January is always a busy time of year for new gadget news, and especially digital cameras. Most of the camera companies have launched new products over the past few weeks, with some launching several at once, but Fujifilm has taken it to a whole new level by announcing no less than 13 new models, including high-spec super-zooms, advanced compacts and basic budget models. There's no firm launch date or pricing information yet for any of the new models.
AX100 and AX280
It's difficult to know where to start, so I'll go though them in alphabetical order. First up are the new AX100 and AX280, two new entry-level models in Fuji's low-cost A-series. The AV100 is a 12-megapixel model with a 3x zoom lens and a 2.7-inch 230k monitor, while the AV280 is a 14-megapixel cameras featuring a 5x zoom lens with a 28mm wide angle setting and a 3.0-inch 230k monitor. Both cameras have digital image stabilisation, 3200 ISO maximum sensitivity, automatic scene recognition and 720p HD video recording, and both are powered by AA batteries. New features include a Picture Search mode that allows you to find all images taken in a particular scene mode (e.g. Portraits, Landscapes, or Macro shots), and Panoramic Shooting mode which allows you to stitch three photos together to create a stunning panoramic image, perfect for wide landscapes, tall buildings or large groups of people.