As a society, were over whelmed with technology. Cell phones are probably the worst offender and after that comes digital cameras. Ok, maybe computers beat out cameras, but from a mobile/pocket standpoint digi cameras are up there. What’s my point you ask? Can someone please introduce an innovative Digital Point and Shoot that doesn’t simply up the anty on the megapixel quotient. And hence my point about the Fuji Finepix Z200fd 10MP camera; it does just that. Sure it packs all the standard features of a point and shoot digital, but what’s really cool is the Z200fd’s ‘smart timer’. Instead of specifying a time interval, you can now specify the number of faces required in the shot for the timer to start. So in other words, if you select the ‘couples’ timer – that’s just you and your squeeze – the Z200fd will wait for you to appear in the frame until it begins the countdown. Based on the press release, it sounds like you can also specify up to 10 faces.
Also notable is its scratch resistant 2.7-inch LCD and 5.8x optical zoom – most point and shoos are 3x optical zoom.
Hit the ‘leap’ to see all the specs. The Fuji Finepix Z200fd will hit the market in September and cost $300.
Dual Image Stabilization: Dual Image Stabilization marries a mechanically stabilized CCD with high ISO sensitivities for total anti-blur protection.
Dual Shot Mode: In this mode the FinePix Z200fd quickly shoots two images in succession — one with and one without the flash — saving both. This convenient function lets the user perform an on-the-spot picture comparison and decide whether the FinePix Z200fd produced the most pleasing photo with flash, or without.
Rotary Dial Menu: The Rotary Dial provides easy control and selection of the convenient functions, and lets the operator swiftly scroll and select anything from scene positions to thumbnails.
Blog Mode: Blog Mode automatically resizes any image captured to a properly sized 640×480 pixels (VGA) or 320×240 pixels (QVGA)image size, and allows for in-camera editing, such as Illustration and Painting to add an artistic flair, saving time from downloading it and adjusting it on a PC.
Movie Mode: Capture VGA quality movie clips at 30 frames per second with sound. Great for when you’re out and you don’t have your video camera on-hand.
Photo Folder Management: This useful new feature organizes photos right in the camera, with five pre-set file folders that can be easily downloaded to your computer for convenient image management. Pre-set folders include: Travel, Family, Favorites, My Pictures, and Events.
i-Flash Intelligent Flash: i-Flash detects subtle lighting differences within a scene, and then varies the flash intensity accordingly. It also leverages the high sensitivity of the FinePix Z200fd to enable the camera to use less flash, preventing that “blasted with light” effect that so many digital camera flashes leave you with. The result is pleasing, natural tones with no flash “wash-out”.
Special Scene Modes: The FinePix Z200fd has 16 scene positions including ‘Fireworks,’ ‘Beach,’ ‘Party,’ and ‘Under Water’ offering a one-touch setting for almost any situation.
Auction Mode: Fujifilm’s Auction mode makes it easy to create merged image formats suitable for use on auction websites or to add a creative flair to your images.
Micro Thumbnail: A playback feature that allows for viewing an index print-style image on the LCD. The FinePix Z200fd will show up to 100 images in micro form. Control buttons are used to move over specific images and select them. This makes it easy to quickly find a single image by being able to jump to particular segments of images in the time sequence.
IrSimple™: Infrared communication via IrSimple™ technology for fast, easy wireless image transfer to a compatible device.
xD / SD / SDHC Compatible slot: A single media slot that accepts both xD picture cards and SD/SDHC media cards.