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Monday, November 15, 2010

Fujifilm Finepix F300EXR Reviewed by Digital Camera Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/f..._f300exr-review

"The FinePix F300EXR is the latest in Fuji's series of compact, high sensitivity cameras. Over the years, the camera's have stayed the same size, with the lenses getting considerably longer with each revision. Just a few years ago, the FinePix F60fd had a 3X zoom lens -- we're up to 15X now on the F300EXR. The lens isn't what makes the camera unique, though. Rather, it's the SuperCCD EXR sensor that sits behind it. This sensor can take pictures with high resolution, wide dynamic range, or high sensitivity / low noise (though not all at the same time)."

Fujfilm's SuperCCD sensors have evolved and changed a lot over the years, but the ones in the the F30/F31 Finepixes gave many a compact camera a good beating when it came to high ISO results. Unfortunately it seems that the competition has caught up, mostly in the form of that Sony 10 megapixel sensor that's been popping in a lot of compacts. It's a bit sad, really, as Fujifilm had a lot of promise from their sensor technology. Even the new hybrid AF system does not warrant much excitement. Head over to the link for the sordid details, including a match-up with the Canon S95.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Fujifilm's Hybrid AF Explained

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1008/1...5fujifilmpd.asp

"With the announcement of the Fujifilm F300 EXR and Z800 EXR coming on a day that also saw four other cameras being launched, it would be easy to overlook their most radical feature. Because, with the latest version of its EXR sensor, Fujifilm has achieved something that's been hoped for but not previously brought to market - through-the-lens phase detection autofocus on a compact camera. The company is claiming the system enables focus times as fast as 0.158 sec. We got some more details of the system from Hitoshi Yamashita, manager of the company's Technical Support Group."

Fujifilm has always been pushing things a bit differently with their digital cameras, and this year they're trying to do something new with compact camera autofocus. DPReview.com has a good article explaining how the new Hybrid AF system from Fujifilm works. As I've mentioned before, I suspected the imaging sensor was doubling up as the phase detect sensor, and the article more or less confirms it. For how it roughly works, hit the read link and find out!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fujifilm Announces Five Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/21/...xr-z800exr-z80/

"What you just heard was the sound of five new FinePix cameras popping out of Fujifilm's doors. Yippie! If all goes well, we'll be seeing these SDHC-loving / xD-hating babies from late August. Let's start working through the list: the 12 megapixel, 720p-video (24fps) F300EXR boasts auto-focus speeds that are "as good as" DSLRs, all thanks to the camera's hybrid auto-focus system -- a combination of Contrast AF (as used on most compacts) and Phase Detection AF (as found on most DSLRs)"

Fujifilm has launched a number of cameras, and the two most interesting are the F300EXR (pictured above) and the Z800EXR. Both use Fujifilm's 12 megapixel EXR sensor, and both pack a hybird AF system that somehow manages to pack a phase detect AF sensor (usually a separate module in DSLRs) onto the imaging sensor. I'm not sure how that is done, but it could be the imaging sensor being used to read specific peaks and valleys of incoming light.

While both the F300EXR and Z800EXR share similar electronics, both have differing form factors; the F300EXR is a bigger camera that falls in the "travel zoom" category, packing a 24-360mm equivalent lens, compared to the folded optics 35-175mm equivalent lens in the much slimmer Z800EXR. The Z800EXR also packs a 3.5" touchscreen. Both cameras do 720p video at 24FPS. I'm looking forward to see how both cameras turn out, especially with the EXR sensor and the hybrid AF system.

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