During all this CES chaos it is still possible to find announcements from companies that were not made at the Las Vegas rat-trap and while Riyad and Will stalk the halls that’s my job.
Fujifilm is one such company that doesn’t think this week’s festivities are the be all and end all of events and as such has discreetly announced this trio:
The ‘FinePix F40fd’ (top) is the highlight of them and is an eight megapixel compact snapper (23.3mm deep) with 3x optical zoom, a 2.5in LCD, picture stabilisation, face detection and an ISO of up to 2,000.
A new sixth generation ‘FinePix Super CCD-HR chip’ and ‘Real Photo processor’ are at its core which – as well as being faster performers – are also economical on battery life enabling up to 300 shots to be taken on a single charge. The F40fd also supports both Fujifilm’s traditional xD-Picture card and standard SD cards and has 14 scene modes. It will debut in March for an affordable $299.
The other two are entry levellers: the 8MP A800 (seven is clearly so 2006) pictured above and the 6MP A610, bottom. Again we’ve got 2.5in LCDs, 3x optical zooms and VGA video recording at 30fps all-round. The A800 and A610 also have the same dual memory card format support as the F40fd but will cost just a fraction of its cost at just $179, and $129 respectively.
At this rate they’ll be giving away digital cameras with ink cartridges before too long…