Fujifilm has covered all the bases with the latest updates to its FinePix range of digital cameras. Upgrades, practicality with performance and style are buttons being pushed by the new A345 and A350, F10 and Z1 and respectively.
First out of the hat are the A345 and A350. These two are fairly standard upgrades to the A330 and A340 models released last year, though why one deserves a numeric jump of 15 and the other 10 is unclear other than to keep Fujifilm inline with the current spate of erratically named products surfacing at the moment.
Like a lot of closely related camera lines, the main difference between the A345 and A350 is the megapixel rating, the A345 sports 4.1 megapixels against the A350’s 5.2. Other features such as a 1.7in LCD screen, 3x optical zoom lense, xD Card slot and movie capture rate of up to 15 fps are standardised across both models.
Next up is the F10, Fujifilm’s practical yet performance orientated camera. A direct replacement for the F810 (again what is going on with product numbering these days?) it can shoot photos up to 6.3 megapixels, has an impressive sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 1600 and a large 2.5in screen.
Shutter lag is reported to be just 0.01 seconds and 1.1 seconds between frames from consecutive shots and the whole device switches on in 1.3 seconds. Movies can be captured at up to VGA resolution at 30 fps with sound, while the claimed battery life of 500 shots per single charge means this camera should appeal to real enthusiasts.
Finally, we have the supermodel of the range. The Z1 is the camera which appeals to me most from a superficial perspective. It is slim-line and compact and boasts 5.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom and – given its size – a massive 2.5in LCD screen. Fujifilm purports that the Z1 has a footprint barely bigger than a credit card, which makes me wonder how Fuji has squeezed everything in.
Like the F10, VGA movie capture is available at up to 30fps with sound, while its ISO range is from 64 to 800.
The A345 and A350 will be available in March, the F10 in April and the Z1 in June. Pricing for all these little guys has yet to be confirmed.