Fujifilm redesigns its J-series point-and-shoots

The FinePix JV100, JX250, JZ300, and JZ500 ultracompacts offer sleek metal bodies and features and prices to suit a lot of consumers. Or at least that's what the press release said.

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With four models priced from $129.95 to $249.95, there's a lot of upselling going on with Fujifilm's latest J-series cameras. The ultracompacts have some common features, though, such as all-metal bodies, the company's Tracking Auto Focus system, face detection, and the capability to capture video at 720p HD quality.

The JV100 is basically an entry-level ultracompact with a rechargeable battery, which is all that separates it from the manufacturer's AV100. Likewise, the JX250 is separated from the AX200 by a rechargeable battery and a 14-megapixel sensor.

If the JX250's 5x zoom lens isn't enough, you can step up to the 10x zoom lens on the 12-megapixel FinePix JZ300 and 14-megapixel JZ500. Other than resolution, the JZ500 gets Pet Detection (the camera can detect and prioritize focus on cats and dogs) and Face Recognition, which lets you attach basic information to a photo of a person's face for prioritizing focus when you take pictures of that person later as well as for tagging for easier organization.


FinePix JV100

  • 12 megapixels
  • Fujinon 3x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • HD (720p) movie capture
  • Digital image stabilization
  • Smile and Blink Detection
  • Choice of black or blue
  • $129.95, February 2010
FinePix JX250
  • Upsell: 14 megapixels
  • Upsell: Fujinon 28mm-equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • HD (720p) movie capture
  • Digital image stabilization
  • Smile and Blink Detection
  • Black only
  • $159.95, April 2010
FinePix JZ300
  • 12 megapixels
  • Fujinon 28mm-equivalent lens 10x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • HD (720p) movie capture
  • Mechanical stabilization
  • Choice of black or silver
  • $199.95, February 2010
FinePix JZ500
  • Upsell: 14 megapixels
  • Fujinon 28mm-equivalent lens 10x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • HD (720p) movie capture
  • Mechanical stabilization
  • Upsell: Pet Detection
  • Upsell: Face Recognition
  • Black only
  • $249.95, March 2010
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