto, and Optical Image Stabilisation to compensate camera shake and subject blurring, perfect for when the zoom is extended to the full 12x capability. “Advanced Filter” function is equipped for added creative expression. Read about it HERE.