Fujifilm is gearing up for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by announcing a handful of new cameras just a week before the show. Budget-minded shooters will be pleased by news of two new FinePix A-series, while fans of family photos can look forward to the face-detecting follow-up to the FinePix F20. Finally, scientists and law enforcement professionals have a sub-$1000 infrared camera to look forward to in the coming months.
A pair of budget shooters replace the
Also on Fujifilm's upcoming list is the FinePix F40fd. This upgraded, 8-megapixel version of the
Lastly, the company will announce the offbeat IS-1. This infrared camera is a scaled-down, spiritual follow-up to the infrared- and ultraviolet-capable S3 Pro UVIR. The S3 Pro UVIR is intended primarily for forensics specialists and law enforcement professionals, but the IS-1 is designed for astronomers and other scientists. This 9-megapixel model features a fixed 28mm-to-300mm-equivalent, 10.7x zoom lens as well as a live-view LCD for framing shots sans viewfinder. With a SuperCCD sensor that spans both visible and infrared light, the IS-1 offers an inexpensive alternative to the significantly more expensive S3 Pro UVIR. The Fujifilm IS-1 will ship in February 2007 and will cost gadgeteers, scientists, and investigators $900.