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.
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.
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).
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.
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.