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CES 2014: Fujifilm Unveils FinePix S9400W and S9200 Cameras with 50x Optical Zoom Lenses


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CES 2014: Fujifilm Unveils FinePix S9400W and S9200 Cameras with 50x Optical Zoom Lenses

January 6, 2014 -- FUJIFILM is delighted to announce the launch of the FinePix S9400W and S9200 bridge cameras, both of which feature powerful 50x optical zoom lenses for maximum picture taking versatility.

Further stand-out features on the two cameras include a new image stabilization system for movie recording., Full HD video capture and a selection of creative filter effects. The S9400W also offers Wi-Fi connectivity.

Powerful 50x optical zoom

The showpiece of the S9400W/S9200 is undoubtedly the Fujinon 50x optical zoom lens. Newly developed and featuring a bright f/2.9-6.5 maximum aperture setting, the lens offers a huge 24-1200mm (*1) optical range that can be boosted to an incredible 100x magnification with Fujifilm's Intelligent Digital Zoom technology. This range means no subject is beyond the reach of the cameras; even detailed close-ups are easy with a Super Macro mode that focuses down to just 1cm.

Picture quality is assured thanks to the lens' optical construction. With both 3 aspherical and 2 ED elements used in the design, aberrations are minimised so users can be confident of high quality results throughout the range. Image sharpness is also enhanced by the lens shift image stabilisation system that reduces the effects of camera shake, especially at the longer zoom settings. Further stability is offered by the positioning of the zoom lever on the side of the lens barrel so the zoom can be controlled with the left hand while the picture is taken with right.

High speed, high quality sensor

The 1/2.3-inch 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor in the S9400W/S9200 is back-side illuminated to ensure the best possible results right up to the maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800. Coupled with the rapid focusing speeds, users can be confident of getting great results in double-quick time.

The S9400W/S9200 can start up in just one second, autofocus in as little as 0.3 seconds and then be ready to take another shot in just 0.5 seconds (*2). Those wanting to capture a burst of full resolution images in quick succession can do so using the continuous shooting speed of 10 frames-per-second (maximum 10 frames).

Full HD movies with advanced stabilisation

As well as being a powerful machine for still image capture, the S9400W/S9200 is equally potent when it comes to movie capture. It records movies in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at up to 60 frames-per-second and uses an automatic Movie Scene Recognition function to make sure it selects optimum settings for the best results. Further versatility is provided by the six Advanced Filter functions that allow users to add creative effects to movies, plus there's a 480 frames-per-second slow motion mode (*3) and a dedicated movie record button so you'll never miss the action.

To ensure movies have a smooth and professional look and feel, Fujifilm has developed a new 5-Axis Image Stabilisation system that combines two-axis optical and three-axis electronic stabilisation functions to keep unwanted camera movement to a minimum. Movement is tightly controlled whether the camera moves in a vertical, horizontal or rotational direction and even while the camera operator is walking.

After movie footage has been shot, further control is offered with the Movie Trimming and Movie Join functions. The former allows unnecessary parts of the movie to be easily removed while the latter enables the user to combine multiple movies into one file for in-camera editing.

A host of picture taking functions

Like all Fujifilm bridge cameras, the S9400W and S9200 come packed with powerful picture taking functions. 10 Advanced filters are on offer a variety of picture taking effects:

  • Pop Color emphasises contrast and color saturation
  • Toy Camera creates a shaded border as if the picture was taken on a toy camera
  • Miniature blurs the top and bottom of the frame for a miniature effect
  • Partial color retains one color (choose from red. orange, yellow, green, blue or purple) and turns the rest of the image black & white
  • High-Key enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tones
  • Soft Focus creates an overall soft look to the images
  • Cross Screen creates starbursts on bright objects
  • Dynamic Tone creates a fantasy effect
  • Fish-Eye gives a fish-eye effect
  • Low-Key darkens tones

In addition to these filters, both cameras also offer multi-frame processing that allows users to take two or more shots and then combine them for a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image, plus there's a Motion Panorama 360° mode for create superb 360° panoramic images with a single press of the shutter release.

All images can either be composed and played back using the rear LCD or the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). With 200k dots, the EVF in both models is exceptionally bright making it easy to check shots even on bright days.

Easy image sharing through wireless connectivity

Available exclusively on the S9400W, wireless connectivity allows users to quickly share photos and movies with smartphones or tablets, without the need for an ID or password. Users simply download the free Fujifilm Camera Application to their device and then use wireless LAN communication to send image from the S9400W.

What's more, this Wi-Fi connectivity also allows images to be backed up from the camera straight to a computer for worry-free storage.

Fujifilm FinePix S9400W/S9200 key features:

  • 50x optical zoom (24-1200mm) *1
  • 16.2MP 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor
  • ISO sensitivity up to 12,800
  • Continuous shooting at up to 10 frames-per-second
  • 5-Axial Image Stabilisation on movie shooting
  • Full HD movie capture (1920 x 1080, 60i)
  • 200k dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 10 Advanced Filter effects
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • High Dynamic Range capture
  • Powered by AA batteries (approx. 300 images per set)
  • Wireless connectivity with smartphones and tablets (S9400W only)
  • *1 : 35mm format equivalent *2 : According to CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) Standards
    *3: Image size is 320x120

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