Fujifilm F100fd: longer lens, higher sensitivity, Face Detection 3.0
Fujifilm's newest F-series camera, the F100fd offers a 5X optical zoom lens, sensitivity up to ISO 3,200 at full 12MP resolution, and the third generation of the company's face detection system.
One of the hidden gems in Fujifilm's compact camera line has always been its F series cameras, which offer high sensitivity, manual exposure controls, and a conveniently small form factor. New to the line this year is the F100fd, which carries on the long tradition boasting a sensitivity of ISO 3,200 at its full resolution of 12 megapixels, as well as ISO 6,400 with resolution limited to 6MP, and ISO 12,800 if you don't mind being limited to 3MP. Fuji has also extended the zoom range, with a 5X optical, 28-140mm f/3.3-5.1 Fujinon zoom lens. Like theit replaces, the F100fd includes sensor-shift image stabilization as well as ISO-boosting picture stabilization to combat blurry images due to camera shake or fast moving subjects.
Fuji has been at the forefront of face detection from the start. In the F100fd, they take it a step further with Face Detection 3.0. While Face Detection 2.0 was able to find faces in profile, this new version can even see a face if it is upside down, sideways, or anywhere in between. Plus, the camera uses the face detection system to help power its automatic red eye removal function.
Another of Fuji's specialties is a wide dynamic range, thanks to their Super CCD sensors. The F100fd includes an 8th generation version of that sensor which uses two special types of pixels-- one specialized to capture highlight detail, the other to capture shadow detail. These two types of pixels work together to provide a wider dynamic range than a normal sensor would. You can choose from three levels of enhanced dynamic range with the F100fd.
As mentioned above, the F100fd includes manual exposure controls, as well as the usual array of auto modes and scene presets. It has a 2.7-inch, 230,000 pixel LCD screen, records images to either an xD Picture card or an SD/SDHC card, and includes IrSimple, so you can transfer images between the camera and another IrSimple-equipped device (if you can find one). Fuji expects the F100fd to hit stores this March with a price of about $380.