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Fujifilm announces world's first 9-megapixel consumer cameras

New digital camera models combine record pixel strength with Fujifilm's breakthrough Real Photo Technology for sharper high-resolution pictures with less noise

200508bc_fujifilms9000VALHALLA, NY, July 28, 2005—Harnessing the technology excellence of Fujifilm's superior Real Photo Technology and answering the advanced needs of today's skilled digital camera user, Fujifilm today introduced three new models to its digital camera portfolio. Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix S9000 and FinePix E900 digital cameras—the world's first consumer level cameras with 9-megapixel sensors. In addition, Fujifilm's popular S-series line now features the new FinePix S5200, offering 5 megapixels of shooting power, with a fully automatic point-and-shoot feature set.

These three new models will feature Fujifilm's innovative Real Photo Technology, a synergy of the newly developed RP Processor, the 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor and a super-sharp Fujinon lens that provides many benefits including reduced noise for sharper pictures, better low-light shooting, faster operation and higher shutter speeds that minimize blurriness in photos even at the high ISO setting, as achieved by the FinePix S9000 model. This novel technology arms users with a powerful photographic device that captures brilliant images just as the eye sees them.

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Advanced digital photographers have been eagerly awaiting this addition to Fujifilm's popular S-series line. The FinePix S9000 digital camera boasts 9.0 effective megapixels that capture up to 3,488 x 2,616 recorded pixels (9.12 million)—the highest resolution of any consumer-grade camera on the market.

While these record-breaking numbers are impressive alone, Fujifilm understands there is more to a great digital picture than resolution. It is this understanding, along with its rich history of photographic excellence, which drove Fujifilm to incorporate its groundbreaking Real Photo Technology into the FinePix S9000. The company's latest innovation matches the 9-megapixel, 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor, with a super-sharp Fujinon lens and the RP Processor technology found currently in the critically-acclaimed FinePix F10 digital camera.

A hallmark of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology is its ability to reduce the amount of graininess or "noise" in digital pictures. This noise is often apparent in high-resolution photos, particularly those shot at high ISO-equivalent sensitivities. With Real Photo Technology, the FinePix S9000 can take pictures at ISO 1600—at full resolution. Other benefits of Real Photo Technology include speed of operation (the FinePix S9000 has a high-speed start-up time of only 0.8 second with shutter lag down to 1/100 second) and longer battery life.

"The unmatched resolution of the FinePix S9000 will garner the most attention. However for those in the know, the most impressive feature of this camera will be its low noise processing," explained David Troy, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Products, Electronic Imaging Products Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "High resolution photos suitable for sizable enlargements have often come at the expense of noise, particularly in this style of camera. While we cannot say that noise will be completely eliminated, especially at the highest ISO settings, the apparent amount will be far less than what shooters have come to expect at this level of resolution."

In addition to offering low noise processing, the new FinePix S9000 is equipped with a bevy of features. One of those features is a world-class Fujinon 10.7X wide-angle optical zoom lens that is the equivalent of having a 28-300mm zoom on a 35mm camera. This zoom range is ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations and thus makes the purchase of additional lenses unnecessary.

Other features include:
• Mode dial with multiple settings, including Anti-Blur that automatically adjust the camera's ISO settings to combat camera shake and blur and Natural Light for more natural looking photos, particularly in low light
• A manual zoom that along with the auto exposure and auto focus functions, are operational during full frame (VGA-quality; 30 fps) movie capture
• The ability to shoot in the RAW file format
• A Super Macro Mode for pictures up to 0.4-inches
• Hot shoe and Syncronizing terminal for external flash
• Live histogram exposure setting checks prior to shooting
• In-camera highlight warning function that alerts the user to overexposed areas of just-taken pictures
• Strong auto-focus assist illuminator for quicker focusing in low light
• Tilting LCD for high and low-angle shooting; adjustable LCD and electronic viewfinder frame rates of 30 frames-per-second or 60 frames-per-second for smoother viewing
• Dual media slot accepts xD Picture card and CompactFlash/Microdrive

Framing pictures through the FinePix S9000's LCD as well as its video features should be of particular interest to many advanced amateur digital photographers who want all the controls of a digital SLR camera but are hesitant to lose some of the convenient and useful features commonly found in point-and-shoot cameras.

"An all-in-one camera like the FinePix S9000 is so appealing because it offers the best of both worlds; the photographic controls of a DSLR and the movie mode and LCD framing capabilities of the point-and-shoots," remarked Troy.

Availability
The FinePix S9000 will be available in early September at $699.95. The FinePix E900 and FinePix 5200 will be available in October at $499.95 and $399.95 respectively. The FinePix S9000 and S5200 models will ship with four AA alkaline batteries and the FinePix E900 model comes equipped with 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries. All three models use Fujifilm's xD-Picture Card(tm) storage media.

For more information on the S9000 and other digital cameras, visit the Fujifilm FinePix Digital Camera Showcase.