Fujifilm launches waterproof digital camerasRange of colour options herald Fujifilm Z33 launch

17 February 2009

Fujifilm has added the waterproof Z33WP, big zoom S1500, and curvy Z30 Finepix cameras to its line-up.

The FinePix Z33WP is a new waterproof digital camera, and is available in kiwi green, Hawaiian blue, daredevil black, liquid gold or rock chick pink, announced today by Fujifilm. The company claims it is waterproof to three metres for two hours. The Z33 is slim, and has large, rubber-like buttons to make it easier to use with wet hands. 

The FinePix Z33WP has a self-timer group mode. You select the number of faces and the camera automatically takes the shot only when all faces are in the frame.

Fujifilm Finepix S1500

Fujifilm also announced the S1500 - a larger camera with an optical zoom range of 33-396mm. While the zoom isn't as large as some recently introduced models, it is lighter and more compact - Fujifilm claims it weighs 325g without the four AA batteries. The S1500 features Tracking AF, where the autofocus locks on a subject, and keeps it in focus as it moves around - handy when you're trying to take a picture of a fast moving subject.

Christopher Christoforou, Which? digital cameras expert said: ‘The S1500 is an interesting camera that we look forward to testing fully. When launched, it will compete with the excellent Best Buy Canon PowerShot SX110 IS - a hard act to follow. We also like the look of the Z33WP - most waterproof cameras have basic, utilitarian looks, whereas this Fujilm, especially in rock chick pink, looks completely the opposite.’

Fujifilm Finepix Z30

The Z30 is a curvy camera, available in fuchsia pink, jet black, pure white or tangy orange. It features face detection with auto red-eye removal, and a couple timer mode. This mode detects two faces in a frame and automatically takes a picture as the two faces come closer together. You can set a distance of your choosing, so you can tell the camera to shoot when your two faces are side-by-side or more intimately when the faces are cheek-to-cheek.

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Fujifilm Finepix J series

Two J series cameras complete this set of Fujifilm FinePix launches. The J20 is described as entry level yet, unlike some other budget cameras, it comes with a rechargeable battery and has a thin body - Fujifilm claims it measures just 17.6mm.

The J250 is also small, with a 28-140mm lens that gives it more 'reach' when zooming in, and more 'width' when zooming out. Its LCD is also larger at three inches.

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