New Firmware Update from FujiFilm

Fujifilm has announced a set of firmware updates for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras. Versions 2.05 for the X-Pro1 and 1.06 for the X-E1 offer compatibility with lenses that don’t have aperture rings, and allow easier focus area selection when shooting with the eye-level viewfinder.

Fujifilm also promises to improve autofocus speed with existing XF lenses, and add the much-requested ‘focus peaking’ function to aid manual focus in an upcoming firmware update due to be available in late July.


New From Fujifilm : the X-M1

FujiFilm has just announced the X-M1, a lightweight compact camera that includes the same 16.3-megapixel sensor as both the X-Pro1 and X-E1.

The X-M1 tips the scale at 11.6 ounces, including the battery and memory card, but without a lens attached. The kit lens is a new f/3.5-5.6 16-50mm (24-76mm equivalent) lens with optical image stabilization, and will be compatible with the existing XF and XC lineup, including a variety of prime and zoom options. There’s a 3-inch 920k-dot tilting LCD (but no EVF), a built-in flash, and on-board WiFi, letting you transfer images and movies to Android and iOS devices via a dedicated app.

The X-M1 will be available next month with black and silver finishes for $700, or $800 with the lens. A brown version (body only) will also be available in August for $700.

Fujifilm X-M1 specification highlights:

  • 16MP X-Trans CMOS APS-C sensor, EXR Processor II
  • ISO 200-6400; L (100), H (12800) and H (ISO 25,600)
  • Up to 5.6 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 FullHD movie recording at 30 fps; built-in stereo microphones
  • Twin control dials, top and rear
  • Focus ‘peaking’ display
  • Face detection and subject-tracking AF modes
  • 920k dot 3″ 3:2 LCD display – tilts 120° upwards and 80° downwards
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for image transfer to smartphone, tablet or PC

New Telephoto Lens from FUJIFILM

FUJIFILM today announced the launch of the FUJINON XF55-200mm F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS, the first XF telephoto zoom lens for the X-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera System for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1. The all new XF55mm-200mm gives photographers a fast aperture across the entire zoom range and outstanding image stabilization for sharp, high resolution images.

“We know that adding this newly designed, advanced telephoto zoom lens to our XF lens line-up will allow photographers who are using our premium X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras to gain even more shooting flexibility, and also have cutting edge optical technology at their fingertips that enhances the way they capture images,” said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM North America Corporation.

Features :

  • An advanced optical design to cover the mid-telephoto (83mm) to telephoto (300mm)
  • Image stabilization for shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower
  • Two linear motors for high-speed AF and quiet operation
  • Two ED lens elements and one Super ED lens element for increased performance and effective control against chromatic aberrations
  • FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating on the entire lens surface to effectively prevent reflections, and control flare and ghosting
  • Minimum focal distance of 1.1m across the entire zoom range to enable telephoto close-ups
  • A 1/3EV step aperture ring for users to easily adjust the aperture while holding the camera up to their eye
  • High quality, metal construction focus ring and aperture ring

Cost of this new zoom is $699.95.



New From Fujifilm

Fujifilm has launched two new camera models for its 2013 range: the Fujifilm S8400W bridge camera and the rugged, colorful compact Fujifilm FinePix XP200.

FinePix S8400W

The FinePix S8400W has a 24-1,056mm, 44x zoom lens with a maximum aperture range of f/2.9 to f/6.5. There’s also optical image stabilization and a Super Macro mode that lets you shoot subjects that are just 0.39 inch from the lens. There’s a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, sensitivity through ISO 12,800, 1080/60i video capture, a 10 fps continuous shooting mode and WiFi. You can preview images on the 3-inch, 460k-dot LCD or the 201k-dot electronic viewfinder. Comes in black and ships in May for $350.

FinePix S8400W key features:

  • FUJINON super zoom Lens (24mm wide-angle, fast apertures of F2.9 to F6.5)
  • 1/2.3” 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor:
  • Autofocus speed of 0.3 second
  • Continuous shooting; 10fps (max 10frames, full resolution), 60fps (max 60 frames, image size 1280 × 960) ,120fps (max 60 frames, image size 640 × 480)
  • Start-up time of 1.0 second
  • Shooting interval time of 0.5 second
  • Wireless Image Transfer to smartphones and tablets
  • Full HD movie 1080i/60 fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480fps
  • Bright 3.0” LCD screen (460K-dot)
  • Electronic viewfinder (201K-dot)
  • Super Macro to 0.39”
  • Manual exposure control (P/S/A/M modes)
  • Dual zoom control
  • Advanced Filters
  • nstant zoom and Zoom Bracketing
  • 4  x  AA alkaline batteries with approximately 300 shot battery life

FinePix XP200

The rugged Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is an ultra-resilient waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof colorful compact Available with red, purple, yellow, green, blue and orange glossy finishes, this rugged camera packs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with image stabilization, a 28-140mm lens, 3-inch, 920k-dot LCD, a 10-frames-per-second continuous shooting mode, 1080/60i video and built-in WiFi for pushing pics to a companion app. It’s waterproof to 50 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10°C) and shockproof to 6.6-foot drops.

FinePix XP200 key features:

  • Waterproof to 50ft
  • Shockproof to 6.6ft
  • Dustproof
  • Freezeproof to 14°F/-10ºC
  • 1/2.3” 16MP CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom (10x total using Intelligent Digital zoom)
  • CMOS-shift image stabilization
  • 3.0” LCD screen with anti-reflective coating
  • Wireless Image Transfer to smartphones and tablets
  • Full HD movie recording and a dedicated ‘Movie Recording Button’
  • 10fps continuous shooting mode at full resolution (max 9 frames) with dedicated ‘Burst Mode Button’
  • High speed multi-frame processing – record two shots or more at different exposures and then combine them to achieve High Dynamic Range (HDR) shots with natural contrast that preserves details in the highlights and shadows.
  • Motion Panorama 360 – create a 360º panoramic shot by selecting the mode, pressing the shutter button and spinning around in a circle.
  • Individual Shutter 3D – create fun images with a 3D effect by combining two shots taken from slightly different angles.

The XP200 will also ship in May, priced at $300.