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Fujifilm announces new additions to J and F series of compact cameras

Fujifilm has announced the release of three new additions to its lineup of compact digital cameras for casual shutterbugs. Known as the JX420, JX370 and the F600 EXR, the new cameras boast various enhanced features such as better image quality, support for geolocation data and easier photo sharing, among many others. More details coming right up after the break.

There is no denying that DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, mirrorless cameras featuring interchangeable lenses and superzoom bridge cameras are the tools of choice for more savvy photographers who seek greater control over their camera in order to bring out the best possible images their cameras are capable of. However, it does not change the fact that the vast majority of camera users are your typical Joe Average whose only idea of a good camera is to point it at something, press the shutter button and expect a good-looking image to appear.

And if that sounds like the kind of thing you expect from your camera, you are in link, for Fujifilm has just announced the availability of three new cameras that are designed to make photo-taking both quick and easy for such users.

Fujifilm F600 EXR

First up on the list is Fujifilm's new F600 EXR compact camera, which the Japanese company claims is designed for users who want some degree of control over their camera settings, but in the form of a pocketable camera which is capable of producing high-quality stills.

According to Fujifilm, the new F600 EXR makes use of a 1/2-inch, 16-megapixel back side illuminated EXR-CMOS image sensor which sports a variety of Fujifilm's proprietary technologies, such as EXR Auto and Motion Detection to further enhance low light results. In addition, the F600 EXR sports a 15x optical zoom range, which can be further boosted to 30x via the use of Fujifilm's intelligent digital zoom, which “assesses areas of contrast within an image and applies selective processing to the sections of the image where sharpness can be boosted without lowering image quality”.

Lastly, Fujifilm has confirmed that the F600 EXR will debut a new feature known as Landmark Navigator, which makes use of the camera's built-in GPS module to “automatically locates places of interest from its on-board database of around one million locations before displaying these points on the camera's LCD, showing their relative position”. In addition, users can also use the Photo Navigation feature to find their way back to a previously photographed location.

Fujifilm JX420 and JX370

Unlike the aforementioned F600 EXR digital compact camera, Fujifilm's new JX420 and JX370 digital cameras are designed to greatly simplify the way users share photographs among friends and loved ones with minimal fuss.

According to Fujitsu, the JX420 and JX370 will sport a 5x zoom lens which boasts the equivalent of a 28-140mm lens on a typical 35mm camera, and makes use of a 2.7-inch rear LCD screen to make the composition and viewing of images simple. However, the JX420 and JX370 will differ slightly where image resolution as concerned; while the JX420 will feature a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel CCD image sensor, the JX370's image sensor, while physically identical, will feature a slightly lower maximum resolution of 14-megapixels.

That being said, we mentioned that the JX420 and JX370 are designed to greatly simplify the process of sharing images online, and this is accomplished via Fujifilm's Easy Web Upload feature. This allows users to pre-select the images that they wish to share on the camera first, and then immediately start uploading them via the MyFinePix Studio software as soon as the camera is connected to one's PC.

No details about pricing or availability for the three cameras was released by Fujifilm.

Source: Fujifilm Global

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