Fujifilm Announces FinePix F600 EXR

Fujifilm has just

announced a brand new camera in its advanced travel compact range, the FinePix

F600 EXR which adds 30x Intelligent Digital Zoom, Augmented Reality and a new

motion detection system.

The F600 is the

follow up to the F550 EXR which we looked at in May but while they may look similar on the

outside, the F600 has added some significant features internally.

First up is 30x

Intelligent Digital Zoom which compliments the camera’s 15x optical zoom. Regular digital

zoom relies on enhancing the edges of distant objects during processing to

increase sharpness. However this also increases noise in unwanted areas

leading to poorer image quality.

Fujifilm’s

solution assesses areas of contrast within an image and applies selective

processing to the sections of the image where sharpness can be boosted without

lowering image quality. If it works this will certainly be impressive.

The F600 features

the 16-megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensor seen on the F550, and Fujifilm claims its low-light performance has been enhanced with the

new motion detection function. It works alongside functions like the

camera’s mechanical image stabilisation and high ISO sensitivity.

Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR

In low light conditions with EXR Auto  selected, should your subject be moving

(say you’re out photographing foxes at night like the rest of us), Motion

Detection will be deployed along with a higher ISO (up to 12,800) to ensure

a blur free image (of the fox).

The Augmented

Reality function is a really just a boosted GPS function, where the camera will

automatically recognise one million landmarks, pre-loaded on the camera, before

displaying them on the 3in LCD screen. A sort of Layar for cameras if you will.

Fujifilm FinePix F600 EXR

Other features

include full HD 1080p video capture; rubberised coating (only on the black model

though); exposure modes including aperture-priority,

shutter-priority and manual for creative shooting; continuous frame capture of

up to eight frames per second at full resolution; RAW file format, a selection

of film simulation modes and a seamless panoramic option are just some of the

multitude of options available.

The F600 EXR will

go on sale here in the UK in black, red or white at the end of October and

will come with a RRP of £269.